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Wiki Advice Wanted

Wiki Advice Wanted

I’m looking to install a wiki platform for use in classes. Can anyone make some recommendations? Ease of use, ease of installation, and visual presentation are probably the most important factors, though there are others I’m probably missing. Suggestions would be most welcome.

Here’s a list of wiki platforms, and a most excellent visualization of how wiki entries change over time. For the uninformed, a wiki is a website that allows anyone to create or edit anything on the site, quite a useful function for building collaborative encyclopedias or something more modest, like maintaining a list of resources.

8 responses to “Wiki Advice Wanted”

  1. Joshua Kaufman

    I use PHP Wiki and would recommend it. I believe it’s also the wiki that Matt Haughey modified for his personal site. See his about page for more info.

  2. Beth

    We use UseMod at work, in part because I’d used it quite a bit at IAwiki. I also recommend it. From my perspective, one of the most important factors is to make sure that the wiki implementation has a preview function while editing. Not all do!

  3. Jordan Kanarek

    I would definitely check out Drupal — I have not played around with the Wiki module as of yet but I know it exists. Truly powerful community software.

  4. victor

    I’ll second UseMod for ease of use. I’ve installed two just for personal use. The IAwiki is a good idea of what level of customization can be done with style sheets. If you require more look to another wiki, but you’ll be sacrificing ease on an order of magnitude.

  5. Joe McBride

    How does WebCT compare to the Wikki platform? I’m not really sure what Wikki is. I’ve always thought of it as the equivalent of a research institute, but online.

  6. Chad

    I’m not familiar with WebCT, but here’s a definition of a wiki from wikipedia.

  7. ellen beldner

    I’ve installed and modded several TWikis and played around with SnipSnap and Tiki.

    SnipSnap is fabulously easy to install and does a good job combining blogginess, access control, and wikiness. I find its interface somewhat cluttered.

    Tiki is *very* full featured & easy to install. Its JSPs make it harder to customize what I consider to be bad page & visual structure, although it is very CSS-driven. It is somewhat immature; its polls, quiz, and survey features are confusing and not as useful as they could be.

    I installed one twiki as a community site for a bunch of friends. It’s sort of hard for people to get used to, but once they get it, they like it pretty well. Twiki is a big old beast, but it’s a very mature piece of software and has a lot of support available at twiki.org. Its access control & revision history are super useful. Its templates, UI, and HTML are a disaster; I’ve had to make significant changes to my implementations.

    The other twiki installation I’ve done has been for an annual reunion — it’s the invitation and planning site. It’s more of a regular website as far as most users are concerned, but planners can all edit the pages.

  8. Mark Wiseman

    Here is a comparison table that is a good starter. It leads to indepth reviews of the wikis.