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Using this Guide        

Using this Guide

This Tiki guide is created using Tiki. Many of the features that you will learn about in this guide, are actually implemented on this site. In order to get the most out of this guide, you should read this section first because it explains how to find the information that you may be looking for.

This guide is mostly written by a Windows user, and this is reflected in the terminology and screen shots. But because Tiki is a browser-based, web application, you should be able to transfer this information to your operating system.


There are four primary ways to navigate through the content in this guide:
  • The Contents menu provides direct links to the primary sections of the guide. Think of this as a book's table of contents. The menu is always available, on the left side of every page.
    Contents menu
    The Contents menu is a simplified table of contents.

    There is also an additional menu at the top of the page that includes links for general information about this site (including how to register and contribute).

  • The Search bar, located at the top of the screen, provides a full-text search of all the pages in this guide. For best results, try searching for only one or two words instead of a full sentence or phrase.
    Search box
    Use the Search box to search for particular terms throughout the entire guide.

  • The Structure bar, located above the content area provides an easy way to "page" through each section. This is sometimes also called "bread crumbs" because it shows a trail of links like bread crumbs to show how you got to this page.
    Structure box
    Use the Structure bar to navigate throughout the entire guide.

    At the top and bottom of each page are links to to go the Next (Next ) and Previous (Previous ) pages, as well as the beginning of the current section (Section ).

  • The Related Topics links, when available, provides direct access to related (or similar topics). Using these links makes it easy to move through different (but related) sections in the guide.
    Use the Related Topics list to quickly jump to similar pages.
    Use the Related Topics list to quickly jump to similar pages.


Throughout this guide, you will find tips, notes, and warnings:


This is how a warning appears. Pay close attention to each warning. There aren't many, but they are important. You could crash your Tiki or corrupt the database, making your site inaccessible.


This is how a tip appears. Tips are helpful hints that will make your Tiki experience easier, such as providing alternate ways of accomplishing a task.


This is how a note appears. Notes are secondary information that you may (or may not) need.


There are two types of links used in this guide:
  • Internal links (that is, links to other sections of this guide) are simply underlined.
  • External links (that is, links to other websites) include the external link icon (External link icon ).
    External links to the official Tiki websites are identified with the Tiki icon (Tiki ). These links contain detailed information and are highly recommended.


The images and screenshots included in this guide have been reduced to better fit the screen. You can enlarge any image to its full size simply by clicking the image.
Enlarging images
Click to the image to enlarge it.

This will make the screens and graphics much easier to read.


To print a single page from Tiki Essentials, simply click the Print icon Image at the top of the page.

To print multiple pages, or the entire guide at once, click the Print multiple pages icon Image icon. From the Print Multiple Pages page, you can select which pages to print. Select Structure to print the entire guide.

Print pages
Printing the entire guide.

Print pages
Selecting multiple pages to print.

You can also purchase the complete, soft-cover edition of Tiki Essentials:

Tiki Essentials is available for purchase through Amazon, LuLu, and others. See Buy the Book for details.

Converting to PDF

To convert a single page from Tiki Essentials to PDF format, simply click the PDF icon Image at the top of the page. I use the free, hosted, HTMLtoPDF service provided by

It may take several seconds to produce the PDF, so please be patient!

I also provide periodic "snapshots" of Tiki Essentials (in PDF and TXT formats) on Scribd, if you want the complete guide.
Tiki Essentials: What all Smarties need to know about Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware


Tiki (and this guide) uses powerful multilingual tools. Use the page-specific language option at the top-right of each page to translate the current page.
{NOTE()}Changing a page translation will also change the site language.{NOTE}
Page language
Translating a page.

This includes:
  • Human Translations — Contributors, just like you, have helped translate Tiki Essentials into multiple languages. You can help... You can help
  • Machine Translations — Automated translations for pages are provided by Google Translate.


A tag is a keyword term that identifies a piece of information. Pages in Essentials are "tagged" with terms to help you know what the page is about. You can click a page's tag to find similar pages that are tagged with the same term.
Tags for a page.

You can help tag this guide!
  • All tags should be in lowercase.
  • Separate multiple tags with a blank space.
  • Enclose multi-word tags in quotes.
To reduce spam, you must enter a CAPTCHA to add tags to a page. There is no CAPTCHA for contributors who are logged in.

Tag Cloud

The tag cloud is a visual representation of the popularity of all the tags. The more popular a tag, the larger it appears in the cloud. Simply click a tag in the cloud to display all the tagged pages.
Tag cloud
Tag Cloud for Tiki Essentials.

Created by system. Last Modification: Thursday, August 11, 2016 04:56:30pm EDT by Rick Sapir.

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