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Help:Starting a new page

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== Starting a page from a link, or after a search ==
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To start a new page, you can click a link to the new page. This takes you to [[Help:Editing|edit]] mode of the non-existing blank page, which allows for page creation. You might not be able to create a new page unless you are logged in.
Another way to start a new page, is to perform a search for the new title with the Go button (as you should have done before). When the search finds nothing, click on the link at the top of the page where it says "You searched for '''your search term'''".
Links to non-existing pages are common. They are typically created in preparation for creating the page, and/or to encourage other people to do so.
Links are not only convenient for navigation, but also make people aware of the new page (those who read a related page and also those who [[Help:Watching pages|watch]] the related page).
New page links are not really broken as long as the name correctly identifies the intended content. (A new page link with a "wrong" or misspelled name, or that duplicates content found under another name is "broken", but in a different sense.)
New page links typically look different from links to existing pages. Depending on settings, a different color or a question mark is used. (Sometimes links to new pages are called "red links", the display option of one of the settings). Links to non-existent pages are created with <nowiki>[[New page name]]</nowiki> from the wiki editor. (In this case, the empty page "New page name" would be created).
Of course, you can also create the link yourself, in a related page, index page or your user page. However, it may be better to wait with creating links until after creating the new page, especially if the new link replaces one to an existing page. In this case, create the link but press Preview, instead of Save. From preview area, clicking the new link will create the new page (without updating the referring page).
== Starting a page through the URL ==
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