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Integrating Mediawiki while retaining your web site’s look and feel

We finished this project quite a few months ago but I never got around to bragging about it. The nice folks at petwellbeing.com already had a web site and wanted to add a wiki that would completely match it.
There are a few interesting points here. We based it on the Vector skin. The sidebar was a natural fit since the rest of the site already had one. The main problem was positioning the (always difficult) vector tabs and the personal links at the top. The good news is that it can be done, with a bit of trial and error.

You can see it in action here.

We then pulled off the same idea for another one of their sites. (Both of these skins have since been revamped by a fellow WikiWorks consultant.)

I think the main lesson for me was how easy it is to integrate MediaWiki with the rest of a site. We’ve all come across well-designed sites with a wiki component. Click the wiki and you’re off into monobook-land with no (apparent) links to help you return. Now what? As it turns out, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little bit of effort, that nice theme can be applied to MediaWiki.

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