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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847196047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847196040
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,517,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mizanur Rahman

Mizanur Rahman from Bangladesh is a Senior Software Engineer at Relisource Technologies ( He loves to work with Java, PHP and other web-based technologies and is a moderator of PHPXperts, the largest PHP user group in Bangladesh.

Jeff Orloff

Jeff Orloff is a Technology Coordinator with the School District of Palm Beach County and has worked bringing technology solutions to the education forefront for over ten years. In addition to his work with education, Jeff is a consultant with Sequoia Media Services helping businesses install, configure, and use social media tools and create engaging content for their Web presence.

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This books goes through all the steps of using and developing MediaWiki. Unfortunately, it pays too much attention to USING it rather than DEVELOPING for it. E.g. once you get to skinning MediaWiki (which I believe is the most important part having such horrible skins), it falls short of a thorough discussion and you are left with little guidance. On the other hand some basic php topics are dealt with too often. I skimmed through it in about a day as it offers easy reading and is well divided.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
using/editing configuration files 20 Aug 2010
By W Boudville - Published on
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Surely you have heard of Wikipedia? That online encyclopedia has been a stunning success. Behind it was the MediaWiki engine. That is endorsement enough to have a serious look at MediaWiki. Also, many other websites have taken MediaWiki and modified it for their needs.

What this book does is given an elementary tour of MediaWiki. Starting with how to get and install it. Then various chapters go into the many customisations possible. You learn that MediaWiki sits atop a database [default=MySQL] and uses PHP as its coding language. The book deliberately does not elaborate on the theory of relational databases or the syntax of MySQL. Ditto for the syntax of PHP. The focus is plainly on MediaWiki. We have to be practical here. Otherwise we would be looking at several hundred more pages on peripheral topics.

MediaWiki uses several configuration files, and the book gives examples of how to edit these to change the look and feel of your website. There are some sample SQL statements, of considerable complexity, and some sample PHP code. These hint tantalisingly at many more involved possibilities.

But the book is mostly about the editing of configuration files. As for the logic that uses those files, and how you might change that logic, that is reserved for other books. Perhaps by the current authors, as an Advanced Guide?

Along these lines, a related book, MediaWiki Skins Design: Designing attractive skins and templates for your MediaWiki site, might be interesting to some readers. It goes further into how the skins [aka. look and feel] can be tweaked for your purposes.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Worthwhile Guide to Save Your Time 26 May 2010
By Jennifer Elrod - Published on
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This is a concise and practical guide that steps the reader through all the basics of setting up and running a MediaWiki site. It is a hands-on, learn-by-example book. It will take the reader through installation, creating user accounts, creating content, formatting content, adding media, organizing content, security, managing editing conflicts, customization, back-up, and extensions. Integration with WordPress, Joomla! and Moodle are also covered. While the subject of customizing MediaWiki's skin takes a whole book of its own to cover properly (see MediaWiki Skins Design, also from Packt Publishing), it is briefly covered in one chapter of this book. If you will be spending any time administering a wiki of your own, it is worthwhile to get this book rather than relying on the free MediaWiki documentation that is available on the web.
Behind the current MediaWiki version but still valuable 30 April 2014
By M. Clark - Published on
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I needed something in print to help me operate my MediaWiki site, and this book did a decent job. It was behind the curve already before I bought it, but there was sufficient good information that was still valid that it made the book worthwhile.

I think the author needs to plan an update however!
Very Helpful 8 Aug 2013
By Alexander Contreras - Published on
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I took over our companies internal Wiki for it and PM and this guide was invaluable to me as I new nothing about Wikis or the syntax they used. very though with lots of examples, pictures and real life scenarios/examples of page layouts. I still reference this book from time to time even a year later.
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Jeff Orloff delivers the I.T. goods...AGAIN!! 21 May 2010
By Zin Min - Published on
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As baseball analogies go, "Orloff hits it out of the park...another Grand Slam!"

I loved Jeff Orloff's, "How to Do Everything Ubuntu." In his new book, "A Beginner's Guide to Media Wiki," he is a teacher in the true-sense of the word; Explaining complicated terms/concepts & laying out great visuals, all the while making deep connections that the amateur, software guru can relate to.

In Media Wiki, I like his writing style and use of helpful pics. It's not overloaded with "techie"-lingo hiccups between him and his new co-author, Mizanur Rahman. The two definitely compliment one another and piggy-back off of the success and momentum of "How to Do Everything Ubuntu." There is a shameless USF clipart-reference, but hey...who else is going to contend from FL, Miami? Ha.

He keeps it simple and concise. Nice. Very nice!

Overall, I give "A Beginner's Guide to Media Wiki" 5 stars!
Zin Min
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