Free Mediawiki Skins Just another WordPress weblog Mon, 16 Nov 2009 09:00:59 +0000 en Rilpoint Wiki Theme Mon, 16 Nov 2009 09:00:59 +0000 admin This free MediaWiki skin will appear a brilliant solution both for Drupal and Wiki website, especially for personal and non-profit ones. But if you’d like to use this theme to establish an ecommerce website there is a Licensed version available.

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10 Necessary MediaWiki Extensions Wed, 09 Sep 2009 08:57:03 +0000 admin Mediawiki is a popular PHP application used to power a lot of websites including Wikipedia. The main Mediawiki advantage implies the possibility to extend easily with the help of numerous useful plugins. So here is the list of the most significant Mediawiki extensions that will save your time and provide new facilities.

1. Semantic Mediawiki
This extension allows you to add structured data to the wiki pages via wikitext markup. With Semantic Mediawiki it is easier to search, browse, manage and share wiki content.

2. CategoryTree
CategoryTree is an extension that pictures the category structure of the wiki dynamically as a tree. in order to load tree parts if necessary it uses AJAX.

3. Inputbox
Inputbox extension serves for adding predefined HTML forms to the wiki pages. Originally it was invented for Wikinews and served as a facility for adding a “Create an article” box.

4. Discussion Threading
Creates a threaded process for the talks and discussions including reply processing and auto tagging.

5. ArticleComments
ArticleComments Mediawiki extension is aimed at providing facilities for establishing inline blog-like comment forms for wiki articles.

6. CheckUser
CheckUser allows you to check the visitors’ IPs. With its help you can check what is the IP address of this or that visitor and which usernames are under certain IP.

ContactPage is an extension for creating contact form for your visitors. It establishes a Special:Contact page that maintains fixed recipient and allows you to use it anonymously.

8. SimpleFeed
SimpleFeed extension is aimed at outpuying the content of the RSS feed and is distinguished by possibility of customization. You don’t have to edit PHP source and can accomplish all necessary tasks in the wiki page.

9. FlashMP3
FlashMP3 is used for embodiment of a Flash player for mp3 files playback and is based on the Audio Player Wordpress plugin. You are allowed to customize the appearance of the player according to your preferences.

10. VideoFlash
VideoFlash extension is responsible for displaying videos from GoogleVideo, Sevenload, Youtube, Revver and other FLV format based services.

GuMaxDD 1.1 Template Mon, 18 May 2009 08:52:46 +0000 admin GuMaxDD 1.1 Template

Release notes:

- clickable menu items, which are also linked to article themeselves

- updated according to MediaWiki 1.15.0 changes

- fixed jQuery conflicts with other Javascript Lib.

- tweak based on feedback from users

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GuMax 3.4.5 Template Mon, 04 May 2009 08:32:40 +0000 admin GuMax 3.4.5 Template

Release notes

- new Mediawiki releases updates
- enhanced design and layout
- tweak based on feedback from users
- IE Png fix
- other bug fixes

The template has been tested on Firefox 3.0 and up version, Internet Explorer 6.0, Internet Explorer 7.0, and Safari 3.0.2., works with MediaWiki 1.15.0 and up version.

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MistyLook Theme Mon, 20 Apr 2009 10:49:32 +0000 admin New MistyLook Theme for Mediawiki is distinguished by stylish design and following functional features:

- Sidebar Widgets Plugin compatibility
- cooperation with Wordpress 1.5 and higher
- archives page, contact page and links page templates maintenance
- profile image upload

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How To Enable Math Support In MediaWiki Tue, 07 Apr 2009 14:09:12 +0000 admin In case you are interested in applying math support in Mediawiki there are several steps you can take:

1. Log in to the control Panel and select the File Manager menu

2. Find the localsettings.php configuration file within your wiki directory

3. Modify this file be changing $wgUseTeX = false; to $wgUseTeX = true;. After you have implemented these changes add the following to the end of your file:

$wgUploadPath = “images”;
$wgUploadDirectory = “images”;
$wgMathPath = “{$wgUploadPath}/math”;
$wgMathDirectory = “{$wgUploadDirectory}/math”;
$wgTmpDirectory = “{$wgUploadDirectory}/tmp”;

Be sure that your Mediawiki includes such directories as /images/math and /images/tmp. In case you don’t find them there you need to create them setting 755 permissions. To accomplish this task you need to make use of File Manager menu within your Control Panel, select the very file or directory you want to work with and choose Change Permissions option.

4. The last thing you need to do implies downloading the textvc binary from and inserting the file into the /math folder.

MediaWiki version 1.14.0 release Mon, 23 Feb 2009 16:05:10 +0000 admin Finally MediaWiki releases version 1.14.0, its 2009 Q1 branch. This release has increased the number of interface text fragments to 311,000 which include 298 languages which quintuples version 1.13.0. All this is achieved due to the community.
MediaWiki implements integrative model of its development promising to gladden web masters with its releases every quarter. Each latest release is expected to run smoothly provided with all necessary security updates and fixed bugs which you could experience in previous versions of MediaWiki.
You will enjoy the improvements and innovations with every next quarterly release watching MediaWiki becoming better and stronger granting you with more powerful features.

If you want to dwell on a technical details read full release information.

For those who don’t want to use branch release there is a code available from source control.

Download MediaWiki version 1.14.0

MediaWiki Skins Design Sun, 09 Nov 2008 18:17:15 +0000 admin

Today I am offering to your attention a book titled “MediaWiki Skins Design” (Richard Carter). The book teaches how to design attractive skins and templates for a MediaWiki website:

  • A practical, clear guide to building custom MediaWiki skins
  • Extensive guidance on adjusting the layout and design of your MediaWiki’s appearance
  • Attractive examples and design tips for using JavaScript and dynamic CSS to enhance your wiki’s design
  • Change every aspect of MediaWiki’s appearance to produce a wiki that’s fully tailored to your requirements

Here you can look through Chapter No. 8 “Social Networking and MediaWiki” provided for free

Clean mediawiki template Thu, 22 May 2008 13:32:44 +0000 admin Clean is a mediawiki template, as the name itself suggests it is aimed at user-friendliness. Facilitated shotcuts for new pages, easily changed layout and drop down menus are its essential features.


Free mediawiki skin: Fratman Mon, 05 May 2008 11:25:35 +0000 admin Free mediawiki skin offered today is Fratman - a minimalistic template for MediaWiki-based websites. It was originally created by Jason Pearce, but now there are a lot of developers who are making enhancements and fixing bugs, e.g. this Fratman pligg skin v.1.7 was supplied by Anand. Enjoy your work with it!