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Features

Tiki is the FLOSS Web Application with the most built-in features. And for features which are beyond the scope of a PHP/MySQL application, please see: WikiSuite (Integrated Web and desktop suite).

Unlike other projects that include a small set of features and then encourage users to install 3rd party add-ons, the Tiki community includes a large number of features in the main code base. This helps to ensure that when you upgrade, your existing features will not break. This also permits tight integration of the various features and makes it easier for you to re-use content across different features. For example, you can use the Wiki syntax throughout the application: in wiki pages, forum posts, trackers, and more. You can read more about the Tiki Model.

Because Tiki is in a state of continual development by the community, not all features are fully developed. This page provides a rating system for each feature to help you judge if Tiki is the right tool for you.

The ratings below are for the latest stable version. The next major version will continue to add improvements to these features and will provide new functionality, too.



Rating System

A: Excellent - B: Very Good - C: Good - D: Adequate - E: Further development needed


Subjective self-evaluation by the Tiki community
  • Setup/admin UI: How easy / intuitive is to setup this feature?
  • UI end user : Once setup, how easy / intuitive is it for the end-user? (was it worth it?)
  • Stability: How many bugs left?
  • Feature-set / power: How does this feature compare to other FLOSS apps? This field is the default sort order

Content features

Feature name and linkDescriptionDev (Bug reports & Feature requests)Setup and admin UIUI end userStabilityFeature-set and powerAdmin iconLastModif
Articles
Articles can be used for date-specific news and announcements. You can configure articles to automatically publish and expire at specific times or to require that submissions be approved before becoming “live.” In addition to categories and tags, articles include their own unique classification system of Topics and Types.

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Directory (links)
User-submitted Web links

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Forums
Forums are online discussions organized by topic (or thread). Tiki forums feature threaded or flat views, file attachments, moderation and queuing, monitoring (subscription) of particular forums or topics, and full usage of wiki syntax.

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File Gallery
Storage and sharing via download or display in pages, of images, videos, and other file types . Supports check-in and check-out (lock), versions, etc.


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Calendar
Events calendar with public, private and group channels


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Image Gallery
Collections of graphic images for viewing or downloading (photo album)
Note: The Image Gallery is deprecated in favor of the File Gallery.

BCBA
Trackers
Facts and figures storage and retrieval. A forms and database generator, with reporting. Can be used for a bug tracker, item database, issue tracker, etc

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Wiki
Collaboratively authored documents with history of changes. Tiki’s wiki has all the features you could want from a first-rate wiki. Ex.: attach files, comments, history, images, warn on edit, page locking, powerful wiki syntax, alternative WYSIWYG editor, etc.

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Maps
Maps can be created and displayed using OpenLayers and OpenStreetMap.

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Kaltura Video
Video management

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My Account
Provide content organization and communication tools for registered users
Bookmark, User Preferences, Watch, User Menu, Task, Inter-User Messages, User Files, Notepad and Mini Calendar


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FAQ
Create pages of frequently asked questions and answers.

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Surveys
Create questionnaires with multiple-choice or open-ended questions.

AABB
Quizzes
Create timed quizzes with recorded scores.

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Blogs
Multiple blogs can be created with various author and display configurations, etc.

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Featured Links
Simple menu system which can optionally add an external web page in an iframe

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Tasks
A site user’s to-do list. Tasks can be sent to other users. Also, there can be shared group tasks.


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Slideshows
Turn a wiki page into slideshow (each slide is the wiki content only, without “chrome”) by using more than one title bar in the page, or make a multi-page slideshow from a structure.

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BigBlueButton
Open source instruction-focused real-time collaboration tool. (Audio/Video/Screensharing/Chat)

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Screencasts
This permits capturing the device screen and uploading to Tiki. An image is produced (that you can then draw on), or short video with sound. The jCapture applet is used.

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Messages
Internal (within the site) messages from one site user to another.

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MiniChat
Real-time group text chatting

ACBC
Inter-User Messages
Enable users to send internal messages to each other (like email but internal to the Tiki site). A message can be broadcast to multiple users in a Tiki group or to all site users if the appropriate permissions are granted.

BBAC
Spreadsheet
Spreadsheets supporting calculations and charts, import/export, etc.

AACC
Newsletters
Create and send email newsletters (plain text and HTML) to subscribed site users and other individuals.

AABC
Live Support
One-on-one chat with customer or other individual

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HTML Pages
Static and dynamic HTML content. Note: HTML can be used in wiki pages. This is a separate feature.

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User Files
Users upload files and store them in their Tiki personal space; they can then download the files.

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Notepad
Users can write, upload, download and read notes. Notes can be read as raw text files or as wiki pages interpreting the wiki markup syntax. The user-quota that admin can control is used to set the maximum size that user notes can take.

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User Pages
This provides each user with a personal wiki page that only he/she can edit. All User Pages have a similar, configurable name that includes the user name.

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Shoutbox
Quick comment (graffiti) box. Like a group chat, but not in real time.

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Contact us


Basic form for site visitors to send a message to the site admin.


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Friendship Network
Users can designate other users as “friends” using either the “follow” or “like” method.

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Shopping Cart
A simple shopping cart feature - Information on products or services can be maintained in wiki pages or trackers with display via Pretty Tracker ) and purchases added to Module Cart through the PluginAddToCart and sent to the payment page.

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WebHelp
The generated webhelp is a static representation of a structure with a tree menu that can be used to navigate the structure. A search function, print function, history and some other details are also provided.

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Webmail
Provides a webmail interface for site users’ own IMAP or POP accounts.

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Feature name and linkDescriptionDev (Bug reports & Feature requests)Setup and admin UIUI end userStabilityFeature-set and powerAdmin iconLastModif
Categories
Global category system. Items of different types (wiki pages, articles, tracker items, etc) can be added to one or many categories. Categories can have permissions.

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Menus
Menu items are filtered by permission, by group or activation of relevant feature. Both Bootstrap and Superfish CSS/jQuery menus are supported.

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Site Identity
The site can be customized or personalized using the admin interface, to set the site title, logo and so on. No need for editing PHP or Smarty TPL files.


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Modules
Boxes for content, typically on the left or right of a portal-style site but can be placed anywhere, even in page content, with or without a visual frame. Very useful for navigation and content re-use. Over 100 built-in modules are available, and site admins can create their own.


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Structure
In Tiki terminology, a structure is a hierarchy for wiki pages. Structures have navigational features such as breadcrumb links and menus; also enabled is printing all pages in the structure and in order.


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Wiki 3D
Morcego 3D network browser Java applet


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Semantic Links
Going beyond Backlinks, allows to define some semantic relationships between wiki pages

CCBB
Bookmarks
User bookmarks let users bookmark internal or external pages, create folders and organize their personal bookmarks in folders. Bookmarks can be cached if that option is enabled. A module is provided to let the users see their bookmarks, navigate through them, and add new bookmarks.

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Custom Home
If enabled, a customized page will serve as the home page for the Tiki. Custom home page by default group is also possible


BAC
Meta Tags
Administer your meta tags via the admin panel (no FTP transfers necessary).



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Search Engine Optimization
Tiki is search engine friendly. For a Tiki site running on Apache web server, the .htaccess file enables short, meaningful URLs.


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User Menu
Add personal items to the User Menu section in the application menu.


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Transversal features

These are features that can apply to multiple content areas.
Feature name and link DescriptionDev (Bug reports & Feature requests)Setup and admin UIUI end userStabilityFeature-set and powerAdmin iconLastModif
Accessibility
Not so much a feature as a value, web accessibility is prioritized in Tiki.

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Banners
Insert, track, and manage advertising banners.

BABC
Comments
Comment posting available for many features (wiki pages, articles, blogs, forums, etc)

BBBB
Community
Configure site community settings such as user identity and participation details, and social interaction settings.
BBBC
Compression
Transparently compress your pages on-the-fly, if the requesting browser supports this


AABA
Contribution
Allow selecting, reporting and exporting the type of contributions made by site users.

AABC
i18n
i18n (or internationalization) - Tiki is translated in 35 languages. Handles multilingual navigation & content. Can keep track of translation (de)synchronization. http://wiki-translation.com


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Interaction with popular external software, services or websites
For example: Google video, Google Maps, YouTube, Skype, Google AdSense, Mindmap and many more!

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Js calendar
js calendar is a nice date & time picker optional in calendar and trackers.



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Mail-In
Submit wiki pages or articles via e-mail.

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Mobile
Tiki uses the Bootstrap CSS framework by default for responsive web design - pages conform to the display size of all desktop and mobile devices.


BBBB
Mods
A tool for distribution, install, upgrade and removal of Tiki components, also called mods.

EBDC
News Feeds
Outgoing RSS feeds can be generated, and external RSS feeds can be subscribed to.

BBBA
Print
Includes printing pages, groups of pages, and PDF documents.

BBBB
Rating
Lets users vote on wiki pages & tracker items

DBDC
Score
If appropriate for the site, this feature implements a game approach to motivate people to participate in the online community. Users are given points for things they do in the site, like writing or reading an article, starting a new topic in a forum, voting in a poll, etc. They also earn points by having his/her blogs and articles read and commented on. Then the users will be able to see their position in a ranking.

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Search
Configurable site search engine that indexes content of many features

BBBA
Social Networks
Integrates popular social networks (such as Facebook,Twitter, Linkedin or Google+ ) into Tiki.

BBBB
Statistics
Site-wide statistics for many features. Referrer stats and search stats also available.

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Tags
Wiki pages, articles, and so on can be given tags (aka freetags or folksonomy tags) for quick ad hoc content categorization.

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Tell a Friend
With this feature activated, to share pages, a link “Email this page” is added at the top of all pages.

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Themes
Thirty-three visual themes are included and several have theme options (color variants). And, with Bootstrap compatibility, it is straightforward to create your own. Tiki themes are visual layers only and so avoid the possibility of introducing a security vulnerability.


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Watch
Site users can mark a page or other object to be notified by email when it is updated.

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Workflow
Workflow is provided by means of category transitions and other configuration settings.


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Workspaces
Workspaces permit you to segment a Tiki instance into smaller restricted-access sections with unique preferences, themes, etc.

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Content-editing features

These are features that you can use in all text content areas, such as wiki pages, blogs, articles, and forum.
Feature name and linkDescriptionDev (Bug reports & Feature requests)Setup and admin UIUI end userStabilityFeature-set and powerAdmin iconLastModif
Wiki Plugins
Over 100 built-in plugins extend the function of wiki syntax with more specialized commands. It is very easy to create your own plugins with plugin alias or from scratch.

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Wiki Syntax
Apply formatting and styling to text directly or via editor toolbar buttons; no need for HTML. Strong help feature and usable throughout various features such as blogs and articles, not just in the wiki!

BBBA
Dynamic Content System
Block of content applied via a placeholder variable; can be reused and programmed (timed).

CAAA
Toolbars
The edit page toolbar enables styling text, adding an image, Makes using wiki syntax easy. Custom buttons can be added, and toolbars can be customized for the various sections of the site.

CCBA
PluginCode
Displays a snippet of code
BBCB
PluginFlash
If necessary, Flash can be added to a wiki page, article, etc. (HTML5 video is prioritized.)
BABB
PluginModule
Insert a content or functionality module in any editable-text area of the site, such as Wiki page, article, etc.
BCBB
External Wikis
Create links easily with other wikis.
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Automatic Table of Contents
Automatically generate and display a table of contents based on page titles within a structure (toc), or from the headings on a page (maketoc).
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Random Taglines
Taglines (aka “cookies” or “fortune cookies”) drawn randomly and displayed.


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Hotwords
If enabled, Wiki pages are parsed and some words are automatically converted to HTML links.


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Cache
External URLs can be cached inside Tiki - this is possible for links from the Wiki as well as for the User Bookmarks
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Content Template
Create and select reusable text or layout code when editing a wiki page, article, newsletter or HTML page to have a consistent look and feel or content.


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Polls
Make and manage lists of options to be voted on; polls are displayed in a module (in left or right column or other module zone, in wiki pages, etc.).


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Dynamic Variables
Snippets of text which can be reused throughout Tiki.


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Smiley
Image emoticons input via text entry or edit page toolbar button smile eek


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Copyright
The Copyright Management System (or ©MS) is a way of licensing your content and displaying that license information, such as under an open or free content license. By switching this feature on, you can define a content license for all your wiki content, associate copyright notices with individual pages and display a full license for printing.


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Administration features

Feature name and linkDescriptionDev (Bug reports & Feature requests)Setup and admin UIUI end userStabilityFeature-set and powerAdmin iconLastModif
Permissions
Different rights can be assigned to groups. (ACLs)

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Theme Control
Visual themes can be flexibly assigned per user group, site section, content category, and so on.

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Cache
Tiki uses the Smarty template engine’s built-in cache

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Phpinfo
PHP information page linked from the admin menu to check the configuration of PHP at the site.
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External Authentication
Can use LDAP (Active Directory), PAM, Auth, Http web server, CAS or Shibboleth.


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Installation
Tiki site installation is a simple process of going through the steps of a wizard, and post-install configuration also offers wizard options.


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User Administration
Great flexibility in handling user registration, logging in, and banning of users, should that be necessary.

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Groups
The three default groups (anonymous, registered, and admin) can be added to freely as needed for the site. Groups can inherit other groups’ permissions, to simplify access management.

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TRIM
A combination of shell and PHP scripts to install, update, backup and monitor (check security of) a large number of Tiki installations (instances).

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Profiles
In Tiki terminology, a “profile” is a set of site configuration preferences and website item creation instructions that are applied as a group.

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Communication Center
Send/receive objects to and from other Tiki-powered sites


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Intertiki
Authenticate users and grant them appropriate permissions at a “slave” Tiki site based on user data from an external “master” Tiki site. (This is used at the Tiki project sites, for example.)


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Banning
Block access from individual IPs or ranges of IPs.


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Edit Template
Edit the Smarty template files that Tiki is built with via the admin control panel.


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Connect
Various tools for communication with the Tiki Community, developers, other Tiki site admins and users.

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Edit CSS
Existing stylesheets can be edited (via the browser), with the new stylesheet suffixed with the editor’s user name.





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Action Log
Track user activity on the basis of a single user or multiple users, groups or categories.

BBBC
Payments
Enables the requesting and management of payments (invoicing), and connects payments to other features.

CBBC
Packages
External software packages installation and management via Composer.

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Advanced features for programmers

Feature name and linkDescriptionDev (Bug reports & Feature requests)Setup and admin UIUI end userStabilityFeature-set and powerAdmin iconLastModif
Integrator
Automatically import external HTML pages into Tiki.

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PluginSQL
Display select queries in your wiki pages
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Debugger Console
Debugger Console


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Web Services
Can receive web services via JSON or YAML.

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Other

Feature name and linkDescriptionDev (Bug reports & Feature requests)Admin iconLastModif
We eat our own DogFood
Tiki is a community. Tiki is a software. The Tiki community is recursively using and improving the Tiki software, which is used to support the community as well as to make available to the general public.




Open Development
Written and maintained by an active and international community of volunteer contributors. While many developers offer consulting services, no company controls the development.

Think of Tiki as applying the wiki way not just to content but also to software development. YOU are invited to participate!”

Please read more about the Tiki Model
Open standards and protocols
Tiki developers are Tiki users too and prefer open protocols and standards -
http://tiki.org/TikiStandards.
Platform independence
Tiki runs wherever PHP runs, on Linux, Mac, Windows and many more other operating systems.

Browser Compatibility
On the client side, all you need is a Web browser running on a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Documentation
Tiki’s documentation is a wiki (of course!). So you can participate! The are links from your installed Tiki application directly to the corresponding documentation wiki page. As the documentationis constantly being updated and organized, broken links may sometimes occur. Please bear with us and feel free to participate!

External Libraries

Tiki makes good use of existing and active open source projects such as Zend Framework, Smarty, MySQL, PHP, jQuery, Bootstrap, CKeditor, etc.




Features via Profiles


In Tiki terminology, a “profile” is a set of site configuration preferences and website item creation instructions that are applied as a group. The website profiles.tiki.org is the main repository for these.

Some profiles are simple, like a contact form, and some are more complex, to the point of being a new feature, in effect. These are crafted packages of wiki page content, site feature preference and other configuration settings and so on that can be imported to a Tiki site from a profiles server, and activated to implement new functionality at the site.

So Tiki Profiles aren’t listed as pre-made features, but can be installed to, in effect, create a new feature at the site.

A partial list of Tiki Profiles includes:


For more information, please visit Profiles.tiki.org .

General notes:

About Tiki Features

Because Tiki offers such a large number of features “out-of-the-box”, it can be overwhelming, even to an experienced user or administrator. Tiki has all the classic CMS and portal features of other applications, but also includes features not available anywhere else. Tiki is highly configurable and modular; all features are optional and can be administered through Tiki’s browser-based interface.

What makes Tiki different? Its tight integration of all the features.


Community

The whole Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware is a very active project. On average, there is a commit to the code (such as a bug fix or a new feature) every 2 hours. Over 200 people have contributed to the source code. With such a large number of contributors, the features continue to evolve and get better. Because Tiki is a FLOSS project, you can participate and help make it better!

Using this evaluation

This self-evaluation of features will help you know what to expect after installing Tiki. Many features are widely used and quite stable. Others are new and experimental. While others are no longer maintained and may have limited functionality. For beginners, we recommend using features that have been rated as A or B; they are the most stable. The features and ratings are based on the latest stable version of Tiki.


Updating this evaluation

To update and improve this self-evaluation, please login, then click the name of the feature. You can then complete any of the missing information or change items that you feel are incorrect. For example, if you think a feature deserves a B rating instead of a D, you can change it. You can also add comments about the features.

Note: All changes will be reviewed by a project admin and may be edited or modified if needed.

To report a bug or request a new feature or enhancement, please use our bugs & wishlist tracker.

Missing features

This page may not list all features. For example, many plugins are missing from this self-evaluation.

By now (if you read this far!), you must be thinking “Wow, what does this thing not do?”. Please see “Major Features Missing In Tiki” for a list of features that are not a part of Tiki.

Standards, and interaction with other services & application

Please see: Interoperability for dozens of examples

Community organization and priorities

Please see: SWOT

doc.tiki.org


Bootstrap

AdminGuide

UserGuide

Keywords

Keywords serve as “hubs” for navigation within the Tiki documentation. They correspond to development keywords (bug reports and feature requests):

Accessibility (WAI and 508)
Accounting (7.x)
Articles and Submissions
Backlinks
Banners
Batch (6.x)
BigBlueButton audio/video/chat/screensharing (5.x)
Blog
Bookmark
Browser Compatibility
Link Cache
Calendar
Category
Chat
Clean URLs
Comments
Communication Center
Compression (gzip)
Contacts (Address Book)
Contact us
Content Templates
Contribution (2.x)
Cookie
Copyright
Credit (6.x)
Custom Home and Group Home Page
Date and Time
Debugger Console
Directory of hyperlinks
Documentation link from Tiki to doc.tiki.org (Help System)
Docs 8.x
Draw 7.x
Dynamic Content
Dynamic Variable
External Authentication
FAQ
Featured links
File Gallery
Forum
Friendship Network (Community)
Gmap Google maps
Groups
Hotword
HTML Page
i18n (Multilingual, l10n, Babelfish)
Image Gallery
Import-Export
Install
Integrator
Interoperability
Inter-User Messages
InterTiki
Kaltura video management (4.x)
Karma
Live Support
Login
Logs (system & action)
Look and Feel
Lost edit protection
Mail-in
Map with Mapserver
Menu
Meta Tags
Mobile Tiki and Voice Tiki
Mods
Module
MultiTiki
MyTiki
Newsletter
Notepad
Payment
Performance Speed / Load
Permissions
Platform independence (Linux-Apache, Windows/IIS, Mac, BSD)
Polls
Profiles
Profile Manager
Report
Toolbar
Quiz
Rating
Feeds
Score
Search engine optimization
Search
Search and Replace
Security
Semantic links (3.x)
Shadowbox
Shadow Layers
Share
Shopping cart
Shoutbox
Slideshow
Smiley
Social Networks
Spam protection (Anti-bot CATPCHA)
Spellcheck
Spreadsheet
Stats
Surveys
Tags (2.x)
Task
Tell a Friend, alert + Social Bookmarking
TikiTests (2.x)
Theme CSS & Smarty
Trackers
Transitions (5.x)
TRIM
User Administration including registration and banning
User Files
User Menu
Watch
WebHelp
WebDAV (5.x)
Webmail
Web Services
Wiki 3D
Wiki History, page rename, etc
Wiki Page Staging and Approval (2.x)
Wiki Plugin extends basic syntax
Wiki Syntax
Wiki structure (book and table of content)
Workspace
WSOD
WYSIWYCA
WYSIWYG (2.x)
XMLRPC


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