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#1 space2018


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:11 AM

Imagine if the HelioHost wiki had the ability to format/highlight code syntax, use images and metadata from Wikipedia, use the same citation templates that Wikipedia uses, use a modern version of MediaWiki, use anti-spam filters; contain an upload wizard, infoboxes that list the technical specs of Tommy in a nicely formatted way with appropriate htaccess files to secure the image uploads directory from cross scripting attacks? And better still, you could access this wiki right now!  Well, now you can. I know others already developed a newer wiki, but I rebuild most of the HelioHost 1.19 wiki long before I realised that someone else had already done this, so I committed myself to finish the project and share the completed product with you:


This wiki upgrades much more than just the back-end software (Mediawiki). Some notable upgrades include:

* Enhanced usability and navigation with links added to sidebar
* Enhanced navigation (wiki.space.heliohost.org/wiki/Main_Page)
* Citations reformatted into Wikipedia style (wiki.space.heliohost.org/wiki/Advertising_for_us)
* Specs for Tommy formatted into infoboxes (wiki.space.heliohost.org/wiki/Tommy)
* A warning that a page is out of date (wiki.space.heliohost.org/wiki/Parked,_Addon_and_Sub_Domains)
* Nicely formatted Python code (wiki.space.heliohost.org/wiki/Discord_Bot)
* HelioHost History page displays correctly due to templates existing on the wiki (wiki.space.heliohost.org/wiki/HelioHost_History)
* Spam extensions to combat spam on the wiki
* Some minor grammatical and presentation edits to a few articles (see the Mediawiki logs for full details)

These are just few of many of the performance and usability enhancements. The wiki, as it is, is fully functional and can be used immediately. All articles in the old wiki are included, even ones from October 2019. Thanks to the MediaWikiAuth extension, you should be able to login seamlessly using your existing HelioHost wiki account (Haven't tested it yet, as I don't have a wiki account. So someone should test it).

For admins, the minimum amount of work required would be to create a 301 redirect to the new wiki, but it would perform much better if it was moved to a faster server not shared by other accounts. To do this, simply import the files and an SQL dump of my database onto a new server; update LocalSettings.php in the /w directory to use the new database settings and its ready. You do not need to run the Mediawiki setup again, nor manually import accounts from the old server. These should be carried over automatically when the accounts login on the wiki.

You could continue to use the old wiki, but why? The new one has better features and is ready for use.

I hope you can put this wiki to some use.


#2 Guest_pooks_*

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:21 AM

They have over 1k users (probably over 10k). Their focus is on the users and the servers FIRST. Everything else is either a hobby or backburnered since it works properly but could be outdated (just like this forum).

I can see where your coming from tho, alot of things, frontend, need updating. Projects are started and abandoned due to irl problems or other issues.

tl;dr: If it's not broken, don't fix it.

#3 flazepe


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:42 AM

> Some minor grammatical and presentation edits to a few articles (see the Mediawiki logs for full details)


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Other than that, cool.

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