Categorize a VisiHow Article

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To keep everything organized and easy to find on VisiHow, all of our articles need to be categorized. If a user doesn't know exactly what to search for, then our categories will help them find articles related to their interests.

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Categories are also useful for people casually browsing the site. If we haven't categorized an article, it will only be searchable and won't appear in any relevant category. Read through the article below to learn how to categorize your own How To Wikis.

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Checking the Available Categories

Before you can add your article into a category, you need to find the most relevant one for your topic. Writers cannot add their own categories, so if you feel none of our categories are applicable, talk to an admin for their guidance on adding a new category or recommending the most appropriate one for your article.

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    View the VisiHow categories here
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    Some categories also have subcategories
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    Just open up your chosen category to check if there are subcategories relevant to your article.
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Knowing Which Tag to Use for Your Category

So that VisiHow knows where to put the article, it will need a small piece of wiki code to identify the category.

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    Take a look at any article on VisiHow
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    Mouse over the last category in the trail at the top left and you will see the category tag.
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    So in the example given, the tag is "Category:Gaming"
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    Always make sure that you are getting your tag from the last category or subcategory shown in the trail.
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    Convert your tag to MediaWiki code
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    So that the back end of VisiHow will understand your tag, you need to convert it to code. For our example, we would use [[Category:Gaming]]
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    Use the same format for any category, substituting "Gaming" for your chosen category.
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Adding a Category to Your Article

Once you have settled on the relevant category, you will need to tag your article to let it sit inside that category.

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    Tagging through the guided editor
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    Adding the code anywhere in your article will assign it to the correct category. This can be right after the intro, or at the bottom of the article.
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    From the guided editor, enter your formatted tag, just like is shown in the example
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    In the example, the article will end up in the Samsung Galaxy category.
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    If you're using the advanced editor to make your page, the code format and process is exactly the same.
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Tips and Tricks

  • If you are not sure to which category you need to assign your article, leave it UN-categorized, ENG. Will assign it.
  • Manual assigning needs careful and precise coding; wrong coding will not categorize your article correctly and will also mess the Cat. Tree list. Please, if you are not sure, do not code.

Referencing this Article

If you need to reference this article in your work, you can copy-paste the following depending on your required format:

APA (American Psychological Association)
Categorize a Howikis Article. (2015). In VisiHow. Retrieved May 26, 2017, from http://visihow.com/Categorize_a_Howikis_Article

MLA (Modern Language Association) "Categorize a Howikis Article." VisiHow, visihow.com/Categorize_a_Howikis_Article Accessed 26 May 2017.

Chicago / Turabian VisiHow.com. "Categorize a Howikis Article." Accessed May 26, 2017. http://visihow.com/Categorize_a_Howikis_Article.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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