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This page contains a handbook for people wanting to start a Wikimedia wiki in a language which does not yet have its own wiki. See Special:SiteMatrix for an overview of already existing wikis (red links are not-existing wikis).
Step 1: Requirements
Wikimedia will not host any wiki in a language or dialect that does not have a valid ISO 639 code, or a language in a script or orthography that is not commonly accepted or used. If you would like to start a personal project, see Incubator Plus on Wikia.
Preferences
Register and change preferences
If you are not yet logged in, please log in or create an account. This will make it easier to keep track of fellow contributors.
Then, go to Special:Preferences (1) and change your interface language (2) and change the test wiki settings:
Step 2: Starting a wiki


Click on the create button above, and in the edit form, replace "language name in English". Extra information can be found on this page. Then save the page.
Step 3: Submitting the request
You can develop a test wiki here without making a request at Meta, but such a request is necessary if you want the wiki to eventually be moved out of the Incubator.
Step 4: On Incubator
Basic guidelines
There are a few rules that all Wikimedia projects must follow:
Step 5: Localisation
The interface needs to be localised into your language. "Localization" includes translating the MediaWiki interface. Translation is one of the requirements before a wiki can be created. You can do this at Translatewiki. It is usually done parallel to the work on the test wiki.
  1. If you are not yet familiar with translatewiki.net, please follow the instructions there.
  2. Go to "Special:Translate" on translatewiki.net and then start translating:
    • While it would be even better to translate the entire interface, for a first project in a language you only need to localise the "most used MediaWiki messages". These are the messages that are of most importance to our readers.
      Note: If the interface is not yet available at all in your language — check the drop-down language menu at the top of the page—you will additionally need to translate at least 13% of the core MediaWiki messages in order to activate the interface in your language. (The "most used" messages count toward the 13%.)
    • For any subsequent project in a language, all the core MediaWiki messages and the messages of the main extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation need to be translated. It is expected that the community of the first project has maintained and improved the localisation and consequently it should be no hardship.
You are encouraged to join the language support team for your language, where you can provide information about your language (such as plural rules) or test functionality. If there is any technical problem, such as a lack of input methods or fonts for your language, do not hesitate to contact either through our community portal or on translatewiki.net.
Step 6: When the wiki is approved
If approved, the language committee will submit a bug request at Phabricator. Then it is only waiting on the developers to create the site. You can track the progress on Incubator:Site creation log.
Step 7: When the wiki is created
See also
Last edited on 4 June 2021, at 19:01
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