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The MediaWiki software powering PGVWiki provides several namespaces. A namespace is a "zone" that contains specific types or groupings of wiki content. It is generally shown by the use of a prefix before the title of a page.

When creating pages of content, consideration should be given to the use of the appropriate namespace for the page. The namespaces used in PGVWiki are shown below in bold. Prior to creating pages users should also read PGVWiki:Categorisation to further understand how pages can be grouped together.

PGVWiki Namespaces

Namespaces are configured into the PGVWiki installation so that pages within a registered namespace can receive special treatment. There is nothing to stop you creating an article such as [[SomeDummyNameSpace:Article_Name]], however, because "SomeDummyNameSpace" is not a registered namespace it does not receive any special treatment - therefore, this is not encouraged and article doing this will be moved.

main namespace

The zone for the actual documentation of PhpGedView. It contains no prefix, and pages in this namespace are created simply by creating [[links]].


This namespace is the namespace for pages pertaining to the wiki itself. These pages deal with the policies, guidelines and issues pertaining to the running, maintenance and growth of PGVWiki.


This namespace is set aside for personalized pages pertaining to the PGVWiki contributors. This may include personal presentations, scratch pages, rough drafts, and archives of content. It is not intended for use as personal webspace (see What PGVWiki is not).


This namespace contains pages related to the topic of Genealogy that may assist users of PhpGedView.


This namespace is for pages that provide guidance for using MediaWiki (the software behind the PGVWiki). It is not to be used in page titles related to PGVWiki or PhpGedView.


This namespace is created for image description pages that provide information concerning images.


This namespace consisting solely of pages that are dynamically created by the MediaWiki software on demand (i.e. recent changes). These pages can be linked using the usual method, except when parameters are required (then the full URL must be used).


This namespace is used to create customizable sections of text that can be included in multiple articles. The are included using the {{template}} markup (see Templates).


This namespace is used to contain text clippings that allow customization of the wiki's user interface. Pages in this namespace may only be edited by the PGVWiki admin team.


This namespace contains all the various categories into which articles can be grouped.

Talk namespaces

Each namespace (except for Special:) also has an associated Talk: namespace linked to it. These pages are set aside for discussion of the articles as necessary. Examples of the most frequently used Talk namespaces are:

  • Talk:
  • PGVWiki talk:
  • User talk:
  • Image talk: