Using MediaWiki for organizing your personal website

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How can I insert images?

In localsettings.php, which is in your main mediawiki directory, add at the end the command:

 $wgEnableUploads = true; 

OR--much more awkward--- insert $wgRawHtml = true; into the file LocalSettings.php in your main MediaWiki directory and the wiki will allow you to insert raw unchecked HTML. However, you must embed your html within start-html and end-html tags like this:

<html>     <img src= "http://rasmusen.org/EricRasmusen2007.jpg"   height= 120   align= left>  </html> 

You can then use the HTML tags for images to insert images that are already uploaded on the web somewhere.

To Have External Links open in a new window:

In localsettings.php, which is in your main mediawiki directory, add at the end the command:

< pre>$wgExternalLinkTarget = '_blank';

I asked about this at hte help desk as to how to open internal wiki pages in new windows by default.

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual_talk:$wgExternalLinkTarget#Can_internal_links_be_made_to_open_in_new_windows%3F

How can I indent paragraphs?

Create a new page in your wiki called MediaWiki:Common.css. On my wiki, its address is
https://www.rasmusen.org/rasmapedia/index.php?title=MediaWiki:Common.css
That page should consist of the CSS HTML command

 P { text-indent: 2em }

Put Mediawiki:common.css on your main page, or wherever you want to use for your administrator page so you can easily find it again.

How can I insert a divider line?

Use 4 dashes.

How can I stop viewers from editing my pages?

In localsettings.php, which is in your main mediawiki directory, add at the end these commands:

$wgGroupPermissions['*']['edit'] = false; #anonymous users cannot edit
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['createaccount'] = false; #no new self-registered users

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Preventing_access#Restrict_account_creation

How can I put in a comment?

<!-- This is a comment -->

How can I add to the editing menu so I can do quotations and make quotations be indented with a smaller font?'

Use a "template" for this. A template is a file like Template:Quotation that is a page on your wiki. Once you create a page that starts "Template:xxxx", whenever a page on your wiki has the command Template:Xxx, the phrase "here is some text" will be formatted according to whatever commands are on the Template:xxxx page.



 and 

for multipline preformatted text.

http://tmbw.net/wiki/Basic_Wiki_Formatting

How do I make a quotation indented and in a smaller font?

Put

 {{Quotation| }}  

at the end of each page, so you can easily cut and paste it to insert a quotation.