MediaWiki is an open-source software that allows ‘wiki’ websites such as Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia, to be created.

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More specifically, a wiki allows a community to edit content alongside each other, providing a history of changes to the content and dealing with conflicts. MediaWiki has been created with the aim of being as simple as possible to use, though its complexity can initially be baffling to new users to it. That’s exactly where Peacock Carter’s MediaWiki training courses can help you or your organisation.

Whilst many organisations offer MediaWiki training courses, you truly benefit from our deep MediaWiki knowledge; training courses are run by Richard Carter, author of the book MediaWiki Skins Design, and a sought-after MediaWiki consultant.

MediaWiki users training courses

Our MediaWiki users courses briefly comprise of the following elements, but we are more than happy to tailor these to meet your needs:

  • What is MediaWiki?
    • An overview of wikis and what they can do.
  • MediaWiki user accounts
    • Creating a new account
    • Managing your user account
  • Introduction to using MediaWiki
    • Searching MediaWiki
    • Printing pages from your wiki
    • Recent changes
    • Contributions
  • Manipulating content in MediaWiki
    • Editing a page
    • Editing a section of a page
    • Creating a new page
    • Formatting your page’s content
    • Linking to other pages in your wiki
    • Linking to external websites in your wiki
    • Images and photographs in MediaWiki
    • Other media files in MediaWiki
    • Referencing and citing
    • Footnotes
    • Creating and editing tables in MediaWiki
    • Talk pages
    • Redirecting pages
  • Templates in MediaWiki
    • What is a template in MediaWiki?
    • Uses of templates
    • Creating a template
  • Page management in MediaWiki
    • Reverting to an older version of the page
    • Special pages

MediaWiki administrator training courses

  • What is MediaWiki?
    • An overview of wikis and what they can do.
  • MediaWiki administrator accounts
    • Creating an administrator account
    • An introduction to your tools
  • Common administrator tasks
    • Moving a page.
    • Page protection
      • Protecting a page from editing.
      • Reverting changes.
    • Managing users
      • Creating a new user.
      • (Re)setting permissions.
      • Blocking users.

    …and as much detail as you want to know!

    MediaWiki technical training courses

    We are also able to provide bespoke courses on the technical aspects of MediaWiki, including:

    • MediaWiki skin design: customising the look and feel of your wiki, delivered by the author of MediaWiki Skins Design
    • Installing and configuring MediaWiki: getting your wiki up-and-running, avoiding common pitfalls
    • Custom MediaWiki development for extensions:

We’re happy to deliver the MediaWiki course(s) on your premises, or at our office if you wish to come and visit Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East of England. We can deliver courses anywhere in the UK including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh, and are able to travel abroad if required.

If you are interested in our MediaWiki training courses, contact Richard Carter on 0191 375 5713 (+44(0)191 423 6208 from abroad), or email us at