ISPs - MediaWiki at GoDaddy
I installed MediaWiki on a GoDaddy Linux account.
(This requires that php5 is enabled.)
After a few minutes, the installation was complete.
Pretty simple ... now you need a couple of days to configure it.
| Initial Configuration
| Logo Configuration
| Help Page Configuration
| Menu Bar Configuration
| Custom Page Layout
| Allowing Flash Movies
I installed MediaWiki on a GoDaddy Linux account
configured for php 5.1.
It takes a few minutes (more than 5) for the installation to complete.
- Click Install now
- Select the appropriate domain (you may have more than one)
- Record the database name
- Enter and verify a database password
- Choose an install directory (default is /mediawiki)
- Provide administrator info for mediawiki - username, password, email address
- Assign a wiki name - keep this short
The version available at GoDaddy (on 03-04-08) was not the current release.
I don't know exactly what the differences are, but
some changes are related to security.
|2008-03-02: 1.11.2 security update
2007-09-10: 1.11.0 new stable branch
I discovered this after the installation was complete and I was trying to
configure the software.
Using the installation default directory, the main wiki page is located at
says to use
the configuration script.
However, GoDaddy apparently runs this for you.
When I navigated to
the following was displayed
Based on this, and what is visible via ftp,
basic configuration (creating directories and a database) was handled
by GoDaddy's scripts. However ... that is just a small beginning.
Several links on the default page (8 in all) currently point to blank pages.
I suspect that you will need a couple of days to edit these.
MediaWiki 1.10.1 Installation
Setup has completed, your wiki is configured.
Please delete the /config directory for extra security.
The logo on the default page instructs you to
Set $wgLogo to the URL path to your own logo image.
To accomplish this,
add something similar to the following lines to the bottom of LocalSettings.php
The logo should be 135px square ... if you want a different size,
then you should
modify the style sheet.
# Customization 03-04-08
$wgLogo = "/images/MyLogo_135.gif";
Personally, I prefer to work in Windows (as opposed to Linux).
Therefore, I use ftp to copy files from the server to my local machine
(where I keep backups), edit the files there, and then
copy the new files back to the server.
When editing php files, it is important to
set the ftp transfer mode to ASCII.
(Editing via ftp may not work with binary mode because the
Windows and Linux line termination
characters are different.)
It is interesting to note that while the
$wgLogo manual page
the provided LocalSettings.php does not contain a
closing ?> ...
but that does not seem to matter.
It is generally a good idea to place this at the end of LocalSettings.php
(before the ?> however), ...
Help Page Configuration
There are links to 2 blank help pages
provides guidance on linking these to the help pages at wikimedia.
Basically, login as an administrator and make the following changes
- One in the menu at the left of every page
- One when editing pages
|Search for and edit
Menu Bar Configuration
There are 2 Menu Bars that need configuration
Many of these options point to blank pages ... and you should
place content on some of those.
- The Navigation bar (sidebar) on the left of the screen - Community Portal, Donations, ...
- The menu bar at the bottom of the screen - Privacy, About, Disclaimer
Some of these can be removed (or changed) by
editing the navigation control on the left of every page
To do this, you must log on as an administrator.
- I have no idea what a Community Portal is
- I want to get the site operational without first producing
Donations, Privacy, and Disclaimer pages
At this point, you need to produce content for the remaining 3 pages
- Main Page, Current Events, About.
That takes care of the 8 pages I've identified as needing immediate attention
before going live.
Custom Page Layout
There should have been a link to this on the default page -
it would have saved me 2 days of research.
Customize page layout
It also provides a different method to change the sidebar menus.
- Make changes to LocalSettings.php
- The default skin is Monobook - its CSS stylesheet
is located at skins/monobook/main.css
- Change the Logo
Allowing Flash Movies
If you wish to allow Flash movies,
you need to copy a single php file to a directory and modify
LocalSettings.php to read it.
provides syntax, source code, and installation instructions.
Then you will need to enable file uploads
(disabled by default).
First make the upload directory (default images)
writable by the web server (chmod 777).
The modify $wgEnableUploads in LocalSettings.php.
Next you have to enable uploads of flash files.
Combining all 3 changes changes,
add the following to LocalSettings.php
(remember that Linux filenames are case sensitive)
$wgEnableUploads = true;
$wgFileExtensions = 'swf';