WordPress was originally designed as a tool for blogging on your website. Since its initial development, WordPress has been used for much more than just blogs – it can be used to create portfolios, brochure websites, e-commerce websites, large news sites, and more. Today, we’ll show you how to use WordPress to create a wiki or knowledge base.
A wiki is an application that allows for the collaborative editing and modification of its content by its users. The most popular wiki-based site, Wikipedia, has millions of articles that can be edited by anybody. When you create your website into wikis, or a knowledge base, anybody will be able to edit the content on your website.
There are two main ways to achieve this on your website: plugins, and themes.
There are several plugins available that will give you added functionality on your website, including building it into a wiki.
WordPress Wiki by WPMUDEV easily transforms your WordPress website into a wiki-based website. Each wiki entry is a custom post on your website. You can also add wiki pages to your website. Pages are able to be edited from the front end as well as the Dashboard panel.
This is a free plugin available through WordPress. You can download it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-wiki-plugin/
There is also a premium version of this plugin available, which comes with complete front-end editing; revision logs; notifications; commenting; video and image integration; and other features.
If you are looking for more of a knowledge base type look on your website, look into Very Simple Knowledge Base. When you install this application, it takes all of the posts on your website and puts them into categories. Guests can go through your website by category to find blog posts that interest them.
You can download it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/very-simple-knowledge-base/
The premium version of this theme comes with a responsive design, search engine, latest post widget, and more.
There are other great ways to build your website into a wiki. You can choose a theme for your website that already has wiki functionality, so you don’t have to go through adding plugins later. Remember, downloading a wiki-based theme is going to turn your entire website into a wiki. You should do this if that is truly the design intention you are going for – essentially, your website is going to look similar to Wikipedia. If you only want wikis on part of your website, you should use plugins.
There are several websites that offer wiki-based themes. Here are a few options:
We hope that helps you start to build your wiki and knowledge base website. Best of luck and have fun!