MediaWiki security update: 1.15.1 and 1.14.1 have been released. These releases are security and bugfix releases. Read more about MediaWiki 1.14.1 and 1.15.1 here.
SiteGround released MediaWiki tutorial. Learn how to install Mediawiki, how to change skins in wiki media, how to add extensions and more.
Why choose MediaWiki?
MediaWiki is one of the best wiki engines. It is used to run Wikipedia - the World's largest online encyclopedia. MediaWiki is a free software package licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It has a great layout and user-friendly control panel so that you can easily create a great looking website.
Easy installation and lots of features - Mediawiki is easy to install and offers great set of features and user functionalities. It provides multilingual and UTF-8 support as well as great search, navigation, and text capabilities. With it you can easily upload text, video, and music files, resize pictures, set time zone, and much more. If you would like to see how Mediawiki works, here you get Mediawiki installed and activated in less than 15 min.
Excellent writing functionalities - Mediawiki uses a special wiki text and thus allows users to easily create and edit pages. You do not need any special knowledge in html or php to add and remove content. The user-friendly text editor is as simple as Word. It allows you to directly edit your website and any changes are saved into the wiki database. Thus your website is regularly updated and constantly growing.
Powerful skin system - you can present your Mediawiki site in several ways. You can choose from more than 6 skins that come with the mediawiki installation by default. You will also have access to the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) from where you can manually edit the layout of your website - set colors, fonts, etc.
Great navigation capabilities - It is very easy to work with MediaWiki, not only as a webmaster, but as a user as well. Its menu is very well categorized so that you can easily find anything you want. In any case, it has a great search system that really helps in quick searches. MediaWiki also provides the functionality to categorize long articles into tables as well as create links located at the bottom of the site, rendered in different colors.
Useful tracking system - with MediaWiki you can closely watch all articles. Every change will be saved into the so called watchlist so that you can easily track what is going on with your website. You will be able to customize it according to your needs and interest and thus always be updated. The changes (or the so called diffs) will be displayed side-by-side for your ease.