This topic may not be quite right for this part of the forum, but I was hoping I could at least get some leads to pursue this way.
Basically, I am looking for anyone who is familiar with reworking/creating skins for the latest version of MediaWiki, alternatively anyone who can point me to such a person. We recently attempted to upgrade our MediaWiki 1.17.0 installation to 1.23.2 and found that the edits we had managed to get into the skin for 1.17.0 were nowhere to be seen in the new skin. Worse, when we tried to reproduce those edits, we found that the way skins are handled had changed considerably from our version. We attempted to understand how you modify the new type of skin, but found it to be well beyond our capabilities.
So, if we’re going to be able to upgrade, we’re probably going to have to look at either finding an already modified skin to purchase or finding someone who might be hired to do what we need, unless there’s a really good tutorial out there that goes beyond MediaWiki’s own resources for how to make or modify skins. Any leads in either direction would be very welcome.