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How To Wiki


Example of text the page title, Mediawiki:Pagetitle, in this example, '$1 - Wikihowto: a howto site anyone can edit'

Example of text added to search box, Mediawiki:Search, in this example 'search for a howto'

Article tabs

Example of text for the edit tab, Mediawiki:Edit, in this example, 'edit this page'

Menus, lists

Example of a sidebar, Mediawiki:Sidebar

  • Mediawiki:Sidebar: The links and sections on the side bar (i.e. on Wikihowto main, navigation, and page list sections.
  • MediaWiki:Licenses: List of available licenses for images/files appearing in a drop-down list on file upload page.

Example of text for the NavLinks, Mediawiki:NavLinks

  • MediaWiki:NavLinks: The links at the top, "Home, Forum, Random Page, Create a new article" (for Wikia's quartz skin)

Upload page

Configs for the upload pages

  • MediaWiki:License: the text before the license list. Default="License:"
  • MediaWiki:Licenses: List of available licenses for images/files appearing in a drop-down list on file upload page.
  • MediaWiki:Uploadtext: Text appearing on the upload page, including warnings about images without copyright information, etc.

Page name variables

Text added to specific pages

Example of edit tools for creating a new article located under the edit box, MediaWiki:Edittools

  • MediaWiki:Edittools: Provides list of special characters appearing below edit box and save/preview buttons
  • MediaWiki:Sharedupload: Appears on the page of any image or file used in wikibooks but actually located on commons. Most wikis use a template linking to the commons page.

Example of text for creating a new article, MediaWiki:Newarticletext


You can also customize the individual built-in items by modifying certain pages or parameters:

To remove the privacy, about and/or disclaimer links entirely, replace the link text with a single dash ("-").

Add links

As of 1.17 you can modify the list of links in the footer using the Template:Hook to modify the footerlinks arrays and setting new template keys for the values.

For example, putting this in your LocalSettings.php will add a new "Terms of Service" link after the disclaimer link.

$wgHooks['SkinTemplateOutputPageBeforeExec'][] = 'lfTOSLink';
function lfTOSLink( $sk, &$tpl ) {
	$tpl->set( 'termsofservice', $sk->footerLink( 'termsofservice', 'termsofservicepage' ) );
	$tpl->data['footerlinks']['places'][] = 'termsofservice';
	return true;

From there you can put "Terms of Service" in the page Template:Blue on your wiki, for the link's text and in Template:Blue define the title of the page that you want the Terms of Service link to point to. Note, if you do not create these pages on your wiki, then nothing will appear in the footer.

Remember it may take a while to update due to MediaWiki caches.

Remove footer icons

You can hide the Powered by MediaWiki image by adding the following to your wiki's MediaWiki:Common.css:

#f-poweredbyico { display: none; }

The Vector skin equivalent is:

#footer-icon-poweredby { display: none; }

In MW 1.17 with Vector Skin:

#footer-icon-poweredbyico { display: none; }

In MW 1.18 with Vector Skin:

#footer-poweredbyico { display: none; }

If you want to remove it completely in 1.17 you can use Template:Wg to remove it using this in your Template:Manual:

unset( $wgFooterIcons['poweredby'] );

In 1.16 and below you will have to use a hook to remove it:

$wgHooks['SkinTemplateOutputPageBeforeExec'][] = 'lfRemovePoweredBy';
function lfRemovePoweredBy( $sk, &$tpl ) {
	unset( $this->data['poweredbyico'] );
	return true;

If you wish to change the icon images, urls, alt text, or add new icons please see Template:Wg' documentation.

Text added to all pages

Example of a site notice, MediaWiki:Sitenotice

  • MediaWiki:Sitenotice: Text that appears at the top of every page on the site, just below the tabs
  • MediaWiki:Tagline: The text appearing just below a page title (on wikibooks, this currently reads "From Wikibooks, the open-content textbooks collection").

Configuration for whole site

Be careful with these

  • MediaWiki:Monobook.js: Contains scripts in JavaScript
  • MediaWiki:Monobook.css: Style sheet (CSS) defining site appearance in default skin.



  • MediaWiki:AdminSkin: Default skin used for page
  • MediaWiki:Tryexact
  • MediaWiki:Searchfulltext
  • MediaWiki:Fromwikipedia
  • MediaWiki:Linktrail
  • MediaWiki:Newmessagesdifflink

Customize in LocalSettings.php

See also


From HowTo Wiki, a Wikia wiki.