TikiWiki CMS/Groupware

By | February 8, 2011

Tikiwiki is a content management system, which allows you to create wiki based web sites. This application generally known as Tiki or TikiWiki and it is free to use as it is an open source CMS system written in PHP and distributed under LGPL (Lesser General Public License). Tiki has the number of collaborative features allowing it to operate as a Groupware web application. In other words it makes the simple job to enable web sites and portals on Internet, Intranets, and on a Extranet.

You will find all the necessary and usual features inside Tiki such as the ability to register and maintain single user accounts within a flexible and rich permission and privilege system, which helps to create and cope up menus, RSS-Feeds, Page Layout customization, Logging performance, and system administration. You can carry through all the administration tasks by using simple web based user interface.

There are too many core features included in TikiWiki. It’s not like other CMS systems, which are swear on third part extensions. To make its all the operations simple, Tiki provides the bunch of a features all in one model that contains almost all feature in the primary code base. The main intent behind the concept of all in one design is to make sure that upgrades would be more easy because everything is released all together so there is no worry that upgrading to one feature will break another one.

Reusable content in different areas is one more advantage of this system. This would be possible because of tightly integrated features. It means, you can use Wiki Plug-ins in forum thread, blog post and so forth.

In Tiki, you will find the four important categories, which are the major components of this system.

1.Content creation and management tools.
2.Content administration tools.
3.Communication tools.
4.Configuration and administration tools.

Like few other CMS systems, Tiki also supporting many languages, however, the default interface language of TikiWiki is English. In addition any language that can be encoded and displayed by using the utf-8 encoding can be supported by Tiki.

In TikiWiki, there are hundreds of features available. Few of them are as Follows.

  • Wiki Based sites
  • Blogs
  • Forums
  • Articles
  • Image Gallery
  • Map Server like Google Maps
  • Link Directory
  • RSS-Feeds’
  • WYSIWYG Editing
  • Calender and Events
  • User and Group Management
  • Polls, Quizzes, and Surveys

Recommendation for Set-UP

According to official site, TikiWiki is developed to run smoothly on shared hosting environment by using the LAMP stack.

List of Basic Requirements for shared hosting

  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • 100 MB free storage
  • Optional Software or Libraries

TikiWiki required MySQL 5 database that can be installed in the similar physical location of the web server. TikiWiki can also access a remote database.

  • TikiWiki 3 : PHP 5 with the MySQLi extension
  • TikiWiki 4 : PHP 5 with the PDO extension or ADOdb
  • TikiWiki 5 : PHP 5.2.1 (To access features in Zend libraries) with the PDO extension
  • TikiWiki 7 : PHP 5.2.1

The installation of TikiWiki is really easy through admin control panel by using application such as Fantastico.