One of the good thing about a Wiki is it's simplicity and ability to be easily edited. You don't need to know HTML code to edit an article, all you need to know is English and a simple wiki code. Best of all, you don't even need to register log in to edit articles.

To find an article which needs editing or creating go to our Finding Material to Edit Article.


To start editing an article, you need to click on the edit button, which is at the top of each page. Once you get to the editing screen you will see the editing box. The editing box is where you will type your text.

When typing you just need to type the text as you would on a word processor, apart from some simple Wiki Code. Above the editing box are several buttons which are described below.

Editing ButtonsEdit

Above the editing box you will find several editing buttons.

The first button is the bold button. This button will make highlighted text bold. Another way to make text bold is to put '''Bold text''' around your text.

The second button is the italic button. This button will make highlighted text italic. Another way to make text italic is to put ''Italic text'' around your text.

The third button is the internal link button. This button will link a word to an article of the same name inside The O.C. Wikia. Another way to create an internal link is to put [[Link title]] around the word you want to make a link.

The fourth button is the external link button. This button will make a link to an external web page. Another way to create an external ink is to put [] around the website address.

The fifth button is the Level 2 Headline button. This button will start a level 2 headline. Another way to create a Level 2 Headline is to put ==Headline Title== around the headline title.

The sixth button is the Embedded Image button. This button will add an image to your article. Another way to create an Embedded Image is to put [[Image:Example.jpg]] around your image title.

The seventh button is the Media File Link button. This button will create a link to a musical file.

The eighth button is the Mathmatical Formula button. This button will allow you to add Mathmatical Formula to the text.

The ninth button is the Ignore Wiki Formatting button. This button stops the highlighted text from following the wiki code format.

The tenth button is the Signature button. This button will add your timestamp and the date. This should be used on discussion and talk pages.

The eleventh button is the Horizontal Line button. This button will add a horizontal diving line on the page. We suggest you use this feature sparingly.


Once you have written your text, you can either save the page or show preview. We suggest that you always choose the show preview button before saving the text. Remember that whatever happens, you or someone else can always edit your work later.

Also See...Edit

Wikis based on the new Unified Community Platform (UCP) may look or behave differently to what is described below.
See this page for more information on the new platform.

The VisualEditor

Wikia editor2

The classic editor

Editing on Fandom is as simple as clicking the "Edit" button on a page. Doing so will take you to an edit page where you can make changes to the page and add new information and media, correct errors, or update the formatting.

Depending on whether you are logged in or not, you may receive a different editing experience:

Most anonymous and newer users will see the VisualEditor. It's an editing experience based around showing you an accurate visual representation of your changes.
Help:Classic editor
Other users will see the classic editor, including the older visual editing experience and basic source wikitext editing.

Quick tips

  • Once you are in an editor, you can use the available tools to quickly add and remove information, change the formatting, add new images and videos, update the page's layout, and much more! Once you're done making your changes, just click the "Save page" button to update the page.
  • Don't be afraid if you "break" anything. All edits to a page are stored in the page history, and if something does go wrong you can simply revert to an older version.
  • If you want to edit a page without clicking the "Edit" button, you can press E on your keyboard, and the page will automatically load the preferred editor.
  • Editing is not yet possible through the Fandom app.

Choosing an editor

Logged in users can choose their default editor from a dropdown list in their user preferences (found here).

Setting Meaning
VisualEditor Shows the VisualEditor on all communities.
Classic rich-text editor
(where available)
Shows the classic rich-text editor where available.
If not, the source editor is shown.
Source editor Shows the basic source editor on all communities.

Anonymous users will almost always see the VisualEditor by default. In a few specific cases, the VisualEditor may not be available on a particular community.

Additionally, the alternative editors can still be found under the Edit button dropdown - for example, you can still access the classic editor from the dropdown even if the VisualEditor is the default.

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