Free wiki software

Hardly anyone who surfs the internet has not seen Wikipedia. Still many people are unaware of the etymology of the name. The term wiki was actually coined by Ward Cunningham in 1995 when he wanted to create a website for common programming patterns. He chose the word "wiki" which means fast in Hawaiian, a dying language. Ward's wiki was a big success and is still used today. Six years later Jimmy Wales started Wikipedia, which was actually a side project of Nupedia, which was supposed to be a serious encyclopedia written by professors and PhDs. Nupedia never reached a 1000 articles. Wikipedia is now in the top 5 of most visited websites.

So if you want to set up your own wiki, you can.


Wikipedia is running solely on open source software. MediaWiki is the specific wiki platform that grew with Wikipedia. It's great software with some quirks. Say you want to for example run a private wiki, with MediaWiki your wiki has to be entirely private. Or entire public. You can hack your way around it but there will be leaks.


I'm personally not a fan of DokuWiki but it is very common software, and it's good if you want to have your wiki partly private.


Meteor is an awesome realtime JavaScript everywhere platform. It's not so great for SEO but it's the future. Meteorpedia is a wiki built in Meteor.

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Caught by money

Money. We need it. We think. We grow up and it seems as if we cannot function without money. Because there's always money. Money is needed to live, to have a place, to eat, to travel. It seems as if we even need it to breathe. Is that really so?

Free wiki hosting

Wikis are great ways to structure knowledge together with other people. Wiki means fast in Hawaiian, which is for a reason. I've written a little overview of free wiki software, now it's time for free wiki hosting. Unfortunately spammers have also found ways to use wikis, mainly for black hat SEO linkbuilding purposes. This makes it pretty hard to keep a community wiki running.