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This template generates a box for a portal home page. The content is drawn randomly from a pre-defined list.


{{Random portal component
 |max      =
 |template =
 |header   =
 |footer   =
 |subpage  = 
 |rootpage =
 |headertemplate = 


  • header: (Optional) The header text of the box. If no header is passed to the template, the default is the subpage name.
  • footer: (Optional) The footer text in the box. E.g. Nominations for selected picture.
  • rootpage: (Optional) The root of the transcluded page, e.g. Portal:Foo.
  • subpage: The subpage of the transcluded page, e.g. Selected picture.
  • max: The maximum number of sub-subpages. Must be a positive integer.
  • headertemplate: (Optional) The name of the template to use for the box header, e.g. Box-header/10 for Template:Box-header/10; default is the portal's /box-header subpage

Formatting subpages

  • Create a sub-page first. If your portal is Portal:Foo, then a sub-page could be Portal:Foo/Selected bar.
  • On the Portal:Foo/Selected bar sub-page, place the template {{numbered subpages}} on the page and save it.
  • Once the list of subject links have been created, use one of the Selected <subject> templates from below to format each of the subject sub-pages.
  • This template calls /box-header (if headertemplate is not specified) and {{box-footer}} for its color styles and closing. Either headertemplate must be used, or the /box-header subpage must exist for everything to work correctly.


To see a real time example, see what links here (the list of pages that currently transclude the {{Random portal component}} template).

Here is a stale example of the output generated by this template.

{{Box-header | title=Header
|editpage   = Template:Lorem ipsum
|border     = Black
|titleforeground = #ffe247
|titlebackground = #A9A9A9
|background = #FFFFFF
|foreground = black
{{Lorem ipsum}}
{{Box-footer | Footer }}

will produce:


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.


See also

Main portal creation templates

  • {{Basic portal start page}} (deleted)—Used to create portal main pages.
  • {{Random portal component}}—Used on the portal main page to randomly display articles from the portal sub-pages.
  • {{Random subpage}}—Used on the portal main page to randomly display articles from the portal sub-pages. This template is best used for creating randomly populated Did you know... sections on the portal main page that are intended to include multiple Did you know... facts.
  • {{Portal subpage}}—Used to output a box containing a link to subpage.
  • {{Numbered subpages}}—Used to create article links on portal sub-pages.
  • {{Random box-header subpage}}—Used to transclude a numbered subpage.

Main portal page formatting templates

Templates that configure links

These templates are used to format the articles on the sub-pages

{{Selected X}}—Generic template for situations not listed hereafter.

Related templates

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