Porting templates

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Simple templates can be copy/pasted but for any that transclude further templates it's best to export and import.

Complex templates are easier obtained from Wikipedia than written from scratch, where considerable work has already gone into developing and debugging these.

Import

Only administrators of a wiki can use Special:Import. You can trans wiki import any templates on this wiki simply by going to Special:Import on your wiki and using the form on the bottom of the page. For any templates you require not already on this wiki, create a task listing them at Phabricator.

Customisation

Site specific templates need to be made more generally usable, e.g. replacing instances of Wikipedia with {{ns:Project}} and Wikimedia with Miraheze, etc.

Also include style sheets

Also be sure to copy any relevant styling to MediaWiki:Common.css.

Licensing

Because of CC-BY-SA licensing considerations the previous authors need to be acknowledged. Here's a list of sources and attribution templates for inserting at the bottom of the imported pages, (but not sub-pages) e.g. before </noinclude>: