Help:Administrating your wiki

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dronel Creating your new wiki was three clicks. But now, how do you manage and administrate it?

Unless otherwise noted, the directions in each of the following sections presumes that you are logged in as an administrator of your wiki. An administrator is a user logged in under a username that belongs to the sysop group. The default account for a new wiki, Admin, is automatically an administrator account.

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Protecting your wiki

How to protect pages

Click the "protect" link. If your skin is Monobook (the default), it's a tab near the very top of the page. If your skin is Cologne Blue, it's a link near the bottom. Other skins may put the link in other places.

Once a page has been protected, the "protect" link becomes an "unprotect" link, allowing you to remove the protection.

How to restrict read and write permissions

Use your control panel (accessible from the toolbox section of the sidebar). You can set viewing and editing privileges (for logged-in and/or anonymous users) using the drop-down lists in the User Rights section. Click "Save," just below the drop-down controls, to store and use the new settings.

See also

How to generalize these permissions for complete subdirectories

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How to ban usernames and IP addresses

  1. Click "Special pages" in the sidebar.
  2. In the section "Restricted special pages" near the bottom of the page, click "Block user." This takes you to the page Special:Blockip.
  3. Enter either a username or an IP address in the first box.
  4. Set an expiration time for the ban in the second box, anywhere from "2 hours" to "infinite." Or you could specify "Other."
  5. If you specify "Other" for the expiration time, fill in the desired time span in the third box.
  6. Enter the reason for the ban in the fourth box.
  7. Click "Block this user" to instate the ban.

How to back up your wiki

See the Help article Backing up your wiki.

Managing user groups

How to give administrator status to users

To make a user an administrator, you must be logged in as a bureaucrat, not just an administrator. A bureaucrat is a user logged in under a username that belongs to the bureaucrat group. A bureaucrat has the power to change other users' group memberships. The default account for a new wiki, Admin, is automatically a bureaucrat account.

  1. Click "Special pages" in the sidebar.
  2. In the section "Restricted special pages" near the bottom of the page, click "User rights management." This takes you to the page Special:Userrights.
  3. Enter the username you want to promote to administrator.
  4. Click "Edit User Groups." This displays two lists of groups: the groups this username already belongs to, and the other available groups it might be added to.
  5. Click "sysop" in the list of available groups. (If this is already present in the list "Member of," then this username is already an administrator account.
  6. Click "Save User Groups" to add the user to the group.

Caution: If you add a username to the bureaucrat group, that account will have enough power to take away your powers and even block you from the wiki. Use this option carefully.

How to create groups and add users to them

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Managing regional settings

How to set the default language for anonymous users

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How to set the default language for new users

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