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MediaWiki Handbook: Contents, Readers, Editors, Moderators, System admins +/-

This is PART 2 : Administrator's Guide - Installation, Configuration, Administration, Care & Feeding of the MediaWiki Documentation.

In this section, you will learn how to install, configure, administer, and troubleshoot the MediaWiki software.


Do you need MediaWiki?

What is MediaWiki?

Before installing the MediaWiki software package, ask yourself a few questions; this will determine which of the following help chapters are relevant for your needs.

  • What is your experience with the operating system under which MediaWiki will be installed?
  • Are you familiar with the technologies required to set it up? (see System Requirements)
    • If you are familiar with both, you may go directly to the chapter on Installation, and then onwards to the Configuration information.
  • For what purpose do you need the MediaWiki software?
    • Creating a new Wikipedia (-> full instructions, importing),
    • Creating a mirror for an existing Wikipedia (-> database dump),
    • Creating another WikiMedia project (-> full instructions),
    • Creating a local Wikipedia site for personal use (-> database dump, mirroring)


Detailed information can be found here: Installation.


Edit LocalSettings.php, mediawiki's system options.

To learn variables and about enabling the Apache httpd's Rewrite Engine, see Configuration

Configuration chapters (technically worded informative papers)

  1. Preventing access
  2. Configuration localsettings.php and Apache httpd's Rewrite Engine
  3. Help:Configuration interwiki/external wiki linking, adminsettings.php, language.php and localsettings.php features to edit
  4. Configuration settings index full list of localsettings.php variables
  5. Apache config
  6. Robots.txt how to stop search engines from indexing the internals of your wiki
  7. Short URL not supported by MediaWiki. may affect future versions
  8. PHP config
  9. MySQL config


See Administration

Customization learn how to use mediawiki and change settings here

  1. Customization change page layout, logo, quickbar/navigation bar, favicon, editable left menu, and google wiki search
  2. Help:System message How to customize system messages such as link text, button text, etc. within MediaWiki without modifying any .php files.
  3. Set Global Timezone
  4. MediaWiki localizationlocalization and customization for link texts and messages like 'fromwikipedia'
  5. Interwiki links
  6. Custom skins
  7. Custom namespaces
  8. Configuration tips and tricks
  9. MediaWiki Hacks and Extensions


See Security

Links to other help pages

Help contents | search (all help pages)
Meta | Wikinews | Wikipedia | Wikiquote | Wiktionary | commons: | mw: | b: | s:
Go | Search | Stop words | URL | Namespace | Page name | Section
Backlinks | Link | Piped link | Interwiki link | Redirect | Category | Image page
Logging in and preferences
Logging in | Preferences | User style
Advanced editing | Editing FAQ | Edit toolbar | Export
Editing shortcuts
Tracking changes
Recent changes (enhanced) | Related changes | Watching pages | Diff
Page history | Edit summary | User contributions | Minor edit | Patrolled edit
Style & formatting
Wikitext examples | Reference card
HTML in wikitext | HTML elements
List | Table | Sorting
Mathematical symbols on English Wikipedia
Special input and output
Inputbox | Special characters | Displaying a formula | Images and other uploaded files | EasyTimeline
Advanced functioning
Template | Advanced templates | Parser function | ParserFunctions | Parameter default | Variable | Magic word | System message | Substitution
Array | Calculation
Page management
Starting a new page | Renaming (moving) a page | Maintenance | Merging and moving pages | Protecting pages
Resolving disputes | Deleting a page
Special pages
Talk page | Testing | Sandbox
Lists of resources
Lists of Categories | Copyrights | Infobox
Redirect | Reference Desk | Shortcuts | Stub types

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