Wikis play an indispensable part of our day to day when it comes to knowledge sharing.
You know exactly how important it is when you search each and everything in Wikipedia.
Creating a knowledge base or community for your niche is a great way to share information.
Wiki hosting services are also sometimes referred to as Wiki farm. Wiki hosting services should enable wiki-style editable web pages.
Few things that impact your choice are features such as – cost, licensing, the presence of advertising, Alexa rank.
Other technical details include – editing, features, syntax support, storage, multi-lingual support, and wiki engine.
Wiki hosting is slightly different from conventional hosting and hence you need to choose the right wiki hosting provider.
Through this post, I will provide you with details about 5 best wiki hosting providers.
Cloudways is wiki hosting platform. The web hosting platform was launched in 2011.
Cloudways provides easy to use, scalable hosting solutions. It is headquartered in Malta and has additional offices in UAE and Spain.
Cloudways supports cloud-based MediaWiki hosting. It offers 24/7 support. You can start using it for free.
Cloudways uses CDN to provide high performance. It supports Apache, Nginx, PHP, MySQL, MariaDB. Also supported is Let’s Encrypt SSL.
You can choose the desired frequency for automatic backup. As part of security measure, Cloudways provides regular OS patch, two-factor authentication, and auto-healing servers.
All of this is integrated with advanced caches, support for multiple PHP versions and 1-click installation to several apps. Migration is free with any plan you choose.
Cloudways provides 24/7 customer support. You can reach the customer support through phone, live chat or tickets.
It has the knowledge base and strong community support. You can also email Cloudways.
I tried their live chat. Before you start the live chat you need to provide basic information such as name, email address and the type of query.
The chat started immediately where a customer support representative offered some quick help. The customer support representative was quick to provide some useful information.
Cloudways Wiki Hosting’s Plans:
When it comes to plans there are ample plans to choose from. Since these are all cloud-based plans you can choose from multiple plans.
The advantage being, you pay as you use. The different data centers can be chosen. This includes Digital Ocean, Linode, Vultr, Amazon services, Google Cloud Platform.
The basic plan starts at $10/month and can be paid for hourly usage.
A price of $0.033 is applicable for offsite backup storage.
GreenGeeks is one of the pioneers in green hosting and provides eco-friendly hosting options. It is headquartered in California, USA.
It has been in the market for almost 10 years now and is catering to over 300000 websites. GreenGeeks provides wiki hosting services.
GreenGeeks enables easy creation of Wiki website. It offers free open source software such as MediaWiki, TwikiWiki, DokuWiki and many more.
With the basic plan, you get 1-click Wiki install. It is optimized for Wiki websites. Apart from this, you get free CDN service, unlimited SSD RAID-10 storage, unlimited data transfer, free domain name registration.
The plan also includes domain transfer, free website transfers, free daily backup services. The basic plan starts at $3.95/month.
The plan also includes Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL, cPanel and Softaculous. With every higher plan, you get a double boost in the performance.
GreenGeeks provides live chat, email options to reach their customer support. It also has a dedicated knowledge base with an exhaustive list of topics covered.
Further to this, I tried their live chat option. Before you start a live chat, you need to fill in few details such as name, email Id, query. There was no wait time at all.
The customer support representative provided relevant information along with references within the website.
GreenGeeks Wiki Hosting’s Plans:
GreenGeeks offers 4 payment plans but the cheapest would be $3.95/month with a 3-year upfront fee. A free domain and many more features included in Annual plans.
The plans are-
- 1 Month of Service: $9.95 + $15 Setup + Domain Registration
- 12 Months of Service: $71.40 (5.95 x 12)
- 24 Month of Service: $118.80 (4.95 x 24)
- 36 Month of Service: $142.20 (3.95 x 36)
You can host Wiki under the shared hosting plan and install Wiki on the domain name in just a single click using Softaculous App installer option in cPanel.
Renewal for the same is at $9.95/month.
SiteGround is another hosting platform which supports wiki hosting. This was first launched in 2004.
It is headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria. SiteGround to its credit has hosted over 1,000,000 domains worldwide.
With SiteGround Wiki hosting can be enabled in a single click. The basic plan includes free Wiki installation.
With this, you get Wiki optimized servers, free daily backup and free CDN included as part of the plan.
The plans also include domain registration and site transfer. The servers are distributed across multiple locations to enable higher performance.
SiteGround also provides other essential features such as SSD drives for all plans, SSL certificate, firewall security rules and auto updates to all apps.
All of this is included with 24/7 assistance and customer support. The plans include free email hosting, free apps installation, cPanel, unmetered traffic and 30-day money back guarantee.
SiteGround offers 24/7 customer support. The site has a dedicated help section which includes tons of topics to browse from.
You can reach their customer support using a live chat option, phone or tickets. To explore this further, I tried their live chat option.
Before you start a live chat you need to provide few details such as email, name and the question.
The chat started immediately and the customer support representative was quick enough to provide relevant information.
SiteGround Wiki Hosting’s Plans:
The plans support TikiWiki, MediaWiki, DokuWiki and all other popular Wiki tools. SiteGround provides 3 plans for Wiki hosting.
The StartUp plan renews at $11.95/month. GrowBig plan renews at $19.95/month and GoGeek plan renews at $34.95/month.
A2 is yet another hosting platform which supports Wiki hosting. A2 provides a 99.9% uptime commitment.
It was first launched in 2001 and is popular for its developer-friendly solutions. A2 hosting supports Wiki specific software such as MediaWiki, DokuWiki, Tiki Wiki and many more.
A2 hosting provides dedicated support for Wiki specific tools and includes a large number of Wiki tools.
The basic plan includes unlimited storage, unlimited transfer, free SSL. SSD is included with every plan.
A2 hosting has support for Windows as well as Linux based hosting. The plans support RAID-10 storage. SSL is included as part of the plan.
Plans support email hosting, multiple server locations, CloudFlare CDN, free site migration, Patchman enhanced security tool, site backup, free hackscan.
Supports developer specific features such as Node.js, Apache 2.4, Python, Ruby, FFT, Shared SSL certificate, SSH and many more.
A2 hosting provides 24/7 customer support. You can reach the customer support through phone, live chat or tickets.
You can submit separate tickets for sales, support, and billing. The website also provides a knowledge base which covers several topics of hosting interest.
I tried their live chat option. However, there were no customer support agents available for the live chat.
I waited for almost 20 minutes before I could conclude the session.
A2 supports 3 different Wiki plans. This is similar to the shared hosting plan. The plans available are:
The renewal for the Lite plan is at $7.99/month. The Swift plan renewal is at $9.99/month. Whereas the Turbo plan has a renewal of $18.99/month.
HostPapa also offers Wiki hosting along with several other hosting. It was first launched in 2006.
It has its headquarters in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. HostPapa caters to over 180,000 websites. It is spread across different regions which include Germany, Australia, UK, USA to name a few.
HostPapa guarantees 99.9% uptime. It is 100% MediaWiki compatible. The plan supports free domain name registration along with 24/7 support.
The setup includes a one-click MediaWiki installation. The basic plan supports 100 GB disk storage. MediaWiki script is included as part of the plan.
HostPapa also supports email hosting. It has a 30-day money back guarantee. With the plan, you get Let’s Encrypt SSL.
HostPapa plan supports PHP and MySQL. The basic plan includes HostPapa website builder. All of this supports unlimited bandwidth.
HostPapa guarantees 24/7/365 customer support. You can reach their customer support over the phone and live chat.
The website has a knowledge base which is well segregated and covers different topics. Also, HostPapa has a ticket system.
I went ahead and explored their live chat option. The live chat starts after providing your email id and name.
The chat started immediately with no wait time. The customer support representative offered some quick information along with relevant links.
HostPapa Wiki Hosting’s Plans:
HostPapa offers plans similar to the shared hosting option. The plans support MediaWiki, Tiki Wiki, and DokuWiki.
HostPapa offers 3 different plans.
The renewal for the Starter plan is at $7.99/month. The Business plan starts at the same pricing as the Starter plan. However, the renewal for the Business plan is at $12.99/month.
The Business Pro plan renews at $19.99/month.
Wiki hosting is simple yet complex. I have provided you with the best 5 wiki hosting alternatives.
Each of this has some benefits over others. Well, the choice depends on what your requirement is.
If you need only MediaWiki support, then you can look at Cloudways as one of the options. This can be started for free and moreover is affordable.
On the contrary A2 hosting as well as SiteGround are strong contenders. Both provide a host of features and support both Windows as well as Linux hosting.
However, between the two A2 hosting is a developer feature rich and provides a host of features included in the plan.
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