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MediaWiki - Move a site

I am working on a project that involves "MediaWiki"; I am an experienced web developer, I have never used MediaWiki before.

The first thing I want to do is move a copy of the site to another location for several reasons; mostly just to make revisions on a test basis without disturbing the "live" site until we are ready to apply the new version.

Can someone point me in a direction on how to do this?

Thanks
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Shalom Carmel

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Hi

With the caveat that I have not done this myself (yet) I have worked on Mediawiki sites in the past and just installed a fresh out of the box one on my own website (to be published)

In principle there are 4 main aspects:
  1. DB, most likely MySQL
  2. Core Mediawiki
  3. Customisations, such as custom skins, namespaces etc.
  4. Uploads and shared files

I would think that you backup everything flat, via FTP so any custom assets are backed up ready for re-upload. MySQL backups via DB export from original db and import into new target db. I cannot imagine it will be any more complex than that.

If the wiki has got self referring links with absolute URLs rather than relative it may get more complex as you have to find and replace old domain references with the new one...

MW has a detailed help source here

hth
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Richard Korts

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Thanks, I found that link.

Not clear on the terms skins & namespaces, how do I find those?

Thanks
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