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I recently installed TikiWiki on my site's server, but I am at loss as to where to begin. I have tried wading through the documentation, but I can't even figure out how I can start editing/creating a wiki. I noticed in the TikiWiki documentation manual there was an application menu shown when I access Tiki. How do I access Tiki?? I'd appreciate any help! Thanks.
posts: 4540 Japan

See the Quickstart guide for the basics.

You access Tiki by browsing to the address at your domain where it's installed — either in the web root or in a directory/folder. Initially you can log in as admin with the password admin. You'll be prompted immediately to change the password.

Then you should see a bare-looking Tiki front page. There will be a menu in the left column where you (as admin) will see links to administration pages. Probably the first things to do are activate the features you want to use, decide what you want anonymous and registered users to be able to see, edit, use, etc., and decide what modules you want to appear in the side columns.

One thing about Tiki that's both a blessing and a curse is that there are many, many configuration choices you can make.

As for starting a wiki, one way is to edit the HomePage and put a link in it to a new page. Then you can use that link to edit the new page. This is covered in the docs.

There are specific pages at doc.tikiwiki.org covering most of these details. If you have questions, ask in the Features/Usability forum.

-- Gary - themes.tw.o


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adding to the "to access Tiki by browsing" paragraph:

to login to your tikiwiki as admin, you type in your browser the address of your domain where it's installed — either in the web root or in a directory/folder followed or not by /tiki-index.php. in other words, you type http://yoursitename.com/tiki-index.php or http://yoursitename.com/your directory/folder/tiki-index.php OR without the trailing tiki-index.php. then you use the login to get inside as admin with your admin user and pass. the first time after installation, you use admin as user and pass. after that, it will be the pass you changed to.




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> I recently installed TikiWiki on my site's server, but I am at loss as to where to begin. I have tried wading through the documentation, but I can't even figure out how I can start editing/creating a wiki. I noticed in the TikiWiki documentation manual there was an application menu shown when I access Tiki. How do I access Tiki?? I'd appreciate any help! Thanks.

Sirius. I too am new to Tikiwiki (but not the ubiquitous wikipedia) and have to agree with you. Luckily I came to Tikiwiki after attempting to write my own wiki in Ruby - so the installation part was pretty painless for me. But then I hit the vertical learning curve of how to set up and administer the thing. Don't get me wrong Tikiwiki is a phenomenal peice of software, it can do almost anything you could dream of asking from it.
The documentation is even more arcane and convoluted than the many admin screens - references to the application menu? still not sure if it means the module called 'menu', if so I cant get it to do half of the things that the message above each admin screen says i can (thank god for the 'or click here' option with each one).
I must admit I kind of gave up even looking for answers on the tw.o site, instead I did what I usually do play with it for a while and as a result am slowly getting used to it - I'm glad I havent got a deadline to set the wiki up.
There is one thing that still gets me - I cant find any reliable references to the syntax that you use to actually write a wikipage - the first thing I did was to try and make a quick reference page to refer to - but the source that I found seriously contradicted the actual effects ie two underscores = underlined text (no it makes bold text, or does it, who knows?) so my next plan is to write a page with every concievable paired punctuation just to see what happens (it'll be quicker than searching the documentation).

Ok sorry about the rant - how about some constructive suggestions.
first - It would be a really good idea to write a few cheat sheets - covering the major issues like admin menus and syntax, perhaps even styles & templates and why not include installation - each one should attempt to give bare bones info, enough to fit on, say, 2 sides of paper. I would aim to make these SO brief that new users might even add them to wikipages just for quick reference.
Second - why not get a bit more visual with the explanations - I dont neccesarily mean glorious technicolour screenshots but perhaps a map or two of how the options relate to each other - how groups and priveleges work, even what files or extra installations are needed to make a feature work (maps anyone?) come to that a basic recomendation for how to organise the filestructure.
Yes I know - the whole thing exists only because some fabby people put in tons of effort, and nitpicking about the documentation is a bit miserable. perhaps I should just get off my arse and make them myself for the project. Perhaps I will. regards David

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> Yes I know - the whole thing exists only because some fabby people put in tons of effort, and nitpicking about the documentation is a bit miserable. perhaps I should just get off my arse and make them myself for the project. Perhaps I will. regards David

Welcome to the documentation team. lol If you don't have time for anything else, please do this:
Pick one task that you were trying to perform with the help of the docs. Be specific about what you wanted to do. Retrace your steps through the docs and tell us where they broke down, didn't exist, or otherwise failed. Post it in the docs forum here, or the coffee shop on d.tw.o. I can only learn what doesn't work from your and other users reports.
Thanks davidp, see you around the doc site, I hope.

Dave

posts: 1539 Canada

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> Thanks davidp, see you around the doc site, I hope.

To enrich Dave's idea (and since you can code), what we need more of:
Directly in Tiki: Brief documentation and links to the appropriate online docs. As more people are sent to the online docs, it will getter better.

Many of these were added in the admin panel in Tiki 1.9.4, but so much more can be done. Often the doc exists somewhere but it is not well connected to the users that need it.

And since you can code, this will be a lot less work that writing your own wiki in Ruby biggrin

Wiki syntax is here:
Wiki-Syntax+Text

If doc doesn't correspond to code, please update doc. If you think the code is wrong, please goto dev.tikiwiki.org to report a bug (and maybe even a patch!)

In any case, come to the IRC chatroom and meet the fun bunch of people biggrin

M smile


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> I recently installed TikiWiki on my site's server, but I am at loss as to where to begin. I have tried wading through the documentation, but I can't even figure out how I can start editing/creating a wiki. I noticed in the TikiWiki documentation manual there was an application menu shown when I access Tiki. How do I access Tiki?? I'd appreciate any help! Thanks.

I am new to TikiWIki as well. I've successfully installed it local on my PC after a few attempts. And now is the process of getting to know tikiwiki better for my project. I am looking for a documentation/manual on how to get started with it. In addition to that, does anyone here knows about AulaWiki? can aulawiki be installed separately from tikiwiki? and is there any way/source on how i can code a plugin to be used with tikiwiki?

posts: 1539 Canada

> I am new to TikiWIki as well. I've successfully installed it local on my PC after a few attempts. And now is the process of getting to know tikiwiki better for my project. I am looking for a documentation/manual on how to get started with it. In addition to that, does anyone here knows about AulaWiki? can aulawiki be installed separately from tikiwiki? and is there any way/source on how i can code a plugin to be used with tikiwiki?

Please see: TikiMovies

For coding, Hello World

AulaWiki on edu.tikiwiki.org and mods.tikiwiki.org


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