Open Source Wikis, Blogs & Social Medias – MediaWiki, DokuWiki, WordPress & Elgg

There are many different ways that users can upload content to a server be it over the Internet or a Local Area Network. But many that are accessible to the public are riddled with privacy concerns such as Facebook.

In this post I will be discussing the alternative options that are available for you as a consumer and provider of all things in the digital space of uploading pictures, text, videos and so forth.

To begin, “MediaWiki is a free software open source wiki package written in PHP, originally for use on Wikipedia. It is now also used by several other projects of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation and by many other wikis“. – found at the home page of mediawiki.org. This open source software allows multiple users to manipulate and collaborate with each other to create content for others to freely use under the Creative Commons license.

Secondly, DokuWiki,  “is a simple to use and highly versatile Open Source wiki software that doesn’t require a database. It is loved by users for its clean and readable syntax. The ease of maintenance, backup and integration makes it an administrator’s favourite.” This type of open source software is especially useful for users who would like to customise their wikis with additional plugins that can be found on their website. Click here to view their website.

WordPress,  “is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.” Do not be mistaken to think that WordPress is a wiki, but rather a free, open source software platform that many users use to generate blogging content that allows others to view, like and comment about the post  – click here to visit wordpress.org

We all know that Facebook is available to the mainstream consumer along with Twitter but is there anything else out there that may be available to the public? Elgg is an award-winning open source social networking engine that “provides a robust framework on which to build all kinds of social environments”. Elgg can be used from a campus wide social network for a university, school or college or an internal collaborative platform for an organisation when installed on a server. – click here to visit elgg.org

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