MediaWiki 1.1 Beginner's Guide
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- Install and administer MediaWiki to build a successful wiki site
- Master the many administrative tasks associated with running and securing your wiki
- Clear focus on beginners with lots of step-by-step instructions and clear explanation
- Up-to-date with version 1.15 of MediaWiki, released in June 2009
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: About MediaWiki
Chapter 2: Installing MediaWiki
Chapter 3: Getting to Know Your Wiki
Chapter 4: Creating Content
Chapter 5: Advanced Formatting
Chapter 6: Putting the Media in MediaWiki
Chapter 7: Organizing Your Wiki's Content
Chapter 8: The MediaWiki Administrator
Chapter 9: Multi-user Environment
Chapter 10: Advanced Customization
Chapter 11: Maintaining MediaWiki
Chapter 12: Integrating MediaWiki
Appendix A: The Best Extensions for MediaWiki
Appendix B: The Best of MediaWiki in Use
Appendix C: Where to Turn to
Appendix D: Pop Quiz Answers
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Errata- 2 submitted: last submission 09 Oct 2012
Errata type: Code | Page numbers: 101
Instead : [[actual_link link_label]]
Should be :
Errata type: Others| Page numbers: 101
Instead : [http://openoffice.org| OpenOffice.org]
Errata type: Others | Page numbers: 133
Last sentence of chapter 5 : "So, let's move on to the next chapter where we will learn all about organizing and managing our content." However, the next chapter (chapter 6) is about media and uploaded file, the chapter "Organizing Your Wiki's Content" is at chapter 7.
Errata type: Typo| Page numbers: 151
By downloading and installing OggHandler extension, we were able provide greater...
By downloading and installing OggHandler extension, we were able to provide greater...
Errata type: Code | Page numbers: 160
Example with custom namespace in chapter 7 page 160 :
$wgExtraNamespaces = "namespace";
$wgExtraNamespaces = "namespace_talk";
$wgExtraNamespaces[TUTORIALS] = "Tutorials";
$wgExtraNamespaces[TUTORIALS_TALK] = "Tutorials_talk";
Important note: the use of "define" is not required for this example, but is mandatory for the example in chapter 10 on page 263-265 which is build on top of this example.
Errata type: Typo| Page numbers: 271
$wgGroupPermissions['sysop']['maintenanceshell'] = true4;
Should be read as :
$wgGroupPermissions['sysop']['maintenanceshell'] = true;
Errata type: Code | Page numbers: 292
"Add the absolute path for your Joomla! database between the qt to ..."
Should be read as :
"Add the absolute path for your Joomla! database between the quote to ..."
What you will learn from this book
- Install MediaWiki on your server and get started quickly
- Create new MediaWiki templates and configure MediaWiki to suit your personal taste
- Secure your wiki against malicious users
- Integrate multimedia files into your wiki
- Add extensions to expand the functionality of your wiki
- Get your MediaWiki site up and running quickly even if you're not sure how wikis work
- Maintain your wiki through backups and other tasks
- Manage users and protect pages from vandalism
- Dig into the files that run your MediaWiki site
- Learn how to use MediaWiki for collaborationa
- Understand what being a good MediaWiki administrator entails
- Integrate your wiki with other collaboration software
MediaWiki is the free, open-source wiki engine software that powers Wikipedia and many of the other popular wikis across the Web. Written in PHP, it possesses many features that make it the engine of choice for large collaborative wikis: flexible markup, comprehensive user management, multimedia handling, and more. Whether you are creating a public wiki for open contributions, a private wiki for collaborating within your work team or group of friends, or even a wiki for personal use, this book will provide you with all the essential steps you require to achieve this.
This book covers how to administer users, back up and restore content safely, migrate your installation to another server or database, and even make hacks to the code. From the installation process to customizing the pages, you will learn what it takes to run a well designed, secure MediaWiki site.
Throughout the course of this book, you will see the many different ways that MediaWiki can be used on the Web. This book covers the open source MediaWiki wiki engine from installation and getting started through structuring your collaborative web site, advanced formatting, images, and multimedia to migrating your installation and creating new MediWiki templates. While you will be introduced to the many uses of a wiki, you will also be taken through step-by-step exercises that will help you master the many administrative tasks associated with running and securing your wiki. You will learn how to prevent unauthorized edits being made to content, how to prevent spam, how to back up and restore your wiki, how to configure its look and functionality to suit your needs, and much more.
A fast-paced, friendly guide that uses a fun example to teach all of MediaWiki's key features.
This book was written with the beginner in mind. It walks you through step-by-step exercises and makes use of illustrations to show exactly what is going on in each. You will be taken through exercises that not only help you to build a solid, secure wiki, but provide a foundation on which you can build and challenge yourself to learn even more. Throughout the book, you will follow along as a wiki dedicated to free/open source software built from the ground up.
Who this book is for
If you are a Web Designer, IT Administrator or Executive, or a Programmer and wish to gain a solid foundation in the MediaWiki software application, then this book is for you.