#1 2006-07-20 15:57:26

Magokk
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Dokuwiki suitable for my Project?

Hello!
Frist: excuse my bad englisch

back to topic:
I want to set up a knowledge base to store administration documents for IT-Services like mail- and webservers.
For this i need a wiki where i can configure an template for an IT-Service. This template should consist of six different "areas", containing the documents to a specific theme. An example:

                                                 Administarion Conecept "Webserver"

                 1. Architecture 2. Installation 3. Configuration 4. Systemservice 5. Security
                           |                    |                     |                      ..                     |
                           |                    |                     |                      ..                     |
                   Documents       Documents       Documents                               Documents

For each IT-Service the admin should be able to create a new structure form a template. Can i do this with dokuwiki or shozuld i use another wiki or write an own "knowledge base" with php.

Greetings
Magokk

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#2 2006-07-21 00:04:47

PeterThoeny
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Re: Dokuwiki suitable for my Project?

TWiki actually started its life as a knowledge base for customer support [1]. You can easily create pages that are based on templates. See for example the MeetingMinutes [2] page that lists meeting minutes and allows you to create new pages based on a template. If you want to allow easy reporting on your data I recomment to use TWikiForms [3]. That way you can embed a SEARCH [4] in a TWiki page, and have it formatted nicely. See the TWikiInstallation [5] directory, which is a search that pulls data out of pages with an attached TWikiForm.

TWiki is listed here on WikiMatrix at http://www.wikimatrix.org/show/TWiki

DokuWiki is probably also a good choice.

[1]: http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Main/TWik … OfTakeFive
[2]: http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Sandbox/MeetingMinutes
[3]: http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/TWiki/TWikiForms
[4]: http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/TWiki/VarSEARCH
[5]: http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Main/TWikiInstallation

-- Peter AT StructuredWikis DOT com - http://twiki.org/

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#3 2007-03-20 14:12:39

km4hr
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Re: Dokuwiki suitable for my Project?

Dokuwiki is much easier to get up and running than twiki. I tried twiki for several days but couldn't get it set up to do what I wanted, even straight forward wiki stuff. I read everything I could find in the rather disorganized documentation, but I just couldn't get much satisfaction. With Dokuwiki I had it going in maybe 30 minutes. There's no doubt however that twiki can do a lot of things very well. There are many examples of twiki being used successfully.

Twiki is more than a wiki. The added features mean added complexity however. If you just need a good wiki, then Dokuwiki is a good way to go. If you have lots of time and need extra features then twiki is probably a good choice as well.

Another big difference between twiki and dokuwiki is that I couldn't find a real twiki forum where I could ask questions of other users. The closest thing I saw was a mailing list. I don't find mailing lists nearly as useful as a forums. Dokuwiki has an active forum where you can get help quickly.

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#4 2007-03-21 06:13:47

PeterThoeny
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Re: Dokuwiki suitable for my Project?

km4hr wrote:

I tried twiki for several days but couldn't get it set up to do what I wanted, even straight forward wiki stuff. I read everything I could find in the rather disorganized documentation, but I just couldn't get much satisfaction.

TWiki has very extensive documentation, over 180,000 words. The documentation is organized to tailor end users and administrators. Documentation can always be improved. We would appreciate to get constructive feedback, this is the only way to improve it. Every document topic in the TWiki web on twiki.org has a feedback box at the bottom of the page.

km4hr wrote:

I couldn't find a real twiki forum where I could ask questions of other users. The closest thing I saw was a mailing list. I don't find mailing lists nearly as useful as a forums.

Clarification: The TWiki.org homepage has a tech support section with clearly marked links to the Support web where you can ask support questions. The Support web is a TWiki forum application; it is very actively monitored by TWiki developers and users. There is also a #twiki IRC channel where you can ask questions.

-- Peter AT StructuredWikis DOT com - http://www.structuredwikis.com/ - http://twiki.org/

Last edited by PeterThoeny (2007-03-21 07:42:09)

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#5 2007-03-23 20:26:48

andi
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Re: Dokuwiki suitable for my Project?

Hi Magokk!

I'm not 100% sure I understood you correctly, but it sounds to me like you want to do something very similar to what we do here at CosmoCode (using DokuWiki) to document servers and projects. We use different namespaces [1] to structure different documentation types and utilize a feature called namespace templates [2] to prefill pages with some general structure when they are created. I suggest to just try if DokuWiki fits your needs.

[1] http://wiki.splitbrain.org/wiki:namespaces
[2] http://wiki.splitbrain.org/wiki:namespace_templates


Careful: I'm the lead developer of WikiMatrix and DokuWiki so my posts may be biased ;-)

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