Comparison of wiki hosting services

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This comparison of wiki hosting services details notable online services which host wiki-style editable web pages. General characteristics of cost, presence of advertising, licensing, and Alexa rank are compared, as are technical differences in editing, features, wiki engine, multilingual support and syntax support.

General comparison[edit]

The following tables compare general information for several of the more than 100 wiki hosting services that have been created.[1]

The Alexa traffic rankings are not accurate for those wiki hosting services that allow some of their hosted wikis to have separate domain names. In those cases there may be some additional Alexa rankings listed below for some of the larger individual wikis in a wiki hosting service. Also, the Alexa rankings may be different with respect to time.

Wiki hosting service Cost Ads Content license Alexa rank[2]
Central Desktop Free/paid ? 17,558 [3]
Confluence Hosted Non-free[4] ? 6,753 [5]
eXo Cloud Free/paid ? 596,280 [6]
Orain Free No Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported 587,067[7]
Ourproject.org Free  ? Copyleft (choice of Creative Commons, GNU FDL, other licenses) 240,214 [8]
PBworks Free/paid No 4,334 [9]
ShoutWiki Free Yes Copyleft Creative Commons 113,496 [10]
Socialtext Workspace Hosted Non-free[11] No Wiki creators can set their own. 199,908 [12][13]
Wik.is Not Applicable Decommissioned Website was, per vendor, decommissioned on December 31, 2010. 10,389,446 [14]
Wikia Free Yes Creative Commons 169 [15]
Wikidot Free/paid Yes/No By default Creative Commons, GNU FDL, other licenses as requested 3,649 [16]
Wikispaces Free/paid[17] No Choice of Creative Commons, GNU FDL, other licenses 1,504 [18]
Wiki hosting service Cost Ads Content license Alexa rank

Technical comparison[edit]

Wiki hosting service WYSIWYG editing Features Base wiki engine Multilingual support Syntax support
Central Desktop Yes Access control, full-text search, calendaring, single sign-on to multiple projects, project templates, RSS enabled. [?] (custom) HTML,[1]
CSS/templating
No formulas
Confluence Hosted Yes Wiki markup language, plugins, SSL, file storage, permissioning, WebDAV. HTML plugin
script plugin
No formulas
eXo Cloud Yes multi-wiki, permissions, PDF export, page hierarchy, templates, drafts, WEBDAV, email notifications, related pages XWiki rendering engine XWiki 2.0 syntax [19]
Orain No MediaWiki
Ourproject.org Yes Wikis, mailing lists, FTP, SSH, subdomains, hosting, ddbb, email alias, backups, CVS/SVN, forums, task management. MoinMoin by default; custom supported Supports English, Spanish, French, and many other languages.
PBworks Yes Subdomain. No page limits, SSL, RSS & Atom, ZIP backups, diffs, colour schemes, email notifications, file management, page access settings. Over 800,000 workspaces hosted. One level of folders used to organize pages. Free accounts limited to 2 GB. Available to paying users: Folder- and page-level access controls, custom domain, unlimited storage. [?] (custom) All HTML,[1]
JavaScript,
LaTeX formulas
ShoutWiki Yes Subdomain. Customer Support, Shared login, Anti-spam measures, Namespaces, Importing a wiki. About 2500 wikis hosted. It is an Open Company. MediaWiki 1.19 All languages Wikipedia exists for (and some more); Community Support in English, Chinese, German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and several other languages. Same as Wikipedia due to the same Wiki engine - MediaWiki: Some HTML,[1] Wikitext,
JavaScript,
Math formulas
Socialtext Workspace Yes Enterprise Wiki. Supports text, rich text, embedded images, video, and attachments (including from email). Derived from Kwiki
Wik.is Not Applicable Website was, per vendor, decommissioned on December 31, 2010. Migration was offered to vendor's replacement "MindTouch Cloud" product. DekiWiki
Wikia Yes Common login and common preferences to all wikis of Wikia for the same user. Database download available. Cannot close an inactive wiki, even if the community has moved elsewhere. Domains, names, and identifiers owned by Wikia Inc. Will configure Semantic MediaWiki on request.[20] Blog, User Page, and User Talk pages for users. MediaWiki 1.19 All languages Wikipedia exists for (and some more); Community Support in English, Chinese, German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and several other languages. Same as Wikipedia due to the same Wiki engine - MediaWiki: Some HTML,[1] Wikitext,
JavaScript,
Math formulas
Wikidot Subdomain. Can map a custom domain if previously registered for free. User can allow ads to be displayed on their wiki and get 80% of revenue. RSS, customizable themes with CSS, advanced forum for each site. Custom page hierarchies, searching, advanced page (full/section/append) edit locking, blocking users and IP addresses. Private messages between users. Uses Ajax. No limit on site size. Public and private wikis. Widgets. Each user can create up to 20 wiki sites and be a member of an unlimited number of wikis. Modified Text_Wiki engine Multilingual interface possibilities (translations done by users-volunteers)[21] and Community support in French and German No HTML,[1]
CSS styling
LaTeX math formulas
Wikispaces Yes Subdomain. No limits on numbers of pages, spaces, or members. Full RSS support; easy space backups in zip and tgz. Blog import function/ integration. Themes and stylesheets can be customized. Private label service available. [?] (custom) Optional HTML,[1]
Unknown script
Math formulas
Wiki hosting service WYSIWYG editing Features Wiki engine Multilingual support Syntax support

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "WikiMatrix - Compare them all" (selectable table), WikiMatrix, 2007, webpage: wikimatrix-org-main.
  2. ^ Approximative rank according to Alexa Internet. Click on the rank to get the last figures.
  3. ^ "Centraldesktop.com Site Info". Alexa. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  4. ^ Confluence has no free hosted option, but offers free software for charitable nonprofits and open source projects.
  5. ^ "Atlassian.com Site Info". Alexa. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  6. ^ "eXo Cloud Site Info". Alexa. 2014-06-02. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  7. ^ Alexa
  8. ^ "Ourproject.org Site Info". Alexa. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  9. ^ "Pbworks.com Site Info". Alexa. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  10. ^ "Shoutwiki.com Site Info". Alexa. 2013-11-17. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  11. ^ "SocialText Packages & Pricing". Socialtext.com. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  12. ^ "Socialtext.net Site Info". Alexa. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  13. ^ Few wikis appear to be on the socialtext.net domain / or most are not public wikis, so the Alexa rating doesn't seem very relevant. Accessdate: June 18, 2012
  14. ^ "Wik.is Site Info". Alexa. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  15. ^ "Wikia.com Site Info". Alexa. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  16. ^ "Wikidot.com Site Info". Alexa. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  17. ^ Wikispaces private and plus accounts are free for K-12 educators.
  18. ^ "Wikispaces.com Site Info". Alexa. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  19. ^ Mortagne, Thomas. "XWiki Syntaxes". XWiki.org. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "wikia.com, Help:Semantic MediaWiki". wikia.com. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  21. ^ Translate Wikidot! - Wikidot site for translating the Wikidot interface. Translation Stats.

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