I am building a proof of concept site, which will at a later stage, if it
works the way I intend, be rebuilt from scratch and up.
I wanted to use MediaWiki for this project, because of the speed by which
it is possible to create a lot of articles in a short amount of time, and
it has some cool statistics and special pages too to manage things, and I
simply love the template functionality too.
However, upon installing, I was surprised to learn, that the "pageviews"
and "special:popularpages" was gone from the mediawiki from 1.25 onward,
and I had great trouble installing 1.24 which was the last version with
this functionality, because no skins were included with the old version,
and I failed in finding compatible skins for this version, despite spending
most of an evening online searching. On the official repository I can find
only skins compatible back to 1.27.
I would like to use a modern skin which is compatible with 1.24, or the
other way around, re-introduce the "pageviews" and "popularpages"
functionality into the current mw version, via an extension, if possible.
I don't want to go all the way to install google analytics. I just need the
simple indication of how many times a page was asked for by a browser, and
the accumulative results shown in the "special:popularpages" special page.
What is the best way to achieve that? I can understand the functionality
removal was done with some dissent, so maybe someone already made an
extension for this functionality, or would it be comparatively easy to
build one by oneself (since the code already exists, I assume).
This is for a small mediawiki project, with just 1 editor, and no signups
for anyone else, so I intend to use raw html in wiki pages as well. So I
would have no problem using a workaround - say putting some code in a
template which is then in turn loaded in every page. But of course, it
would be more easy to have it as part of the footer as it used to be.
Thanks in advance for any help in guiding me in the right direction.