I would like to know my options for how best to use WordPress as a wiki. I tried Media Wiki, but the sheer amount of changes I need to make to code to make even trivial changes turned me off. Way off.

Googling doesn't reveal much. What are the best options for using WP as a wiki? (This can be a community question discussing various options.)

In particular, I would like something that addresses:

  • Links to non-existing pages actually link to a "create new page" page
  • Editing pages without going through /wp-admin/ (i.e. the back-end)
  • Searching/listing existing pages when linking (i.e. linking by title, not by URL)

What are my options?

  • WordPress is not a wiki, you're mixing two very different styles of content management systems here. Do you want to run a wiki on top of WordPress (using the WP backend to manage things) or beside WordPress?
    – EAMann
    Oct 14, 2011 at 19:27
  • @EAMann I thought my question would have made that clear; I want to run a Wordpress site as a wiki. That is, to use Wordpress as a base for a wiki. It has the majority of features I need already.
    – ashes999
    Oct 14, 2011 at 19:28

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Wordpress CMS is for blogging you can do this with it but can make something similar like this with your own logics but i recommend you to use other CMS there are many CMS for wiki also check this top 5.







First of all, WordPress is not a wiki. Wikis are a fundamentally different form of content management system (where anyone can manage information). WordPress is meant to publish content, wikis are meant to collaboratively develop content.

Case-in-point, the WordPress project uses a wiki for Codex documents ... but it runs MediaWiki rather than WordPress itself to do so.

That said, you certainly can use WordPress to power a wiki ... it just won't be easy.

Poking around on Google, I did manage to find these options for you:

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    Wordpress is a flexible CMS. It has content (pages), revisioning, multiple concurrent users, all that good stuff. I disagree that it's fundamentally different.
    – ashes999
    Oct 15, 2011 at 14:59
  • Flexible, yes. But the workflow for managing content in WordPress is not at all similar to the workflow for managing content on a wiki. Rather than try to reinvent the wheel, you should stick with another proven solution. As I mentioned before, even the official WordPress site uses MediaWiki to power the Codex.
    – EAMann
    Mar 23, 2012 at 17:19

If you can afford $30 you can buy wordpresswiki theme. Check the demo here

If you wanna buy it, you can buy it from here

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    It seems like just a theme, no features (like editing from the front page).
    – ashes999
    Oct 14, 2011 at 19:15
  • No i'm not affiliated with them. That theme is one of the most popular wordpress theme in themeforest. As of today 846 members purchased that item. $30 is too low for that theme And yes ofcourse it is worth for your $30. Oct 14, 2011 at 19:18
  • It's not actually a wiki though, it's a knowledgebase theme.
    – nobody
    Oct 14, 2011 at 19:43

There area few plugins that extend wiki-functionality to WordPress.

NOTE: I have not used any of the above plugins, so Your Mileage May Vary.

I'm a big fan of wiki-as-concept for ease-of-use, and use PmWiki to power the main interface to my own site. I also like WordPress (obviously) for different reasons, and miss the PmWiki features when I'm inside of wp-admin [I'm actually developing a plugin to use my wiki as a markup engine inside of WP, but that doesn't give access to the features you're probably looking for, like revision history, links-create-new-pages, etc.]. There are actually some blog-extensions for PmWiki, but none of them match the power of WordPress.

So, that being said -- I may seem to be advocating "use the right tool for the right job", as well.

But in some cases, the right tool might be a plugin that gives you just the wiki-features you need inside of WordPress.

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