MediaWiki Skins Design

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  • Understand the architecture of a MediaWiki skin: how CSS, PHP, and image files work together to create a particular look.
  • Customize all aspects of your wiki's appearance: the article display screens, the editing screens, the fonts, images, layout and colors.
  • Integrate your wiki with services such as Twitter, YouTube, and features from your own website.
  • Make your wiki more user-friendly: use interface design to encourage edits, make articles more readable, and make the wiki easier and more fun to use.
  • Create print style sheets for your wiki, making it easy for users to get hard copies of wiki pages.
  • Incorporate JavaScript and AJAX features into your MediaWiki skin, providing faster edits and greater usability.
  • Ensure your skin is compatible with the major browsers, including the popular but badly behaved Internet Explorer.
  • Deploy your skin to a live MediaWiki server, and see how to distribute it to other MediaWiki owners.
  • Study existing MediaWiki skins, and find out why the default skins aren't great for your wiki.

Wikis are a great way to collaborate and share knowledge online. MediaWiki is a popular and powerful wiki engine, powering some of the biggest wiki sites in the world – including Wikipedia, the biggest and most famous wiki of all.

If you have a MediaWiki-based site and want to tailor its appearance, then this book is for you. MediaWiki Skins Design shows you how to fully customize the appearance and interface of your MediaWiki-based wiki. You will learn how to change every aspect of your wikii's appearance to produce a MediaWiki site fully tailored to your requirements.

The book provides full details of how MediaWiki skins work, and the necessary template and CSS customizations required to completely alter MediaWiki's appearance. Using this book, you will learn to develop rich, attractive, and friendly skins for MediaWiki.

  • A practical, clear guide to building custom MediaWiki skins
  • Extensive guidance on adjusting the layout and design of your MediaWiki's appearance
  • Attractive examples and design tips for using JavaScript and dynamic CSS to enhance your wiki's design
  • Change every aspect of MediaWiki's appearance to produce a wiki that's fully tailored to your requirements
Page Count 248
Course Length 7 hours 26 minutes
ISBN 9781847195203
Date Of Publication 21 Aug 2008


Richard Carter

Richard Carter is a seasoned front-end web developer who has worked with Magento since 2008. He lives in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England.

He is the founder of the e-commerce agency Peacock Carter, an e-commerce and web design agency based in the North East of England, and has worked for clients including the Scottish Government, City & Guilds, NHS, and the University of Edinburgh.

Richard is the author of four books on Magento, including Magento Responsive Theme Design, and has written three further books on e-commerce and content management systems.