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Wikipedia's front page can't be edited.

Can such a front page also be made with MediaWiki, so the users can't edit it?

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Seems like it can be edited just fine: en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Main_Page&action=edit – Oliver Salzburg Apr 2 '12 at 14:01
You can view the source, but notice there is no Save button. – Sandra Schlichting Apr 2 '12 at 16:26
You can hit the edit button, but you can't actually change it unless you're an administrator. – paulmorriss Apr 2 '12 at 16:35
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Yes, you need to protect it so that it can only be edited by administrators:

You can designate a page as a protected page by clicking the 'Protect page' tab ('protect' in the drop-down menu in Vector), and supplying a comment (a brief textual description of why you are protecting the page).

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You will need to configure your IIS/Apache/WebServer so that it points to an index file that is completely separate from MediaWiki. Throw in a text input and submit button for the search and have it post to MediaWiki's search. This way, you've got a static home page that users cannot edit with a functional search.

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I think protecting the page is a much better solution. – svick Apr 2 '12 at 16:28

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