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Create content, link pages and webs, and grow your wiki

Set up your own wiki for personal or business use

So you want to wiki? This friendly guide gets you up and running in the wiki world in no time, from creating and editing wiki pages and going public to handling maintenance, promotion, and project management. You'll see how to handle the hurdles of shared authorship, use structured wiki applications, and prepare for the wikis of the future.

  • Create your first hosted wiki
  • Invite others to your wiki

  • Add images, video, and other widgets

  • Use a wiki in your business

  • Choose your wiki engine

  • Secure your wiki

About the Author

Dan Woods, an early adopter of wikis, has built technology for companies ranging from Time, Inc. to TheStreet.com and has written many books about technology. Peter Thoeny, the founder of TWiki, invented the concept of structured wikis and is a recognized thought-leader in social software and wikis at the workplace.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470043997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470043998
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Gypton on November 5, 2007
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This provides a solid overview of the history, general functions, and common uses of Wikis, and for that I am glad that I read it. One thing that I didn't consider until after I bought it -- and was using a few wikis already -- was that a great deal of the information was engine-specific. PBWiki was a common example throughout the book, but I don't use PBWiki, and I don't like the interface (I guess I got used to Wikispaces, which works perfectly for me). So although there was a great deal of good information about what I can do with a wiki, so much of the how wasn't useful to me, since I'll have to go learn the particulars of my engine of choice, rather than the ones in the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Lehrer on October 14, 2011
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I am new to the whole Wiki thing and thought that this book would be helpful. I found it frustrating because they kept pushing you to a site where you could have your Wiki hosted. Everything was geared for if you were having your Wiki hosted there. For example the way the code works at the recommened hosting site was explained in detail, but didn't work on my site.

Finally I saw that one of the writers owns that Wiki hosting site they kept pushing in the book.

I don't need a hosting site. I need to know how to create a page which is why I bought the book! I found it really frustrating and unhelpful. Returned it the same day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M L Hill on November 18, 2008
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I learned everything I needed to know out of the first three chapters. Also has a nice chapter on managing a wiki. It's very clear, and an very approachable how-to book. Once you get the basics from this book, you'll discover that building a wiki is really pretty intuitive. But this is a good way to get started.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Cowan on April 7, 2009
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I enjoyed reading this book; it's clear and well written, as you might expect from a title in the "Dummies" range. You won't need to read all of the book, particularly if you're not going to build your own Wiki, but it does provide a good overview of how and why Wikis are used.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By On a Journey on July 13, 2013
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Although I found a few hints that moved me forward with my mediawiki use, the book is very dated. Some of the wiki based companies mentioned no longer exist.
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By Philip Barrington on January 17, 2013
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I obviously have been aware of the wiki thing for some time, but have not had a need to get involved in the process of creation and management of a purpose built wiki until now. This book brought me up to speed and filled the knowledge gap so I have been able to take the plunge with some confidence.

I suspect that the book needs an update as some o the sites mentioned are no longer, and ultimately I have used a wiki plugin for WordPress to get the wiki going that I needed, and that idea is not in the book, but the concepts and the ideas all move quite happily.

I am very happy I bought to book, and anyone who wants to explore the wiki wiki world from the point of creating or managing a wiki and feels a knowledge gap is likely to find this book quite useful.
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In the warp-sped IT world, this book is an antique.

Example: Of the ten wiki engines recommended, just Central Desktop and Wet Paint continue to exist; the other eight have disappeared.

Amazing that Wiley keeps it unrevised after eight years.
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