Once you’ve installed MediaWiki, planned your wiki’s mission, and invited users, it’s time for the wiki to begin its life. And you’re in charge! This means you set the wiki’s appearance, choose its features, and generally keep things running smoothly for your user community.
As a wiki sysop or administrator (we’ll define the difference shortly), you have many tools at your disposal. In this chapter, we’ll survey the various kinds, including:
Templates and Dynamic Page List, described in Chapter 7, now applied to running the wiki
The built-in web applications we saw in Chapter 8, now applied to running the wiki
All the hard wired text in MediaWiki, found in menus, buttons, error messages, and other “system-supplied” areas
Changing cascading stylesheets for wiki pages
Changing client-side behavior for wiki pages
Hundreds of global PHP variables for you to tweak via the file LocalSettings.php in the root of the MediaWiki source tree
Custom programming to change MediaWiki’s behavior, available from third parties or created by you
Changing the overall look and feel of MediaWiki
Directly accessing MediaWiki’s database
A collection of PHP scripts supplied with MediaWiki for diverse purposes
As you can see, there are a lot of ways to configure and maintain a MediaWiki site. (Perhaps too many!) ...