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A wiki hosting service, or wiki farm, is a server or an array of servers that offers users tools to simplify the creation and development of individual, independent wikis.

Prior to wiki farms, someone who wanted to operate a wiki had to install the software and manage the server(s) themselves. With a wiki farm, the farm's administration installs the core wiki code once on its own servers, centrally maintains the servers, and establishes unique space on the servers for the content of each individual wiki with the shared core code executing the functions of each wiki.

Both commercial and non-commercial wiki farms are available for users and online communities. While most of the wiki farms allow anyone to open their own wiki, some impose restrictions. Many wiki farm companies generate revenue through the insertion of advertisements, but often allow payment of a monthly fee as an alternative to accepting ads.

Some examples of wiki hosting services are: Fandom, a for-profit wiki-hosting service created by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley Starling in 2004,[1][2] and Miraheze, a non-profit wiki-hosting service created by John Lewis and Ferran Tufan.[3]

Comparison of wiki hosting services[edit]

This comparison of wiki hosting services or wiki farms is not comprehensive, it details only those 'notable' enough (in Wikipedia terms) to be included. A useful comprehensive comparison of wiki farms can be found on MediaWiki's site, at mw:Hosting services.

Online services which host wiki-style editable web pages. General characteristics of cost, presence of advertising, licensing are compared, as are technical differences in editing, features, wiki engine, multilingual support and syntax support.

This table compares general information for several of the more than 100 wiki hosting services that exist.[4]

All the mentioned services have WYSIWYG editing.

Wiki hosting service Founded Cost Ad supported Content license Subdomain Custom themes Database download / backup Other Features Base wiki engine Language Syntax support
Confluence Hosted
Non-free[a] ? No ? ? Plugins, SSL, file storage, permissioning, WebDAV. WYSIWYG Rich-text editor[5]
script plugin
No formulas
iMeet Central
Non-free ? No ? ? Access control, full-text search, calendaring, single sign-on to multiple projects, project templates, RSS enabled. [?] (custom) HTML,[4]
No formulas
Free No[6] Copyleft (choice of Creative Commons, GNU FDL, other licenses) Yes ? ? Mailing lists, FTP, SSH, ddbb, email alias, backups, CVS/SVN, forums, task management. MoinMoin by default; custom supported Supports English, Spanish, French, and many other languages.
Non-free No Yes Yes ? No page limits, SSL, RSS & Atom, email notifications, file management, page access settings. [?] (custom) All HTML,[4]
LaTeX formulas
Free Yes Creative Commons Yes, but not for multilingual wikis Yes Yes Common login and common preferences to all wikis of FANDOM for the same user. Blog, User Page, and User Talk pages for users. MediaWiki All languages Wikipedia exists for (and some more); Community Support in English, Chinese, German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and several other languages.[citation needed] Wikitext as used by MediaWiki,
Some HTML,[4] JavaScript,
Math formula,

Deprecated wiki hosts[edit]

This section is for hosts that were previously in the list above but no longer are up and running.


  1. ^ Confluence has no free hosted option, but offers free software for charitable nonprofits and open source projects.


  1. ^ "About Us". Fandom. Archived from the original on 2023-07-14. Retrieved 2023-07-11.
  2. ^ Chmielewski, Dawn (2016-01-25). "Wikia Launches Fandom, a New Place to Get Your Nerd On". Vox. Archived from the original on 2022-03-12. Retrieved 2023-07-11.
  3. ^ "Build Your Own Wiki Platform And Grow Your Community With Miraheze". Website Planet. Archived from the original on 2023-06-20. Retrieved 2023-07-11.
  4. ^ a b c d "WikiMatrix - Compare them all" (selectable table), WikiMatrix, 2007, webpage: wikimatrix-org-main Archived 2016-01-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Confluence wiki markup syntax | Confluence Cloud". Archived from the original on 2023-12-01. Retrieved 2024-02-01.
  6. ^ "Ourproject.org Manifesto". Ourproject.org. July 2006. Archived from the original on 2019-12-04. Retrieved 2019-11-25.

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