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The Complete Guide to Wikis: How to Set Up, Use, and Benefit from Wikis for Teachers, Business Professionals, Families, and Friends

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As the 8th most visited site on the Internet according to the Alexa Internet traffic ratings, and with more than 30 million new words a month of content added regularly, Wikipedia has become a symbol of the web s current incarnation the collaborative project that has developed around the world to compile the knowledge and expertise of everyone. Wikis are a great tool that allow any topic, anywhere, to be compiled and crosschecked by just about anyone to great effect whether it is simply to provide knowledge or to...

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As the 8th most visited site on the Internet according to the Alexa Internet traffic ratings, and with more than 30 million new words a month of content added regularly, Wikipedia has become a symbol of the web s current incarnation the collaborative project that has developed around the world to compile the knowledge and expertise of everyone. Wikis are a great tool that allow any topic, anywhere, to be compiled and crosschecked by just about anyone to great effect whether it is simply to provide knowledge or to promote a business. A wiki is a tool unlike any other.

In this book, you will learn everything you need to know to unlock the potential of the Wiki format. The top secrets, techniques, and strategies used by Wiki operators every day are showcased here in a way that makes it possible for the ordinary person to pick up a Web site and start writing right away, sharing or gathering knowledge for the entire world to read. You will learn in this book exactly why the wiki concept has been so successful but also how wikis do things wrong and how they can be done correctly. The fundamental basics of writing a wiki, including how to format your posts, what to write about, the correct means of writing impartial entries, and how to reference outside sources will be covered in full. You will learn how to edit an existing wiki entry and how to start using your wiki for other purposes. Learn the top 20 strategies for wiki marketing as well as the importance of volume in your wiki and why having a great deal of posts to index in search engines is nearly as important as the writing being high quality.

The author has spent time talking and listening to more than a hundred of the Internet s top wiki experts, learning their tricks of the trade and how they have been so successful in presenting their information and have compiled and presented it here for you. You will learn how to start making money with your wiki, how to track changes and revisions, and how different kinds of wikis vary and work in different ways. You will learn how to start building your very own wiki from the ground up using free software and open source tools and why linking and SEO optimization is absolutely necessary to be effective. For anyone who has ever spent ten minutes on Wikipedia wondering how they could start building their very own information compendium, this book is for you a complete guide to everything wiki.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601383198
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 The Basics of a Wiki 17

Defining a Wiki 18

Where it All Began 19

What a Wiki Does 20

How People Start Wikis 24

The Big Kid on the Block-Wikipedia 25

At the Head of Web 2.0 26

Adding to a Wiki 28

Markup 38

Using Wikipedia 47

Chapter 2 Making Your Own Wiki 51

What is Your Wiki About? 51

The SEO Factor 52

Enjoying Your Topic 53

Content Wikis 54

Process Wikis 58

Community Wikis 64

Other Forms of Wikis 67

Researching Content for Your Wiki 68

Finding Collaborators to Help with Your Wiki 70

Conclusion 73

Chapter 3 The Technical Side of Wikis 75

Hosting Your Wiki 75

Creating Your Own Host 83

Formatting and Design 93

Conclusion 96

Chapter 4 Wikis for Businesses 99

Benefits of a Wiki 99

Implementation Problems 100

Altered Methods of Leadership for New Technology 101

Is a Wiki Right for Your Business? 102

Comparing Wikis to Content Management Software 105

Who is Using Wikis 106

Limiting Access to Maintain Quality 106

Ways to Use a Wiki a Work 107

Planning 112

Chapter 5 Wikis in the Classroom 115

Ten Things to Use a Wiki for in the Classroom 115

Crafting a Wiki Lesson Plan 124

Conclusion 128

Chapter 6 Using a Hosted Wiki Service 131

Getting Started 131

What Kind of Wiki? 132

Your Blank Wiki 134

Creating Your Wikispaces Pages 141

Security and Protection 144

The Premium Membership 145

Conclusion 146

Chapter 7 Wiki Structure and Ontology 149

Structuring a Wiki Effectively 150

Ontology and Structure 150

Patterned Linking 153

The Navigation Tools 157

Visual Changes to Your Wiki 160

Conclusion 163

Chapter 8 Linking and Categorizing Your Wiki 165

Linking Pages on a Wiki165

Linking to Outside URLs 170

Categories and Tags-Linking and Structuring 173

Conclusion 174

Chapter 9 Wiki Promotion 177

What Not to Do 177

The Right Things 183

Promoting Your Wikis 186

Developing Templates 189

In the Classroom 190

Building from Top Down 191

Other Promotional Methods 192

Chapter 10 Wiki Security and Management 203

Potential Threats 204

Keeping Track of Changes and Spam 207

What to Watch For 210

Selective Access 212

Backing Up Your Content 213

Conclusion 214

Chapter 11 Wiki Installation and Management 217

Installing the Wiki Engine 217

What You Wiki Requires 220

The Installation Process 222

Configuring Your Wiki 224

Maintaining the Wiki 227

Getting a Good Crew On Board 234

The Administrative Tasks 237

Conclusion 241

Chapter 12 Wiki Obstacles 243

Wiki Adoption and the Hindrance Factors 243

Mass Use and How to Grow and Brand Without Oversaturation 249

How to Maintain Income or Manage Outward Cash Flow 251

Conclusion 253

Chapter 13 Things You Can Do With Your Wiki and Where Wikis Are Headed 255

The Things You Can Do With Your Wiki 255

Other Uses for a Wiki 261

The Future of Wikis 262

Conclusions 264

Chapter 14 Resources and Web sites 267

List of Wikis 267

List of Hosting Services 269

FAQs About Wikis 271

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    So many uses!

    Chatfield uses Wikipedia, a Web site most people are familiar with, as a point of reference to expand on what wikis can be used for - from lesson plans for teachers to inter-department memos for executives. This book explains how you can become an administrator of a wiki rather than just a visitor or contributor. Chatfield takes pretty complex information regarding the Internet and explains it in an easy-to-digest way with lots of tables and charts.

    This is a great book for a beginner; the FAQ section is especially helpful. The book includes a list of basic formatting, and even though I have limited HTML knowledge, I was able to follow it. I can't wait to create my first wiki for my wedding this fall to keep guests updated on the menu, lodging and directions! I know I will use this book over and over again.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

    The Complete Guide to [[WIKIS]]: How to Set Up, Use, and Benefit from Wikis for Teachers, Business Professionals, Families, and Friends

    Other than having heard of the ubiquitous online encyclopedia, "Wikipedia", many people may not know that a wiki- a web site that allows visitors to make changes, contributions, or corrections- is a powerful tool that is radically changing the social, educational and business climate. Brian Chatfield's Complete Guide to WIKIS is a no-nonsense, clearly written handbook to understanding what the increasing use of wikis means in terms of how information is gathered and recorded, and how to harness and utilize that power for education, business, and personal growth.

    Chatfield writes intelligently, but avoids the technical jargon that can confuse what are straightforward concepts. Chapters include case studies taken from successful, well-known wikis, (Wikipedia, Baseball Reference Bullpen, Ganfyd, Project Backpack, Sourcewatch, Curriki) providing wiki novices with an introduction to wiki types, history and applications, their proliferation, and concise instruction on how first to edit and then create project-specific wikis. For those already familiar or expert with wikis, this guide expands on hosting, security, automation, tips for tweaking and tailoring wikis, comparing wikis with content management software, as well as predictions about the creative applications of wikis on the horizon.

    As Chatfield notes in his guide, wikis are not just technical devices, they are also the engines driving our future organization and filtering of information. As living, collaborative documents, wikis are increasingly becoming the new model for our collective knowledge. This guide provides both the specific technical instruction necessary to create and develop wikis, as well as an awareness of how to interpret that information in light of a fair understanding of both the strengths and weaknesses of wiki technology.

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  • Posted November 27, 2009

    The Complete Guide to Wikis

    Wikis are sources of information on the internet that allow users to collaborate globally, yet wikis are so much more. The concept and technology is described in detail from what and why people use wikis to how to build one yourself. The book explains how wikis can be used effectively in schools and businesses for monitoring schoolwork or creating plans, or as a contribution to information on the internet for the world to read.

    Wikis have endless possibilities and The Complete Guide to Wikis explains it all in a simple manner even a novice can understand. The reader will learn how to build, load and start using a wiki right away. You will find an ample supply of resources and websites for building your wiki and sharing information faster than ever, with your family or the entire world.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    Take a Look at This

    Never would I have imagined that a whole entire book could be written about Wikis, but I guess anything's possible. First off, I now know what a wiki actually is (defined in book) and the history of them (unless of course you're a cave dweller without the iPhone app or internet access, you've probably at least heard of Wikipedia).

    The internet can be a complicated place. This book has really helped me in maneuvering through the web and understanding so many different aspects of Wikis; like how to add to them, edit them, write my own, etc. Without the insight I receive though this easy read, I would never have even know where to start.

    If you'd like to get a full grasp on everything "Wiki" then this is the book for you. If not, and you like to figure stuff out on your own, well, good luck. with that! Overall, I give this book 4 stars. The part where symbols and codes are defined (the style guide) I thought was particularly insightful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

    Great Book!

    I've realized the usefulness of wikis over the years, but, to be honest, they have stumped me. So, I'm glad I picked up The Complete Guide to Wikis. This book covers everything from the history of wikis, how to start and maintain a wiki and tips on how to use a wiki for specific groups of people like teachers and family members.
    I have very little coding knowledge, so I love the fact that this book teaches you wiki formatting coding, which is the biggest part that intimidated me. It is laid out in very simple terms that even I can understand.
    The best part of the book, though, was the part about using security on your wiki to prevent people from vandalizing entries. The fact that vandals can come in and mess up a wiki always bothered me. It's good to know that there are ways to prevent it.
    After reading this book I feel like I can use a wiki successfully for wide range of purposes. I can even properly add entries to Wikipedia subjects that interest me, which is fantastic.

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

    A Comprehensive Guide

    The Complete Guide to Wikis: How to Set Up, Use, and Benefit from Wikis for Teachers, Business Professionals, Families, and Friends by T. Brian Chatfield provides complete information about wikis for all types of readers. Chatfield explains the origin of wikis and the basic application of wikis in Chapter 1. Next, Chatfield jumps right in and coaches readers to help them create and manage their own wikis. The book is an easy read, and will allow readers to create their own wikis right away - a true benefit for business people.

    Chapter 5 includes practical advice to educators who want to use wikis in their classrooms. Chatfield presents several useful suggestions to enable teachers to enhance interaction among students. The book concludes with chapters that cover security and management strategies that will be excellent references to readers throughout their experience with wikis.

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

    A comprehensive guide to Wikis

    A must have guide for anyone thinking of starting a wiki. Chatfield does a good job of introducing wikis and the many uses they have. While most of us are familiar with Wikipedia, one of the biggest wikis out there, the author introduces a wide variety of other uses for this powerful tool.

    This book covers everything you need to know to start a wiki, from setup to organization to maintenance. Beginners and experts alike will benefit from this in-depth guide. Whether you are starting a wiki for your local sports league, your cousins wedding or a business project, you will want to read this guide first.

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