It’s very easy to edit the content of a MediaWiki page, you just need to click the “Edit” page tab at the top of the page then make changes to the content and click click the “Save page” button. Moreover you may use the “Show preview” button to see what your change look like, before you really save them to go live. Easy as that! The tricky part is editing rules, editing conventions, and formatting.
There are several ways of creating a new page on any MediaWiki website. Such as you can create new pages by following red color internal links, you can create new pages via search box etc. It depends on what the admins have configured on the wiki to produce.
You can suppress the display of the sidebar from anonymous and un-logged-in users on your MediaWiki website. This can be done by creating a new PHP file in extensions folder then including the code in LocalSettings.php file.
Site Notice After hook is one common way to display advertisements on MediaWiki Website. It allows you to place your ad code directly below the site-notice and above the page header. In this lesson we gave hand picked some other MediaWiki extensions that can be used for displaying ads on any MediaWiki website.
You can display a gallery of all images from a category in your MediaWiki website. Category Gallery is a MediaWiki extension that implements tag to automatically generate a gallery of all images in specified category.
In addition to talk pages which are associated on every MediaWiki article, you can add a chat tab to enable live discussion and communication between users.
With Chat extension on your MediaWiki installation, you may either add a Chat tab to every wiki Article or configure it to have only one chatroom across all articles, rather than default i.e. one chatroom per article.
InstantCommons is a MediaWiki feature that allows you to instantly insert any image from public domain media library to your MediaWiki website using same image insertion code you use on any MediaWiki page.
A private MediaWiki website restricts editing of all pages whereas a traditional MediaWiki installation allows everyone to edit pages, even anonymous users. In this lesson you will learn about a special technique of proving edit right to users on selective pages.
Every non-private i.e. MediaWiki website are a common target for spammers promoting products and services by creating new user accounts and pages.
By default all edits are published and get visible on your MediaWiki website. In this lesson you will learn about holding each and every edit for moderation so that users with specific rights would be able to approve or reject new edits.
You can disable direct account creation and replace it with an option for requesting user account on your MediaWiki website. Direct account creation can still be kept enabled for Sysops and Bureaucrats to be able to create new accounts by configuring user rights.
You can display a list of recently published pages on the homepage or anywhere you want in your MediaWiki website. You can also make random display of pages or use CustomNavBlocks in conjunction to add a side-panel of most recent page additions.
A few days back we have discussed about bulk deleting pages on a MediaWiki website and yesterday a user told us that he accidentally ended-up deleting some very important pages off from his website.
By default recapcha is only shown when MediaWiki users try to create new account, add URL or attempt bad login. In this lesson you will learn how to extend this functionality and enable recaptcha on creation of new pages, page edits and logins etc.
You can selectively hide parts of any MediaWiki page from its mobile view. It means you can set certain page sections to show only on desktop view and not on tablets and smartphones.
Default MediaWiki installation is not programmed to go responsive on many mobile devices (i.e. smartphones and tablets). It is not mobile optimized and hence you will have to use additional skins or extensions to make a responsive MediaWiki website.
Otherwise your website may be difficult to view, with menus, layouts and media, not appearing in the best place on small screen devices.
In this lesson you will learn about completely optimizing your MediaWiki website for mobile devices, implementing a responsive layout to make it look good on all screen types.
Default MediaWiki installation doesn’t provides you any feature to delete multiple pages at once. And no matter how many protections are active, spamming will always be present to a certain level unless you are running a completely private wiki.
Bot flood is the most common attack that happens on most wiki websites. In this attack, one or more vandals may attempt to run bots that can edit, move and create new pages at a very high speed and upload unwelcome versions of images.
As said by MediaWiki developers, “This is the most frequent kind of vandalism on most wikis and usually done for spam purpose.” We have already discussed about enabling ReCAPTCHA on MediaWiki in order to minimize such type of spams.
Now today in this lesson you will learn about deleting spam and unwanted pages in bulk on your MediaWiki installation.
You can also hide main page title on the home page of your MediaWiki website via CSS. Changing ‘Main Page’ title is also one option to get rid from ‘Main Page’ H1 heading text but then it starts to show small ‘Redirected from Main Page’ text on your wiki’s home page.
Like all other lively websites, MediaWiki is also a common target for spam bots. As soon you get backlinks and your website is listed on search engines, it becomes easy for spammers to find your website and use it for the promotion of their products or web content.
Unlike to WordPress, adding favicon, Android and Apple touch icon on MediaWiki website needs some coding. You are required editing your website’s LocalSettings.php and add few lines of code.
The one and only possible way of automatically updating any MediaWiki website to its newer version is hosting your website on Linux cPanel based servers of SANGKRIT.net.