MediaWiki: Wikipedia and Beyond

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Oct 14, 2008 - Computers - 380 pages

"A good book! It's a nice overview of wiki editing and administration, with pointers to handy extensions and further online documentation."-Brion Vibber, Chief Technical Officer, Wikimedia Foundation

"This book is filled with practical knowledge based on experience. It's not just spouting some party line."-Rob Church, a developer of MediaWiki

MediaWiki is the world's most popular wiki platform, the software that runs Wikipedia and thousands of other websites. Though it appears simple to use at first glance, MediaWiki has extraordinarily powerful and deep capabilities for managing and organizing knowledge. In corporate environments, MediaWiki can transform the way teams write and collaborate.

This comprehensive book covers MediaWiki's rich (and sometimes subtle) features, helping you become a wiki expert in no time. You'll learn how to:

  • Find your way around by effective searching and browsing
  • Create and edit articles, categories, and user preferences
  • Use advanced features for authors, such as templates, dynamic lists, logical parser functions, and RSS, to organize and maintain large numbers of articles
  • Install and run your own wiki, and configure its look and behavior
  • Develop custom wiki features, called extensions, with the PHP programming language and MySQL database

This book also provides special guidance for creating successful corporate wikis. For beginners who want to create or work on collaborative, community-driven websites with this platform, MediaWiki is the essential one-stop guide.

"I was a MediaWiki newbie before reading this book. Now, many aspects of the platform that were murky before are crystal clear."-JP Vossen, author of O'Reilly's Bash Cookbook

 

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User Review  - davidt8 - LibraryThing

Even experienced WikiPedia editors will learn many details of how MediaWiki works, and how to be a better editor on WikiPedia. Of course, the book is intended for editors and administrators on ... Read full review

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User Review  - kg4giy - LibraryThing

A nice overview of how to use a wiki and some good editing techniques, but I would like to see more in-depth detail about administration. Read full review

Contents

Part II Writing and Editing Articles
45
Part III Running and Administering MediaWiki
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