- For the home 'meta' wiki used for discussion, help, development, and advice regarding use of the actual MediaWiki (MW) software and extensions, and MW software downloads, see: MediaWiki.org.
MediaWiki (MW) software is the wiki engine software package that runs this WikiIndex wiki site. Originally created, designed, and developed for the then fledgling Wikipedia in 2002 (though not the original Wikipedia wiki engine from 2001, that was the Perl-based UseMod Wiki software); MediaWiki is now used by the most active and largest wikis, it is also used extensively, and exclusively by other Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) projects; along with many, many other independently-hosted wiki sites. MediaWiki is also the software of first choice to power many different free and commercial wiki farms.
- History and features
The initial 'pre-version' software (known as 'Phase II software' in Wikipedia circles) was created by Magnus Manske, and was used on all available Wikipedia versions from 25 January 2002. A 'Phase III software' became the first 'official' MediaWiki software, and was a substantial re-write of Phase II by Lee Daniel Crocker; this new 'MediaWiki' software was first used on the English Wikipedia on 20 July 2002.
MediaWiki is compiled and written in PHP, and is probably the most widely deployed wiki engine software in the global wikisphere. Some would argue that a wiki should be more simplistic, with fewer features; however, MediaWikis' design, and its success speaks for itself. MediaWiki has spawned many clones, or 'forks', the most notable being Wikia, along with GetWiki (created for Wikinfo.org). MediaWiki is extremely highly (and constantly) developed, it is feature-rich, and is now very complex free software, that is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL v2). MediaWiki requires either MySQL 5.0.2+, PostgreSQL, or SQLite for data storage; it can not use 'flat-file' data storage.
- MediaWiki size information
- add /Special:Statistics at the end of the URL – eg.
https://YourWikiURL.org/wiki/Special:Statistics(non-English language interface versions will automatically convert this to their actual language). Dependent on MW software version, there is a number called 'Content pages', or on earlier MW versions 'pages that are probably legitimate content pages'; use that lower number. Ignore the (often much larger) 'all pages in the wiki, including redirects' number. It is also possible to add a private MediaWiki site entry to the WikiStats by S23 list of MediaWiki sites system, which tracks various statistics of MediaWiki powered wiki sites.
- MediaWiki wikiFactor (wF) information
- go to the /Special:PopularPages page of the wiki – eg.
- Note: from around MediaWiki version 1.24, the then included standard internal tool which provided the 'page views' output and popular pages list rankings was globally disabled (removed) from all future releases of MediaWiki. It is still possible to use the 'Special:PopularPages' link, but only if the wiki site owner or server-side system administrator subsequently added Extension: HitCounters, available from MediaWiki.org. If popular pages is no longer available, it is acceptable to use an archived value of wikiFactor, supported by an appropriate archived URL.
- See also
- MediaWiki.org — home wiki site for discussion, help, development, and advice for use on the specific MediaWiki software and extensions
- Category: MediaWiki wiki farm — hosting services for wiki sites which use MediaWiki
- WikiApiary — the wiki site for detailed information on all MediaWiki-powered websites, itself powered by MediaWiki, together with Semantic MediaWiki
- External links
- View a detailed feature list of MediaWiki on the WikiMatrix wiki engine comparison wiki-site.
- MediaWiki-announce – MediaWiki update and security announcements list — from Wikimedia Lists at Lists.Wikimedia.org
- MediaWiki-l – MediaWiki announcements and site admin list — from Wikimedia Lists at Lists.Wikimedia.org
- Directory of all MediaWiki releases — from Wikimedia Releases at Releases.Wikimedia.org
- MediaWiki / core — at Gerrit.Wikimedia.org
- Sites using MediaWiki — at MediaWiki.org
- Help: Contents — at MediaWiki.org
- Manual: FAQ — at MediaWiki.org
- Manual: Configuration settings — at MediaWiki.org
- Manual: Combating spam — at MediaWiki.org
- WikiStats – List of MediaWikis (independent) — sortable list table of over 12,120 independent MediaWiki-powered wiki sites from Wikistats 2.2 at WikiStats.WMCloud.org; MediaWiki statistics, hosted by Wikimedia Cloud Services (WMCS)
- List of 1308 private MediaWikis — sortable list from WikiStats by S23.org (last updated 30 December 2014, but still useful information)
- Wikistats — wiki.s23.org, the new site of s23, now hosted by Miraheze
- MediaWiki usage statistics — at trends.BuiltWith.com
- MediaWikiOrg Twitter feed — (rather dormant and inactive!)
- MediaWikiOrg Facebook page
- MediaWiki Developers Facebook group
- Comparison of UseMod with MediaWiki — at UseMod Wiki
- Importing pbwiki to mediawiki — KnowledgeLab.org.uk at KnowledgeLab, via Archive.org
- Importing pbwiki to mediawiki — WikiAngela.com at WikiAngela, via Archive.org (mirror of above KnowledgeLab article)
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (WMF), founded 20 June 2003, is the wiki company and non-profit charitable organization responsible for a very large number (over 900 in total) of very active wiki sites, grouped together and known as 'project'; as well as the wiki engine software initially developed by themselves, known as MediaWiki. The Wikimedia Foundations' major wiki projects started with Wikipedia (encyclopedia), and subsequently expanded to include Wiktionary (dictionary and thesaurus), Wikiquote (quotations), Wikibooks (open content textbooks), Wikisource (free content primary- and secondary-source texts), Wikinews (news source), Wikiversity (open learning community), Wikispecies (free species directory), and many others as listed below. Most of these 'projects' have separate wiki site versions written in many different languages. There is also the Wikimedia Commons (shared repository for documents, images, videos, and other media and text files), Wikidata (central space knowledge base for data used on all WMF projects), and the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki (coordination of issues common to all Wikimedia projects). The Wikimedia Foundations' global reach is nurtured in its Incubator, where all new language versions for all projects are initiated and developed before being launched as a new separate wiki site. The Foundations' most recent major project, Wikivoyage (a 'travelpedia'), was inducted to WMF in late 2012.
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Furthermore, the Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, granted April 2005, and headquartered at 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600, San Francisco County, State of California 94104, United States of America.
Wikipedia • Wiktionary • Wikiquote • Wikibooks • Wikisource • Wikinews • Wikiversity • Wikispecies • MediaWiki.org • Commons • Commons Archive • Wikidata • Wikidata Test • Wikivoyage • Meta-Wiki • Incubator • Wikitech • Wikimedia Foundation •
Thematic organizations •
User groups •
Beta Cluster •
Software Releases •
- Wikimedia Foundation private and management wikis
Board • BoardGovCom • Foundation Governance • Office • Executive • Internal • Affiliations Committee • OTRS • Collab • Movement Roles • Audit Committee • Search Committee • Advisory Board • Quality • Usability Initiative • Strategic Planning • SP-Com • Stewards • CheckUser • Advisors
- Wikimedia Foundation hosting services
- External links
- www.Wikimedia.org — Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) portal to all of the major WMF projects
- WikimediaFoundation.org — original public wiki of Wikimedia Foundation, closed July 2018, now a WordPress blog
- Wikimedia Foundation Vision — at the WikimediaFoundation.org blog
- Wikimedia movement — at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki
- Complete list of Wikimedia projects — at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki
- Template:Table of Wikimedia projects — at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki
- List of Wikimedia projects by size (sortable) — at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki
- SiteMatrix table of all Wikimedia wikis — listed by language, project, inter-project link, and interwiki, at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki, along with list of all private and management wiki
- Toolserver: Wiki server assignments — formerly at Wikimedia Toolserver, now at MediaWiki.org
- Current status Wikimedia Foundation - Core services — public website health status for WMF, at Status.Wikimedia.org, Wikimedia Status
- Wikimedia Statistics – Wikistats – comprehensive statistics by project — Wikistats v1 (public domain) (final release, 31 January 2019) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Report card: summaries for Commons and 9 other projects, at a glance December 2018 — Wikistats v1 (public domain) (final release, 31 January 2019) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Page views for Wikimedia, all Projects, both sites, normalized, 26 March 2019 — Wikistats v1 (public domain) (final release, 31 January 2019) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Other Projects: edit and revert counts, since start of project, 31 December 2016 — Wikistats v1 (public domain) (final release, 31 January 2019) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Wikimedia Statistics – All wikis — monthly overviews of reading, contributing, and content, from Wikistats v2 (Creative Commons CC0), Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- WikiStats – List of all Wikimedia special projects — sortable list table of Wikimedia Foundation wiki sites from Wikistats 2.2 at WikiStats.WMCloud.org; independent MediaWiki statistics from mutante, hosted by Wikimedia Cloud Services (WMCS)
- Wikiscan statistics — independent statistics site on Wikipedia and other wikis hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0), at Wikiscan.org
- Database dump progress — list of live database dumps from Wikimedia Downloads, at Dumps.Wikimedia.org
- Wikimedia Foundation database dumps uploaded to the Internet Archive — by Hydriz, at Archive.org
- Wikimedia Interactive Statistics[dead link] — from Wikistatistics.net – archived spapshot from archive.is
- Special Wikimedia Projects by size — sortable list from WikiStats by S23.org (last updated 11 September 2011, but still useful information)
- plain-text database list — from Wikimedia NOC at NOC.Wikimedia.org
- Wikimedia Grid Report — multiple detailed performance graphs from Ganglia.Wikimedia.org
- Phabricator — formerly Bugzilla.Wikimedia.org, now Phabricator.Wikimedia.org, for bug reporting, tracking, and software development
- Public Mailing Lists — from Wikimedia Lists at Lists.Wikimedia.org
- #wikimedia-space:matrix.org — Wikimedia space – unofficial Wikimedia Community space Matrix-channel at Matrix.org
- Wikipediocracy — an extensive highly detailed WordPress blog and internet forum exposing the light of scrutiny into the dark crevices of Wikipedia and its related Wikimedia projects
- Wikimedia.org site info[dead link] — from Alexa.com, archived snapshot on 2022-04-01, via Archive.org
- Official WMF social media and networking
- Further reading
- Bell, Dan (editor) (August 2009); The Wiki Handbook: THE How To on Wiki, Complete Expert's hints and tips guide by the leading experts, everything you need to know about Wiki; ; Emereo Publishing; ISBN 1742441661; paperback; 140 pages.
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