Putting MediaWiki to Use in an Organization

    Date21 May 2006
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    Imagine how useful it would be to have an online knowledge base that can easily be updated created by key people within your organization. That's the promise of a wiki -- a Web application that "allows users to easily add, remove, or otherwise edit all content, very quickly and easily," as Wikipedia, perhaps the best-known wiki, puts it. Why not bring the benefits of a wiki to your organization? If you're sold on the concept, the first thing you need to do is to pick the software that you're going to use for your wiki. If you want hunt around to find out what's out there, a good place to start is Wikipedia's wiki software wiki. If you say, "I'll use whatever Wikipedia is using," that'll be MediaWiki.

    MediaWiki installation is easy -- either follow the instructions on MediaWiki's site or read "The open source wiki behind Wikipedia." Install MediaWiki on a server that can be seen by everyone in your organization. You'll then be able to access it from a Web browser by typing in something like http://servername/wiki.

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