Wikipedia:Why create an account?

This is Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is free to read, and free to edit. Go beyond reading, and join the world's community of volunteers.

Wikipedia has various sister projects too, like Wikimedia Commons – where everyone collects and volunteers free media.

Registering doesn't just give you better tools for making edits: An account facilitates everything from offering art to working with other volunteers.

You don't need to be registered to contribute, but getting an account will allow you to:

Once you have had an account for about 4 days and have made at least 10 edits, you will be allowed to:

And once you have had an account for 30 days, and have made at least 500 edits, you will be allowed to edit extended protected pages!

For a little bit more detail, read on. Or, get started: sign up – contribute to the Wikipedia Project the way that you want to.

Creating an account is quick and completely free.