Wikipedia and Beyond
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2008
Pages: 380

"A good book! It's a nice overview of wiki editing and administration, with pointers to handy extensions and further online documentation."-Brion Vibber, Chief Technical Officer, Wikimedia Foundation

"This book is filled with practical knowledge based on experience. It's not just spouting some party line."-Rob Church, a developer of MediaWiki

MediaWiki is the world's most popular wiki platform, the software that runs Wikipedia and thousands of other websites. Though it appears simple to use at first glance, MediaWiki has extraordinarily powerful and deep capabilities for managing and organizing knowledge. In corporate environments, MediaWiki can transform the way teams write and collaborate.

This comprehensive book covers MediaWiki's rich (and sometimes subtle) features, helping you become a wiki expert in no time. You'll learn how to:

  • Find your way around by effective searching and browsing
  • Create and edit articles, categories, and user preferences
  • Use advanced features for authors, such as templates, dynamic lists, logical parser functions, and RSS, to organize and maintain large numbers of articles
  • Install and run your own wiki, and configure its look and behavior
  • Develop custom wiki features, called extensions, with the PHP programming language and MySQL database

This book also provides special guidance for creating successful corporate wikis. For beginners who want to create or work on collaborative, community-driven websites with this platform, MediaWiki is the essential one-stop guide.

"I was a MediaWiki newbie before reading this book. Now, many aspects of the platform that were murky before are crystal clear."-JP Vossen, author of O'Reilly's Bash Cookbook

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First Book of MediaWiki

By Harry Computer Guy

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  • Accurate
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


  • Need for 2nd Edition

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Comments about oreilly MediaWiki:

The first to book to read while starting your wiki. Great information on getting the wiki stood up for it to be useful at start. This book is so useful, I believe that every wiki forum should have a link to O'Reilly to get his book. Every time I stand up a wiki for work, I scribble the extra notes into this book to make it even more concise as the wiki flavors change. Thank You for a nice reference, "how-to", and build guide for wiki work.

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Easy to reference

By Jim McKeeth

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Comments about oreilly MediaWiki:

I setup a small Wiki for a small group and it didn't take long before I was getting spam faster then I could clean it out. I picked up this book to look for a solution. Before I had a chance to look at it my wife asked me to go take care of something for her, so I tossed her the book and asked her to find a way to prevent anonymous users from leaving spam.

I love my wife, but she is not very technical and I didn't really expect her to find a solution, but thought it was amusing to leave that task for her. Before I left the room she had found the solution and told me what I need to do to fix it. I almost didn't believe here, but sure enough it had exactly what I needed and spelled out exactly how to do it.

I made the change when I got back and it worked like a charm. I really don't know what else I could look for in a book: Easy to find what I needed and exact details on how to do it.

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A Helpful Tool For Administrators...

By Habatchii Tsunamii

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Comments about oreilly MediaWiki:

This book is a very helpful tool in highlighting the basics of MediaWiki and its many different extension options.

It certainly would increase any site administrator's capability greatly, as well as helping to produce web-worthy material using the MediaWiki application.

Major Features:

Many different personalized approaches to the MediaWiki application, plus walkthrough examples on how to create your own pages and markup.


It does not have any quiz or exam features, so I could not suggest it for educational purposes.

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