The Wikisphere is like a rowdy saloon in the Wild West, where anyone can shoot their opinions from the hip. But let's not mention the Oscars, we don't want to get banished to the tumbleweeds.
Okay, it’s really quite simple - if you’re responsible for front-end DevOps and you don’t want your colleagues looking at you like you just slapped the host of the Academy Awards live in front of millions of people around the world, you’d better have the right Wiki. That’s all we’re saying.
For the lowdown on the best Wiki tools available today, please enjoy the rest of this article!
Wikis afford the ability to work both collaboratively and asynchronously, which enables teams to optimize workflow by increasing their efficiency and preventing troublesome delays.
As one of the first major attempts to democratize web content, Wikis provide a centralized platform for documentation, collaboration, knowledge sharing, standardization, and referencing.
There are two types of Wiki; internal and external. External Wikis are open to the public and accessible to anyone. Internal Wikis are used by companies and groups to share private information, which is the one we’ll focus on in this article.
We’ve made it this far as a species because of our talent for cooperation and collaboration.
Wikis improve collaborative efforts by allowing everyone involved to analyze, scrutinize, and contribute to the workflow in real-time. This facilitates a faster feedback loop and accelerates consensus-building across the entire team.
Easily accessible documentation is another key strength of Wikis.
Working as a centralized depository for code and project architecture, amongst other things, a Wiki will improve a Front-end Developer’s ability to share salient information about functions, variables, and vital project components with other key stakeholders.
Wikis are often used to establish standards and best practices within a development team.
By creating a Wiki that outlines coding standards, project guidelines, best practices, and other important information, front-end developers can ensure that everyone is working in the same direction and that projects are completed in line with established guidelines and procedures.
There are a number of key criteria required for a Wiki to be suitable for front-end DevOps
Now that we understand the potential use cases for internal Wikis, it is time to review our top 5 tools for creating your own Wiki.
Top 5 tools:
Notice Studio is a new player in the game whose goal is to simplify and democratize content management and collaboration on the web by enabling small businesses to create internal and external Wikis through their no-coding block technology.
Notice enables no-coders to design and deploy powerful corporate or public-facing Wikis on any platform with just a few clicks of their mouse.
Edit everything from fonts to styles to match your brand, and add unlimited videos or images. It’s that simple, anyone can do it!
Create and link a corporate knowledge base into your company Wiki for enhanced training and cross-department knowledge development.
Deploy on any platform
Not limited like standard no-code builders. If it’s on the web, you can deploy
Notice FAQ has a powerful freemium option with unlimited articles and blocks, a Team plan .with additional features and functionality for $9 per user per month, and a Business plan with custom pricing.
Notion began its life as a note-taking app that evolved into a complete project and content management tool with a heavy focus on collaboration. It comes with a totally customizable team Wiki that is easy to set up and navigate.
Notion is suitable for a broad range of users, from solo entrepreneurs to small teams all the way through to the enterprise level. Because of this, it’s widely deployed as a wiki tool across many companies.
Documents inside Tables
Notion enables its users to nest documents inside each table row, allowing for a much deeper level of contextualized information
Notion's wide range of templates is a time saver when it comes to projects involving repetitive tasks and ensures consistency across a range of tasks.
Notion allows users to display their data in different formats, which provides multiple instant insights into the progress of ongoing projects.
Notion has a good freemium version for individual users (limited to small teams). Notion Plus comes with additional features for $8/user/month, whilst Notion Business (multiple teams) is priced at $15/user/month. Notion Enterprise quotes are available on request.
Wiki.js is a popular Wiki tool with developers because it is compatible with most database management solutions including PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, MS SQL Server or SQLite.
Wiki.js is also popular with developers due to its multiple editing options, such as markdown, WYSIWYG, HTML editor, and WikiText.
It is highly customizable and easy to get to grips with, even for non-coders.
Runs on the Node.js engine
Because of this, Wiki.js is extremely fast and reliable, meaning quicker task completion and less downtime for developers across multiple projects.
Wiki.js works on virtually any platform.
Fully customizable appearance
Wiki.js is a free, open-source software solution distributed under the terms of the Affero GNU General Public License.
GitHub is another favorite among coders and developers. Like Wiki.js, it is built on Node.js, making it fast and reliable.
It has a highly intuitive interface and is extremely conducive to collaborative efforts such as code review among developers.
GitHub Wiki supports Markdown formatting, which makes it easy for users to write and format documentation pages without needing to know HTML or other coding languages.
Version Control allows for easy tracking of changes to the documentation pages over time. This makes it easy to revert to previous versions of the documentation if needed.
GitHub Copilot turns natural language prompts into coding suggestions in real-time using the OpenAI codex right inside your editor.
GitHub Wiki is a free basic version for single users and companies, a paid Team tier offering greater collaborative functionality for $3.67 per user per month, and an Enterprise tier with additional security and compliance functionality for $19.25 per user per month.
MediaWiki is the engine that powers Wikipedia and is used by thousands of websites and organizations.
MediaWiki is multilingual, customizable, reliable, and free to use.
Section Editing allows you to edit specific parts of a web page or article without needing to load the entire page. A great time saver.
A wide range of permission schemes allows for a strong level of control over who can access what within your company WIki.
Never lose track of your changes to any page by adding it to your watchlist.
MediaWiki is a free, open-source software solution distributed under the terms of a General Public License.
As we have seen in this article front-end developers looking to create a company Wiki have a wide range of tools available to choose from.
Many of these tools work as complete solutions for content creation, collaboration, documentation, and a great deal more.
The simplicity and versatility of Notion Studio stand out in particular, when implemented and utilized properly it will save frontend developers bags of time and make the onboarding of non-technical colleagues much easier than would normally be the case.
To try Notice Studio for free, simply follow this link.