This page outlines best practices for portals.

Please bear in mind that portals should be about broad subject areas, which are likely to attract large numbers of interested readers and portal maintainers. Portals which require manual updating are at a greater risk of nomination for deletion if they are not kept up to date. Do not expect other ors to maintain a portal you create.[disputed ]

In general[]

A portal helps to browse on a particular subject, hence the subject of a portal should be broad so that it presents a diversified content. The portal subject area should have enough interest and articles to sustain a portal, including enough quality content articles above a Start-class to sustain the featured content section. To aid in this, the portal should be associated with a WikiProject (or have ors with sufficient interest)[1] to help ensure a supply of new material for the portal and maintain the portal.

The portal layout should be complete or there should be ongoing efforts to make the portal layout complete. The portal should be maintained and serve a useful purpose.

Portals should not be a vehicle for advocacy or advertisement, should not have too many red links, should not be redundant to another portal, should not cover too narrow a scope, and should adhere to Wikipedia's policy on neutrality. For speedy deletion of portals, see Wikipedia:CSD#Portals and for deletion by discussion see WP:MFD.

It is common practice not to include references in portals. As on the Main Page, readers should be able to verify the portal content by following a prominent link to a relevant article, and checking the references there.

How to create a portal[]

Before creating a portal, see Portal:Contents/Portals.

What content to include[]




Article selection[]

For the Selected article, Selected biography or other Selected content items, find a good number[1] of articles, as many as you can, that could be showcased on the portal. Each of these articles should be:

^ Good number means about 20 articles, though this figure may vary from case to case and is intended as a rough guide rather than a hard principle.

Linking to portals[]

To optimise access to portals, each portal should have the following links leading to them:

  1. From the root article of the portal
  2. From the category of the same name or whatever are the root categories in the Category box section.
  3. From the corresponding navigation template(s)

When a portal is complete the portal should be added to Portal:Contents/Portals. Consider adding links to the portal from the selected articles.

How often to update?[]

The more often portals are updated, with fresh content, the more interesting they will be to readers and attract returning visitors. Some portals update the selected articles and pictures once a month.[disputed ] Others update them weekly,[disputed ] which is preferred. Other update schedules—ranging from once every few weeks to every time the article is refreshed—are also sometimes used.

Queue features in advance[]

One way to facilitate the updates is to queue them up in advance. Wikipedia contains some system variables (see Help:Variables), such as {{CURRENTWEEK}}, and {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}}. These can be incorporated into wikilinks.

For example [[Selected picture/{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}}]] would link to [[Selected picture/May]] every May, and would automatically update to [[Selected picture/June]] the next month.

Knowing this, you can set up several of the Selected picture monthly subpages in advance and the portal will perpetually cycle through them. You can instead use the {{CURRENTWEEK}} variable to make the selected picture update weekly, rather than monthly.

See also[]


  1. ^ "You don't have to join our project to work on military history articles. We welcome everyone who wants to help improve these topics, and encourage you—project member or not—to participate in all of our activities and take complete advantage of the support we offer."