MediaWiki

Mobile Supported

MediaWiki provides a web space where students can share information and create documents collaboratively. MediaWiki is the wiki engine that supports Wikipedia.


Note: Mac users will need to open Firefox as their browser when using Drupal-SMF.

Note: You will need to be a 'sysop' to be able to perform some of the administrative functions. Contact CloudDeakin Support if you find you need to change your role.

Refer to the Using MediaWiki guide for instructions for using MediaWiki's main features.

Create a Mediawiki in your unit

Faculty Admin, Unit Chair and Academic Admin Support roles have the ability to create links to additional applications such as MediaWiki, Echosystem, Drupal-SMF and the Learning Repository from within a site in the CloudDeakin application.

  1. Click the Resources link in the Site Navbar.
  2. Go to a module.
  3. Click Add Existing Activities and select Additional Applications.
  4. From the pop-up window, select MediaWiki.

Add a logo

Note: The image file you plan to use should measure 130 x 130 pixels.

  1. Click Upload file in the toolbox below the left hand navigation menu.
  2. Click on the list of uploaded files link that appears in the first paragraph.
  3. Find Logo.jpg in the file list and click on the link to access the homepage for the Logo.jpg image file.
  4. Click on the Upload a new version of this file link in the File History section of the page.
  5. Click the Browse button that appears to the right of the Source filename: text box.
  6. Select the file you wish to use and click Open.
  7. Ensure the destination filename says Logo.jpg.
  8. Scroll down and click Upload file.
  9. A warning will be displayed, click Ignore warning and save file anyway.
  10. Click on the Main Page link in the left hand navigation menu.
  11. If your logo does not appear, you may need to clear your browser cookies and cache and logout, then login again.

Add members

Note: If you have set up your MediaWiki site for use in teaching a unit, unit staff and students who are enrolled in your unit should automatically become registered users of the site.

If your MediaWiki is not being used to teach a specific unit, user accounts need to be created manually using the procedure outlined here.

  1. Click on Special pages in the toolbox menu (under the navigation menu to  the left of the window).
  2. Click on Log in / create account under the heading of Login / sign up.
  3. Click on Create an account.
  4. Complete all the fields as required and click Create account. The password will be sent to the email address you have provided for the new member.
  5. Advise the new member to change their password to something they are likely to remember (e.g. their Deakin password) as soon as possible. For instructions, refer to the Using MediaWiki guide.

Block and unblock members

  1. Click on Special pages in the toolbox menu (under the navigation menu to the left of the window).
  2. Click on Block user under the heading of Users and rights.
  3. Type the required details into the text boxes and set an expiry time for the blocked access.
  4. Click Block this user.
  5. Their username will appear in the Blocked IP addresses and usernames (in the Special pages list). To unblock the user, go to this page and click on unblock next to the relevant username.

Note: Anyone who knows the site URL can access the main page, even if you 'block' them. However, you can prevent certain people from going further into the site or editing/adding content.


Assign Administrator access to a user

  1. Click on Special pages in the toolbox menu (under the navigation menu to the left of the window).
  2. Click on User rights management under the heading of Users and rights.
  3. Enter the username in the text box and then click on Edit User Groups.
  4. Click on the check box next to Administrator and then click on Save user groups.

Edit the navigation toolbar

  1. Go to the main page of your wiki site.
  2. At the address bar, replace the Main_page with MediaWiki:Sidebar and hit the enter button.
  3. Click on the edit tab to edit the bullet point list to add menu items.
  4. For each bullet point in the menu structure on the sidebar page the information to the left of the pipe | symbol is the actual page name as it appears in the URL. The information to the right of the pipe symbol is the page name as you want it to appear in the menu. For example actual name of page|name to appear in menu.

Note: If you update the navigation toolbar and you cannot see the new links, you may need to clear your browser cookies and cache and logout, then login again.


Delete a page

All users can edit and restore the contents of the main window in MediaWiki. Refer to the Using MediaWiki guide for instructions. A 'sysop' can also delete whole pages:

  1. Go to the page you wish to delete.
  2. Click the delete tab at the top of the main window. A warning message will appear.
  3. Click on Delete page.

Restore deleted pages

  1. Click the Special pages link in the toolbox.
  2. Click on Logs under the heading of Recent changes and logs.
  3. Select Deletion log from the drop-down list and click the Go button.
  4. Click the title of the page you want to restore. You will be redirected to a blank editing interface for the deleted page.
  5. Click the View or restore one deleted edit? link that appears below the title of the page.
  6. Select the box next to the version you want to restore and click the Restore button.

Protect content

You can prevent students from editing or moving particular pages:

  1. Go to the relevant page.
  2. Click the protect tab at the top of the window.
  3. Click on Administrators only.
  4. Click Confirm.

Identify individuals' contributions

Note: It is awkward to identify individuals' contributions in wikis.

The easiest way to identify individuals' contributions is to get students to use the signature tool every time they edit a page (refer to the Using MediaWiki guide for instructions). If they have not signed their work, there are two other methods:

  1. To identify who made which contributions to a particular page:

    1. Go to the relevant page.
    2. Click the history tab at the top of the window. A chronological list of all the changes to the page will appear, with the editors' usernames next to their changes.
    3. Click on the circle next to a particular version and click Compare selected versions.
    4. You will see the changes made in that version in yellow on the left of the window, and later changes to those sections in green on the right.
  2. To see a particular user's contributions to the whole site:
    1. Click on Special pages in the toolbox menu (under the navigation menu to the left of the window).
    2. Click on User contributions under the heading of Users and rights.
    3. Enter the relevant username and click Search.
    4. You will see a chronological list of all of the changes that person has made.
    5. Click on diff next to a particular version to see the changes made to that version.

Identify orphaned pages

An orphaned page is a page without any links to it from other articles in the wiki. An orphaned page may be redundant or need to be referred to from another articles.

  1. Click on Special pages in the toolbox menu (under the navigation menu to the left of the window).
  2. Click on Orphaned pages under the heading of Maintenance reports.

Move wiki pages

Sometimes the content and history of wiki pages needs to be migrated to a new location in a wiki. This requires the wiki administrator to rename a page. MediaWiki calls this administrative task moving a page.

  1. Access the page that needs to be moved.
  2. Click the move tab at the top of the page.
  3. Enter the new page name into the To new title field and enter the rationale for the move into the Reason field.
  4. Click the move page button.

Note: Hyperlinks to the original article that already exist in the wiki will not reflect the new name after an article is moved. Rather existing links to the original page will redirect wiki users to the newly renamed page.


Access MediaWiki help

MediaWiki's main help page: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Help provides detailed information on technical issues and news, as well as access to discussions.

MediaWiki syntax (for editing pages when you want to add colour, etc.) is available from (http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Wikitext).

Note: These MediaWiki sites are publicly accessible and collaboratively authored. Deakin takes no responsibility for the quality and accuracy of content.



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