Wikidot Inc. is a Polish hosting wiki corporation qui owns, Operates and supports the community of wiki-based web projects at has social networking services and wiki hosting services (or wiki farm ) Developed in Toruń , Poland . was launched on August 1, 2006 and in 2009 it was the world’s third-largest wiki farm, [2] with 570,000 users running 150,000 sites with 5.6 million pages of user-created content (as of September 24, 2010). grows by about 900-1,000 new users each day. roughly doubled in size during 2011. [3] Following their migration to Amazon Web Services in September 2012, Wikidot became a finalist and first prize winner in the AWS Global Start-Up Challenge of 2012 under the Consumer Applications category. [4] Wikidot Inc. released in January 2008, the official FOSS version of the software project with an Ajax -based interface . [5] It is a free software for a single Wiki install or a wiki farm on a GNU / Linux computer . The FOSS Wikidot. Org software is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License . There are Debian / Ubuntu (* .deb) packages for the free software, which are considered experimental, as of October 2011, and may break existing Wikidot installations. [6] Wikidot Inc. is incorporated in Delaware, USA, Division of Corporations, file no. 4326793.

Company history is owned and operated by Wikidot Inc., Incorporated in Delaware, USA in 2007 by founder Michał Frąckowiak and a group of private investors. Wikidot is an open source web-based development and collaboration tool. The company’s operational offices are located in Toruń, Poland. [2]

The officers of the company were Pieter Hintjens (CEO) and Michał Frąckowiak , who is also a General Manager of Polish operating office. Pieter Hintjens is CEO of iMatix Corporation, past President of the FFII, and has been active in the free and open source software since 1991. Michał Frąckowiak is an astrophysicist, certified software developer and developer of the Project since 2006. [2] On February 26, 2010, Pieter left the CEO position in Wikidot to continue his work in iMatix [7]

Wikidot has been consistently placed in the top 10,000 websites by Alexa since the beginning of 2008, and is currently ranked in the top 5,000. [8]

From March 2008, Pro accounts to all users. [9]

Starting in January 2011, is the most widely used language in the world. After a week, some languages ​​like German, French and Serbian were translated 100% by the community, and Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Finnish, Italian. This is now the site basis and was planned for the future is user-based translation That so whoever wants to build a wiki in a special language can do so, Even in Klingon .

Software and features

Originally conceived as a pure wiki, the Wikidot engine today has become more than just a web application framework . It provides page templating, so that the appearance of pages can be changed in one place. It provides page processing (the ListPages module) so that users can create summaries, graphs, lists, and reports. It provides data forms, so that pages can be edited as structured data (and not as a wiki at all). Some of the applications that Wikidot users have recently built are: calendars, chatrooms, issue trackers, blogs, and even MediaWiki emulations. supports unlimited pages and users. [10] Users can apply SSL encryption, customize their privacy settings, assign roles, and interact in wiki-specific forums. A wiki can easily be enriched with content from Flickr, YouTube and other sites by embedding features. [11] uses a custom wiki engine That has-been released as free software under the terms of the Affero General Public License . [12] The software is written in PHP and is notable for doing extensive caching to reduce database accesses. The Wikidot software runs is one of a FEW FOSS wikifarm software, see Comparison of wiki farms , and a number of competing services wikifarm use it, Such As [13]

On the 30th August 2012, Wikidot annoncé Plans Began Their migration from traditional data center operated by SoftLayer Technologies, Inc. to ‘s EC2 . This was completed on the 4th September 2012. [14]Since then, load speeds have increased dramatically. [15] Static files like CSS Stylesheets, User Avatars and Javascript files are delivered through the Amazon CloudFront and DNS services provided by Amazon Route 53. [16] Since the 12th September, Wikidot also stores user files uploads directly on Amazon’s S3 storage system. [17] Regular database backups are also made and stored on S3 to ensure data durability. [18]

Wikitravel has an open source file. Text_Wiki software (engine). Each site gets a subdomain on (like Site owners can also map custom domains [10] (like – if previously registered by the wiki owner). There is also a list of subdomains registered by Wikidot for users, which provides an alternate wiki URL without requiring the user to buy a domain name beforehand. [19] One can optionally allow Wikidot to display ads on their wiki and get 80% of revenue. [10] [20] Other possibilities are RSS import / export, [10] RSS feeds for Users, Customizable themes which can also be styled by adjusting Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) , [10] advanced forum for each site edit, locking, blocking users and IP addresses . Users can send each other personal messages. Wikidot uses an Ajax user-interface. There are no limits on site size. There are embedable widgets (such as YouTube, Google Video, Flickr, Meebo etc.) Users can send each other personal messages. Wikidot uses an Ajax user-interface. There are no limits on site size. There are embedable widgets (such as YouTube, Google Video, Flickr, Meebo etc.) Users can send each other personal messages. Wikidot uses an Ajax user-interface. There are no limits on site size. There are embedable widgets (such as YouTube, Google Video, Flickr, Meebo etc.)

Until December 17, 2008, Wikidot provided only a free service and, unlike other free wiki hosts, it had no advertising or premium service. [21] On December 17, 2008 Wikidot introduced premium accounts. [9] There are three types of premium accounts: Pro-Lite, Pro and Pro +. The difference is in price and quantity of pro features offered. [22] [23]

Both free and pro accounts can open , closed or private wikis. Open and Closed wikis are visible to everyone on the Internet, with Open wikis available for Wikidot Any registered member to join, and Closed wikis HAVING restricted membership rules. Private wikis are only visible to members and Wikidot users added to the site’s extra access list.

The Google AdSense [20], which is not mandatory for free sites. [10]

Wikidot also provides an Application Programming Interface (API) for third-party developers to interact and manipulate pages through the XML-RPC protocol. All users are automatically paid Provided with two API keys (a read-only and a read-write key), HOWEVER free users can request for aussi ’em through a request page on Their Developers Wiki. 5 namespaces: categories , files , tags , pages and users . [24]


  • Each site gets its own subdomain on
  • Flexible permission for both public and private wikis
  • Customizable themes to create a unique look and feel [20]
  • Numerous widgets available to embed in the wiki [20]
  • Generate revenue through different advertising programs including Google AdSense [20] [25]
  • Extensive documentation, and an active community support forum


Wikidot has a user-friendly interface that is easy to learn and use. For experienced wiki users, Wikidot is powerful and user friendly. Private wikis are a much appreciated feature: more than 40% of created sites are private. [26]


Wikidot has been criticized for being too complex for beginners. It does not have a WYSIWYG editor and the wiki syntax is incompatible with other wiki syntaxes. Storage space for free accounts is limited, and free sites. Its permissions model is too simple for advanced users. Development of the product goes slowly and a long list of user features requests is pending. [27] Also, the admin / owner has to decide after the creation of the wiki to which it will switch the site. This model works fine on a site-basis but not on a user-basis.

Wikidot community

Wikidot expert users have worked together to build large parts of the service. Initially, this was a community site [28] , for snippets site [29] (for reusable pieces of code), and a multilingual handbook. [30] At present, there are German, English, Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Chinese, Indonesian, Romanian and Portuguese Handbooks.

Today, the Wikidot user community also makes themes, [31] packages, [32] dashboards, roadmaps, site templates, [33] and reusable applications. In October 2009 Wikidot launched a competition for a new user-designed home page. [34] In many respects is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. New features can be requested using the Wishlist. [35]

Each user has karma, which is an indicator of that user’s activity, commitment and experience. Wikipedia has an article on: Guru Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Guru . [36]

Wikidot interface in other languages

From the very beginning, Wikidot was published in English and in Polish . At the beginning of 2011, Wikidot started experimental project “Translate Wikidot”. [37] Wikidot is a Wiktionary article about Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. [38] The first languages ​​with the finished translation were Serbian [39] French and German , [40] and the translators got one-year free Pro + accounts as a reward for their efforts. [41] There are also Italian , Finnish , Dutch , Chinese , Japanese , Korean , etc. The project is still ongoing so from time to time, as more features are offered, more text is added, so translators have to visit the stats. [42]


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