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Wiki Version

What Wiki Engine is being used for this project?

ScottN 20:06, 26 Mar 2004 (EST)

The site's running MediaWiki, which was primarely developed for Wikipedia. This is version 1.1.0. Version 1.2.0 is the newest available (I could try to do an upgrade if people think some of the new stuff is worthwhile, but there's not that much of interest IMHO).

Chris Michalak 21:17, 26 Mar 2004 (EST)

Simplified URLs

I noticed on the Wikipedia site, each page has a simple URL, whereas on the VOC Wiki we have some sort of active page lookup system (wiki.phtml?title=Main_Page) . The system we are using prevents the pages within the wiki from appearing of search engines like google and yahoo, etc. Is it possible to swich the wiki over to the simpler implementation, or is this limited by our web server provider.

ScottN 19:51, 26 Mar 2004 (EST)

Humm.. Interesting. We're running the same software as Wikipedia (although as slightly older version at this point, see above). I may have a look into it at some point when I have some free time. If you want to do some research about it yourself, a couple limitations with our setup to keep in mind :

  • We don't have control over the Apache configuration file (this may be necessary to make the "alias" that you see on Wikipedia.
  • PHP is implemented as a CGI script rather than Apache module by our ISP.

Chris Michalak 21:24, 26 Mar 2004 (EST)

So I just took a minute to look into this issue. The simplified URLs that you see on Wikipedia are made possible by the mod_rewrite Apache module and requires some customization of the Apache configuration files. I don't really want to trouble our ISP about it (you know what with this hosting being free and all) so I think we may leave it as it is. On the plus side, I don't think this affects Google indexing of the wiki. If you do a couple random searches on Google you'll find plenty of results from dynamically generated pages accessed by passing parameters to a generic script.

Chris Michalak 16:45, 2 Apr 2004 (EST)