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I'm looking at implementing a wiki for internal business use. The users are technically adept, so does anyone have a recommendation as to what wiki system to use?


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MediaWiki runs the Wikipedia.

But, if you want something simple to setup and manage, I'd suggest the XAMPP
Its easy to try (you can even run it as a portable application on Windows).

Open-source, cross-platform, freeware and comes ready with

* Apache HTTP Server
* Perl

Update based on Robs critical comment (on my disconnected answer).
XAMPP will help you setup MediaWiki easily.
More on that at WikiHow: How to Setup Mediawiki in XAMPP.
There is also a related link on installing MediaWiki independently at the bottom of that page.

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MediaWiki is also relatively simple to set up, and has lots of users which means good availability of support and extensions, etc. In many cases it wouldn't be a bad choice at all for internal business use. –  Jonik Aug 6 '09 at 12:05
Probably worth clarifying that XAMPP isn't actually a wiki itself; it's just a platform for setting up a working PHP application server, which in turn eases setup time for MediaWiki. –  Rob Aug 6 '09 at 19:52
+1 MW has a terrific API which is great for generating metrics on documents (submissions, categories, etc.) –  bedwyr Aug 7 '09 at 21:02
+1, we use that at my work. Setup XAMPP on a spare box and put mediawiki on it, you'll be up in no time, works great –  user155695 Jan 6 '10 at 14:01
If you want it completely AIO and portable, mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Wiki_on_a_stick –  Hello71 Sep 14 '10 at 2:16
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Take a look at dokuwiki It's full featured, can support multiple users with out a problem, and stores it's data in text files instead of a database so requires less setup. It will run on any server with PHP. If your dealing with hundreds of users then media wiki may be better since it uses a database backend but for small to mid size teams dokuwiki should be fine.

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I vote Dokuwiki up. From my own experience: - it's up and running in 15 minutes or so, - it's easy to customize or hack if required, - I could make a backup of the content by simply zipping the right directory and copying it on a shared drive, thanks to the plain text files philosopy. –  Steph Aug 6 '09 at 14:11
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Go to WikiMatrix's Wiki Choice Wizard and put in your requirements and it will suggest wiki's that match your needs and show you a comparison matrix of them.

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We currently use screwturn wiki, and have been very happy with it!


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We use it as well and the search is great but the text editor isn't WYSIWYG –  svandragt Aug 6 '09 at 11:40
Pacifika, check out the almost released Screwturn 3.0 The main screwturn.eu site is running it, so you can play with the new editor on the sandbox page. Dario has been busy busy since 2.0, give it another look. –  Keck Aug 6 '09 at 12:52
One of the few .net offerings for a wiki. –  Chris Jan 14 '10 at 22:06
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For your situation a TiddlyWiki or two might be good. If you don't have a large number of users and they aren't all updating the wiki at the same time, you can put it on a network drive or a web server for shared use.

It's one of the simplest ways to get a wiki happening.

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Google Sites

  • wysiwyg
  • free
  • customizable design
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It depends if it has to be free or open-source and if you want to host it on your own server or if that doesn't matter.

For me the most important thing about the wiki is the ease-of-use, since a Wiki that is very unforgiving in it's typing and editing will not be used.

For instance, the wiki we use from Mindtouch has a hard time when I copy text from Word, making it hard to share my Word documents on the wiki.

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I use WikkaWiki for my personal wiki. It's super fast and it's easy to install - especially through SimpleScripts.

The wiki dialect is also similar to Super User's Markdown

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It's a distributed version control app, but it has builtin wiki. You get the full history of changes as free bonus (it's a DVCS after all), it is very simple to deploy it and very simple to backup. While there are situations when a "traditional" wiki could suit you better, there are a lot of scenarios where fossil fits in perfectly.

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I use PbWorks (formerly PbWiki). I've used it for wikis on IT & Business Ethics, Systems Analysis and Design and Vertical Market Solutions for Retail Markets. No idea how you can use it internally though.

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Download wiki software and find the best one http://serverfault.com/questions/10662/good-internal-wiki-software

Then based on your wiki software , you can start create the wiki pages . But i would suggest you media wiki

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Lol they suggest the Mindtouch wiki, which I find has a horrible text-editor... Or does this just depend on the flavour you pick? –  Ivo Flipse Aug 6 '09 at 11:03
it depends on flavor you want –  joe Aug 6 '09 at 11:04
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I highly recommend Foswiki. It's the only wiki that's explicitly made to be used as business intranet.

  • Easy setup, even a VMware instant server available (ideal for testing)
  • Many plugins available
  • Very flexible (allows any HTML if needed)
  • Very mature (Foswiki is based on TWiki, 10 years development)
  • Good documentation
  • Good support
  • Very good security measures: per-usergroup, per-user, per-page, etc.
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