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This article describes the multiple steps of the setup procedure for a subject wiki.

Deciding a name and a subtitle

The first step is to decide on a one-word name for the subject wiki. This one-word name comes up as:

  • The official wiki name.
  • The subdomain name used to store the wiki.
  • The variable part of the name of the specific database where the wiki's contents are stored.

The subtitle is a phrase of the form The ... Wiki, where ... indicates the subject in two to four words.

Installation

Basic installation and configuration

Reference: mediawikiwiki:manual:installation guide

This has the following important steps:

  • Create the database: The name of the database is determined by the official wiki name.
  • Download and extract the latest version of MediaWiki from http://www.mediawiki.org
  • Use the on-screen configuration process and complete the moves.

Further steps

  1. Set up short URLs for /wiki/ to direct to /w/index.php?title= (reference: mediawikiwiki:Manual:Short URLs). Or, copy the short URL snippet code from another subject wiki.
  2. Set up math mode: The OCaml software has already been installed on the server. Math mode can be set using $wgUseTex.
  3. Install extensions: Straightforward extensions to install: CategoryTree, LabeledSectionTransclusion, MultiCategorySearch, NewestPages, ParserFunctions.
  4. Install Google Analytics extension and get an Analytics UID.
  5. Install ConfirmAccount and SemanticMediaWiki extensions. Both these extensions require some database operations.