I've had a bit of fun using MediaWiki to power a few websites! Check out cyborganthropology.com, caseorganic.com/wiki, and indiewebcamp.com for a few examples. A default install of MediaWiki looks like wikipedia.org, and you probably don't want your website to look like that. However, MediaWiki is a powerful platform for building your site, even if it's just being edited by one person!
Below is a collection of links and guidelines I've used while transforming MediaWiki from a wiki into a website.
A brief guide to configuring MediaWiki to look less like a wiki and more like a typical website.
Lowercase usernames in MediaWiki
MediaWiki Glossary Extension
- github.com/aaronpk/Mediawiki-Glossary-Extension Build a glossary in MediaWiki, automatically creating an alphabetical glossary page and automatically linking all instances of glossary terms on articles.
MediaWiki Changelog Graphs
- github.com/aaronpk/MediaWiki-Changelog-Graphs Adds a special page showing a chart of wiki edits broken down by day, hour and month
Uses Wordpress as a backend to drive commenting on MediaWiki articles. I have made some modifications to streamline the process. Read more about the original plugin at the official site.