|Portals are pages intended to serve as "Main Pages" for specific topics or areas. A portal may be associated with one or more WikiProjects; unlike a WikiProject, however, it is meant for both readers and editors of Wikipedia, and should promote content and encourage contribution. Portals are created for encyclopedic topics only and not for article maintenance categories.|
What are portals?
The idea of a portal is to help readers and/or editors navigate their way through Wikipedia topic areas through pages similar to the Main Page. In essence, portals are useful entry-points to Wikipedia content. Portals originated in the Polish and German Wikipedias. In early 2005, the concept was imported to the English Wikipedia and the first Wikiportals were established. Later that year, a special namespace (Portal:) was created for portals.
Portals are subject to the Wikipedia's five pillars and must comply with Wikipedia's core content policies (neutral point of view, no original research, verifiability, etc.).
Currently, this Wikipedia, the English Wikipedia, has 1517 registered portals. The Featured portals process ceased operation in 2017, and at that time there were 176 featured portals.
How to find portals
Portal:Contents/Portals lists all portals of reader-ready quality.
Portals are also largely inter-accessible with users able to navigate from one portal to another. Universal features, such as the browsebar (which links to top-level portals), and the portals template (which links to Portal:Contents/Portals), allow for convenient browsing. Moreover, portals are also categorised according to hierarchy. Portals, in most instances, also link to their Related portals (those lateral to them) and their Subportals (those that descend from them).
Links to portals are often found in the "See also" section of relevant articles. Links to portals may also be found at the top of an article's talk page (as part of WikiProject banner templates). Portals for top-level subjects are also linked from the Main Page.
- You can also use the Special:Search box below to locate Portals and sub-pages.
How to add portal links to articles
Within articles, this template is meant to be placed at the bottom of the article in the See also section. If there is no See also section, you can put it in the External links section instead; there is no need to create a new section just to house this template. If there is no External links section either, just put it below the article text in the place that seems most appropriate. There are no particular rules about the placement of portals on other kinds of page.
Entering the link at the top of the section will allow it to sit on the top right. Add a portal link by typing can be used to add Wikimedia sister-project links to a portal);Links to specific articles;
You may want to embark on an effort to fill the related categories with appropriate articles if this has not been done already (or add it to the portal's "to do" list so visitors can help out).
How to categorize a portal
- For a simple portal, simply add a specific subcategory of Category:Portals to the bottom of the portal page.
- For a complex, multi-page portal, a portal category is needed.
- Portal categories are generally named
[[Category:TOPIC portal]] where the portal itself is named
- Portal categories are categorized under Category:Portals subcategories just like portals.
- Portals with their own categories are only categorized in that category, which in turn is put into the other categories that the portal would have been in.
How to get involved
Just as with Wikipedia at large, portals can be edited by anyone. However, it is important to pay due regard to the established work of others. Editors are always needed to maintain individual portals; if you would like to participate in the upkeep of a particular portal, note your intention on its talk page, list yourself as a maintainer in the directory of portals, then get to work – thank you!
A WikiProject on Portals has been founded to coordinate portal activity. The current objectives are to develop standards for all portals and to ensure maintenance. Other tasks include the integration and categorisation of portals.
Immediate attention is needed at portals listed in Category:Portals under construction and Category:Portals needing attention.