How To Install MediaWiki On Your Domain

Now that we know what a wiki is and why you should use MediaWiki, it’s time to learn how to install MediaWiki on your server.

How To Install MediaWiki with Softaculous

The Softaculous installation is by far the easiest way to install MediaWiki on your domain.

  1. Log into your cPanel
  2. Under Software select Softaculous Apps Installer
  3. Search for “MediaWiki” or select it under Wikis
  4. Click Install Now
  5. Select the domain for the installation
  6. Fill in the site configuration, admin, language, and other options as necessary (see chart below for more information about options)
  7. Click Install at the bottom of the page when ready

Overview of Options

Wiki nameThe actual name of your wiki, like “Wikipedia” for example
Wiki emailThe desired email account for administrative purposes
Admin usernameThe username that the administrator uses to log in
Admin passwordThe password for the admin account
Select languageChoose your desired language
UploadsWhether or not to enable file uploads to the site (can be updated later)
Database nameThe name of the database to be created, where all site data is stored
Table prefixA custom prefix applied to tables in the database (may be helpful to change this)
Disable update notifications emailCheck to disable email notifications about available updates
Auto upgradeChoose your auto upgrade preference for new versions of the MediaWiki software
Backup locationSelect a desirable location for automatic backups
Automated backupsSelect whether or not you would like to run auto backups
Backup rotationThis determines how many backups you would like to save before older backups are overwritten for new ones

That’s all you need to do to install MediaWiki on your domain. Stay tuned for the next article in our series, where we’ll learn how to log into your MediaWiki installation.

Christopher Maiorana Content Writer II

Christopher Maiorana joined the InMotion community team in 2015 and regularly dispenses tips and tricks in the Support Center, Community Q&A, and the InMotion Hosting Blog.

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