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MediaWiki Set Up

Point your domain to the server

The first step in setting up both VPS and Dedicated servers running MediaWiki is to create an A-record at your domain registrar to point your domain to the server.

We can’t set up your free SSL certificate until this process is completed.

Please note that it can take up to 72 hours for a domain to propagate throughout the internet to a server, although it usually happens much sooner.

Obtain your server’s details

1. After successful payment is approved, your server will be set up within 2 minutes.

2. Login to My HostJane. In the Dashboard under Services, look for the MediaWiki server you have provisioned.

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If you cannot see the MediaWiki server or the server is not active, please open a ticket.

3. Click Manage next to the MediaWiki server item. You will be transferred to the server’s dashboard.

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4. Go to the Statistics area to find your server’s IP address and password. Follow the instructions to complete your MediaWiki installation.

Sample screenshot of the Application Information.

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Copy and paste the installer link into a fresh browser window. The installer address will look something like this, but will have your server’s IP address:

https://[Your_Server’s_IP]/mw-config/

Replace Your Server’s IP with your MediaWiki server’s IP as found in Statistics

For example:

https://123.456.789.1/mw-config/

The MediaWiki database is automatically set up by MediaWiki on your server for you.

For your security we don’t send this by email. You you need to login to your secure SSL-encrypted My HostJane account to review the credentials.

Accessing the MediaWiki Installer

5. After copying the installer link into a new browser window, you will see a HTTPS warning.

As explained on the order page, your server comes with a self-signed SSL certificate. This means that you can access your MediaWiki installation by HTTP://, but when accessing via HTTPS://, a warning appears in your browser.

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This warning is expected because we can’t configure an SSL certificate for an IP address. But it’s safe to ignore. Click the Advanced button in the browser to add an exception.

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A security dialog box will open.

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Enter the username and password credentials into the box, as found in Statistics.

Click Sign in or Enter.

How to remove the SSL warning

Once your domain has successfully pointed to the server, open a support ticket and we will install your free SSL certificate on the server, which will be accessible at:

https://www.yourdomain.TLD

TLD means top-level domain, and can stand for any domain like .com, .net. .org, or any other TLD. HostJane and our servers work with all domain registrars worldwide.

6. After passing the security dialog, you will see your server’s MediaWiki Installer.

The first step is to configure your new site.

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7. The next step is to configure your upgrade key

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Copy and paste the upgrade key as provided in Statistics.

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The key must match exactly.

Click continue to move through the environmental checks

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Click continue

8. Leave the database settings with Use same account as for installation checked.

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Click continue

9. Create the username and password details for your MediaWiki’s administrator account

Use HostJane’s strong password generator to choose a secure, random password for your site.

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We do not recommend clicking “I’m bored, set up the wiki”.

Click continue

10. The Options set up page is an important step.

You can control:

  • How much access new users have on your Wiki site
  • Copyright licensing
  • Set up skins
  • Advanced functions.

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When you have selected your configuration, click continue to begin installation.

Click continue

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9. The installation is now complete.

You can IGNORE the final instruction requiring you to download and install the localsettings.php file in the base directory

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Once your domain has finished pointing to the server, you will be able to access your website via your domain name.

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Login to My HostJane and open an SSL request if you wish to have your free SSL certificate installed.

You can check the DNS status of your Domain’s A-Record propagation at ISP nodes around the world by visiting: https://whatsmydns.net

Updated on October 24, 2018

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