How To Create A Wiki Account

Depending on the purpose of your wiki, different account creation policies may apply. We will go over the various policies in this blog.


MediaWiki account creation by visitors

This is MediaWiki default. Everybody is allowed to create accounts.

No new Media Wiki accounts

The feature that allows new visitors to create their accounts is disabled. In this case, accounts can be created:

  • By admins (or other user group with appropriate rights)
  • By people having a special invite link from the admin (available via extension)

Automated wiki account creation

The feature is available when you use external authentication / authorization system:

  • Corporate LDAP
  • OpenConnect
  • SAML
  • etc.

Wiki account creation by visitors

There is a special page Special:CreateAccount to register a new user account. It provides a set of fields and controls:

  • Username
  • Use a temporary random password and send it to the specified email address
  • Password
  • Confirm password
  • Email address (optional)
  • Real name (optional)

Depending on your wiki configuration, the set of available options may vary slightly. Certain restrictions can be imposed on the length and complexity of passwords, the characters that can be used in a username, etc. Certain configurations may make an email address mandatory and require user email confirmation or force a CAPTCHA test.

Create a MediaWiki Account Link

The location of the Create account link is not fixed; different skins can place it in different places. The most common places are:

  • A link in the upper right corner of the page (usually only visible to anonymous visitors)
  • A button below the user login form on Special:UserLogin

Check out the other articles on our blog that have information on MediaWiki, Wikibase, and various tutorials/help articles. Also, do not hesitate to contact us with any MediaWiki questions you may have and schedule a free, no-obligation call.

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