Kshipra Singh writes "Learn to run your own MediaWiki collaborative website, using MediaWiki Administrators’ Tutorial, a new book published by Packt. Written by Mizanur Rahman, this fast-paced and friendly book will help users to install, manage and customize a MediaWiki website quickly.
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.
The power that makes MediaWiki so popular also makes it daunting for many would-be administrators. This book puts MediaWiki in the hands of busy administrators with no time for trial and error, enabling them to get their site up and running quickly and easily. A fun example that runs through the book holds everything together as users see how a real site develops and improves as more and more features of MediaWiki are used.
MediaWiki Administrators’ Tutorial is designed to run users from the initial installation of their wiki through to structuring, formatting, security, management and templating. Rahman has written the book for beginners as well as administrators and assumes no prior technical knowledge, other than simple HTML.
Whether users are creating a public wiki for completely open contributions, a private wiki for collaborating within a work team or group of friends, this book reveals all the essential steps. Use this book to learn the various ways of organizing and managing content, and preventing collaboration from getting out of control. Users will also learn how to incorporate images and other media into pages, as well as becoming a wiki markup wizard to produce intricately formatted pages with tables, lists, and more. On the technical side, this book covers how to administer users, back up and restore content safely, migrate an installation to another server or database, and even make hacks to the code.
MediaWiki Administrators’ Tutorial is available now. For more information, please visit http://www.packtpub.com/Mediawiki/book"