Wikispaces.com was designed to simplify the process of creating and managing a wiki. The application allows the user to easily create new wiki pages. User can easily edit items in a single click. The editing tools are presented in a simple easy to understand format that includes familiar functions such as bold, italic, headings, lists, bullets and text colors. The user can also quickly upload files such as videos, sounds, music and documents. These items can be included right on the user’s wiki page. Past revisions are also stored so the user can see every change made to a page. The private label version includes more features, such as added security elements, user support, central administration and integration with API access.Show more screenshots »
Wikispaces was developed by Tangient LLC. The Tangient team includes Sarah Cove, James Byers, Debbie Guskin, Adam Frey, Eric Albett, Carole Snitzer, Dominick Bellizzi, Jeff Hanke, Julie Newcomb and Ryan Koopmans. The team has been working since 2005 to produce and improve the convenience and user friendly nature of the average wiki. The company currently hosts wikis that are used by more than five million individuals. Wikispaces was created to serve some of the largest organizations as well as many of the smallest groups.
Wikis have become a very popular tool in many industries. Wikispaces is attractive to many users because it is extremely easy to use. The application was designed specifically for simplicity. The average internet user can quickly master the Wikispaces interface and begin editing and maintaining a wiki using the service.
The Wikispaces website has a very rich, colorful design that gives it an appealing personality. New users area greeted by the dark green Wikispaces logo complete with a small bonsai tree in a red plant pot. A deep blue header is presented below while the user can follow product highlights that describe the simplicity of the application. The user interface uses a similar color scheme, with earthy greens and grey tones. Wikispaces uses a number of tabs to allow the user to navigate from one tool to the next.
A new user can get started by clicking on one of the two large green buttons found near the bottom of the Wikispaces homepage. The button on the left is intended for organizations while the one on the right is for individuals and smaller groups. When clicking the group button, the user is asked to provide a username, password and email address. When selecting the organizations button, the user must click the red free trial button on the following page to access the registration form. The organization registration form asks for a site name, site address, organization type, username, email address and password.
Wikispaces.com offers users four account options. The first is a free Basic account that includes unlimited users, unlimited pages and messages, one wiki, 2 GBs of file storage space, WYSIWYG editing, standard features and a 10 MB maximum size for individual files. The Plus plan costs around $5 per month or around $50 per year and upgrades to include a 20 MB per file size max, no advertisements, private wikis, custom themes and SSL security features. The Super plan costs around $20 per month or $200 per year and includes 5 GBs of storage space, 50 MB file size maximum, custom permissions, custom domain name and WebDav support. The Private Label plan costs around $1,000 per year for 100 users and includes unlimited individual wikis, unlimited file storage, 100 MB file size maximum, dedicated environment, site wide administration, single sign on and full API access.
Wikispaces is intended for individuals, small groups and large organizations. The application caters to all computer users, from the novice to the advance. Users can set up individual wikis, private wikis and access past revisions.