Wikis

Wiki Comparison

There are a multitude of free third party wiki sites that one can use. Below is an alphabetical list comparing the best free wiki sites that we have encountered. All of the websites below are free but have different advantages and limitations in terms of their implementation. Please keep in mind that since these sites are on a third party server they may change their terms and conditions at any time.

EditThis

editthis-screenshot-(1).jpgScreenshot of the EditThis homepage.

Pros

  • Allows for open / registered edits
  • Can create a single wiki page or a wiki site
  • Unlimited pages and edits
  • Unlimited media storage
  • Unlimited number of users

Cons

  • One ad-box at bottom of every page
  • Wikis can not be private (closed to only members) but they can be protected so that only members can edit but anyone can view.
  • More technical and less visually appealing

EditThis is a wiki hosting site that is based on the same engine as used in Wikipedia. As such, it looks and feels exactly like Wikipedia. One advantage that EditThis offers is the ability to create either a single wiki page or an entire wiki website. There appears to be no upload or user limits on this site. The main drawback to EditThis is that it can be a bit technical for some people and every page has an ad on the bottom.

PBWorks (PBWiki)

pbwikiscreenshot.jpg

Pros

  • Allows for open / registered edits
  • Included collaboration tools
  • Public or private mode
  • Easy to use interface

Cons

  • 2GB storage limit

PBWiki is a wiki that is integrated with PBWorks, a set of online collaboration tools.

Wikidot

wikidot-screenshot.jpg

Screenshot of University of Massachusetts Amherst Wikidot page

Pros

  • Allows for open / registered edits
  • Unlimited pages and edits

Cons

  • Limited to 5 members in private mode
  • Up to 300MB of media storage
  • Editor can be non-intuitive and tedius to use.

Wikidot is a wiki host that offers free wikis to users. There are no advertisements and the interface is easy to use. The free version however is limited to 5 users and 300MB of storage.

Wikidot also offers an educational version. This version is also free and allows for more storage (up to 5GB, more on request) and an unlimited number of members. You must sign up and be verified before you can access this version.

Wikispaces

wikispaces-screenshot.jpgWikispaces screenshot from the educational wikis page.

Pros

  • Allows for open / registered edits
  • Unlimited number of users
  • Unlimited pages and edits
  • WYSIWYG editor

Cons

  • Advertisement column on the right side of every page
  • Offers an “educational version” where you get unlimited storage and private access, but restricted to K-12

The educational version is restricted to K-12 with higher education users (eg. Colleges & universities) required to pay. This website's strong point is that it has an intuitive interface that is easy to understand.

Wiki Spot

Wikispot-screenshot.jpg

Screenshot of Bodega Phylogenetics Wiki on Wiki Spot

Pros

  • Allows for open / registered edits
  • Unlimited pages and edits
  • Unlimited media storage
  • Unlimited number of users

Cons

  • No commercial use allowed
  • Wikis can not be private (closed to only members) but they can be protected so that only members can edit but anyone can view.

Wikispot is a free site where you can create your own wiki. There are no limits to how many people can register or storage space. The wiki offers an "inter-wiki" feature that allows you to keep track of several wikis you manage as well as watch other wikis for changes.

Wetpaint

Wetpaint is another free wiki-site that some faculty on campus use. However, the site contains many distracting advertisements.

Other Sites

In addition to the above wiki-hosting sites, some other sites may provide wiki-like functions or the ability to integrate a wiki even though they may not specifically be a wiki. An example would be Google Sites which provides the option for this.