A wiki is a social media that allows the users to add, modify and delete its content through the web browser. Wiki is a website for performing social media activity. The content can be inserted using a simplified markup language or sometimes rich text editor can be used. Wiki website is operated by wiki software. This is a website that is created collaboratively. Wiki social media serve many different purposes. They may be used for note taking and knowledge management. Wiki provides the users with various levels of access. For instance, right to edit may allow the users to change, add or delete materials provide in the wikis. Other users access without imposing access control. There are some rules to be imposed in the wikis for organizing content and writing good blog.
Ward Cunningham is the developer of the wiki software. The term wiki provides the meaning as fast or quick. That is, a wiki is the simplest online database that could possibly work quickly. A wiki calls all the users to modify any page or to develop a new page within the wiki website. They can modify or create the pages only by using web browser but they cannot add any extra add-ons.
Wiki promotes topic associations among the different pages by creating a page link. The creation of page link is naturally easy and showing whether a needed target page exists or not. Wiki seeks the users to involve collaboratively in the process of creating and performing constant changes in the website. Users from various communities can write documents using a simple markup language and simply a web browser. A single page is termed as wiki page. The entire collection pages are well interconnected by using hyperlinks. It acts as a database for browsing, creating and searching the desired topic.
Wiki is a characteristic website with the technology of creating and updating the pages easily. There is no need of any review before updations. Private servers of wiki need user authentication to edit pages. Sometimes the authentication is required even to read them. Wikitext is the structure and format of wiki pages that are specified in a simple markup language. The style and syntax of Wikitext are varied among the numerous wiki implementations. Most of the wiki designers make use of HTML tags due to its legibility, cryptic tags which make the pages hard to edit. Wiki offers both title search and a full-text search. The scalability of the search option depends on the database engine used by the wiki.