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A Comprehensive Guide on how I Prepare for a Tiki Wiki upgrade

Bernard Sfez -

When it comes to upgrading Tiki, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. As discussed with other Tiki developers, there are various methods to upgrade. Some prefer to stick with Long Term Service (LTS) versions for as long as possible, making occasional significant upgrades. Others choose to migrate existing files from version to version and some use fresh versions and clone theme, language files, templates, database and files. In this article, I'll draw from my extensive experience in using, providing support services, and developing with Tiki Wiki CMS and explain my detailed process for upgrading a customer's Tiki from one stable version to another.

Tiki Wiki CMS installation on Amazon Lightsail instance with Debian11, MariaDB, Git and Virtualmin/Webmin control panel

Bernard Sfez -

This article is an update of a previous one that will explain how to install Tiki Wiki website on a Debian11 Lightsail instance. In short tutorial I’ll explain how to setup the Lightsail account and server (instance), install Debian11, install MariaDB and different PHP versions, install Webmin and Virtuamin control panel, setup and use Git, set an SSL certificat and finally publish your Tiki Wiki website online.

Online safety and privacy (explained to children)

Bernard Sfez -

Father of 2 teenagers with their own smartphones, I am concerned about privacy issues and their online safety. Between this hyper-connectivity and the constant implementation of new technologies without any hindsight on an often "involuntary" public, it is essential to prepare and protect our children for the revolutions to come and to give them the tools and the necessary education. For example, children (and adults) need to understand that the information they share online can be used for malicious purposes, such as harassment or impersonating. It is therefore important that they learn to protect their privacy by not sharing personal information such as their full name, address or telephone number.

Explanations of these things are all complicated and boring and I had to use a simple language and make it fun or at least pleasant. While teaching them how to safely enjoy the internet and providing them with a good security posture against malicious attacks, I saw adults walking by, stopping, listening and asking questions too. Motivated by my satisfaction in helping others, I decided to organize myself a little and prepare a publishable version of my "dad's wisdom meeting" 😉. This is the first post, let's see where the wind will take us...

Fixes and tips after upgrading from Tiki Wiki version 24 to Tiki 25

Bernard Sfez -

After we enjoyed a very solid Tiki24 with tested and improved features the Tiki Wiki team planned and started adding many additions or critical and complex update.
And what a better time than the 20th Tiki Wiki anniversary to release Tiki 25(https://doc.tiki.org/Tiki25), a future version that will lead the way to Tiki 27, the next LTS (Long Term Services) of this web based application generator !
In this article I will explain the different changes and adaptations I had do to have a previous Tiki24 website to work using the Tiki 25 version. Those are mainly visual changes due to upgrading from Bootstrap4 to Bootstrap5.

Tiki Wiki CMS installation on a barebone server using Debian11, MariaDB, Git and the Virtualmin/Webmin control panel

Bernard Sfez -

In this Express Tutorial I will explain how to prepare a Linux Debian11 server to publish your Tiki Wiki website or any other software like Wordpress, Laravel, etc. This express tutorial is for intermediate IT Admin or fullstack developper that want to setup and publish a website. We will review together how to setup the server by installing Debian11 bullseye operating system, setup root and network parameters, install Webmin and Virtuamin control panel, check that MariaDB is running and how you can setup different PHP versions. Finally we will use Git, set an SSL certificat to finally publish your Tiki Wiki website online.

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Tiki Wiki Categories feature

Bernard Sfez -

In this Tiki Express Tutorial we'll see together how to enable Tiki Categories, how to use categories to group objects, how to use it to with tracker items and Categories permissions.