Internet, Networking, & Security Around the Web The Business Wiki Wikis are great for centralized, hyperlinked knowledge sharing By Daniel Nations Writer Daniel Nations has been a tech journalist since 1994. His work has appeared in Computer Currents, The Examiner, The Spruce, and other publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Daniel Nations Updated February 27, 2020 porcorex / Getty Images Around the Web How to Get a VPN Tweet Share Email Web platforms like Wikipedia highlight the value of a deeply hyperlinked knowledge base. The market supports dozens of proprietary or open-source wiki frameworks that work great for deployment in a corporate intranet environment. All You Need to Know About Wiki Websites Evolution of Wiki Software Wiki software caught fire in the Web 2.0 era. Especially in the early 2000s, the format of a wiki-based website grew in popularity, becoming a significant tool in the transition from the web as a static collection of individual HTML pages into a unified structure of cross-referenced information. What Does 'Web 2.0' Even Mean? As web platforms evolved, however, wikis appeared as stand-alone environments far less frequently. Instead, they tended to either fold into modules within a content-management system, or were supplanted by more sophisticated info-sharing platforms like Microsoft SharePoint. Today, wikis are still widely used, but they're generally not a primary mechanism for corporate info-sharing. Major Wiki Platforms Some of the most common open-source wiki platforms include: BookStack: The BookStack interface is clean, representing a modern skin on customary wiki features. It's highly configurable and supports integrated authentication schemes.DocuWiki: This platform is a general-purpose wiki, with a clean syntax and a robust change-control history for individual wiki pages.MediaWiki: Wikipedia is built on MediaWiki. It's a robust system that supports an ecosystem of hundreds of optional plug-ins, and it scales up very well. Using Wikis in Business Regardless of whether it functions as a stand-alone environment or a module within some other intranet system, a wiki's design supports its role as a central repository of hyperlinked information. Thus, standard reference documents—ranging from critical procedural information to cafeteria menus—works well in a wiki, provided the information renders in the page rather than as attachments within the page. Wikis generally track and reveal change-control information. The transparency of page modifications helps people understand when important information, like policies, changes—as well as what changed. Likewise, if a wiki platform supports page comments, they make a great iterative-development tool, particularly for businesses that decline to invest in expensive real-time collaboration software.