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MediaWiki Hosting: Creating your own Wiki Website

by Chinonye on September 20, 2011

MediaWiki hostingMade popular by Wikipedia, MediaWiki is a powerful application used by those looking for painless ways to organize large amounts of informational content. MediaWiki offers a familiar layout for easy navigation, a simple editing process and the option of allowing only registered users to update articles if accuracy is a key concern. The articles themselves are written in Wikicode, designed to be more straightforward than HTML, which allows for even greater usability.

Wiki Publisher for OpenOffice

However, if you want to minimize the effort used to create a Wiki, you can work around learning the specialized markup using OpenOffice, free word processing software. One of the extensions OpenOffice supports is a Wiki Publisher which, as the name suggests, lets you export fully formatted documents from OpenOffice straight to the Wiki you’ve set up. This way, you do not need to spend time learning another coding language, and since both OpenOffice and the Wiki Publisher extension are free, this method will save you both time and money.

Customized MediaWiki Hosting

MedaiWiki is also highly customizable and has almost as many uses as it does skins and user styles. A company Wiki is the ultimate way for coworkers communicate with each other because it can be used as a notice board, a discussion forum and a knowledge base all at the same time.

In a similar way, creating a Wiki specifically for your customers can be much more helpful to them than one long FAQ page.  Regardless of how you choose to apply the software, because of its immense scalability MediaWiki is able to support any project no matter what the size. It is possible for your Wiki to grow too large for your MediaWiki hosting resources to handle, however, and in this situation it would be better to host MediaWiki on a VPS rather than a shared hosting plan.

If creating and maintaining a Wiki still feels like too much trouble, you might want to consider a managed hosting solution. With MediaWiki Managed Hosting, having a public or private Wiki could not be simpler due to the easy installation, automatic updates and the fact that there’s no separate hosting required for the application. This reduces the need for any internal IT infrastructures and, as a result, saves you money.

With all of the different options and benefits of MediaWiki, it is easy to put the application to effective use in your business or organization.

 

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{ 7 comments }

silkysmooth September 21, 2011 at 8:17 AM

i agree that wikis look better than a single faq page. it suggests to your customers that you’ve put a lot of time and effort into managing your info.

WrigleyF September 21, 2011 at 8:19 AM

I kind of like the simplest wiki style possible, but it’s nice to know that all those skins are available if you ever feel like getting wild.

PotsNPans September 21, 2011 at 8:21 AM

It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a managed hosting solution for wikis! If it weren’t for these managed solutions, I think I’d never use my computer again!

Texas2Step September 23, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I think accuracy should be a concern for just about every wiki, so registered users are probably going to be a must.

OhDonna October 18, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Does anyone here hire freelance editors to check the content of your wikis from time to time?

Stoddard November 28, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Multiple themes, multiple skins, a high level of scalability: MediaWiki VPS has everything I’d hope for and more. And OhDonna: usually a freelance editor isn’t necessary. If you have an active community, they’ll edit wiki content for you.

Texas2Step February 10, 2012 at 6:59 AM

@OhDonna: If you have a knowledgeable wiki community, then they can edit your articles for you.

Btw, I have to second your description of how easy it was to install MediaWiki Hosting. Couldn’t have been simpler!

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