Mindtouch Wiki Review


    To find a wiki that supports the following

  1. An Invitation system that allows to invite new users to the wiki, the user receives an invitation email and then responds to join the wiki. There is a filtration process to only allow invites to be sent to specific email domains.
  2. Enterprise architecture to be able to create multiple spaces or working groups.
  3. Manage permissions per space or working area.
  4. Be able to have discussions around wiki pages or contents.
  5. Email updates of latest contents.
  6. Document attachments.
  7. Mindtouch Investigation.


    Installation and Architecture

    Mindtouch application consists of middle tear application architecture built on c# mono platform so that it can run on most platforms that supports mono. The middle tear exposes all capabilities as a REST end point, the front end is built on PHP and consumes the REST end point.

    The installer is available as a VM image and also as an installer for each operation system, I had problems with installing Mindtouch on Vista to download and got the VM image running, it was very simple and straight forward to run the VM, the VM is a Linux image and is not heavy on resources.

    Out of the box the interface does not support multiple spaces , however one can create hierarchy of pages and then allocate permissions to individual pages to block access to a specific user or groups, this allows all sub pages to be blocked as well, so in theory it is a good idea to manage work spaces.

    The permission system allows creation of users, and also allows external authentication , which is support a very impressive list including LDAP , open if, facebook, wordpress etc, etc.

    The permissions can be managed based on roles and groups.

    One can invite users to collaborate on contents, however there is no work flow that can satisfy our filtered invitation work flow.

    Once can watch wiki pages and get register oneself for notifications. Once can register for page and all sub pages for notification, which means that one can register for notifications for a specific work space.

    The page edit and attachments interface is very good, the WYCIWYG editor Is very good and useful, there is a extensions interface that allows one to add internal and external contents in edit mode. One can pull in external contents like flickr pictures, twitter feed, RSS etc .

    All in all it’s a very good enterprise level wiki, and is free, the pricing model is based on add-on applications and support.

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