Adding Modules/Plugins to Your Wiki Space or Page

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A Module/Plugin is an extra feature/function that can be inserted into your Wiki. There are many available within this Wiki server, but here is a list of those that would be most useful for staff members:

  1. Add Page Restriction - Set permissions for access to this page
  2. Align - Align text or any item on your page on the left, in the center or on the right
  3. Anchor - Create an anchor on your page so you can have a link to that anchor on this page
  4. Attachments - Create a list of links to all the attachments on this page
  5. Background Color - Select a background color for any area on your page
  6. Center - Select content on your page that you'd like to be aligned in the center of the page (horizontally, not vertically)
  7. Chart - Convert data in a table into a pie, bar or other kind of chart
  8. Children Display - Create a list of links to this page's sub pages
  9. Color Text - Set the text to a different color
  10. Embed a Video - Embed a video from any web site
  11. Google Calendar - Insert a Google calendar on your page
  12. Task List - Create a to-do list which check boxes, priority and the ability to assign the task to a person or people
  13. Vote - Make a list of items for which people can vote
  1. Add Page Restriction:

This module allows you to restrict which users and groups can add to, edit and view this page.

  • Click the Insert/Edit Macro button or press the Command-Shift-A keys.



  • Click the add-page-restriction module/plugin.



  • Under edit, type usernames or groups, separated by commas, for those you would to have the rights to edit this page. Under view
  • , type usernames or groups, separated by commas, for those you would to have the rights to view this page. Then click the Insert button.




  • When you return to your page in editing mode, you will see this kind of text inserted on the page, but this is wiki markup language and it won't appear on your page when you click the Save button.





  1. Align:

This module allows you to align items in your page on the left, right or center.

  • Select the text/items that you'd like to align. Then click the Insert/Edit Macro button or press the Command-Shift-A keys.





  • Click the Align plugin.



  • Under align, type left, right or center.



  • Click the Refresh button to see if you like the way it appears. If you do click the Insert button. If you don't, adjust the align setting. When you find an alignment you like, click the Insert button.





  • When you click the Insert button, it will take you back to edit mode and you will see the wiki markup language for alignment. Click the Save button to see how it will appear on your page.





  1. Anchor:

This module allows you to add an anchor on a wiki page so you can create a link to that part of the page. For example, if you have several topics covered on your page and at the top of the page you have a list of each topic covered, you can create an anchor at each topic and then at the top of the page you can make each item on the list of topics a link to its topic.

  • Place the mouse cursor just above where you would like the link to go to. This is where the anchor will be, not the link. Then click the Insert/Edit Macro button or press the Command-Shift-A keys.





  • Click the Anchor module/plugin.



  • Under Anchor Name, enter a name for this anchor and then click the Insert button.



  • You will be taken back to your page in edit mode and you will see something like this inserted. This is wiki markup language and won't appear on the actual page after you click the Save button, but don't click the Save button yet.



  • If the text that you'd like to be the link to the anchor you just inserted doesn't exist, type it. If it does exist, make sure you know where and what the text is before going to the next step.



  • To create a link to this anchor, first click the Wiki Markup link.



  • Find the text that you'd like to be the link to the anchor, put [ to the left of the text and |#anchorname] (replace anchorname with the name you gave the anchor) and click the Save button and test the link to see if it takes you to the place where you inserted the anchor.



  1. Attachments:

This plugin will create a list of links to every attachment that has been uploaded to this page. If you only have attachments for which you'd like to create a list of links, use this plugin. If you have uploaded images or other types of files to this page that you don't want to be on this list, be aware that each of these files will be on this list and there is no way to remove them from the list without removing them as an attachment to this page.

  • If you have not uploaded all the documents you would like to list, do so now. Pull down the Insert menu and select Attachment and upload all the attachments and then click the Cancel button. You don't want to insert any of the attachments.



  • If you would like a header above the attachment list, create it and then put the cursor where you want the attachment list to appear.



  • Click the Insert/Edit Macro button or press the Command-Shift-A keys.



  • Click the Attachments plugin.



  • You will see the list of links and all the information that will be listed on your Wiki page in the main field of the Attachments plugin window. If you like what you see, click the Insert button. If you don't, click Cancel.



  • You will return to edit mode and see the Wiki Markup for the Attachments plugin. Click the Save button to see how it appears on your Wiki page.





  • On the far right of the links, you will see three options: Checkout, Edit and Remove.



  • If you click Checkout, it downloads the file to your computer, takes you to a view of only this list, the document has a lock next to it and the links on the far right have changed. Click the Undo Checkout link.





  • If you click Edit, you can add a comment about this document, you can move this attachment to a different page by clicking the icon to the right of that field and selecting the page to which you'd like it moved. If you make any changes, click the Save button. If not, click the Cancel button.



  • If you click Remove, in addition to removing this attachment from this list, it also deletes it as an attachment to this page. Do not click this unless you want this attachment completely removed from this page.



  1. Background Color:

This module allows you to select a background color for an area on your page.

  • Select the text where you would like the background to have a different color.



  • Click the Insert/Edit Macro button or press the Command-Shift-A keys.



  • Click Bgcolor.



  • For bgcolor, you can enter the name of a color or the html code for the color.





  • In the upper middle area, click the Refresh button and the text you selected should appear below with the colored background. If you like what you see, click the Insert button. If you don't, enter a different color, click refresh and see if you like that one. When you find one that you like, click the Insert button.





  • When you click the Insert button you will return to editing mode and see the wiki markup language. Click the Save button and you will see how this text will appear on this page.





  1. Center:

This module allows you to select any items on your Wiki page and center them horizontally.

  • Use your mouse to select the item(s) that you'd like to be centered horizontally.



  • Click the Insert/Edit Macro button or press the Command-Shift-A keys.



  • Scroll down and click the Center plugin.



  • Notice all the items in the left part of the window that will be centered. If these are the items you wanted centered, click the Insert button. If they aren't click the Cancel button and go through the previous steps.



  • When you return to edit mode, you will see the Wiki Markup language for this plugin. Click the Save button and you will see how this appears on your Wiki page.





  1. Chart:

This module allows you to select a table of data on your page and convert it to a chart.

  • If a table of data doesn't exist on your page, create one and then select it, including the headings.



  • Click the Insert/Edit Macro button or press the Command-Shift-A keys.



  • Click the Chart plugin.



  • In the Chart Content box, don't edit the information. For Type, select the type of chart you would like to display ( you will get to preview it before you leave this window). For Chart Title, enter the title you would like this chart to have. For Horizontal-axis Label, enter the label for the horizontal (x) axis.



  • In the upper middle area, click Refresh and the chart should appear in the area below. If you like what you see, click the Insert button. If you don't, select a different kind of chart and refresh and see if you like that one. When you find one that you like, click the Insert button.





  • When you return to edit mode, you will still see the data table with wiki markup before and after it. Click the Save button and you will now see the chart.





  1. Children Display:

This module will create a list of all the "child" pages listed under this space and each item listed will be a link to that page. Before you use this plugin, make all the pages you'd like to have for this space.

  • Put your cursor where you'd like the link(s) to be listed.



  • Click the Insert/Edit Macro button or press the Command-Shift-A keys.



  • Click the Children Display plugin.



  • A window will appear and on the right there are settings. If you are planning on listing all of the child pages below this page, the only settings that are recommended is to check the Descendants box and select creation for Sort Children By. If you choose a heading style for the way the pages will be displayed, they will be listed not in a list with bullets to the left. Each will look like a heading and have separations between each item.



  • In the upper middle area of this window, click the Refresh button and the list should appear in the area below. If you like what you see, click the Insert button. If you don't, modify the settings on the right and click the Refresh button again. When you find one that you like, click the Insert button.





  • When you click the Insert button, you will see the wiki markup language rather than the list of links. Click the Save button and you will see how the list is displayed. Each item listed is a link.





  1. Change the Color of Text:

This module allows you to select text on the Wiki page and change its color.

  • Before starting this process, select the text that you would like to be a different color.



  • Click the Insert/Edit Macro button or press the Command-Shift-A keys.



  • Scroll down and click Colour Text.



  • On the right side, for Colour Name/Hexidecimal Code, click HERE and a new web page will open in a new tab or window which will show you all the color names and hexidecimal code for each color. Find the color you would like and enter the color name (with our without capital letters, e.g. darkgreen or DarkGreen) or the hexidecimal code (e.g. #006400) in the Colour Name/Hexidecimal Code field.



  • Click the Refresh button and see if you like the way the text looks. If you like the way it looks, click the Insert button. If you don't, try a different color and preview it with the Refresh button.



  • When you return to the Wiki page, click the Save button and see how it looks on your Wiki page.



  1. Embed a Video from Any Web Page:

This module allows you to embed a video from any web page - YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Google Docs, your own web site or any other web site.

  • Before starting this process, find on the web the video you would like to embed in your Wiki page and copy the URL in the address field at the top of your browser.



  • Go the Wiki page into which you'd like to embed this video, go into Edit mode and enter a title and/or description of the video above where it will be embedded.



  • Under the description, place the mouse cursor (some times it doesn't appear) and either click on the Insert/Edit Macro button or press the Command-Shift-A keys. Scroll down to Widget Connector and click it.



  • On the right side, for The Web Site's Widget URL, paste the URL to the video. You can leave the Pixel Width and Pixel Height empty and the video will opt for its original size.



  • Click the Refresh button and you will see the icon that will be embedded in your Wiki page, but don't click on it because it will divert you to the video. Then click the Insert button.





  • When you return to the Wiki page, you will see the Wiki Markup language for the plugin. Click the Save button.



  • Test the video by clicking the icon. Before doing this, when you click on the icon and it takes you to the video, click your mouse button and it will stop the video from playing. As you read and understand the content and do the practice problems, once you are done with that slide, press the right arrow key on your keyboard and it will take you to the next slide. If you need to return to a previous slide, press the left arrow key on the keyboard.





  1. Google Calendar:

This module will let you insert a Google calendar into your Wiki page.

  • First, go to the Google calendar that you would like to insert into the Wiki page. In the calendar, make sure the information that you want to display in the Wiki page is all that is displayed in your calendar. If you have more than one calendar showing, click on the one you would like displayed in your Wiki page and select Display only this Calendar. Click the calendar again and select Calendar settings.



  • Go to Embed this Calendar and select with your cursor from the beginning of https: to the end of google.com. Once this URL is selected, press Command-C or pull down the Edit menu and select Copy.



  • Go to the Wiki page in which you'd like to insert this calendar and place the cursor where you'd like the calendar to be inserted.



  • Click the Insert/Edit Macro button or press the Command-Shift-A keys.



  • Scroll down and click Google Calendar.



  • Under Calendar URLs, put the cursor in this box and either press Command-V or pull down the Edit menu and select Paste and it should insert the URL you copied from the Google Calendar Settings. For Title, type in a title for this calendar. For Mode select if you want the calendar to show a monthly calendar, a weekly calendar or an agenda calendar. The agenda format appears as a list of items by date.



Agenda Format:


  • Click the Preview button and see if that's what you were expecting to appear. If so, click the Insert button.



  • When you click Insert, you will return to the Wiki page in edit mode and see the Wiki markup language for this calendar. Click the Save button and you will see how it appears on your Wiki page.





  1. Task List:

This module will create a task list (AKA to-do list) with check boxes to the left of each item on the list. This is a handy tool for a collaborative project.

  • Type in a list of items that want on the task list, with each item on its own line. You don't need to add a title or heading above the task list.



  • Use the mouse to select all of the items on the task list.



  • Click the Insert/Edit Macro button or press the Command-Shift-A keys.



  • Scroll down and click Tasklist.



  • On the right side, all the task list items should be in the Tasklist Contents box. If they aren't, add additional ones to a new line. For Title, enter a title for the list. For Width of List, if the list items need a wide space, type 80%. If not, estimate the width you need and type in the percentage.



  • Click the Refresh button to see if you like the way it appears (the width will be different on the wiki page). If you do click the Insert button.



  • It will take you back to Edit mode and you will see the Wiki Markup language. To see how it will look on the Wiki page, click the Save button.



  • You will now see how the task list appears on your Wiki page.



  • If you click the arrow to the left of an item, you and whomever else has rights to edit this page, have the option to set the priority for this item (don't assign this task to anyone yet). If you select High and click the arrow to the left of the item to hide these settings, you will see a red arrow pointing up on the right side of this item.





  • Return to editing mode and either you or others who have rights to edit this page can add in the names of the people who will take on each task. Between the sixth pairs of pipes (|), type one or more names of those who are responsible for completing this task. After you have entered all assignees you want to enter, click the Save button.



  • When it takes you to the Wiki page, click the arrow to the left of one of the items you inserted an assignee(s) and you should see what you entered.



  1. Vote:

This module allows you to make a list of items for which people can vote by clicking the check to the right of an item.

  • Above the voting area, if you would like to have a header/title, create one.



  • Click the Insert/Edit Macro button or press the Command-Shift-A keys.



  • Scroll down and click Vote.



  • On the right side, for {vote: type a title you would like to appear at the top of the voting grid. For Body Text enter the items for voting.



  • Click the Refresh button to see if you like the way it appears (the width will be different on the wiki page). If you like the way it appears, click the Insert button.





  • It will take you back to Edit mode and you will see the Wiki Markup language. To see how it will look on the Wiki page, click the Save button.



  • You will now see how the task list appears on your Wiki page.