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What a Wiki is and What You Can Use It For

February 1, 2008
Jay

A Wiki is a website that holds information that other people can edit and contribute to. They are often used to collaborate and share information either on a specific subject or multiple subjects. Wikipedia is the most well known wiki that houses information about many different subjects. There are other wiki’s that are about one specific subject, such as the Organic SEO wiki, which is focused only on anything related to Organic SEO.

There are many ways to use a wiki, but the most popular way is to share information about a subject that you are knowledgeable about. Wiki’s are even used to collaborate within a group of people in a business their ideas and sharing information. There are even wiki’s that are focused on families, where each family member has their own wiki page and can update their lives for their other family members to read. Wikis for that purpose can be restricted to a certain amount of people, while other wiki’s such as Wikipedia, is open for anyone to read and contribute to.

Starting a wiki is not very difficult at all, in fact, there are many Wiki services that will let you start a wiki for free, hosted on their domain. There is also wiki software that you can host on your own website and customize it to your liking. If you are thinking about starting a wiki for your business, you should keep in mind that if you make it public to the World Wide Web, you are allowing them to contribute to it and possibly voice their own opinions.

Some free hosted wikis that you can use to start with – WetPaint is targeted towards anyone that wants to start their own wiki about a specific subject. PbWiki is a wiki targeted towards businesses to collaborate ideas and information.