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== Welcome to The Hive ==
 
== Welcome to The Hive ==
  
The Hive https://www.colmena.biz is now secured with a [https://certbot.eff.org/ Certbot] certificate from [https://letsencrypt.org/ Let's Encrypt].
 
  
* [[User:Justina]]
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The Hive https://www.colmena.biz is now secured with a [https://certbot.eff.org/ Certbot] certificate from [https://letsencrypt.org/ Let's Encrypt] and the [https://shorewall.org/ Shorewall] configuration utility for [https://www.netfilter.org/ iptables].
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Further ideas for enhancing security on the internet are [[SPF+DKIM+DMARC]] for email and [[X.509+DNSSEC+DANE+CAA‎]] for general domain security.
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* [[User:Justina]] (pgp keys etc.)
  
 
Don't forget to visit our blog [https://www.mushroom.global Mushroom.Global].
 
Don't forget to visit our blog [https://www.mushroom.global Mushroom.Global].
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=== To Do ===
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Change URL structure:
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* https://www.colmena.biz/html/en/Main_Page
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* https://www.colmena.biz/html/es/Página_principal
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* etc.
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Directories "en" and "es" etc. can each be created on the web server with separate LocalSettings.php but the other files all symlinked from the base of a common wiki installation.
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Probably not symlinks. I'm thinking that the whole directory structure needs to be replicated, with hard links for the files.
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Needs more experimentation ...
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:$IP = Intellectual Property ... no skins installed ... 500 error. Something's off.
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::No, the problem is all that "absolute path" stuff ("__DIR__" etc.) in the php programs for MediaWiki, due to "highly secure coding practices" as mandated by non-profit foundation management. Some of those restrictions are beneficial and well-meant of course: your MediaWiki installation is less likely to get hacked, as some vandals on Wikipedia in the early days did roo the database through obscure SQL injections and other CVE-type vulnerabilities, but some of this stuff is too bureaucratic, and not as flexible for end use installation as it could be. PHP itself has a questionable reputation for security: a lot of it is little more than thin wrappers over C code, and like C it depends on secure coding practices. Still up for public domain scratch space.
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# This is the [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Wiki_family#Multiple_wikis_sharing_common_resources family of wikis] approach, which is probably the best.
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# There is also a [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Translate Translate] extension that provides multilingual support in one wiki, which seems useful as a bridge to full support for a new wiki language.
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This is not a HOWTO. Do not try this at home. Refer to [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Short_URL official sources] for instructions. Caveat: that is a wiki, too, and those are not precise instructions either, but general ideas with advantages and disadvantages.
  
 
=== Getting started ===
 
=== Getting started ===
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* [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Localisation#Translation_resources Localise MediaWiki for your language]
 
* [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Localisation#Translation_resources Localise MediaWiki for your language]
 
* [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Manual:Combating_spam Learn how to combat spam on your wiki]
 
* [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Manual:Combating_spam Learn how to combat spam on your wiki]
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[[es:Página principal]]

Latest revision as of 02:26, 27 February 2020

Welcome to The Hive

The Hive https://www.colmena.biz is now secured with a Certbot certificate from Let's Encrypt and the Shorewall configuration utility for iptables.

Further ideas for enhancing security on the internet are SPF+DKIM+DMARC for email and X.509+DNSSEC+DANE+CAA‎ for general domain security.

Don't forget to visit our blog Mushroom.Global.

To Do

Change URL structure:

Directories "en" and "es" etc. can each be created on the web server with separate LocalSettings.php but the other files all symlinked from the base of a common wiki installation.

Probably not symlinks. I'm thinking that the whole directory structure needs to be replicated, with hard links for the files.

Needs more experimentation ...

$IP = Intellectual Property ... no skins installed ... 500 error. Something's off.
No, the problem is all that "absolute path" stuff ("__DIR__" etc.) in the php programs for MediaWiki, due to "highly secure coding practices" as mandated by non-profit foundation management. Some of those restrictions are beneficial and well-meant of course: your MediaWiki installation is less likely to get hacked, as some vandals on Wikipedia in the early days did roo the database through obscure SQL injections and other CVE-type vulnerabilities, but some of this stuff is too bureaucratic, and not as flexible for end use installation as it could be. PHP itself has a questionable reputation for security: a lot of it is little more than thin wrappers over C code, and like C it depends on secure coding practices. Still up for public domain scratch space.
  1. This is the family of wikis approach, which is probably the best.
  2. There is also a Translate extension that provides multilingual support in one wiki, which seems useful as a bridge to full support for a new wiki language.

This is not a HOWTO. Do not try this at home. Refer to official sources for instructions. Caveat: that is a wiki, too, and those are not precise instructions either, but general ideas with advantages and disadvantages.

Getting started

Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.