Managing Your Wiki
We won't have time during this session to try each of these features, but you can come back here later to review and experiment with your wiki.

People

Permissions.png
WikiTerms2.jpg
Members.png
Regardless of how you set Space Permissions (above), Members of a wiki have editing rights. You may request membership in someone else's wiki, but the organizer/owner may or may not be willing to grant membership depending on who they want to be able to edit the space. Remember that you don't need to be a member of a space to edit if the space permission is set to Public.
InvitePeople.png
This allows you to invite multiple people to become members (with editing rights). Here's how that might work:
  • You start a wiki in Private mode so only you can view it.
  • You get the basic organization set up.
  • Then you invite your colleagues -- maybe a team of teachers that share students.
  • The team builds the wiki to prepare for student use.
  • When the wiki is ready, you change permissions.
    • You might make it Protected so students may view but not edit, but you allow them to post Discussion entries .
    • Or you might make the wiki Protected and make the students members so they can edit, too.
UserCreator.png
This is where you set up accounts for up to 100 students (whether or not they have email accounts).

Tools

Notifications.png
You can get notification of changes to the entire wiki space or an individual page via email and/or RSS feed. Visitors interested in your wiki can also get notification so they know when someone updates the content. This is a good idea when monitoring students editing of a wiki space.
WikiStats.png
This tool provides interesting information about visitors and edits of the wiki space. This can be particularly useful when managing a wiki that students edit.
Exports.png
You can download an archive file of your entire wiki space. Backing up your work is always a GOOD IDEA!
SpaceBadgeWebDAV.pngImportBlog.png
Other tools to explore on your own.

Content

Pages.png
Helpful information about each of your pages -- when last edited, number of revisions, and action options to print, delete, rename, redirect, and lock. You cannot set individual page permissions under the free educational subscription -- that requires a paid subscription. Don't miss the tabs for Orphans (pages not linked to from anywhere in the wiki) and Wanted pages (blank pages -- no content yet -- that are linked to from somewhere in the wiki).
Files.png
You can manage all the files associated with your wiki space here including uploading multiple files at once. Maximum file size under the free Educational Plus subscription is 20 MB. You can also rename and delete files here.
Tags.png
If you can edit a page, you can add tags for that page by clicking the arrow icon on the Page tab and selecting "Details and Tabs." You can manage all the tags for your wiki space in this tool. And you can add a tag cloud as a Wikispaces widget anywhere in your wiki. (See the Home page of the Whip Up a Wiki space for an example of a tag cloud used as a site index.)
Templates.pngContentManager.png
You can also create page templates for student use to maintain some consistency across the wiki. The Content Manager allows you to create and edit special sections of the wiki. Explore these on your own.

Settings

Subscription.png
Your free educational wiki is on the Plus subscription plan worth $50/year -- no ads. Don't make any changes to this setting.
DomainName.png
Changing to a custom or private domain name is not available under the Plus subscription. You can change your wiki name once every 30 days. If you are interested in using your school or district domain, look into the Private Label service. There is a link in the Subscription tool.
WikiInfo.png
Here you can set a single Discussion for the entire wiki space instead of the default of a different Discussion for each page. You can also designate licensing of your wiki by selecting Creative Commons, GNU, custom, or none.
DeleteWiki.png
If you delete your wiki space, it is permanent. It cannot be retrieved later.
LookFeel.png
Here you can customize the appearance of your wiki by selecting a theme, changing the color scheme, and fine tuning your wiki with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) -- if you know how to use them. You can also upload a custom logo of your own. Let's try that next!



Extension

  • Go to Manage Wiki and the Content section to click on Content Management tool.
    • While you are working on your wiki, you may have linked to pages that you have not yet developed. Visitors will encounter a blank page if they try to visit the page. In lieu of that you can create a simple message that the content is under development and, possibly, when to check back. Keep in mind that this message will appear on any “Wanted” page.
    • If you are not planning to accept members from visitors, you can also compose a short message that will appear above the form a visitor fills out to request membership. If membership is contingent on some criteria (only students enrolled in your class, for example) you can indicate the qualifications for membership.