Wednesday, February 02, 2011
As part of my ongoing research in shifting my body of writings, resource collections, articles, links, possibly images, mind maps, etc. to an open source web platform of some type, I wanted to gain firsthand experience working with wiki software.

I was just about to install Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware – a powerful multifaceted open source app that combines the features of wiki, forum, blog, CMS, calendar, etc. into one – when I read more about it and decided to go with something lighter, easier, and less cluttered.

Tiki Wiki is a tempting choice when its many features are considered:

Major features include a robust wiki engine, articles, forums, newsletters, blogs, a file/image gallery, bug & issue tracker, a links directory, polls/surveys and quizzes, a FAQ, a banner management system, a calendar, maps, Mobile Tiki (PDA and WAP access), RSS feeds, a category system, a theme control center, a workflow engine, live support, Shoutbox, an advanced user, group and permission system and more.

After an hour or so of research on open source wiki solutions, WikkaWiki was my choice. It was easy to install with Bluehost as a web host; SimpleScripts makes it automatic.

After a quick, easy, and successful WikkaWiki installation, I decided to view the source HTML of a WikkaWiki page, and I was quite pleased to see how clean, neat, and search engine-friendly the code is. Very nice.


WikkaWiki is a lightweight and easy to customize wiki engine allowing easy management of Websites, in particular collective Web-based projects: it provides an intuitive interface for modifying page content, tracking and comparing revisions made by single users, and setting user access privileges. It features W3C compliant XHTML and CSS output with theme support, several text formatting options, categories, a GUI for editing pages, support for images, tables, Flash objects, RSS feeds, FreeMind maps, advanced AccessControl List management, page-, user- and referrers management, advanced syntax highlighting through GeSHi, and text search functions. Designed for easy customizability, it aims at keeping its core as light as possible while maintaining an architecture that supports extensibility through plugin modules.

I installed the wiki at There’s nothing to see yet, though (as of this writing, anyway).

Resources – WikkaWiki

Resources – Wiki

Resources – Wiki Uses

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