Migrating My Wiki Off of MediaWiki

Written By: Jake Bauer | Posted: 2020-07-09 | Last Updated: 2020-07-09

MediaWiki is a cool bit of software (it powers Wikipedia, after all), but after using it as my wiki software for a few months, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not a good solution for me.

It’s quite pretty, built to do wiki things well, and is very easy to use but, like with most other things I cut out of my life, it comes with a lot of unnecessary complexity and inefficiency for what I’m doing with it. For example, it’s really designed as a collaborative editing platform but I’m the only one who makes changes and creates pages because it’s a personal wiki.

I have decided instead to migrate all of my wiki pages off of MediaWiki and back onto my website, which is what I was using before MediaWiki. This way I can use my regular workflow to add and update pages and I can get rid of a service that no longer gets much use. I will be moving things over slowly and I will be reviewing, updating, expanding on and releasing the pages I move over as blog posts since my blog has a search function and I think some pages might make interesting posts.

This is my sixty-fifth post for the #100DaysToOffload challenge. You can learn more about this challenge over at https://100daystooffload.com.