MediaWiki extensions manual
Release status: unmaintained
Implementation Special page , Variable
Description Adds a magic word that shows a news ticker that can be configured from a special page.
Author(s) Martin Keyler
Latest version 1.3 (2019-03-14)
MediaWiki 1.32.x - 1.34.x only
PHP 7.0+
License GNU General Public License 3.0 or later
  • newsticker
Quarterly downloads 3 (Ranked 137th)
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The NewsTicker extension adds a magic word {{NEWSTICKER}} to insert news tickers into wiki pages. The style and content of the news tickers, as well as the allowed pages where it can be displayed, are configured from a special page at Special:NewsTicker.

To use the special page, the "newsticker" right is needed, which is granted to all admins by default.

The data set through the special page is saved as JSON at MediaWiki:News.json, so no database changes are required.

Installation edit

  • Download and move the extracted NewsTicker folder to your extensions/ directory.
    Developers and code contributors should install the extension from Git instead, using:cd extensions/
    git clone https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/mediawiki/extensions/NewsTicker
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'NewsTicker' );
  •   Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Usage edit

To use this extension, you need the 'newsticker' permission, that by default is granted only to admins. To give the permission to other user groups, add the following to your LocalSettings.php

$wgGroupPermissions['user']['newsticker'] = true;

Go to Special:NewsTicker and set the news you want to show on each page. Then go to each page and add the {{NEWSTICKER}} magic word in the precise location where you want to display the news ticker.

The default style of the news ticker is ultra minimalist, but can be easily changed from Special:NewsTicker and/or MediaWiki:Common.css