What is a Wiki?

Even though a blog may seem like the way for public information officers to easily post information to the web, a wiki is an even more powerful tool to use – especially if you don’t want everything to be put chronologically.  You’ve probably heard from your webmasters and IT folks that creating web pages takes a special programmer or extra money and servers.  Well forget that!  Just create a wiki on one of the free sites below and you’ve overcome that barrier!

A wiki is a collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone with access to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language – basically like having Microsoft Word inside a web page.  You type and format what you want, including pictures and video and then publish the page “to the web.”  Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis.

Wiki’s and How they Work

We made this video because wiki web sites are easy to use, but hard to describe. We hope to turn you on to a better way to plan a camping trip, or create the next Wikipedia.


Which Online Wiki Should I Use?

The amount of Wikis on the internet is growing. There’s lots to choose from, but if you’re like me, simple and easy is the name of the game. I’ll admit that I haven’t really used one much, but I do know several friends who use them and love them.  If you want to see nearly all of them and compare them like you would products, check out www.wikimatrix.org.

Here’s a comparison of the top 3

  • PBwiki.com – Free, has ads and offers “Premium” features for $4 month
  • wetpaint.com – Free and ad free – probably best for education or government
  • wikispaces.com – Free for public and protected spaces, $5 month for private and ad free spaces


Using Wetpaint Wiki

“Wiki: It’s like a pot luck dinner on the web.”