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Wiki Size: UnknownSize
wikiFactor: 0

This is the user documentation sub-page for this Template:Size template.

Parameters

All parameters for template:Size are optional, though preferred. Leave blank when not available or unknown.

pages
numeric value of 'legitimate' wiki article pages (NO 'thousands' separators), see How to get size information below for details
(depreciated parameter names: wiki pages, wiki_pages)
This will automatically select the appropriate Wiki Size category.
statistics URL
full URL external link to the wiki's statistics page, which includes the page count
(depreciated parameter names: statistics_URL, wiki statistics URL, wiki_statistics_URL)
This should be used to provide verifiability; archived links are acceptable for dead wikis.
wikiFactor
numeric value, see How to calculate the wikiFactor of a site below for details
(obsolete parameter name: wiki factor)
This will automatically select the appropriate wikiFactor (wF) category.
wikiFactor URL
full URL external link to the page containing 'page views' required to determine the wikiFactor (wF)
(obsolete parameter name: wiki factor URL)
If the above wikiFactor parameter is used, then this parameter should also be used to provide verifiability to the wikiFactor claim. You may still include this URL parameter even if you are unsure on how to calculate the above wikiFactor value; it will allow other WikiIndex editors to assist in calculating the correct wikiFactor value for you. As with the statistics URL, archived links are acceptable for dead wikis and / or wiki sites which subsequently disabled this metric.
(Page count as of: 2019-MM-DD, wikiFactor as of: 2012-MM-DD)
ISO 8601 date, as in YYYY-MM-DD; manually add and/or amend the date each time you actually check to verify and/or update the stats
This does not auto-generate as part of the template, and needs to be manually entered; if missing, the easiest way is to copy the entire {{size boilerplate}} as shown below, and paste it into the required article.

Boilerplate

When anyone goes to WikiIndex:Community portal and hits the 'create a new Wiki article page' button, the default boilerplate includes this Size boilerplate:

{{Size <!--see Template:Size for full detail-->
|pages= <!--plain number of article pages (or file pages if the wiki is a media commons); NO thousands separators-->
|statistics URL= No <!--page count source (often a '/Special:Statistics' page); if unknown type 'No'-->
|wikiFactor= <!--preferred; if unknown leave void; see: Category:wikiFactor for help-->
|wikiFactor URL= No <!--wF source (often 'PopularPages', 'Mostvisitedpages' or 'PageHits'); if unknown leave void-->
}}(Page count as of: 2019-MM-DD<br>wikiFactor as of: 2012-MM-DD)<!--YYYY-MM-DD; manually add/amend date when stats are verified and/or updated-->
(last checked against Community Portal's "Create a New Wiki Page" button --EarthFurst 17:46, 16 September 2009 (EDT))
Checked agin 08:38, 26 June 2011 (PDT) and updated the above. Hoof Hearted

How to get size information

Many wiki engines provide an output of statistics somewhere for individual wiki sites, and this usually includes a page count for said wiki. Below is how to find them for various wiki engines; although it can also depend on the specific software version of the wiki engine being run by the said wiki. For some engines, simply click on the appropriate 'statistics' link; for others, you need to manually manipulate its URL by adding (or replacing) a specific text at the end of the relevant wiki URL in the address bar of your web browser. The following are known URL manipulations, and / or other methods. Please feel free to add any additional new findings, or make corrections to existing if required.

  1. MediaWiki — add /Special:Statistics at the end of the URL – https://YourWikiURL.org/Special:Statistics (non-English language versions will automatically convert this to actual language). Dependent on software version, there is a number called "Content pages", or "pages that are probably legitimate content pages" – use that lower number. Ignore the (often much larger) "all pages in the wiki, including redirects" number. We can also add MediaWiki listings to the http://S23.org/wikistats/mediawikis_html.php system from S23 which tracks various wiki stats.
  2. Wikimedia Foundation — all Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) wikis are powered by MediaWiki, and so use the identical MediaWiki syntax shown immediately above.
  3. Wikia, aka Fandom — actual page count is usually found somewhere prominent near the top-right of the wiki main page for individual Wikia / Fandom sites. All Wikia / Fandom wikis are powered by MediaWiki (albeit a heavily modified and exclusively customised version), and therefore use the same MediaWiki syntax, as in http://YourWikiName.Wikia.com/wiki/Special:Statistics. The statistics page also includes URLs to the two available database dumps (current and full including history), the latter (larger) URL is what we use in the backup url field of our wiki infobox template to display its backup file link.
  4. MoinMoin — dependent upon software version, add either /SystemInfo or /PageSize at the end of the URL – https://YourWikiURL.org/SystemInfo or https://YourWikiURL.org/PageSize.
  5. UseMod Wiki — add /?action=index at the end of the URL – http://YourWikiURL.org/?action=index.
  6. Pbwiki — replace any page name with /AllPageshttp://YourWikiURL.org/AllPages.
  7. PhpWiki — an option: search for letter 'e' (the most commonly used vowel) in all Titles (is there a better way?).
  8. ProWiki — add /?action=spx at the end of the URL – http://YourWikiURL.org/?action=spx.
  9. PmWiki — use / in the search box then scroll to the bottom (maybe searching for Site/ or Main/ would be better); an alternative way: add /index.php/Site/Search?q=/ at the end of the URL – eg. http://YourWikiURL.org/index.php/Site/Search?q=/.
  10. TikiWiki — replace ending /tiki-lastchanges.php with either /tiki-stats.php or /tiki-listpages.php.
  11. TWiki — add /WebIndex at the end of the URL – http://YourWikiURL.org/WebIndex.
  12. Oddmuse — in RecentChanges click on '1 day' and replace ?action=rc;days=1;all=0;showedit=0 with ?action=index.
  13. Wikispaces — replace /changes ending the recent changes url with /pagelist.
  14. Bitweaver — add /list_pages.php at the end of the URL – http://YourWikiURL.org/wiki/list_pages.php.
  15. DokuWiki — add ?do=index at the end of the URL – http://YourWikiURL.org/doku.php/start?do=index.
  16. JSPWiki — add Wiki.jsp%3Fpage=SystemInfo.html at the end of the root URL – http://YourWikiURL.org/Wiki.jsp%3Fpage=SystemInfo.html (doesn't work on all sites).
  17. Socialtext — an option: search for letter 'e' (the most commonly used vowel) in the search box (is there a better way?).

How to calculate the wikiFactor of a site

The wikiFactor (wF) is a measure of the 'popularity' of an individual wiki site. It is based on the Hirsch h-index author-level metric, which is commonly used to measure the impact a scientist and / or scholar has had for citations of their published works; an example is Magnus Manske, the first MediaWiki developer, who has an h-index of 20 (as of April 2019). The wikiFactor compliments the number of pages and total number of visits information. More details can be found in the preprint 'wikiFactor: a measure of the importance of a wiki site'.

Specifically, the wikiFactor is simply the number of pages in the wiki site (wF) that have had more than 1000 times wF visits.

Example

A wikiFactor (wF) of, say, 24 – means that page number 24 in the ranking list of pages visited has received 24,000 or more visits, whereas page 25 has not yet reached 25,000 visits. Here is a worked example – for WikiIndex from June 2015:

wikiFactor (wF) table
ranking position (p)
most visited first
page name (page views) relation
views [<=>] 1000*p
1. Welcome (3,438,195 views) 3,438,195 is more than 1,000
2. TestWiki‏‎ (270,350 views) 270,350 is more than 2,000
3. Dhamma Wiki‏‎ (143,211 views) 143,211 is more than 3,000
4. Bulbapedia (100,660 views) 100,660 is more than 4,000
22. WikiMapia‏‎‏‎ (26,290 views) 26,290 is more than 22,000
23. ROS Wiki‏‎ (26,090 views) 26,090 is more than 23,000
24. Willkommen‏‎ (25,478 views) 25,478 is more than 24,000
25. RationalWiki (en)‏‎ (24,892 views) 24,892 is less than 25,000

If one counts the entries with views more than 1000*p (highlighted in light green) – one arrives at a wikiFactor (wF) of 24 for WikiIndex (correct as of June 2015).

Where to look

Many wiki engines (though not all) provide global statistics for page views, or 'hit counters'. Here is how to find the appropriate wikiFactor related stats for various wiki engines (although it can also depend on software version used by individual wiki sites).

  1. MediaWikigo to the /Special:PopularPages page of the wiki – https://YourWikiURL.org/Special:PopularPages.
    MediaWiki have, by default, now removed the page 'Special:PopularPages' from its core installation. They now use the RestAPI function instead. To now produce the data as before, one must install the Extension:HitCounters. Many large wikis are not able to have MediaWiki (or an extension) internally generate hit counters as they operate behind a cache or reverse proxy (such as Squid or Varnish), or an external content distribution network (such as Cloudflare) for performance reasons - which means most of the requests never reach the main servers. There are alternatives, but mostly these are site-specific.
  2. Wikimedia Foundation/Special:PopularPages has been unavailable for some time. The Wikipedia article traffic statistics 'Top' sites option at Stats.Grok.se can be used for the larger Wikipedias, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikimedia Meta-Wiki, but needs to be manually summed for the individual wiki on a per-month basis.
  3. Wikia — originally, this info could be accessed at Special:Mostvisitedpageshttp://YourWikiName.Wikia.com/wiki/Special:Mostvisitedpages, although from September 2011 this tool was removed, and no similar page counter existed for Wikia sites. Sometime in mid-2012, Wikia reinstated /Special:Mostvisitedpages, so this feature became active again. By mid-March 2013 it had gone again, on the Community Central and at least one big wiki. There is now no Special:PopularPages; it was replaced by Special:Top/most_visited, which was deprecated in favour of Special:Insights/popularpages, itself now also depreciated.
  4. MoinMoin — add /PageHits at the end of the URL – https://YourWikiURL.org/wiki/PageHits.
  5. UseMod Wiki
  6. Pbwiki
  7. PhpWiki — add ?MostPopular at the end of the URL – http://YourWikiURL.org/index.php?MostPopular.
  8. ProWiki
  9. PmWiki
  10. TikiWiki — either click on 'Page Rankings' in the sidebar, or add /tiki-wiki_rankings.php to the end of the root URL – http://YourWikiURL.org/tiki-wiki_rankings.php.
  11. TWiki
  12. Oddmuse
  13. Wikispaces — go to Manage Wiki on the top-left of the page (under 'Actions'), then click on the Tools: Wiki Statistics icon – http://YourWikiURL.Wikispaces.com/space/stats/overview, then shift from the overview tab to the pages tab, then click on Views.
  14. Bitweaver — add /rankings.php at the end of the URL – http://YourWikiURL.org/wiki/rankings.php. In the 'Select Attribute' drop-down list, choose 'Most Often Viewed', and from the 'Number of items', select the most appropriate option from the drop-down list.
  15. DokuWiki
  16. ShoutWiki/Special:PopularPages and /Special:Mostvisitedpages both don't exist.
  17. WikiFreeSpecial:PopularPages is enabled on-request.
Google Analytics

If your wiki site uses Google Analytics, you can go to 'Content/Top Content' and select the entire date range to get a count of page views for each page. If you started using Analytics partway through, and stopped collecting your wiki engine's standard statistics at the same time, you may be able to merge the two numbers.