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A Guide to Creating a Guide

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by nanoyam updated January 13, 2017

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Hey everyone and welcome!

I'm nanoyam or shortly Nano, a guidemaker in SmiteFire. This guide was created to help you to get started with your own guide. This guide offers you guidance on what you need in order to be a guidemaker, what your guide needs to be a guide and how to improve your skills with guidecrafting. I'm helping you with all the basic elements what comes to guidecrafting and then giving you some options how to become even more advanced guidemaker.

Although this guide doesn't turn you instantly the most famous guidemaker and owner of a top guide, it does give you the key elements to climb your way to the top. So yes, that is my promise to you dear reader. With me, this guide and with the help of our great community, you will become a real guidemaker in our SmiteFire community.

Creating the guide

You have now decided to create a guide of your own. You might have seen, that SmiteFire has a bunch of good guides for different gods, gamemodes, items etc. There might be guides that you've used to improve your own smite experience, or guides that simply pleases your eye and some guides that have turned out to be extremely useful. Before you can actually start crafting your own guide, you need to have some idea of what's your guide going to be like. The are many reasons why people have decided to write their own guides, and before I'll let you read further, I want you to think your goal in guidecrafting.

Here are some ideas to think about:

  • There is a new god without a guide
  • There is a old god without an updated guide
  • I have my favourite god which I simply love to play with
  • There is no guide with similar build/idea what I use
  • I'm experiented player and I want to share my knowledge
  • There is no other guide for that specific gamemode

What you want your guide to be like?

After you have decided your goal on guidecrafting, and you know what you want to write about, you have few things to consider. A Guide, most of the times means something that will provide you guidance on some specific thing. In SmiteFire, you may have noticed that many users want to create their own guide but they end up just having some items listed for some specific god. If you're about to create a guide for a god, you should see the difference between a build and a full guide, and thereby decide which one your aiming for.

For any guide to be complete it must contain at least 5000 characters. For a guide to be a God Guide it must also contain at least 1 complete build. But remember, just a build won't be a complete guide and most of the times, it doesn't end up being seen around.

Before telling you how to turn your build into a guide, which I will do in the next chapter (See below "Creating content") I will write about something, that will play a big part in your way to becoming a respected guidemaker.

Naming your guide

Yes, I'm talking about naming your guide before you even have one. So what is so important in naming that I need to write about it this early. Okay, at the start I want to tell you that this stage could be way further in the guidecrafting progress and the name of your guide can be changed at any point, even after publishing. But in order to save or publish your guide, it needs to be named (properly).

First of all, the name should tell you the subject the guide is all about. In this case let's pretend we're going to name a full Xing Tian guide. Like mentioned above, if your going to create a full guide instead of a build, you might want to include that in your guide name. But I want you to know, that naming your guide is one way of marketing your guide to all readers. So it's not hard to imagine that only "Xing Tian Guide" won't be a great name of the guide, since all the Xing Tian guides can be called with that name. So what makes the name more attractive. At the end, it's under your consideration what makes the name good or what.

Here I have few examples of what I think are bad, decent and good names for guides:

Bad names:
  • Xing Tian Guide
  • Siege Xing Tian 29.3.2016
  • Best Xing Tian Guide
  • Ultimate Xing Jungle!!!

Decent names:
  • Full Xing Tian Guide Season 3
  • Xing Tian Siege Guide (Patch 3.5)
  • Diamond Guide for Xing Tian
  • Ultimate jungling with Xing

Good names:
  • Warred By Emperor - Full Xing Tian Guide |Season 3|
  • Sieging with Xing - Xing Tian Guide (Patch 3.5)
  • Unbroken - A Complete Xing Tian Guide
  • Xing in the jungle - Xing Tian Guide (S3)


Don't include dates on the name, if your only reason is to show how updated your guide is. Just simply season or patch note number, will tell us everything we need know about your guide's freshness.

Never try to claim the title "Best". With this title you're trying to nullify other guide's existence, while in most cases these people haven't even looked at other people guides. So just don't use it, be smart and more creative.

Using too much any kind of punctuation marks or writing with CAPITAL LETTERS will make your name look unclear. Be careful when using these. This is not pretty "XING TIAN!!!, best guide!?!? /So last Season)"

Be creative with the name. Use quotes from your god or use words that describe the guide well. Whatever you imagine, Be creative!

Naming other than a god guide. If you're creating more guidance guide, like what I'm here trying to do, name does not need to be that creative. Why? Well shortly answered, it's easier to find when name does not include excessive letters.

Creating content

So now you have the idea behind your guide, you have selected your god and you have great name for your guide. Now you're so eager to have something to write about, but you actually have no clue what that is. In this section I'll be covering all the things you need to have in your guide, what is not so necessary and what you shouldn't have in your guide. Let's start with things that will eventually make your guide good enough to be a guide.


After all, guidecrafting is all about writing. To be a guidemaker you don't need to be a native English speaker or know all the fancy words. It's okay to use dictionary to help you with writing, as long as you know what you're writing about. Still grammar, punctuation and spelling are most important part in your guide, since the readability is something that separates the good guides from the bad guides. Also one thing to be aware of is walls and walls of text. Sometimes we have so much to say and it can't be said shortly. In guidecrafting, that's the moment when you really need to learn how to make your text more attractive to readers. In SmiteFire we call it BBCoding, which is something you learn later on when you keep reading this guide.


You have decided to put all the information in your guide for everyone to see. The content in your guide is on your responsibility, so make sure you know what your text holds inside. While some information remains same after all the season some may become uncertain and draw attention. When this happens you need to make sure to have correct and updated information and then be ready to stand behind your words. In best scenario you have official site to verify your statements. If you're using quotes from other member/players, make sure to link them to original source. This is something I bet you all learned from school, No root no good! If you know what you're talking about it usually reflects from your text and there's no need to have official statements to confirm everything you write in your guide.


After a lot of effort in writing the whole guide and checking there's all the correct information, all that matters is how you put all the pieces together. Guide can contain all the little details and be super In-depth, but without logical order and easy navigation it can turn out to be a mess. When we're talking about a good guide, we see readable and reliable text in coherent and well formatted content. But along with these, guide needs to be entertaining. So now we know what we're expected to have in our fantastic guides, so let's move with our next section.

Table of Contents:

Table of contents is something that will automatically appear in your guide after you have named your chapters. Chapters don't need to be named with these exact same names what I use, but the name should indicate what the chapter holds inside. This makes the navigation trough your guide a lot easier. And most importantly, this is the part which separates a full guide from a build. Build guides' only requirement is to have short explanation of item choices. Adding all the necessary info will turn your build into a guide and all the rest is considered to be more In-depth. First I have listed all the necessary things you should have in your guide and in your table of contents.

Necessary: Useful: Unnecessary:
  • Introduction
  • Skills
  • Items
  • Gameplay
  • Credits
  • Pros & Cons
  • Statistics
  • Skill combos
  • Ranked gameplay
  • Match-Ups
  • Gameplay Videos
  • Changelog
  • Lore
  • List of God Skins

Now that you have a clue what your Table of contents might look like, you need to know what each of these chapters should contain. I've hidden everything in spoilers to ease your navigation and to help you find the exact information you need in order to fulfill your chapters.

Necessary content:






Useful content:

Pros & Cons


Skill combos

Ranked gameplay


Gameplay Videos


Unecessary content:


List of God Skins

Valuable content

I bet you got some great ideas above and you're getting ready to get started, but I still have few tips for you that will make your guide even better. What makes your guide more valuable to your readers:

o Know the god you're writing about. This means that you have to actually read the god's abilities and most importantly play with this god.

o Reveal your gaming strategy, tips and tricks. Whatever tricks you've found, share them with us and let us know something we can't find from other guides.

o Be informative and entertaining. Explain everything well, but let us enjoy your content by telling some crazy tips, having screenshots, colors, anything you can imagine. Just remember to stay in limits, there's under aged people reading your guide.

o Stay in meta or be ready to argument. With this I don't mean to say you couldn't try something new, but I'm warning that people are ready to argument whenever anyone dares to try something, so be ready cuz they got some data to support the meta. But hey, you must know the meta before breaking it.

o Build reasonable items. In smite magical gods can't build physical items and vice versa.

o Level your skills in reasonable order. Level your skills the way they improve your gaming, unless you're going to break the meta.

o Test your build before sharing it. Yes, I've seen people to publish their untested builds. Try many different builds and be sure that your build actually is the best.

Getting started

This is the moment when you either rush to open a new window on your screen and anxiously click the "Create Guide" or admit you already started crafting before finished reading this part. Now that you have clear vision of your guide and content in your mind, it's time to help you get started with all the basic things.

1. Adding the names for your guide and build

It's time to add the fantastic name to your guide and for your build/s.

And be warned, if you still have no name for your guide, you can't save your work and whenever you close the tab, all your work will be lost. So you name it!

2. Adding items to build

Before you're able to add any items, you need to click the button under your guide's name "Add Build". (Picture in spoiler) Then you're forced to pick a god, before being able to add any items. If you selected wrong god or your intention was not to add build, you can cancel the feature by closing it from the small cross like showed in the picture underneath.

Add Build (Picture)

Cancel Build (Picture)

After you found the right god, you can start add items. (Picture in spoiler) In most guides, the main build is picked up in the first purchase order "PO #1". This is because, when people are looking guides via god finder, the first purchase order is the one they see. But, you're still able to add more than just a one purchase order/item sections in the same build. Items will be organized in the order you select them and can be removed by clicking it from the purchase order. It's recommended that you add at least one full build (6 items) to your build (preferably in the first PO). Other orders you add may include titles like:
  • Starter Items
  • Core Items
  • Offensive / Defensive Items
  • Alternative Items
  • Recommended Items
  • Example Build
  • Relics

Adding Items (Picture)

3. Adding Skill Order

You can add skill order by opening it from "Skill sequence" right next to purchase order. (Picture in spoiler). You can start adding the points on skills jus by clicking them. Just to note: The system in SmiteFire does not work in the same way it does in game.
You can't add points at 2 or more different skill on same level, however you may add more than just 5 points on same skill so pay attention.

Here are few tips on adding skill order:
  • Each skill can be upgraded 5 times.
  • First 2 upgrades can’t be used on same skill.
  • You can’t spent more than 2 points in same skill before level 5.
  • Ultimate can be upgraded at levels 5,9,13,17 & 20.
  • One skill cannot be fully upgraded before spending at least 4 points on other skills.

Add Skill Order (Picture)

4. Adding Chapters

And finally you can start adding chapters and create table of contents to your guide. Depending how in-depth you want your guide to be, keeping the chapter names clear helps navigating through your guide. Avoid using any punctuation marks in titles ([email protected]*^). Try to describe chapters' content as well as you can, while keeping it short.

Add Chapters (Picture)

Coding & Visualization

And now, let's move to the part you all have waited the most. Coding and Visualization! You might have seen multiple guides with clickable images, icons, links etc. In this section I'll cover some basic coding along with something more advanced. Although this guide is not based on making you the best coder, I feel you need to know how everything works and what is possible to achieve with coding. For more In-depth coding guide can be found here Code Blue: BBCoding for Beginners.

Basic Toolbar:

This toolbar is showing in every chapter when you're editing your guide. It offers all the basics what comes to writing. Even with only these features, you are able to make your guide look more pleasant. I think we're all quite familiar with these basics, so I won't be explaining how all of them work. But one thing I want to show you here, is listing.

To start listing your ideas, you need to click that first list icon. After this you have 2 possible listing options. Numbers (middle) and bullets (right). Of course there are also other ways to create lists, and with coding you can learn to do whatever you imagine or dare to try. But here's how these lists look like:
    Number 1.
    Number 2.
    Number 3.
  • First
  • Second
  • Third


SmiteFire's Database coding:

Along with the basic toolbar SmiteFire offers all the guidemakers some coding based on database to help us visualize our guides. This stage of coding is something everyone can learn to use and it can improve your guide's quality a lot.




Xing Tian Genji's Guard Shell

God Cards:

Note: Images underneath have been resized to 156x205. Code for resizing images will be shown later on the coding section. Copying the code underneath will make the picture appear in it's original size 388x512.


Advanced coding:

Advanced coding

Creative coding:




Purification is a relic. Relics are free. Players unlock their first Relic at level 1, and their second Relic at level 12. Using this item removes Crowd Control Effects and makes you immune to new ones for 2s. It has 160 seconds cooldown.

Shell is a relic. Relics are free. Players unlock their first Relic at level 1, and their second Relic at level 12. Using this item gives the owner and his allies +45 Magical and Physical Protections for 5 seconds. Also, all damage taken is reduced by 15%. It has 140 seconds cooldown.



Rulers can be used to divide your content and prevent walls of text. With rulers you can just sperate your content in logical order or use it to highlight some titles like in this guide. Rulers will automatically form the line in the available space. Only the first option "table" is colorable, others will appear as the color below.

Here's three different ways to create rulers:

Style 1 Code
Style 2 Code
Style 3 Code

Make the ruler look cool!

Only the first one shown above can be modified to appear thicker and/or colored. In the code you can find parts like "bgcolor=" to change ruler color, "padding=" to define ruler thickness and "width=" to change ruler width. With these little modifies you can add more personal touch to your guide.

On the color part you can either use one of the colors from the basic toolbar or use the color of your choice. You can find more info 'bout colors by reading bit further this section.

Padding can be set up on any number e.g. "padding=1", "padding=5" or "padding=10"

The base width for ruler is 675. By using this you can make sure to line it up with your text. However by trying to change width for a larger number won't change anything and the ruler will appear same. Ruler can be downsized too, but in this case I do recommend centering it. Just to make more pleasent.

Groovy Rulers:

Spoiler: Click to view

Spoiler: Click to view


Spoiler: Click to view

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Spoiler: Click to view


Altough SmiteFire offers us a table of content and quick links bact to top (At the right corner of every chapter), it's also possible to add your own quick tags for easy navigation. These links will allow your reader to either skip chapters or to move quickly back and forward in your guide, without need to go back to top all the time.

In order to use this navigation system you will need to understand how these links work. Below you can find three different navigation styles. These codes will create the links to specific chapters, but to get these to work you will also need code for adding anchor points. These anchors will define where these specific links will lead. Anchor code looks like this "anchor=Introduction" with brackets around it. This anchor code is best used when added in the end of your previous chapter. If it's added on the start of your chapter, it will cut out your title. Just make sure that your goto link matches the name in your anchor, otherwise your links will lead nowhere!

Here's three different navigation styles free to use! Codes are found inside spoilers and they can be copied as they appear. I've also included the anchor code separately.

Navigation Styles:

Navigation Style 1 Code

Navigation Style 2 Code

Navigation Style 3 Code

Using Templates:

SmiteFire does not offer any ready-to-go templates or layouts. However if you think you're not ready to survive alone with BBCoding, our veteran member Zilby has made a guide just for you. A Template For Guides offers templates to use in every chapter.

Coloring your guide:

Colors can improve your guides visuality and make it more attractive to read. As I mentioned before, all the guidemakers must learn how to make their text more attractive and delightful for readers, and colors are one solution for this. While I like people who are not afraid of using colors, I do think you still need to be careful.

I think I became blind reading this

SmiteFire only has 12 different color options in it's toolbar. These colors are pretty gaudy, and so on sometimes very unpleasant for eye. However, you are still able to use other colors, since all the color codes works on this site. By searching with "HTML colors" you will find multiple sites with different colors.

Color codes

Transparent color

Here's some color codes to use:


Adding Images:


Like you may have noticed, toolbar has an option to "Add Images". By clicking it, new window opens asking you to give Image URL. In order to get your image showing, you need to use direct link like this to that picture. Without it, we will only see some blank space in your guide.

You can also resize images that are too big. But remember, resizing might affect to your images resolution and look vague (but we don't care that these banner images in my guide are bit flattened :3)

Image Codes

Adding Videos


It's also possible to add videos in your guides. Adding videos to your guide may help your reders to get better understanding of the god your writing about. Or you can just add music to bring the feeling. Anyways, videos can be added with various styles. One is to use "embed" code to bring videos from any source. Like seen above, I've embed a video from youtube for you to listen (code shown below video).

Other way is to create links directly to youtube. In this case you don't need to copy the whole URL link, you only need videos' ID (click the video the get more options). Codes shown inside spoiler.


URL Masking

URL Masking can be used to hide long URL links, and so on making them appear prettier. Instead of you can make it to appear like this A Guide to Creating a Guide Code for doing this can be found in spoiler below.



Signature is one way to get more visibility for your guide or your profile! While it can be just a shorty note or an image of something fun, it can also be made into a clickable image. Below, you can find 2 of my currently used signatures.

IMPORTANT NOTE: NEVER use others work without giving them the credit they deserve. When your using a signature (or image on your guide), make sure to show the original source or the creator of the work (not mandatory if it's your own design).

Check out my Sol Guide!

Need help with guidecrafting? Read my guide!

Code for signature

Publishing the guide

After all the hard work, sweat and tears, over 500 views later, the never ending circle of editing and reviewing has come to an end. You can finally start to feel happy about something you've created. It's the first time you may hit the shiny "Publish" button. Nothing happens for a while and you're starting to feel frustrated, then something magical happens, you get an announcement "Your guide has been published". Now the fact that everyone can admire your work is true. I know everyone, who has just finished their guide is super excited to publish their work. But I challenge you to do a fast checking before publishment. It's for your best.


o Happy with the name of the guide
o I have enough chapters for a guide
o I have updated and correct information
o I've done spellchecking
o I've read my own content
o Everything is organized and well formatted
o I'm at least 99,9% happy with it

Publishing while work in progress

Wait.. Did you just tell me to do a checklist while others are publishing guides with W.I.P. (Work In Progress) in their names?!?! Does it matter, if my guide is unfinished?

Yes, I did. Sometimes people accidentally click the publish button, but they don't want to start a new guide so they add tag "unfinished" or "WIP" on their guide names. But sometimes this is not the case. Tagging your name with WIP may refer that you're eventually getting close to say you're done, but you still need some help finding something to complete your work. While this can help you to improve your guide a lot, it also prevents you getting that exciting moment to publish your fantastic guide. When guide is published before it's complete, don't expect to get easy upvotes or praiseful comments. Unfinished guides gets criticism and constructive comments, but after it's finished, it's already seen and people tend leave it as it is. Don't get me wrong, good guide is always a good guide and it will get a spot it deserves. I just recommend to wait until you're ready and happy with what you're done.

I accidentally published my guide?

I did not mean to publish it... I was... What do I do? I don't want people to see it unfinished. THERE'S PICTURES OF ME NAKED?!?!

Ehm. At that point, I could ask why? But instead I recommend you to remove the content and archive it. Best way to prevent people seeing your content is to archive it. You can still continue editing your archived guide and when you feel finished, unarchive it. If you don't mind people seeing your guide before it's finished, you may still want to add tag (unfinished) or (WIP) to your guides name. It will prevent people for downvoting or leaving idiotic comments about how "bad" your guide is at the moment.

Updating your published guide

Right after publishing of your guide, it's not wrong to take a quick look what you've done. If you find something to fix, fix it. If it's not a major change, you can just click save and wait until you find some other changes to do. Cause now on, every change you do in your guide, won't show to others until you click the publish button again.

Roughly said, half of the guides published are not even near to ready. Most of them lack with coding and grammar/spelling. And what's most disturbing, is that very often those guides don't even have content. Every detail is just copied from item or spell info and the writer has no tips or tricks to share. So, make sure that If you even consider publishing your guide in unfinished state, let us have something "new" to read, something we don't have chance to find anywhere else. Entertain us!

Keeping the guide updated

I's been a while since you published your guide. You're getting insane staring your screen eyes gazed, while nothing happens. Your guide is getting some views, but no comments or votes are left behind. I could say that this is the stage where your potential to be a guidemaker is measured. Whether you give up or you find a way to survive.

Am I no one?

This question may pop up in your head, when you're seeing people commenting on other users guides, while you feel ignored. Well you might not be totally wrong. No matter how cruel it may sound, it does matter who you are. Not in person but who you are in the community. With no comments, with no reputation, no activity, you are no one. But that's totally okay.

I started being no one, I crafted my first guide being no one. I didn't want to comment on everything just to get my name on everywhere, but I did want to get known to community, so by following the conversations and eventually starting to comment whenever I had something worth to say, I started feeling comfortable to leave comments around. But this was my style and I got myself in slowly, you can do whatever feels best for you to get some reputation. After feeling comfortable to get in the action and participating in conversations, we can move to our next step. Marketing.

Marketing your guide

Like mentioned above, being no one does not improve success of your guide. The way you act in the community forms a picture of you and of your guide. Being arrogant and disrespectful will lead to downvotes and eventually being banned. But I'm not here to tell how to act or at least it's not my priority.

Marketing your guide does not mean that you create a forum called "PLEASE SEE MY GUIDE", and it's actually against the rules (see spoiler). It does not mean spamming, but it means effort to comment other guides. Commenting guides and giving others positive or constructive feedback, may cause them to return the favor. Also giving some feedback to others helps you to raise reputation, and so on help your guide to get more views.

Build Advertising

Although linking or spamming your guides is forbidden in the public conversations, you're still able to advertise your own guides in your other guide. Like if you don't believe I have made a guide of my own, you can check it out here! Most guidemakers like to have links to their other guides at the end, and it's totally acceptable.

Also one way to advertise yourself is signatures. Signatures shows at the end of your post (only in forum posts), and they can be made clickable images or links. SmiteFire has few members, who offers their artistic skills and you find them at the forums. Click here to find the code for signatures!

And finally. Of course you can ask help from the other users. If you see guides you like, you can PM the guidemaker and ask them to help you. But yet, don't ask for easy comment or upvote. Ask help to improve your guide. If that's not what you want, don't bother.

I got a downvote?

This day is every guidemakers nightmare. Your piece of art is getting downvoted, and the worst part is that you didn't even get a comment about what was so bad.

At that case, you have really nothing to do. That guy was either jealous of your work, other guidemaker who wanted to lower your success or just a dunce. But in case you did have a comment to explain why someone downvoted, there's no reason to panic. Read the comment and try to figure out what that comment is all about. Take advantage of that comment and do the necessary changes in your guide. If you don't feel to change anything, try to give an argument to support your theory. After you've done your changes or answered the comment, you can ask the person to review your guide and ask if he's mind has changed. If not, just let it be.

All that matters is that you don't give up and learn to take criticism. Part of your reputation is formed when you answer and give arguments. If you rage at every comment, I have a bad news for you.

Review Corner

Welcome to review corner! This section has been made in order to help all the guidemakers even after the guide is finished and out there for everyone to see. As a new guidemaker, it's hard to get your name everywhere and hard to find readers. Even harder is to make your guide any better if no one has nothing to say about it. That's why we're here to help you out. But first, let's see what this review holds inside.

So what does this review include, what you get and what your reviewer expects? Reviewer will help you improve your guide by helping you with formatting/coding, grammar/spelling and by giving you comprehensive feedback with possible constructive criticism included. But to put this in simple, the better the guide, the better the review! Don't expect me ro others to do a review for a guide that's unfinished (WIP), copied from somewhere, no coding at all or if you have no interest to improve your guide at all.

What you get What reviewer expects

  • Overall analyze about your guide
  • Help with formatting/coding
  • Tips to improve your guide
  • An Upvote for your guide
  • You'll read my review
  • You'll make the necessary changes
  • Ask if you need more help
  • Link to this guide / reviewer

THE Reviewers

So who are the ones reviewing your guide? At this moment there's only me and Bran doing the reviews via this guide. In order to get your review, you can either PM one of us or leave a comment here: Link leading to comments!

  • I prefer review full guides, but will also review build type guides that has been made with effort.
  • I won't downvote, but troll guides will be left without a vote (unless it's just hilarious).
  • I won't be judging your item choices too hard, I'm only looking your items overall, reasonable items and some data behind will do the work.
  • If you're doing something crazy, just stand behind your work, but be open for any suggestions.
  • My review is just my point of view and I do not expect you to correct everything I say just the parts you agree with me.
  • Raging or acting with inappropriate behaviour is just instant downvote, end of discussion.

Are you using your spare time to help people to improve their guides? Are you born with a grammar and spelling as your second name? Does coding wake your imagination? You might be just the guy for this corner. If you want to participate as a reviewer at this guide, PM me!

When your guide is published and I or Bran has given you a review, it's time to return the favor. If you think the review helped you in any way, I hope you'll add a link leading to this guide and link to your reviewer.

Code for Profile Link

Helpful Resources

General resources

Here you will find some basic info covering basic ideas what you need to know. If you're new to Smite or new at SmiteFire, I'll hope you get started with these links below (see spoiler). Remember that everyone here in SF will help you out in everything you have to ask, but when facing bigger problems I recommend turning to our lovely moderators (blue named) or community managers (red).

General Resources

Help with BBCoding

If you're still wondering how to create all these cool codings, I recommend you to check these links below (see spoiler). And feel free to PM me if you don't find what you're looking for or you just want to lend some of my codings. But before jumping in to advanced coding, I really hope you get to known with all the basic stuff :)

Help with BBCoding

Inspirational Guides

Here I have listed some exceptional guides from awesome guidemakers. I hope you'll find your isnpiration while glancing through these guides. And of course I'm conceited and I've also added my own guide here, but we'll do it in the name of marketing and visibility! If you or someone you know has created an awesome guide, don't hesitate to leave a comment and link to comment box found here.

Conclusion & Credits

Thank you for reading this guide!

By now, I hope you have better understanding and vision of what you want your guide to be like and how you can succeed in it. You have started your way to become a guidemaker. If you think this guide helped you in any way, I would kindly ask you to give this guide +1 vote.

This guide was inspired by the SmiteFire Community and would not be like this without TormentedTurnips guide: Guideception: A Guide to Guidecrafting. Also credits to Jordenitos guide: Code Blue: BBCoding for Beginners originally owned by TormentedTurnip. Without these two guides I would not have all this info gathered up here. Also thanks to everyone who has helped me through commenting and helped me improve this guide. And yet special thanks to Bran for helping me with my very first guide and inspiring me to improve as a guidemaker. THANK YOU ALL ♥

All the artwork used in this guide is selfmade. PM me for more info!



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Jmclarence253 | April 18, 2021 4:40am
Digror | January 30, 2021 5:41am
Great guide, help me a lot to begin with my account, I just have one question if you may have the time to answer, is possible to make guides in Spanish?
Hades4u (54) | January 30, 2021 6:10am
Hello! You're free to create guides in any language. :)
TangoDownY3k (2) | September 27, 2019 1:42pm
Don't know how I'm only discovering this for the first time. The amount of dedication in this guide is incredible. Idek if you're still around tbh but I wish I knew about this when making my guide. You've legitimately covered EVERYTHING there is to know. Very well done.
Branmuffin17 (370) | September 27, 2019 4:05pm
I miss nano. She hasn't been around for a couple of years, unfortunately =(
itslethal (1) | September 27, 2019 11:47am
Hi. Do you know how to add the skill order?
Branmuffin17 (370) | September 27, 2019 12:11pm
Hi itslethal, if you're creating your own guide, note that there's a tab at the top where you also choose your items.

Tlaloc1050 (17) | May 13, 2017 7:39am
Could I have a review of my he bo guide please? I'm not sure if it's good or bad…
Deezskills NL | February 24, 2017 5:36am
This helped me alot thanks :)
Zilby (132) | January 15, 2017 1:24am
Regarding anchors, was answering a question on them in another part of the site and realized you were using them kind of poorly to create your table of contents at the end of each section. You don't actually need to use an [anchor] tag to link to each section. Sections automatically generate an anchor titled chapter1, chapter2, etc, which is how the table of contents is made, so you can just use gotos with the appropriate names which is much simpler.

The actual code for how gotos is implemented is fairly robust, it just takes you to anywhere you can think of on the present page really, as long as you look at what comes after the # in the url.

Eg: here's a goto to your most recent comment
nanoyam (13) | January 11, 2017 5:54am

Guide has been updated

Visual Update:
  • New Art
  • New coding all over guide

Coding & Visualization:
  • More info about adding Images
  • New: How to add videos’
  • URL Masking

New Chapters:
  • Review Corner – If you want to participate, let me know!
  • Helpful Resources – Open for suggestions

Conclusion & Credits:
  • Fully edited
  • Added Special Thanks to Bran!

Let me know if you want to sign up as a reviewer, would be nice to have couple active members listed here too. I'll add your profile and other information on "Review Corner" so new guidemakers can easily contact you :P

Also, If you feel I missed some important links in my "Helpful Resources" chapter, please leave a comment!
Zilby (132) | January 11, 2017 8:34am
Idk how you managed to commit so much time to make this guide so amazing, but ******** this guide is still so sweet.
nanoyam (13) | January 12, 2017 12:34am
Thanks Z! How else I could avoid doing all the schoolwork! Now I at least had something done ;3
Branmuffin17 (370) | January 11, 2017 10:30am
Stay away from my nano, Z!!!

I know, right? This guide is almost funny how in-depth and complete it is. The revision looks great.

@nano, read through it again...I like the additions, especially about reviewing. Everything is very thoughtful, sometimes funny ("I think I became blind..."), and the site missed you while you were gone. Also, your special thanks is extremely sweet, you're the best.

I have one extremely minor thing (not worthy of republish) that I saw...advanced coding/columns section, in the code you provide, you didn't close out with "/columns".

One addition you might consider for this guide is something that xZero also talks about in his guide...troubleshooting BBcoding errors. Especially for newer BBcoders, understanding things like seeing a section repeat itself can be easily fixed by spotting where you didn't close out a /column or /table can stop a person from going crazy.

Your helpful resources section covered the things I was going to mention if they weren't already there...since you've been back, you've been searching the entire site, haven't you? You got the newer ones, such as Zero's BBcoding, and Techno's colors.

And finally, sure, you can add me to the review corner. I'd assume a lot of the regulars and editors wouldn't mind being listed here, but I'll leave it to them to confirm.
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Bernardozomer (33) | January 11, 2017 6:40am
I liked the additions you made, many people become upset because they didn't receive any review of their guides.

Also, If you feel I missed some important links in my "Helpful Resources" chapter, please leave a comment!

I think that Estidien's Awilix guide is also an excellent example, you should probably add it.
nanoyam (13) | January 12, 2017 1:18am
Thanks for the tip, I'll add it in my next update !
Stuke99 (56) | January 9, 2017 5:26am
Welcome back.
nanoyam (13) | January 10, 2017 3:26am
Thanks ;3
nanoyam (13) | January 8, 2017 10:24am

Guide has been updated

  • Overall update, more info, some visual updates.
  • Added more info to Coding & Visualization: Updated rulers, navigation & Signature code.
  • Added link to my guide for readers to use.

More to come:
  • Linking all over SmiteFire. Useful general guides, forum posts, blog posts etc.
  • Adding some example guides for inspiration. If you feel your guide is a masterpiece, let me know!
  • More overall info and some coding ;)

Please feel free to leave any suggestions and comments :P

P.S. Yes I'm back from my short...ish break?
nanoyam (13) | January 9, 2017 3:47am
Heya there GameGeekFan & Prism :)

Well I got a job and I'm near to graduation ;)

And I'm not surprised hearing that The Overarching Conquest Guide received such honor, Bran and all of you did so much to make it so great.
ThePerfectPrism (56) | January 8, 2017 8:43pm
Ayyyyy Nano's back !

How's life treating ya Nano ?

Also I don't know if you're aware of it but The Overarching Conquest Guide received the "Best Strategy Post" award in the Smite Subreddit !
GameGeekFan (50) | January 8, 2017 7:04pm
Ayyyy nano is back!!
Bernardozomer (33) | January 8, 2017 1:11pm
My life would be a lot easier if I knew about the existance of this guide before I created my first one (It didn't even had a decent title before today's update).

I think that Smitefire should have an article/guide/whatever titled like "Smitefire - The Best of the Best" or something like that that would link and explain about all the good guides/blogs around the site (such as this one, xZeroStrike's "Spruce up your words! A Guide to BB-Coding", Branmuffin17's Overarching series, among others).

+1 and +Rep for you!
nanoyam (13) | January 9, 2017 3:41am
Thank you Bernardozomer! I'll check your guide later and surely willing to help if you need any help with guidecrafting ;)

And I'm planning to add some helpful links to my guide so later all new guidemakers can find their ways to right places.

Thanks for voting and rep! :P
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Branmuffin17 (370) | January 8, 2017 10:39am
Holy **** welcome back nano! Missed you!
nanoyam (13) | January 9, 2017 3:37am
Thanks Bran ;) I see you've turned blue while I was gone.
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gertoxic | April 14, 2016 4:08am
Thank you for this guide. Helped me a lot :)
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