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how to create a website wikipediaA wiki is a website that allows the creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor.” That’s the definition provided by Wikipedia, the most popular wiki on the Internet.

Wikis serve as collaborative sites and can be very useful if you operate a community or are part of a group of any kind. Wikis bring people with common interests together, and can be centered around anything from movies and video games to recipes and studying 3 Wikis To Study Smarter Online 3 Wikis To Study Smarter Online Read More . With the right software, anyone can build a site like Wikipedia.


In this article, I am going to show you a few sites that you can use to build your very own Wikipedia-like website. Whether you are looking to join a wiki or build one of your own, you should be able to find what you’re looking for using the resources found here.

MediaWiki

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MediaWiki, which we covered previously in the directory, is the best way to go about creating a Wikipedia-like collaboration environment. It is a free software wiki package written in PHP, and utilized by several projects and collaborations.

MediaWiki can accommodate any number of users, from the one-man team to upwards of a few hundred people or more. It has dozens of extensions you can install, configurations like file uploading and skinning, and it can be installed on any hosting provider.

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[Note]: Depending on your hosting provider, you might already have MediaWiki functionality built-in and ready to install. Check with your host or find out by searching around on your CPanel.

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You can find hundreds of examples of companies utilizing MediaWiki here. Note that I have only point to the English section.

As Daniel pointed out a few years ago, MediaWiki is pretty simple to install How to Install a Wiki on your Website How to Install a Wiki on your Website Read More . Just download the software, upload it to your server, and configure the application to meet your needs.

Wikia

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If you don’t pay for hosting, have your own web server, or are just looking for something a little simpler, Wikia might be for you. As Saikat pointed out in an article Wikia - A Wiki Community Portal With Any Topic You Care To Know About Wikia - A Wiki Community Portal With Any Topic You Care To Know About Read More last year, Wikia is a wiki farm, meaning that essentially it is a website made up of tons of different wikis.

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Here is an example of a Call of Duty wiki that was created with Wikia. You can browse the various types of wikis you can join and create right from the home page.

Whether you’re looking to join one community or several, Wikia will grant you access to them all with a single username and password. If, for some reason, you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can create your own.

Additional Resources

By now you should be in wiki-Heaven. However, if you think the list of suitable wikis stops there you are wrong my friend. If you are looking for something more, you might try Wikispaces or Wikidot. They offer premium features at a price but they both also have a pretty decent free option.

Wikispaces

With a free, basic plan on Wikispaces, you can build one individual wiki (per account) with unlimited users and unlimited pages and messages. You are allocated 2GB of file storage and will have access to all the standard features, including the WYSIWYG editor, image and file upload, simple page linking, widgets, and easy setup.

Wikidot

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A free account on Wikidot gets you 5 sites, 300MB of storage on each, unlimited number of pages, custom CSS themes, simple backups, custom domain mapping, and advanced membership roles and permissions. They even have a sandbox that lets you “experiment without consequences”.

If you are not looking for an online wiki and would rather have something smaller/desktop capable, check out Justin’s article on Zim Zim: An Easy To Use Desktop Wiki For Your Life & Everything Zim: An Easy To Use Desktop Wiki For Your Life & Everything Read More .

For every other piece of wiki software known to man, explore Wikipedia’s massive list of wiki software.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many different ways to create a Wikipedia-like website. Based on your current needs, one of the resources mentioned may better suit you than the others, so it’s important that you do your homework. You can start by joining a few wikis that interest you. If you take part in these online communities, you will begin to realize what you need to do to create an effective one of your own.

What would you need a Wikipedia-like website for? Will you be using any of these resources to create a wiki of your own?

Please leave your thoughts, ideas, and comments below. Also, if you found this article useful, try sharing it with the social media buttons below!

  1. Vera
    August 14, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I wanna create one!

  2. Ali Mokarizade
    August 16, 2015 at 10:09 am

    tanks for this i share in my site

  3. Saikat Basu
    August 20, 2010 at 6:03 am

    A Wiki could be a nice option for creating a portfolio.

  4. Aibek
    August 19, 2010 at 11:17 am

    For self hosted Wiki MediaWiki is by far the best solution out there. Active community, lots of documentation, and tons of plugins for all kind of features.

  5. Aibek
    August 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I second PBWiki as well. We have been using it as a collaboration resource for MakeUseOf Directory team for nearly 2 years now. It never let us down. Highly recommended!

    That being said, I never tried Wikia myself so I am not entirely sure in what ways these two differ from each other.

  6. TippRodeo
    August 18, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I remember Intodit from a while ago. No hosting needed. Great if you want to create a small wiki really quick.

    • Steve Campbell
      August 20, 2010 at 8:53 am

      No hosting is certainly a big plus.

  7. jasray
    August 18, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    PB Wiki? I have an account there. The possibilities--almost endless. Free and paid. Add users in roles. Haven't used it much because colleagues aren't quite sure what a Wiki is, does, can do, etc.

    Anyway, PB Wiki keeps in touch with updates and tutorials.

    • Aibek
      August 19, 2010 at 11:15 am

      I second PBWiki as well. We have been using it as a collaboration resource for MakeUseOf Directory team for nearly 2 years now. It never let us down. Highly recommended!

      That being said, I never tried Wikia myself so I am not entirely sure in what ways these two differ from each other.

    • Steve Campbell
      August 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

      Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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