After looking at Bo’s MediaWiki installation, I’m going to try it myself. I was initially put off by the README saying it was more difficult to install, but here goes. Boring installation notes follow:

  1. use lynx to download to my web hosting provider (
  2. tar xvzf mediawiki.tar.gz to a subdirectory
  3. read INSTALL file, note the following:
    • If your PHP is a CGI plugin rather than an Apache module, you may experience problems. Great.
  4. Ok, make config directory world writeable prior to running config script
  5. Browse to the config directory
  6. Set up the MySQL db via host control panel
  7. click INSTALL button

It’s done! This is actually an easier, smoother configuration than PHPWiki’s confused documentation. And this is so much better looking.


  1. Bo Jordan 19 years ago

    Cool!  I am still impressed with how easy MediaWiki is to set up.  It seems to be a bit of a pain to skin/theme, however, but it looks pretty nice to begin with. :)

  2. Dave 19 years ago

    At least it IS skinnable… will have to look into that soon. The docs are a bit obtuse.