When viewing any page on the ECApedia, you'll find three main navigation elements:
- The sidebar on the left gives you access to important pages in the ECApedia.
- At the top of the page are links (often called tabs) which relate to the page currently displayed: its associated discussion page, the version history, and—most notably—the edit link.
- In the top right corner you'll find user links; as an anonymous user, you'll see your IP address and the option to log in. As a logged-in user you have a collection of personal links, including ones to your user page and preferences.
The sidebar is displayed on the left edge of the page below the menu bar of ECA's website. This sidebar gives you access to important pages in the ECApedia such as Recent Changes or Upload File.
Clicking on the main page link takes you back to the main page of the ECApedia. The links in the navigation section just below will take you to important pages of the ECApedia. These links can be configured by any ECApedia administrator.
The tools contains a selection of links which change depending on what type of page you are viewing.
- On all pages (except special pages)
- “What links here” takes you to a special page that lists the pages on ECApadia which contain a link to the current page. This is helpful when you are looking for pages of related information. The “what links here” information can also be useful when you are refactoring ECApedia pages and need to check whether links to this page are still relevant after changes in the current page.
- The “related changes” tool lists all recent changes in the pages linked to from the current page. Recent changes to all relevant template pages are included in the resulting page list. The "Hide minor edits" option that can be set in the user preferences applies, among other things, to “related changes”.
- On all pages (including special pages)
- “Upload file” displays a special page that allows logged-in users to upload images and other files to the ECApedia. Uploaded files can be linked from or embedded in ECApedia pages. Uploading files, viewing files on the server, including them in ECApedia pages and managing the uploaded files is discussed in the managing files section of this manual.
- The “special pages” tool lists the ECApedia special pages. A special page is one that presents information about the ECApedia and/or allows access to administration activities. For example, a list of registered users, statistics such as the number of pages and number of page edits, system logs, a list of orphaned pages, and so on. These special pages are commonly generated when the special page is loaded rather than being stored in the database.
The function and use of the default special pages can be found in the special pages section of this manual.
The page tabs are displayed at the top of the page under ECA's menu bar. These tabs allow you to perform actions or view pages that are related to the current page. The available default actions include: viewing, editing, and discussing the current page. The specific tabs displayed on your pages depend on whether or not you are logged in and whether you have sysop (administrator) privileges. On special pages only the namespace tab is displayed.
- Default for all users
- “namespace” (page, help, special page, template, user page etc.)
- “edit” (may read “view source” if anonymous editing is disabled, the page is in the MediaWiki: namespace, or the page is protected)
- Extra tabs for logged-in users
- Extra tabs for sysops
The user links are displayed at the top far right of the page. These tabs allow a logged-in user to view and edit their user page and preferences. Additionally, the user links allow a user to quickly access their contributions to the ECApedia and logout.
For anonymous users the user link is replaced by a link to the login page or a link to your IP address and your IP address's talk page.
- This links to your user page which is where you can put information about yourself, store bits of information you want to remember or whatever else you fancy.
- This links to your discussion page, where people can leave messages for you.
- Allows you to change your personal site preferences.
- A list of all pages that you are watching. Pages can be added to this list by clicking “watch” at the top of the page.
- A list of all contributions you have made to the ECApedia.
- “log out”
- Click this link to log out of the ECApedia.