Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Layout

This page is about typical layout of Wikipedia articles. For the layout of Wikipedia talkpages, see Wikipedia:Talk page layout.
An article with a table of contents block and an image near the start, then several sections
Sample article layout (click on image for larger view)

This guide presents the typical layout of Wikipedia articles, which includes the sections an article usually has, ordering of sections, and formatting styles for various elements of an article. For advice on the use of wiki markup, see Help:Editing; and for guidance on writing style, see Manual of Style.

Order of article elements

A simple article should have at least a lead section and references. As editors add complexity where required, the elements (such as sections and templates) that are used typically appear in the following order, although they would not all appear in the same article at the same time:

  1. Before the lead section
    1. Hatnotes
    2. Deletion/Protection tags ( CSD, PROD, AFD, PP notices)
    3. Maintenance / dispute tags
    4. Infoboxes
    5. Foreign character warning boxes
    6. Images
    7. Navigational boxes (header navboxes)
  2. Body
    1. Lead section (also called the introduction)
    2. Table of contents
    3. Content
  3. Appendices [1]
    1. Works or publications (for biographies only)
    2. See also
    3. Notes and references (this can be two sections in some citation systems)
    4. Further reading
    5. External links [2]
  4. Bottom matter
    1. Succession boxes and geography boxes
    2. Other navigation templates (footer navboxes) [3]
    3. Geographical coordinates (if not in Infobox) or {{ coord missing}}
    4. Authority control template
    5. {{ featured list}}, {{ featured article}} and {{ good article}} (where appropriate for article status)
    6. Defaultsort
    7. Categories [4]
    8. Stub template
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