Upon the closer inspection of several user message walls, you may find various greetings embedded into their pages.
My greeting. A couple of years ago, I made a tutorial based around the creation of one of these, albeit in such a badly-formatted state I'm surprised at myself for even posting it without articulating certain base points.
Regardless, such a greeting is quite cute (and will make you seem incredibly pro in the long run despite it being really quite easy to make) so if you do want to make one, here's how:
1) Create a page called: Message Wall Greeting:Your username here (e.g. Message Wall Greeting:ReadingLavender9). It should be blank. Click on "Edit the page!".
2) Following this, you can basically do whatever you want to the page itself; any text/picture/code will appear on the panel above your message wall - this is basically where you can let your artistry run wild. However, this is where methods diverge, with two options available for you to use as vectors of creation.
OPTION A - simpler
Chu's message wall greeting created using option A. You can photoshop/draw/eq. your own message wall greeting on an external program (such as Adobe Photoshop), in which case you can just insert it as an image onto the greeting page itself (via. the right-hand editing panel) and be done with it.
OPTION B - challenging
Option B - despite it being called "challenging" - is still fairly easy to utiltise well enough to create a greeting as it involves the usage of simple coding; something that, in reality, is quite easy to learn.
As a result of this, you will want to go into source mode to ensure your code will work efficiently and, as a result, not be seen in your final product.
It should also be completely barren prior to you typing up any code on it which, post-edits, should look vaguely like those visible on my greeting (see left). Feel free to copy my code and alter it to your tastes should you wish to do so.
Now, to talk you through it:
- Code is almost always written in American English. Therefore, words such as colour or, in the instance above, centre become color and center. Wikia will not register your code if it isn't in American English.
And line-by line ... (ignore the dots that separate the code from the brackets)
Line one: <.div style="border:5px solid yellow;padding:20px;border-radius:25px".>
"div" defines a division or a section in a HTML document (upon which we're building our message wall greeting on).
"border:5px solid yellow" states that the border must be 5px thick and be in solid yellow. Simple enough.
"padding:20px" defines the space betwen my border and the actual text I want displayed on my greeting.
"border-radius:25px" allow my borders to become rounded-edged. Deleting it would give you sharp edges.
Line two: <.center.>
"Center" allows for my greeting to stay smack-bang in the centre of a page and, as a result, not be askew.
Line three: <.font size="3" face="calibri" color="yellow">Welcome to the Moffat-filled world of Jane!.</font.>
"Welcome to the Moffat-filled world of Jane!" is the first bit of text I want displayed on my greeting; all other instructions handed to my computer for its final look are surrounding it.
"font size="3" face="calibri" color="yellow"" states that I was the aforementioned bit of text to be size three when displayed and be in the font calibri and be yellow. The quotation marks separate each piece of information within the brackets <> to ensure that the computer does not mess up any of the information and, thus, mar the final image of my greeting.
"b" represents bolding, with my request being that the text also be in bold. This is in a separate bracket.
<./b>.<./font> represents me finishing off this line of code; it acts like a period in a sentence, for instance.
Line four:<.font face="calibri"><.font color="yellow">Message wall - tell quickly if convenient. If inconvenient, tell anyway. Muchas gracias.</.font><./font>
This line is almost identical in terms of code to line three. This time, however, the text I want displayed is "message wall - tell quickly if convenient. If inconvenient, tell anyway. Muchas gracias" with no bolding.
Line five: the code to my signature (which won't display properly in this post). Learn how to make one here[[ ]] . By no means is this necessary in a message wall greeting. In this bit of code, the bit displayed in my final greeting is "ReadingLavender9, souffle girl of 221B" and a timestamp, with surrounding bits of information symbolising it linking to my profile as well as typeface (see: papyrus) as well as colour (brown).
Lines six and seven: <./center> <./div> As mentioned, these act like periods in a sentence, finishing off my code - in this case, it is used to tell the computer there is no further use for center and the div command beyond my greeting. And after this, taaaaadaaaaa! A message wall greeting :D