The following pages describe how to download, install, and configure Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) as a site administrator. If you want to learn about using SMW as a wiki user (with or without administrator rights in the wiki), then the user manual is the right place for you. But basic installation and maintenance of SMW does not necessarily require to be familiar with its usage.
Since SMW is an extension to MediaWiki, a current release of MediaWiki is needed first. This can be obtained in various ways as described on the MediaWiki homepage. Please install this software and make sure that it works as expected before installing SMW. As an extension to MediaWiki, SMW usually requires only very little modifications of the basic system to run. Adjustments might be useful for customising its behaviour, or for tweaking its performance.
The main sections of this handbook explain the most important aspects of administrating SMW:
- Installation and upgrade
- Configuration parameters
- Maintenance scripts
- API modules
- Useful extensions to SMW
Detailed navigation is provided by the table of contents on the right. Other relevant parts of this handbook include: