MediaWiki is a free tool to create and manage wiki sites. A wiki simplifies the creation of a collaborative environment where anyone can participate and contribute without having knowledge about web programming. MediaWiki is the most popular open-source software used for creating wiki sites.
Wikipedia, the biggest online content encyclopedia, is powered by MediaWiki. MediaWiki is enriched with an extraordinary ranges of features. With MediaWiki, content creation is simplified and anyone can participate in a wiki without any deep knowledge about the system. MediaWiki is ideal for running a community-driven site where visitors can create accounts, add contents, and interact with each other. This book is packed with practical steps for you to learn how to build your own MediaWiki-powered website. It will take you through the basics of installing and configuring MediaWiki, advanced formatting,
To use this book, you will need the latest version of Mediawiki, which can be freely downloaded from http://www.mediawiki.org. The steps to get Mediawiki up and running are detailed in Chapter 2. In order to install MediaWiki, we need four components—a web server, a MySQL database server, PHP 5, and MediaWiki files. In this book we assume that you have experience of installing web server, database server, and PHP, or already have them in your machine. But it takes you on a detailed ride through the installation of MediaWiki files.