How to Make a Free Wiki

Websites are fun cool to make. Most people like creating wikis, here is how to make a free one without a domain name.

Steps

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    Find a website where you can make a free wiki like Wikispaces, Wikia or Wikis by Wetpaint. The best way to find a free wiki that meets your needs is to go to Wiki Matrix.
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    Have an idea what you want your wiki to be like. Come up with a name and topic and get your website going. Remember, if you are using a wiki farm your wiki won't come with a domain name.
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    Make sure that there isn't a wiki for your topic already. You can do this by visiting Wiki Index or searching for the wiki in Google.
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    Create an account. After you create a account it will say create wiki, click that and it will let you pick a format and the title of your wiki.
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    Edit your userpage so people know who you are.
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    Customize the wiki. Make sure it doesn't look like other wikis out there.
    • Choose a color scheme. Sites like Wikia allow you to customize the color for most parts of your wiki.
    • Come up with a logo.
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    Create the front page. Make sure it at least has information about the topic and purpose of your wiki as well as some photos and links to a few articles. In addition, you should list ways in which people can contribute to the wiki such as writing articles, copyediting, categorizing, adding photos etc.
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    Try finding users to help you out to start out. It's no fun editing a wiki by yourself. Tell people in your social networks -- both online and offline. You can also contact bloggers who write content about your topic to see if they'd be interested in contributing.
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    Create content. The best thing to do is find freely licensed photos and articles to seed the wiki so that people have something to edit once they get there. Wikimedia Commons, Flickr and Morgue File are good sources for freely licensed photos.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Your wiki won't grow unless you keep working on, so continue to add content.
  • Come up with a creative title. Avoid using the suffix "pedia" since so many wiki titles end in "pedia" now.
  • Content is king. Having good content is key to getting more traffic. In addition, if you develop a good wiki it may be highlighted on other websites. For example, if you create a wiki on Wikia and has lots of good content, your wiki may be considered to be part of the Wikia spotlight which would advertise your wiki on other Wikia wikis.

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Categories: Wikis