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Welcome, TWikiGuest!

Welcome to TWiki! This is a TWikiSite (pronounced twee-kee site), a meeting place to work on common interests. Anyone can contribute using any web browser. TWiki looks like a normal web site... except that it encourages contribution and editing of pages, questions, answers, comments, updates, etc.

"Wiki" systems are fundamentally editable web pages. It's a fun and useful way of communicating asynchronously over the web for many existing intranet and public Internet sites. TWiki is simple to learn and use. It aims to provide a transparent way for you to publish and exchange your ideas with others over the web.

What's in a TWiki?

Some things to do

  • Browse. This is a site like other sites. Read and follow interesting links.
  • Write. Speak your mind! From your browser you can change or add to anything you see in a TWiki topic. Modify content with an easy to use WYSIWYG editor.
  • Experiment. Visit the Sandbox web and create as many topics as you like.
  • Organize. You can learn to use TWikiForms and formatted searches with SQL-like queries to include topic information - for example, classify pages by subject, status, or date.
  • Learn more. Some good places to start:
    • TWikiTutorial is a 20-minute tour of TWiki essentials.
    • ATasteOfTWiki is a short introduction training course for beginners.
    • WikiReferences links to selected articles and books about wiki technology and online collaboration.
    • WikiSyntax - simple wiki syntax for those using raw edit instead of WYSIWYG editor
    • GoodStyle - recommendations for edits

Some basics

Editing a topic

  • Click Edit at the top or bottom of any topic and make your changes.
    Note: Don't worry if you make a mistake. Everything is version controlled, you can easily go back in time.
  • Click Save - you've now updated the topic!

Creating a new topic

  • See a red-colored WikiWord? That means that there's no topic yet for that NewWikiWord81339. Simply click on the red-link to create a topic with that name. Add your content and save. Done!
  • To create your own topic, invent a BrandNewWikiWord name and put it into an existing topic. Click on the red-link of BrandNewWikiWord to create the topic.

Viewing the history of a topic

  • Click History at the bottom of a topic.

Attaching files and images

  • Click Attach to upload and attach any type of file.
  • When attaching an image file (.gif, .png, .jpg), check the "link" checkbox to embed the image into the topic. Edit the topic to move/resize the image.

Embedding objects

  • Raw edit a topic and paste YouTube videos, Twitter feeds and other objects.

Related topics: UserDocumentationCategory, TWikiTutorial, ATasteOfTWiki, TWikiVariables, WikiSyntax, TWikiDocGraphics

-- Contributors: TWiki:Main/GrantBow, TWiki:Main/JonReid, TWiki:Main/MikeMannix, TWiki:Main/PeterThoeny

Comments & Questions about this Distribution Document Topic

This looks like an excellent way to allow a community of practice to share ideas, grow together, and develop a collabrative knowledge base, capturing and publishing knowledge as it is created. Thank you for sharing your efforts with this community.

-- CharlesCantrell - 25 Aug 2003

This is pretty cool. I guess I need to read more here!

-- MikeMoseng - 29 Nov 2003

If I can make this work for me and my co-workers, wow. What a juice that would be!

-- LincolnBrunner - 8/5/04

Hmmm - I expected to find a pointer to the complete documentation from this page. When I find it maybe I'll link it here smile

-- MartinGregory - 19 Aug 2004

Hehehehehe!, this is really nice, It's interesting! :-}

Andrew Nathaniel Santos - Saudi Arabia

-- RegianeBrito - 06 Sep 2004

> so, I'm guessing you just copy a pre-existing chunk and then edit it to your preferences? Ok, I haven't read the directions / tutorial yet, but I do have one comment...
> I'd like it listed on every main page, including this one, whether or not, and how one can CREATE A NEW PAGE on this thing. I mean, I'm sure it's in the documentation somewhere, that you can or can't, maybe you have to pay to do that, and if so, how to do it, but I think that's the kind of thing people will want to know. Search features are useful every once in awhile. Let me see what happens when I type "create a page"

-- AbMendez - 15 Sep 2004

You can create new pages easily. You don't have to pay anything.

One way is to just type the name of the new page in the "Jump" box at the top of this page. That will create an unlinked page though. The other is to type the name of the new page in a relevant place, like this: AnExampleNewPage. Then (when you save your edit) you can click on that link and edit your new page....

-- MartinGregory - 17 Sep 2004

(Since people seem inclined to add comments to this page, I added the "Add Comment" dialog, to keep things tidy).

-- MartinGregory - 17 Sep 2004


-- MichaelReamy - 29 Sep 2004

As I mentioned in QuickStartTutorial, I would like to see WelcomeGuest reworked so as not to throw quite so much as our poor guests all at once. Here's some initial thoughts about how I would do this:

  • Rewrite the initial welcome to be very, very brief and suscinct. Few people read these initial blurbs anyway.
  • Offer options for guests to choose where to go next. In general, I see these falling under two user styles:
  • Get rid of "How TWiki Works" because it tries to address both of the above tracks without achieving either very well (IMHO).
  • Relocate everything else on this page into one of the topics listed above.

-- LynnwoodBrown - 08 Oct 2004

I completely agree...


-- MartinGregory - 09 Oct 2004

WelcomeGuest is too wordy & dense.

It needs to make you feel relaxed and excited, not like you are reading 'man (8) twiki'

I can't actually put my finger on why this is so, because Grant Bow has clearly thought about the basic things people need to know, and they are all there in a logical way, but it's just not friendly somehow... one thing is that Grant was explicitly careful not to change "what is there". While a great improvement, maybe this constraint needs to be removed to get the effect we really need.

-- MartinGregory - 09 Oct 2004

How does Twiki stackup to other wikis? I think this is the best wiki I have seen.

-- RamaraoKanneganti - 13 Oct 2004

Obviously, it's the best! wink

-- MartinGregory - 13 Oct 2004


-- KrishnaKari - 13 Dec 2004

the documentation in this section is def'ly concise & makes the NewUser feel more at-ease w/ 'tweeeking'. i'd come across some documentation (w/ the current version) that described the previous version, but can't quite put my finger on it - if i find it, shall either post an update here or ping Peter.

-- JohannSveta - 22Dec'04

Hi you all, I'm Gioacchino from Torino

TWiki is a very Good "CMS" ... We use it on http://torino.pm.org/bin/view - Torino.pm.org

-- GioachinoBisconti - 28 Dec 2004

Hello! My name is Aaron Vivat and i am from Israel. I am studying some of wiki of the net and plan to write the book! Hope you have a good life!

-- AaronVivat - 13 Feb 2005

well here i am, greetings from innsbruck, austria

-- GerhardBerger - 30 Mar 2005


-- AntoineSolomon - 05 Apr 2005

There's an error at the top of this page. It looks like somebody mistakenly snipped some code but I can't tell from context what was said: Browse. ... WebChanges: in each TWiki web to find what's new

-- AlMaki - 06 Apr 2005

This is great!

-- JawaharB - 15 Apr 2005

I have so much to learn!!

-- ClionaMarley - 16 Apr 2005

Can anyone explain the difference between "Quiet Save" and "Save" when creating a topic? I can't find a reference to this option anywhere. Best wishes, Liz

-- LizPanton - 02 May 2005

"Quiet Save" does not alert users on the WebNotify list (this is per web)

-- PeterThoeny - 04 May 2005

Well i read the configuration tutorial and found that some knowledge of perl is required to install twiki. Is there any pointers how this can be done easily???

-- NikeshPatel - 07 Jun 2005

Great -- but is it possible to make the editor WYSIWYG?

-- IzakJenie - 04 Nov 2005

Please check out the WysiwygPlugin.

-- PeterThoeny - 04 Nov 2005

It is possible I can delete information and delete all the content in this page, or change the order, etc,... Definetively, cause damage in an interest content as this one can be?? This is quite dangerous, isn't it?

-- InigoRobredo - 29 Nov 2005

Not really, your edit didn't stay at the top of the topic vey long. Enough people monitor recent changes that damage doesn't last long. And even if content was deleted it's easy enough to restore it from the revision history.

-- SamHasler - 29 Nov 2005

which is the percentage of that peoplw that monitor changes in order to the people that is generating or editing topics? I mean, the most topics you have, the most people you need to monitorize and avoid bad changes last a long time. I'm thinking about installing a twiki, but i'd like to know the efforts necesaries to mantain the site. Thank you for your information.

-- InigoRobredo - 29 Nov 2005

You don't have to monitor every topic. Just the ones that are changing. You can do that from topics such as WebChanges or WebChangesForAllWebs. Casual damage by inexperienced users, people testing the site and the anti-social doesn't take much effort to clean up, what can be more time consuming is WikiSpam. You could read the WikiSpam and associated topics for some idea of the damage that can be done by spammers, but don't be too put off, with BlackListPlugin installed you should be pretty well protected.

-- SamHasler - 01 Dec 2005

Very useful tool

-- DavidMartinezC - 05 Dec 2005

Hello everybody! I'm brand new to Twiki and it already sounds overwhelming. I've heard that there's a beta version recently released. Anyone know anything about it? I'm sure I haven't found the right sites yet. Have a great holiday!!

-- AddisonLoayza - 21 Dec 2005

Please see TWikiBetaReleases

-- PeterThoeny - 22 Dec 2005

Thank you for this interesting technology, I like to use in clinical bioinformatic topics in our BIMAC research Group. GOD blesses all TWIKI people and their families.

-- CarlosFernandoCastanedaOlano - 07 Apr 2006

Thank you for using our product. If you have questions please ask in the Support web.

-- PeterThoeny - 07 Apr 2006

I see PeterThoeny everywhere. How does one man have so much time to dedicate? Even though he is the force behind. Wow.

-- DaveGritten - 16 Dec 2006

There are many other people too; we have a growing TWikiCommunity.

-- PeterThoeny - 17 Dec 2006

how different is TWIKI, when compared to other enterprise wiki

-- PrasadHari - 02 Mar 2007

Prasad: Other enterprise wikis are what I call "plain wikis", they have a fixed functionality (wiki, blogs, spreadsheet, etc). TWiki is the only enterprise wiki that is a StructuredWiki where users can create new wiki based applications, often called situational applications. Also, compared to other wikis, TWiki has by far the largest number of extensions (plugins, add-ons, skins.)

-- PeterThoeny - 09 Mar 2007

very interesting!!!! good job

-- AkisKeromitis - 08 May 2007

Hi, i will need your help regarding setting up TWIKI User Authentication. I actually want to do login using intranet. So that once somebody enter there own intranet user and password, it directly let the user enter the site. I have set up twiki on Windows XP using Cygwin. So which kind of authentication i should use to link my intranet ids with twiki. I checked the site but there is no clear explaination about this. It only tells that REMOTE_USER variable will do that but i dont know the internal mappings. Please help me with it.

-- JagmohanSingh - 13 Jun 2007

Please ask support questions in the Support web; this section is for feedback about the documentation on this page.

-- PeterThoeny - 14 Jun 2007

We are considering using a Twiki. This site has been very helpful.

-- VictorAdams - 17 Mar 2008

can we edit the program?

-- VishwanathSawant - 26 Jun 2008

Not sure I understand your question. Please ask support questions in the Support web.

-- PeterThoeny - 04 Jul 2008

Just eliminated the [Preview] item in the [Edit] section because when trying TWiki for the first time, normally the WYSIWYG editor is used and therefore no preview available.

-- SebastianKlus - 30 Jul 2008

Looking for step by step instructions to get TWiki working on an existing site

-- StefanYoungs - 2012-12-10

See TWikiInstallationGuide. For specific questions ask in the Support forum.

-- PeterThoeny - 2012-12-10

Please use the Support forum if you have questions about TWiki features. This comment section is about the documentation of this topic.
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