The term 'Wiki' is the Hawaiian-language term for 'quick'[1]. Wikis are a form of collaboratively-editable websites, the most famous of which is Wikipedia. While many CMS tools also allow for collaborative editing of content, Wikis excel at unrestricted and free-form creation. Wikis generally use a simplified markup format, known as Wiki-text and allow for links to pages and topics that do not yet exist. Rather than providing a detailed authorization system to limit who can modify what content, Wikis will instead allow anyone to make changes, but make it easy to roll-back vandalism. This allows wikis to more easily draw a large number of contributers than a more restrictive system, at the expense of control over user-actions.

Wiki Software


  • MediaWiki - The software you are looking at right now.
  • Moodle - Has a simple wiki module
  • Segue - Supports wiki-style linking to content, pages, and sites.

Other Wiki Software

On the Wiki Matrix you can compare the features of the vast majority of common wiki platforms.


  1. Wikipedia entry on Wikis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki
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