I have found a mediawiki skin that I will be using and it needs to be modified to accommodate some extensions. [url removed, login to view] should serve as a guide for almost all of my requests. First, a vertical bar on the left with the account information of the currently logged in user, just like what wikinvest has on the right side which they call “The Shelf.” It should also have the bookmarking capability of “The Shelf” on wikinvest. On the right side there should be a vertical breadcrumb which shows which category, subcategory, sub-subcategory, etc… you are currently viewing so that you can see where the article is placed in the grander scheme of things.
The actual page being viewed will be in between these two large vertical bars and as for the content I would like each page to be broken into specific fields when the page is created, just like on www.wikihow.com. On wikihow when you create a new page you have to fill in certain fields like a form. For example, Ingredients, Step 1, Step 2 and so on. I would like something similar as I plan on having all of my pages follow the same structure and I would like to force the user to write within that structure. There will only be two such templates that I need made, so the user should when creating the new article be prompted whether they want to use one of those or without the template.
Also, on each actual content page, I need a small area which tells who are the top contributors to that page. I would like three pieces of information there, similar to what wikinvest has. The first line will say Top Contributor: Member Name. Right under that will be Page Created By: Member Name. Finally, right under that will be Page Protected By: Moderator Name in case the page has been protected by a moderator. This is similar to wikinvest, except that instead of calling them all top contributors I’m more specific. Also, the Page Protected By feature is different than wikinvest.
Finally, I would like members to be able to have a user page where they can enter basic info about themselves and a profile picture. This part can be taken care of by a freely available extension called Social Profile available at [url removed, login to view]
A few more things. It would be preferable if you could package your changes to the mediawiki software as though they were an entirely new release of mediawiki all bundled together as one. That way it can easily be installed on different servers in the future.