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Making A Private Wiki

Making a wiki has never been easier in this day and age; all you have to do is start to write a new wiki on a website such as Wikia (now known as Fandom). Great. But wait, when you make a Wikia page, it has to be public. I first made this mistake, as I was looking to make myself a private wiki. I’m sure you may be wondering why anyone would make a private wiki; isn’t the point of them to share information with others? To have other people help moderate and update information as it comes in? Whilst you’re right, you may want a private wiki to keep track of your stories, your adventures, your games, you name it… And just because it’s private doesn’t mean it has to be a one-person wiki.

WikiDot

Let me introduce you to WikiDot, a great website that lets you run your own wiki page. You can choose to lock it down as much as you’d like/need to as well. Whether you’re looking to make a private wiki for your own story, or if you’re looking for an easy place to keep information together, then WikiDot has you covered. There are a few nuances you have to get used to, specifically surrounding the formatting of your own wiki.

WikiDot provides all of the tools you’d be used to from Wikipedia; especially when it comes to presentation. You get to select a theme for your wiki when you set it up, meaning that if you like the looks and feel of classic Wikipedia, then you’re able to replicate it for your own needs. This can be especially useful if you’re already a bit of a Wikipedia virtuoso, so you’ll know how it’s all set up. There are other software options, such as downloading your own wiki software (for example: TiddlyWiki), but for the purposes of this article, I thought it’d be simpler to introduce you to WikiDot, as it does everything you’d need off the bat and for free.

Why Start A Private Wiki?

There are many reasons why you might want your own private Wiki, some reasons more simple than others. Perhaps you and some friends are working on a project and you want only yourselves to document everything about the project. Or maybe you want to document every song you’ve ever listened to with information about the bands, similar genres or more? What if you’re a developer, looking to find an easy way to document your latest APIs? All of these are valid reason to make your own wiki. I started one to help me keep track of a NaNoWriMo project I am starting to develop ideas for. An idea I’ve had floating for some time, but I’ve always wanted a reason to be able to sit down and write it. So, I’ve taken to WikiDot to set up my own knowledge base. At some point in the not-too-distant future, I’d expect to invite friends to help me with going over the details, adding their own opinions and helping me shape the world.

If you’re a writer of any kind, of anything in particular, you may want to consider having your own wiki. If you do get yourself a WikiDot account, just remember to check out the settings section, so you can lock down to exactly what you need to. If anyone is interested in what you can do with WikiDot, let me know and I’ll see if I can write something more on the inner workings of the software. If you’ve got a project you could use a wiki site for, what sort of project is it? Have you ever thought about setting up your own wiki, or is this something completely foreign to you? Share your thoughts and opinions with us below, or on Facebook and Twitter.

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