Wikidot.com provides wiki hosting services to its users. Users can create on demand wikis that are intended for personal, group or educational use. Wikidot wikis are backed up to provide an added level of security and protection to user created data. Users can build unlimited wiki pages. WikiDot includes advertisement options that allow the user to control advertisements displayed on their wiki pages. The user can also cash in with Google AdSense through WikiDot. Users are given a free subdomain to use, however the user can also purchase a domain to park their wiki on. Each site includes a forum. User can create their own custom forum signature so they are easy to identify when posting. An avatar can be included. WikiDot supports Gravatar avatars as well. Along with permission settings, users can also manage private messages, categories, tags and utilize the WikiDot karma system.Show more screenshots »
Wikidot was founded by Michael Frackowiak and Pieter Hintjens and is based in Torun, Poland. The public version was presented in August 2006. Today it has numerous websites hosted on it and boasts of a substantial user base.
Overall, Wikidot offers similar features to other wiki hosting sites. The application has thrown in a few extras that users may appreciate. Users can import their Gravatar to their WikiDot profile and participate in forums. Private messages and custom domain name options further customize the Wikidot experience.
The home page does not have much to be talked about. Use of red and black on a white background gives a subdued impression and the overall site relies more on functionality than on style. Moreover, there is immense scope for improvement in the way information has been organized. Though navigation is not a problem but there is a need for proper structuring. Information has been displayed in an extremely haphazard and random. The only area where one can heave a sigh of relief is the absence of quiet ads or pop-ups.
A new user can join the WikiDot community by clicking the black “Create Account” link in the upper, right hand corner (inside the grey navigation bar). The link takes the user to the registration form. The form asks for a name or alias, email address, preferred language password and Captcha code entry. A link to the WikiDot terms of service is provided below the Captcha code box. The user can complete registration by clicking the grey “I accept the WikiDot terms, please create my account” button at the bottom of the form.
Wikidot.com offers users one free and three paid membership options to choose from. The free account includes up to five sites with 300 MBs of storage each and community support. The Pro Lite account costs around $50 per year and includes up to 15 GBs of total storage, the ability to purchase more sites and storage slots and access to newly added features earlier. The Pro account costs around $120 per year and includes up to 10 sites, 50 GBs of storage space and email support. The Pro Plus account costs around $240 per year and includes up to 30 sites, 100 GBs of storage space, the ability to hide karma and pro status and priority email support.
Wikidot is recommended for people who need a considerable degree of coordination and collaboration in the operations and workings. Teachers can set up Wikis to streamline the flow of proceedings. The application includes four membership options which cater to just about anyone, from the casual user creating a wiki for fun to groups and organizations that need a professional, functional wiki.