Finding the right wiki software

Finding the right wiki software

Summary: Sometimes people ask me what wiki software to use.  The short answer is "I don't know.

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Sometimes people ask me what wiki software to use.  The short answer is "I don't know."  But I can't say that.  So usually, I ask these three questions:

  • Are you willing to pay for it?
  • Do you want to host it yourself?
  • Do you want to hack it?

Generally, with that information I can point them at one of the handful of wiki packages I know about. If you're willing to pay, you're usually in a different class than people who want to hack it.  I personally use Kwiki, for example, because I can hack it and because other people hack it, I don't mind hosting it myself, and I'm not willing to pay.    For people who want a professional, hosted tool, I usually recommend SocialText

Today, I found a tool that might help me answer that question for people a little more comprehensively.  WikiMatrix lists 21 wiki packages.  Click the radio buttons next to the one's you're interested in and press the button, you'll get a click comparison matrix that compares the tools on dozens of feature points.   No coverage of commercial (or maybe it's hosted?) wiki packages that I can see (JotSpot and SocialText aren't there, for example).  Even so, this is very useful and I'll be pointing people at it.

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  • why socialtext is missing

    wikimatrix currently contains installable software products - so we droppend socialtext, jotspot and some other hosting services.

    we are planning to integrate them, too.

    detlef h?ttemann / wikimatrix
    detman
  • why socialtext/jotspot is missing

    wikimatrix currently contains installable software products - so we droppend socialtext, jotspot and some other hosting services.

    we are planning to integrate them, too.

    detlef h?ttemann / wikimatrix
    detman
  • Socialtext

    wikimatrix currently contains installable software products - so we droppend socialtext, jotspot and some other hosting services.

    ALI
    http://www.media-press-release.com/days/index.htm
    ipfresh@...
  • Better matrix comparison site

    I find this a much more comprehensive site for comparing content management systems (which is a super set of Wikis).
    http://cmsmatrix.org/
    MickeyMouse
    • I guess not a superset

      Supersets for me include the subsets. I can't find any well-known wikis in the cmsmatrix, so I didn't find it useful, even though I love how comprehensive it seems to be.
      orcmid
  • Wiki Comparison

    I've found the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_wiki_software">Comparison of Wiki Software</a> Wikipedia page very helpful. It appears that <a href="http://www.brainkeeper.com">BrainKeeper</a>, <a href="http://www.atlassian.com/software/confluence/">Confluence</a>, and <a href="http://www.socialtext.com/">SocialText</a> are the market leaders.
    rjzineman
  • RE: Finding the right wiki software

    Excellent resource. Exactly what I needed since I was commissioned by my manager to go find a package to do this. Thank you very much!
    Donald James Parker
    Author of All the Voices of the Wind
    donaldjamesparker
  • RE: Finding the right wiki software

    May I recommend Banana Dance (http://www.doyoubananadance.com)? It is open-source PHP/MySQL software with CMS features like widgets and plugins as well as community-building features.
    withfusion
  • RE: Finding the right wiki software

    Another great wiki software option is Bloomfire (http://www.bloomfire.com). Using it as a wiki means video, presentations and the regular text options for content plus all the benefits of self categorization. Great post!
    finlaysonchuck