Wikis For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 8, 2011 - Computers - 336 pages
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  • Corporations have finally realized the value of collaboration tools for knowledge sharing and Wiki is the open source technology for creating collaborative Web sites, as either a public site on the Internet or on a private intranet site
  • Shows readers how to set up Wikis in a corporate setting or on a personal site so that users can retrieve information, post information, and edit the content
  • Covers everything from choosing a Wiki engine to administration and maintenance
  • Discusses the advantages of using Wiki in a corporate environment, which companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, Disney, and Motorola have already discovered

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User Review  - KDSarge - LibraryThing

It's a bit out of date now, but still an excellent starting point for someone who knows nothing of wikis. The pointers at existing useful wikis are worth the read by themselves! Read full review

Review: Wikis For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

User Review  - KD Sarge - Goodreads

So far so good, though it's a bit out of date. The wiki-engine choices I have on my site aren't even mentioned in the book. But it's a good primer, and amusingly written. Read full review


Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
The Part of Tens
Part I
Chapter 1
Finding Your Way to Wikis
Comparing wikis and other communication tools
Adding supporting pages to your wiki
Using Templates to Design Content Pages
Adding Visual Panache to Your Wiki
Using themes and skins
Choosing color
Part III
Chapter 9
Dont confuse your audience

The almost formal definition of a wiki
You Too Can Wiki
Starting your wiki engines
Putting Wikis to Work
Who are wiki people?
Herding a small group with wikis
Going public with your wiki
Wards challenge
The notsoovernight success of wikis
Hosted wikis open the door to everyone
Chapter 2
Basic Wiki Skills
Editing and creating wiki pages
Linking wiki pages
Attaching Documents to Wiki Pages
Printing Wiki Pages
How versions keep wikis safe
Chapter 3
The Many Categories of Wikis
The Goldmine of Shared Content
Sharpening skills with hobbyist wikis
Going around the world with travel wikis
Finding technical documentation wikis
A Shared Space for a Shared Mission
Getting the job done with taskoriented wikis
Making it happen with advocacy wikis
Finding educational wikis for students and teachers
Exploring Common Bonds
Goofing off with entertainment wikis
Hanging around at clubhouse wikis
Web Site Creation Made Easy
Hunting for More Wikis
Chapter 4
Understanding How Wikipedia Works
Run by volunteers
Editing Wikipedia entries
Dressing up your Wikipedia entries
Previewing and saving your changes
What Wikipedia Can Do For You
Is Wikipedia reliable?
Sharing your knowledge on Wikipedia
Part II
Chapter 5
Choosing the Right Hosted Wiki
Exploring hosted wikis
Easeofuse wikis
Community wikis
Contentfocused wikis
Creating pages
Editing pages
Linking pages
Protecting pages and wikis
Inviting others to your wiki
Changing the look feel and design of a wiki
Adding images video and other widgets to a wiki
Adding premium services and advertising
Chapter 6
Applying Markup as Content Makeup
Creating hierarchy with headings
Inserting bullets
Building tables
Formatting text
Controlling Layout and Formatting with HTML
Choosing Wiki Page Modes
Using document mode
Implementing thread mode pages
Using structured mode
Chapter 7
Linking Wiki Pages
Preventing false WikiWord links
Free linking
Creating pages using links
Giving life to stubs
Renaming all links in a web
Linking Outside Your Wiki
Linking between wikis using Interwiki names
Linking to Files Images and Multimedia
Linking to file attachments
Linking to multimedia
Categorizing and Tagging Pages
Tagging content
Chapter 8
Architecting the Information in Your Wiki
Surveying common wiki taxonomies
Linking in patterns
Plotting Navigational Paths through Your Wiki
Designing the front page
Designing section pages
Categorizing pages
Planning headers footers and lefthand navigation
Dont get the Field of Dreams syndrome
Dont overmanage
Remove barriers
Encourage wikiusers to be bold
Focus the wiki
Promoting Wikis in the Office
Living with Wiki Life Cycles
Taming large wikis
Chapter 10
Evaluating Basic Wiki Groups
Assessing Your Wiki Requirements
The skill level of the user population
The number of people who will view the content
Whether you need automation
Your willingness to become a wiki champion
Exploring the WikiMatrix
Going on a Wiki Walkabout
Points to ponder on your wiki walkabout
XWiki walkabout
MoinMoin walkabout
TWiki walkabout
MediaWiki walkabout
Chapter 11
Finding a Home for Your Wiki
Hosting inside your organization
Finding an Internet Mechanic
Starting Your Wiki Engine
Finding installation help
Downloading and unpacking binaries
Connecting to the Web server
Running the configure script
Chapter 12
Pruning Training and Making Changes
Deciding what to cut and what to keep
Training your troops
Rolling back changes
Avoiding wiki spam
Grinding through Routine Administrative Tasks
Daily tasks
Monthly tasks
Chapter 13
Evaluating Threats to Your Wiki
System failure
Tracking recent changes
Controlling Editing Access
Preparing for Disaster
Finding a new home for your wiki
Chapter 14
Reviewing Structured Wiki Basics
Using wiki variables
Performing functions with variables
Some favorites from the wiki variables vault
Searching Your Wiki
Templating Your Wiki
Creating a base topic
Making new pages from templates
Simplifying page creation
Adding Forms to Your Wiki
Creating a database home page
Enabling a form
Adding a form to the template topic
Building an HTML form for topic creation
Building a formatted topic list
Improving the topic list
Adding Wiki PlugIns
Part IV
Chapter 15
Easier Is Better
Set an Example
Follow the Community
Chapter 16
Operations and Hosting Engineer
Chapter 17
Shared Repository
Simple Databases
User Documentation
Chapter 18

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About the author (2011)

Dan Woods, an early adopter of wikis, has built technology for companies ranging from Time, Inc. to 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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