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Using this Guide

This Tiki guide is created using Tiki. Many of the features that you will learn about in this guide, are actually implemented on this site. In order to get the most out of this guide, you should read this section first because it explains how to find the information that you may be looking for.

This guide is written by a Windows user, and this is reflected in the terminology and screen shots. But because Tiki is a browser-based, web application, you should be able to transfer this information to your operating system.

In this section

Be sure to review the Smart Questions (FAQs) for answers to common questions about this guide.

There are four primary ways to navigate through the content in this guide:
  • The Contents menu provides direct links to the primary sections of the guide. Think of this as a book's table of contents. The menu is always available, on the left side of every page.
    Contents menu
    The Contents menu is a simplified table of contents.

  • The Search bar, located at the top of the screen, provides a full-text search of all the pages in this guide. For best results, try searching for only one or two words instead of a full sentence or phrase.
    Search box
    Use the Search box to search for particular terms throughout the entire guide.

  • The Structure bar, located above the content area provides an easy way to "page" through each section. This is sometimes also called "bread crumbs" because it shows a trail of links like bread crumbs to show how you got to this page.
    Structure bar
    The Structure bar, at the top of each page, provides direct links to the prior sections.

    At the top and bottom of each page are links to to go the Next (next ) and Previous (previous ) pages, as well as the beginning of the current section (Section ).

  • The Related Topics Related Topics icon links, when available, provides direct access to related (or similar topics). Using these links makes it easy to move through different (but related) sections in the guide.
    Related Topics
    Use the Related Topics list to quickly jump to similar pages.


You can always create "printer-pretty" versions of any page for offline reading. Simply click the Print (Print ) icon, located at the top of each page.

Tiki's multi-print (Print multiple pages ) feature allows you select multiple pages to print. This way you can create printer-pretty versions of an entire section or chapter.

You can also purchase the printed, paperback edition of Tiki for Dummies Smarties from LuLu, Amazon, and others! I will also produce an Ebook version (in ePub and Kindle formats) of Smarties. See Buy the Book for more information.


To convert a single page from Tiki Essentials to PDF format, simply click the PDF icon Image at the top of the page. I use the free, hosted, HTMLtoPDF service provided by

It may take several seconds to produce the PDF, so please be patient!

I also provide periodic "snapshots" of Smarties (in PDF and TXT formats) on Scribd, if you want the complete guide.
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Throughout this guide, you will find tips, notes, and warnings:


This is how a warning appears. Pay close attention to each warning. There aren't many, but they are important. You could crash your Tiki or corrupt the database, making your site inaccessible


This is how a tip appears. Tips are helpful hints that will make your Tiki experience easier, such as providing alternate ways of accomplishing a task.


This is how a note appears. Notes are secondary information that you may (or may not) need.

There are two types of links used in this guide:
  • Internal links (that is, links to other sections of this guide) are simply underlined.
  • External links (that is, links to other websites) include the external link icon (External link. ).
    External links to the official TikiWiki documentation are identified with the documentation icon (TikiWiki documentation ). These links contain detailed information and are highly recommended.


I speak, read, and write in English. If you are multilingual, you can help translate this guide into other languages. Tiki has significant i18n (internationalization) capabilities.

Use the Translate this Page icon Translate at the top of the page to translate the content of any wiki page into your language.
Translate this page.
Select your language.

  • Human translations are are written by actual people, so the quality is very good.
  • Machine translations are handled through Google Translate.
Changing the page's language will also change the interface language (for things like menus, prompts, and buttons). Tiki includes more than 30 interface languages!


The information on some translated pages may be out-of-date.

Why not help improve (or create new) translations in your native language by becoming a contributor.

Rating Pages

You, as a reader of this guide, can help improve it! Use the Rate this page widget (available at the top of most pages) to tell us how useful you found the page.
Select the star to rate the page.

We'll work to improve pages with low ratings!

You can also use the Feedback Form to send us detailed comments. Of course, the best way to provide direct feedback is to become a contributor.

Multiple Versions

TikiWiki undergoes continual development. Use the Multiple Versions information area to select the Smarties page for a specific Tiki release.
Selecting a version-specific page.
Selecting a version-specific page.

The currently selected release is highlighted; simply click a release number to view the associated Smarties page.


These links are available only for specific pages — some of the information in Smarties is applicable for all Tiki releases.

By default, the information in this guide is for the current Tiki release.

Created by Rick Sapir. Last Modification: Thursday, August 04, 2016 01:57:38 pm EDT by System Administrator.
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