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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, and Miraheze, a non-profit wiki-hosting service created by John Lewis and Ferran Tufan.
- "About Us". Fandom. Retrieved 2023-07-11.
- Chmielewski, Dawn (2016-01-25). "Wikia Launches Fandom, a New Place to Get Your Nerd On". Vox. Retrieved 2023-07-11.
- "Build Your Own Wiki Platform And Grow Your Community With Miraheze". Website Planet. Retrieved 2023-07-11.
- Computers/Software/Groupware/Wiki/Wiki Farms at Curlie
- Wikimatrix, with interactive selection of wikifarms based on user preference, now only available through the Wayback Machine.