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  • I’ve been searching for a Wikipedia-style wiki (i.e., MediaWiki) and thought that I’d found it with WPMUDEV WordPress Wiki. I was wrong!

    In my opinion: This has some of the features that one would expect when installing a MediaWiki wiki but, really, there’s no separation between WP users and the Wiki users so WP accounts must be created for all Wiki contributors. This begs the question: Why bother with a Wiki then? e.g.,

    Discussions? The discussions are a simple, flat thread embedded in the Wiki article itself – just like Wikipedia/Mediawiki. However, they are not a full-featured discussion forum (e.g., bbPress). IMHO: This is not a scalable solution for discussion.

    User Managment? Wiki users are just regular, WP users. Granting users access to the wiki requires granting them access to the WP Dashboard. IMHO: 1) The Principle of Least Privilege applies here. 2) This is not a scalable solution as your list of Wiki users will become irreversibly commingled with your list of WP users AFAICT.

    Revision Control? While not as rich as the side-by-side comparison that Wikipedia/Mediawiki prvides, it works and is fairly simple to understand.

    Markup? AFAICT the WYSIWIG editor is the only way to edit articles.

    Automation? e.g., TOC, Index, Glossary, Tool tips, Ratings, Newest/Popular pages? Not as far as I can tell – but I’m using the free version.

    In the end: I may either… 1) Create a page in WP and embed an installation of MediaWiki inside an iframe on that page, or; 2) Create the site content in WP and add plugins/widgets for the extra functionality that I’m needing (e.g., Article ratings, Glossary, Index, Tool tips, and discussion forums).

    My advice: The only way to cut through the FUD is: 1) Read all of these reviews. 2) Read the support requests looking for “red flags”.

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  • Hello epretorious,

    I’m really sorry if you were at all unhappy with the plugin but would love to see if there’s some way we could turn this experience around for you and I think a bit of clarification could help here.

    Yes, it uses WordPress accounts as there is no need to create separate base for those. You can always create custom roles and manage capabilities to divide those accounts.

    If you need a full-blown wiki like Wikipedia, it’s best to just use MediaWiki:

    However, if you need a solution that works within WordPress, this plugin provides essential core features that you can easily build on. And we’ll gladly look into any suggestions you might have for it if you’ll post to the forums here:

    Does that sound feasible to you?

    kind regards,

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