This week I had a great question from a reader, Kevin Parisot:
“I am a team leader of a small app dev team and I came across your blog articles on the use of wikis. I am very interested in setting up a wiki for my team for many of the reasons you have noted. Hoping you could give me a little advice.
I’m hoping to find something that’s very easy to use and …free!
What wiki engine do you use and how did you choose it.”
My preferred wiki is MediaWiki – it’s fast, easy to use & install… and free! It’s the same software used by Wikipedia and is well supported with extensions. I’ve used it at two workplaces before with great success.
Where I work now we use TWiki, which is also very good and has plenty of extensions available, but I find it a little slower and clunkier to use than MediaWiki. On the other hand, it has access control (which we currently don’t use).
If you can get budget for it (because it’s not free) I would also recommend Confluence, by Atlassian. A wonderful feature it is has is cutting and pasting of images into the WYSIWYG editor; otherwise, uploading images can be a little tedious with wikis.
But for something free, and depending on your specific requirements and whether you need access control, I’d recommend MediaWiki or TWiki.
– if anybody else has any questions, please feel free to email them to me!