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I've always been intrigued by the idea of Wikis, but have never really had an opportunity to use one properly until recently.

A Wiki is an easy-to-use collaborative editing environment that often uses a revision control control system to keep tabs on changes made to documents. I was going to use one to keep track of ideas and essay sketches I was writing for my university honors thesis, so I wanted it to be simple, to have a design that was easy to change, and to support user authentication. After reviewing several such projects, I finally settled on TWiki.

TWiki offers a useful solution for sites in which there are different groups working independently who wish to have common or overlapping areas as well. With permissions set up correctly, it offers access control that, although somewhat defeating the "anyone should be able to contribute" purpose, means that it can also be used for less public material, making some Webs invisible to visitors and others read-only, etc.

TWiki is easy to theme (offering several skins that are easily adapted to my requirements), easy to set up, and easy to use. With a small amount of assistance, most of the non-technical people I introduced to it were able to participate in group work and discussion through it. The number of plugins available is also impressive, with a range that includes calendars, pretty-printers, spell checkers, etc. There is also an RSS feed available for each Web. The performance is good, too; it runs speedily enough on a low-end Celeron, without any complaints. Auto-notification is a useful addition to the feature list, though it would be nice if it were enabled by default (instead of requiring the user to specifically add a cron job for it). The configuration of user authentication was a bit fiddly, but the documentation is very good and easy to follow. Despite these issues, it's a fun, easy-to-use tool that is extremely flexible.

Recent comments

23 Dec 2004 14:47 Avatar dquiec

SF Bay Area Expert
Hey all,

Wondering if anyone is from the SF Bay Area. Doing a school project for a class (Im an MBA at Cal) and would like some help.

Email me at if you can meet up and talk.



29 Nov 2004 07:24 Avatar illmnec

Firefox/Mozilla Extensions and Wiki's
If you use Firefox or Mozilla for browsing, then you can use the MozEx Extension to edit textareas with your favorite texteditor, be it vim or emacs.

07 Jun 2004 13:36 Avatar AndrewCates

wiki implementation
I've looked at most of the available wiki set up's and I am not sure I agree with the last comment that Twiki is poor. I reckon it is the most flexible but requires the most of its users: so you really need a skilled helpdesk manager or whatever to help with nested search syntax and the like. But it can do a lot.

Oh and I agree Wiki's are the total business.

BozMo (

05 Jun 2004 09:26 Avatar dfrankow

Re: Wiki Concepts

> Oh, and if anyone is interested in my

> opinion on this: Twiki was actually one

> of few wiki's that I found to be really

> poor when I evaluated it. It gets way

> too far away from the wiki concept with

> all of the things that have been added

> to it. I'd recommend looking at

> MoinMoin, WakkaWiki, phpWiki,

> WikiTikiTavi.

I found

- Twiki looks fully-featured-looking, but complex

- phpWiki easy to install but simply-featured

- Tikiwiki looks fully-featured but VERY LARGE


13 May 2004 12:04 Avatar camoa

Re: Wiki Concepts
I think that tikiwiki is doing a great jos at PHP wikis!!!

check it out at


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