MediaWiki has been successfully installed.

Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.

Getting started

Edit http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Sidebar

How do I put a text message (sitenotice) on every page?

Put a text in the MediaWiki:Sitenotice page. It will be displayed on top of every article page.

How do I change the main page?

By default, MediaWiki looks for a page with the title Main Page and serves this as the default page. This can be changed by altering the contents of MediaWiki:Mainpage to point to a different title. This will not affect any of the links of the main navigation bar, including the 'Main Page' link included there at install time; to change these links, edit MediaWiki:Sidebar.


How do I add/remove tabs in general?

To (for example) remove the talk tab and then add one that always goes to the main page you would save this code in (for example) extensions/AR-Tabs.php:

$wgHooks['SkinTemplateContentActions'][] = 'ReplaceTabs';
function ReplaceTabs ($content_actions) {  
 unset( $content_actions['talk'] );    //only this to remove an action
    $maintitle = Title::newFromText(wfMsg('mainpage') );
     $main_action['main'] = array(
       'class' => false or 'selected',    //if the tab should be highlighted
       'text' => wfMsg('sitetitle'),     //what the tab says
       'href' => $maintitle->getFullURL(),   //where it links to
     $content_actions = array_merge( $main_action, $content_actions);   //add a new action

and then add


to the bottom of LocalSettings.php

In SkinTemplate.php line 489 (in version 1.9.2 and 1.9.3) change

   global $wgTitle, $wgShowIPinHeader;


   global $wgTitle, $wgShowIPinHeader, $wgDisableAnonTalk;

and lines 547 - 554 from

     $usertalkUrlDetails = $this->makeTalkUrlDetails($this->userpage);
     $href = &$usertalkUrlDetails['href'];
     $personal_urls['anontalk'] = array(
       'text' => wfMsg('anontalk'),
       'href' => $href,
       'class' => $usertalkUrlDetails['exists']?false:'new',
       'active' => ( $pageurl == $href )

to (adding the if statement and indenting existing lines)

     if( !$wgDisableAnonTalk ) {
       $usertalkUrlDetails = $this->makeTalkUrlDetails($this->userpage);
       $href = &$usertalkUrlDetails['href'];
       $personal_urls['anontalk'] = array(
        'text' => wfMsg('anontalk'),
        'href' => $href,
        'class' => $usertalkUrlDetails['exists']?false:'new',
        'active' => ( $pageurl == $href )

The logo image should be 135 pixels square.

Word2Wiki macro

HTTPS on Login only

For having encryption on password sending this could be useful (add to LocalSettings.php)

# take care of https login and back to http after 
# (Yedidia Klein)
if ((substr($_GET['title'],-10,10) == ":Userlogin") && ($_SERVER['HTTPS'] != "on"))
        header("Location: https://$ServerName".$_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']);
else if ((substr($_GET['title'],-10,10) != ":Userlogin") && ($_SERVER['HTTPS'] == "on"))
        header("Location: http://$ServerName".$_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']);

: This is a nice start but too simplistic. It will fail if you're using Using a very short URL or Eliminating index.php from the url because the page title is no longer in query string. It will also serve CSS stylesheets and JavaScript files insecurely (via HTTP) on the HTTPS page, making Firefox warn you that the page is only "partially encrypted" (a padlock icon with a slash through it). You will also get PHP warnings that the 'title' array element doesn't exist, if you hit a wiki page with no 'title' query parameter.

: The following is an "extension" that handles both these problems. Call it whatever you want and include it in LocalSettings.php.


:   Update - the extension kills the \"Remember my login\" checkbox
    feature \-- you lose your sessions because cookies are created
    as secure on the https page, so the http pages can\'t access
    them. I\'ve updated the code below.
# Secure the login page.

# Secure cookies hurt us because they are set on the https page
# but inaccessible from the http page, so we lose our previous session.
$wgCookieSecure = false;

# Don't process JavaScript and CSS files.
# Otherwise, a secure page will be tagged as "partially secure" because these
# files are being hit via http.
if (checkQS('gen', 'js')) {return;}
if (checkQS('gen', 'css') || checkQS('ctype', 'text/css')) {return;}

# Get page title from query string.
$pageTitle = array_key_exists('title', $_GET)
     ? $_GET['title']
     : "";

# Get server variables
$domain = $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'];

# Are we on the sign-in page or not?
# Logic works for everything except Special pages which apparently don't
# even run LocalSettings.php.
$onSignInPage = false;
$signInPageName = 'special:userlogin';  // lowercase on purpose
if ( strtolower($pageTitle) == $signInPageName ) {
  $onSignInPage = true;
} elseif ( strstr(strtolower($uri), "/$signInPageName") ) {
  $onSignInPage = true;
} else {
  $onSignInPage = false;

# Secure only the Special:Userlogin page.
# Un-secure all other pages.
if ( !checkServerVariable('HTTPS', 'on') && $onSignInPage ) {
  header('Location: https://' . $domain . $uri);
} elseif ( checkServerVariable('HTTPS', 'on') && ! $onSignInPage ) {
  header('Location: http://' . $domain . $uri);
} else {
  // nothing

function checkQS($key, $value) {
  return checkArrayValue($_GET, $key, $value);

function checkServerVariable($var, $value) {
  return checkArrayValue($_SERVER, $var, $value);

function checkArrayValue($arr, $key, $value) {
  return array_key_exists($key, $arr) && $arr[$key] == $value;


Removing Main Page Title

Methods to remove the "Main Page" title from the main page, as configured on Wikipedia. These examples also remove the "siteSub" and "contentSub".

Using JavaScript

Add to your LocalSettings.php:

$wgUseSiteJs = true;

Edit your MediaWiki:Common.js system message page and insert the javascript below.

/* Main page hacks. Remove default "Main Page" header */
var mpTitle = "";
var isMainPage = (document.title.substr(0, document.title.lastIndexOf(" - ")) == mpTitle);
var isDiff = (document.location.search && (document.location.search.indexOf("diff=") != -1 || document.location.search.indexOf("oldid=") != -1));

if (isMainPage && !isDiff) 
document.write('<style type="text/css">/*<![CDATA[*/ #siteSub, #contentSub, h1.firstHeading { display: none !important; } /*]]>*/</style>');

If this doesn't work, try changing to the name of your main page. On sites set to use English, this is usually, "Main Page".

Using CSS

In MediaWiki 1.9 and above you can remove the Main Page title using CSS. For example, you could add the following to the MediaWiki:Monobook.css system message page.

body.page-Main_Page #siteSub, 
body.page-Main_Page #contentSub, 
body.page-Main_Page h1.firstHeading {
    display: none !important;

Images in mediawiki: http://askdrwiki.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=Help:Images_and_other_Media

Useful Wiki Sites

Copy & Paste Excel-to-Wiki Converter Also works in any tab that generates tabs between the cells in copied text - such as Opera

Reset user pass

change to /w/maintenance and use changePassword.php
from the shell: php changePassword.php --user=someuser --password=somepass