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This is a list of guides and single-topic help files for the MediaWiki software. It is compiled at meta.wikimedia.org. You may wish to contribute to this project. This page is sorted by user type. This help does not cover site-specific m:conventions, it is for the software only. Enjoy!

Introduction

Detailed Introduction | Help overview

MediaWiki is a free software wiki engine licensed under the GNU General Public License. It is used by many websites, including this one.

For Installers

... nothing yet?

For readers

Navigating
Search, [ Go ]
What links here
Special pages
Printable version

Tracking changes
Recent changes {enhanced}
Related changes
Watching pages
Page history
Diff page
Image page
Contributions

Accounts
Logging in
Preferences
User style
View this alone

For editors

Editing
Start new pages
Page name

Referencing
Links   URLs
Piped links
Interwiki linking
Footnotes (References)

Formatting
Wikitext   CSS
Lists   Tables
Images and File uploads
Formula
HTML in wikitext

Organizing
Sections and the Table of Contents (TOC)
Categories
Redirects (forward)
Namespaces
Moving a page
Page size

Fixing mistakes
Show preview
Testing
Reverting edits

Saving effort
Editing shortcuts
Edit toolbar
Magic words
Templates
Variables
Calculation
Embed page

Communicating
Edit summary
Talk page
Edit conflict
Minor edit

Other
Characters
Sandbox
Legal issues for editors (copyright)
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For moderators

Administration
Special:Import
Common.css
Navigation bar
System messages
Special:CheckUser

Help pages
Guidelines
Help policy
Help page footers
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For administrators

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Admin's Guide
MediaWiki architecture
Database layout
Job queue

Installation
Working with SVN
Installing the SVN tree
OS specific help
on Sourceforge.net
m:Timezone adjustments

Security techy
Security
m:Security Checklist
m:Paranoid Permissions
Setting user rights
Reset admin´s password

Configuration
m:Preventing Access
Configuration
m:Help:Configuration
Configuration settings
m:Apache config
m:Robots.txt
Shorter URLs
m:Using a very short URL
m:PHP config
m:MySQL config
m:Postgres config
Tips and tricks

Customization
m:Layout customization
Set Global Timezone
m:MediaWiki localization
Interwiki links
Custom navigation bar
Custom skins
Custom namespaces
m:MediaWiki extensions

Manage the database
Move a database
Reduce the size
m:Lock the database

Performance
PHP caching
File cache
m:Squid caching
m:Cache strategy
m:Wikimedia servers
m:As your Site Grows

Maintenance
Maintenance scripts
Upgrade Mediawiki
Math errors
LocalSettings.php

Appendix

  1. ISBN links
  2. Common stop words
  3. Keyboard shortcuts
  4. How to move a wiki to another server

Miscellany

  1. Sites using MediaWiki
  2. m:Browser issues with MediaWiki
  3. m:Page metadata

Contact

  1. irc.freenode.net #mediawiki #wikipedia
  2. Mailing lists
  3. MediaWiki feature request

See also

Getting Started icon
GETTING STARTED
Where & how to get started on Fandom
Contributing icon
CONTRIBUTING
How to contribute and format content
Community Management icon
COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT
Admin tools, role & management tips
Advanced icon
ADVANCED
Advanced extensions, editing tools & admin tools
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CUSTOMIZATION
Theme designer, CSS, JS, wiki design
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MOBILE
Intro to mobile optimization and products

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