[pmwiki-users] Conversion from a phpwiki
Audun Myhra Bergwitz
bergwitz at gmail.com
Sat Feb 14 10:14:22 CST 2009
Mary Sue Ittner wrote:
> I've been looking at wikis for the
> past week and pm wiki is the one I like the best of all the ones I've
I will recommend PMwiki. It's easy to learn even if you have little
previous experience with managing websites, and is very flexible and
> I searched your archives to see if anyone else had questions
> about converting from phpwiki and found a few messages from 2005 and don't
> know if the solutions suggested are still relevant.
I don't see why they shouldn't be. Read trough them quickly and there
are no significant basic changes to pmwiki (just new features).
> We have a lot of pages, probably more than 900 and also a lot of images
> (around 8500) and the wiki syntax is very different for a lot of the things
> we do (italics, bold, tables, internal links, etc.)
The solution suggested in the old threads is to do a string replace of
wiki syntax for each page.This might help:
With the GUIeditbuttons of PMwiki it should be rather easy for you to
get used to the new syntax.
> Our image files were
> not stored in the wiki, but in a files section and originally we just had
> the url to point to them. One of my wiki helpers figured out a way to do
> thumbnails for our pictures. Here's how he explains it: " One of the big
> features was the addition of on the fly thumbnail creation. If the editor
> of the wiki page provided the proper syntax around a url to an image file
> on our server, our customized wiki would check to see if a thumbnail sized
> image file existed in a parallel directory structure. If not it would
> create the thumbnail sized image file, and the parallel directories too if
> needed. It would also automatically regenerate the thumbnail file if its
> timestamp got out of synch with the full sized image file. This was really
> nice because we got good page load times because we weren't just sending
> the full sized images to the user's browser and resizing them. It also
> automatically managed the creation of the thumbnail files and directories
> so the Wiki users could just upload a new image file, edit a wiki page to
> add their new image and the wiki would take care of it all without any
> intervention from the user or the wiki administrators." We really loved
> this feature and would hope we could find a way to keep it. Perhaps as a
As you probably noticed uploading pictures to pmwiki is handled by the
attach-markup, so uploading new pictures is not difficult. I suppose
that you can move all the files into a uploads directory and convert the
image links into pmwiki-markup.
As for thumbnails there is a recipe here:
I haven't tried it myself, but it seems like it works for some people at
> Switching sounds like a nightmare (we considered it several years ago and
> none of us wanted to take on all the work.) Now we have more to change, but
> I think we don't have a choice if we want to keep what we have for the long
> run. The other option is to have someone create a custom wiki for us and we
> are looking into that, but I worry about the ongoing support for that and
> don't know if we could afford it either.
Instead of having someone creating a custom wiki for you, have that
someone help you do the conversion, it's probably easier and cheaper.
Maybe try to ask some of the people that did a succesful conversion
before (seems like Oliver Betz is both active on this list and have
converted from phpwiki earlier).
audun myhra bergwitz
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