This Layout Guide is an official guide as to how an article should be structured. Feel free to discuss the Layout Guide on the talk page.

Title tagEdit


  • Used to alter the appearance of the article's title at the top of a page.
  • Main uses include to italicize the title of a film (see example here).

Maintenance templatesEdit




Example (for an article about a movie):

{{CT infobox
| name        =''Brain of Blood''
| image       =
| image_size  =250px
| reldate     =December 10, [[2007]]
| ctdirector  =
| runtime     =
| aka         =
| movdirector =[[Al Adamson]]
| movyear     =[[1972]]
| cast        =[[Grant Williams]], [[Kent Taylor]], [[John Bloom]], [[Regina Carrol]], [[Vicki Volante]]



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  • An opening quote is welcome for almost any type of article.
  • Besides opening quotes, quotes are usually placed immediately underneath a heading or subheading, though they can also be used between paragraphs.
  • Do not use links within a quote, unless it is the only mention in the article of a certain subject.

Article bodyEdit

Example (for an article about a director):

 '''Al Adamson''' was... (insert introductory sentence or paragraph)
 ===Early days===
 ===Film career===
 ====Making ''Brain of Blood''====
 ===Later years===
  • Headings and subheadings are usually not required for very short articles.



 [[Image:Joel.jpg|thumb|left|200px|A guy named Joel]]
  • Images should be placed where they are most relevant and should not interrupt the flow or the aesthetics of the article.
  • Placing them immediately underneath a heading or subheading usually works quite well.



  • Used at the bottom of the article body when the article is too vague or brief, AND when there is clearly more information that can be added.
  • See Category:Article stubs

Behind the scenes (notice the capitalization)Edit

The behind the scenes section should precede Appearances and References. It can contain such information as:

  • Portrayal information (for characters appearing in films)
  • Origin of subject: subject's first appearance, who was responsible for creating and/or naming the subject, how the subject came about, was it based on anything, etc.
  • Filming: details about locations, circumstances, etc.

Collections of BTS items that are relatively brief should use bullets, as above. Long BTS paragraphs should be separated by spaces; in this case, do not break up one anecdote into multiple paragraphs.


  • Bulleted list of content that the subject has appeared in.
  • Includes even the smallest mentions in dialogue, narration, or visual appearance (with explanation where appropriate).
  • Should be sorted in chronological order.

References (or Notes and references)Edit

  • Items are added to the list by placing <ref>Source goes here</ref> after the information tidbit in question.
  • To get the references to show up in this section, insert the following code:

See alsoEdit

  • Links to related topics not already linked in article.

External linksEdit

  • It's called "External links" even if there is currently only one link.
  • Articles should begin with the article's title (in quotation marks) and an explanation of the article's content in parentheses, as here. When the article does not have a clear title, an explanation of the content will suffice.


  • Every page and image should have at least one category.
  • Categories should be listed in alphabetical order.
  • People should be categorized by their last name; for example, [[Category:Performers|Hodgson, Joel]].
  • Pages beginning with an article ("a," "an," or "the") should be categorized by the first significant word.
  • Pages and images placed in categories should not also be placed in that category's master category; for example, images in Category:CT promotional images should not also be placed in Category:CT images.
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