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Overview ¶ 

Items are a central repository for all of the information your site has on a specific tool or part. It automatically links users with the parts and tools they need to complete a project.

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The difference between parts and tools may seem pretty intuitive, but sometimes it's not. As you add more guides to your site the distinction can become subtle. Here's a few guidelines that help you sort the parts from the tools.

A great example of what you can do with item pages is Gunner Automotive's Channel Locks page.

Item Types ¶ 

Tools ¶ 

Tools are implements; they interact with both parts and devices. Typically, tools don't get used up over the course of a project. You can use them again and again. Ball-peen hammers, spatulas, and hole punches are all examples of tools.

Parts ¶ 

Parts, on the other hand, do get consumed over the course of a project. They can replace old parts, increase functionality of an existing object, or serve as raw materials for your project. A replacement battery for a computer, origami paper for a paper crane, and a sheet of plywood for a playhouse are all examples of parts.

Creating an Item Page ¶ 

You can also create item pages directly from the guide as you are building it. Simply add the part or tool in the "Required Tools/Parts" section of the "Details" tab, and an item page will be created.

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Editing an Item Page ¶ 

To edit an Item page, simply click on the "Edit" tab. The edit page for that particular Item will appear, and the text, pictures, and the supplier table can be edited and arranged on this page.

Parts of an Item Page ¶ 

Managing Items ¶ 

Viewing All Items ¶ 

You can access a list of all item pages on your site by navigating to your Timeline in your Management Console, selecting Wikis, then using the Item filter at the top of the page:

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Organizing Items ¶ 

Item pages are organized by being associated with a specific guide. Otherwise, you can use the Tags feature to create lists of item pages with common likenesses on another page.

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Tags are identifiers you can add to your pages that help increase search popularity by adding extra words that users may think of in relation the page, even if those words and terms are not included in the page title, summary or content.

Tags can also be used to display pages in a clear visual format (rather than just a hyperlink) on any other page on your site with the use of dynamic lists.

Dynamic Lists

Before we delve into creating dynamic Wiki Lists, you must first understand what they are and how they function. A dynamic list is essentially an incomplete list; and because it's incomplete, you can keep adding items onto it. A dynamic list searches through material on the site looking for tags that are relevant to the list. It then groups all of the tagged pages together in list form.

For example, let's say you've created items of varying types, but you want to display all items from a certain supplier on a category page. You can do that with a dynamic list. Simply add a tag to the item page titled by the supplier's name. Once all the related pages are tagged with the same identifying tag, you can create a dynamic wiki list on any other page, like a category page.

Here is an example of the code you would use to create a dynamic wiki list:

[wikilist|supplier]

You can add a header under which to display your wiki list as well:

== Tools from Home Depot ==

[wikilist|homedepot]

This is how it would be displayed on the page:

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You can specify multiple tags per dynamic list by separating the tags with commas.

[wikilist/homedepot,new]

Item History ¶ 

An item's history shows you the entire timeline of changes to that item. To see the history of an item, click the "History" tab in the upper right corner of any item page. From here, you can view all of the recent editing activity on a specific page.

The main section of this page is the recent history. It shows all of the edits that have been made to the page recently.

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  • You can click on any of the edits in blue and it will link to a page showing exactly what was changed.
  • The name to the right of the edit shows who made it.
    • Clicking it will send you to their profile page.
    • Profiles with diamonds to the right of their names are Administrators.
  • Some edits will have lines through them and will say "denied" in parentheses.

These indicate edits that were made and then denied using the Patrol Feature within Community Editing.