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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: Tiki Suite (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: Poor - E: Very Bad


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 icon
   
B
 
A
 
A
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
B
 
C
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
Computer files, videos or software for downloading. With check-in & check-out (lock)
 
 
A
 
B
 
A
 
 
 
 
 
Events calendar with public, private and group channels
 
 
B
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
 
   
B
 
C
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
Facts and figures storage & retrieval. A forms & database generator, with reporting. Can be used for a bug tracker, item database, issue tracker, etc
 
 
C
 
A
 
C
 
 
 
 
 
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, etc
 
 
A
 
A
 
A
 
 
 
 
 
Navigable, interactive maps with user-selectable layers (requires mapserver)
 
 
E
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
Video management
 
 
C
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
 
   
A
 
A
 
C
 
 
 
 
 
Questionnaire with multiple choice or open ended question
 
 
A
 
A
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
Timed questionnaire with recorded scores
 
 
 
 
 
 
C
 
 
 
 
Directory (links)
 
User-submitted Web links
 
 
 
 
 
 
C
 
 
 
 
 
Simple menu system which can optionally add an external web page in an iframe
 
 
B
 
A
 
A
 
 
 
 
 
To do list. Can send tasks to other users. Also shared group tasks.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
C
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
Open source real-time collaboration tool. (Audio/Video/Screensharing/Chat)
 
 
C
 
A
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
This permits to capture your screen and upload to Tiki. Still image (that you can then Draw on) or short video with sound. This is thanks to the inclusion of the jCapture applet in Tiki.
 
 
A
 
A
 
C
 
 
 
 
 
Real-time group text chatting
 
 
A
 
C
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
Enable users to send internal messages to each other. (like email but internal to your tiki site). A broadcast is a message sent to many users, the message can be sent to a Tiki group or to all users (if permissions are ok).
 
 
B
 
B
 
A
 
 
 
 
 
Datasheets with calculations and charts
 
 
A
 
A
 
C
 
 
 
 
 
Frequently asked questions and answers
 
 
 
 
 
 
C
 
 
 
 
 
Content mailed to registered users
 
 
A
 
A
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
Online diaries or journals
 
 
C
 
B
 
C
 
 
 
 
 
One-on-one chatting with customer
 
 
C
 
B
 
C
 
 
 
 
 
Static and dynamic HTML content. Note: HTML can be used in wiki pages. This is a separate feature.
 
 
B
 
A
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Use of Google Maps interactively inside Tiki.
 
 
B
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
Users upload files and store them in their tiki personal space, they can then download the files.
 
 
C
 
C
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Permits each user to have a personal wiki page.
 
 
A
 
B
 
A
 
 
 
 
 
Quick comment (graffiti) box. Like a group chat, but not in real time.
 
 
A
 
A
 
A
 
 
 
 
 
Basic form from visitor to admin
 
 
E
 
A
 
A
 
 
 
 
 
Give users Web-based access to their POP3 or IMAP e-mail accounts
 
 
C
 
C
 
C
 
 
 
 
   
B
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
Users can identify other users as their friends.
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The generated webhelp is a static representation of the structure with a js tree that can be used to navigate the structure and a search function, print function, history and some other gizmos.
 
 
D
 
D
 
E
 
 
 
 


Feature name and linkDescriptionDev (Bug reports & Feature requests)Setup and admin UIUI end userStabilityFeature-set and power
 
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.
 
 
B
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
Menu items can be filtered by permission, by group or if a feature is turned on or off. Also works with phplayersmenu or suckerfish CSS for nice dynamic menus.
 
 
C
 
A
 
B
 
 
 
Site Identity feature helps an admin to simplify the customization process of his/her site. Instead of hacking the tpl files code manually you can have your own Site Header area with Site Logo and more optional elements set up directly from Tiki Admin section.
 
 
B
 
A
 
B
 
 
   
A
 
A
 
B
 
 
 
Create hierarchically organized breadcrumb navigation aids for Wiki pages, and also allow printing all pages in the structure and in the same order through an easier way than one by one.
 
 
B
 
B
 
A
 
 
   
C
 
C
 
B
 
 
 
Going beyond Backlinks, allows to define some semantic relationships between wiki pages
 
 
C
 
C
 
B
 
 
 
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.
 
 
C
 
C
 
C
 
 
 
If enabled, a customized page will serve as the home page for the Tiki. Custom home page by default group is also possible
 
 
B
 
 
 
A
 
 
 
Administer your meta tags via the admin panel (no FTPing)
 
 
B
 
 
 
A
 
 
 
Tiki is search engine friendly. If you are using Apache, you can rename _htaccess to .htaccess to get Short URLs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Add personal items to the User Menu section in the application menu.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Transversal features

These are features that can apply to multiple content areas.
Feature name and linkDescriptionDev (Bug reports & Feature requests)Setup and admin UIUI end userStabilityFeature-set and power
   
C
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
Transparently compress your pages on-the-fly, if the requesting browser supports this
 
 
A
 
A
 
B
 
 
 
6 built-in themes and several more theme options. Easy to add more or to create your own.
 
 
C
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
Generates RSS feeds and RSS feeds can be included in Tiki.
 
 
B
 
B
 
B
 
 
Interaction with popular external software, services or websites
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Workspaces permit you to segment a Tiki instance into smaller section, and restrict access, and change preferences and the theme.
 
 
D
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
js calendar is a nice date & time picker optional in calendar and trackers.

 
 
B
 
B
 
E
 
 
 
Quick feedback available for many features (wiki pages, articles, blogs, etc)
 
 
B
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
Detects mobile browsers and shows a mobile-friendly version of the site
 
 
B
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
Receive an email when an item is updated
 
 
B
 
B
 
C
 
 
 
Submit Wiki pages or articles via e-mail.
 
 
C
 
C
 
C
 
 
 
Tags (or freetags) are the folksonomy tagging.
 
 
A
 
B
 
C
 
 
 
A tool for distribution, install, upgrade and removal of Tiki components, also called mods.
 
 
E
 
B
 
D
 
 
 
Site-wide statistics for many features. Referrer stats and search stats also available.
 
 
B
 
B
 
C
 
 
 
Insert, track, and manage advertising banners.
 
 
B
 
A
 
B
 
 
 
Lets users vote on wiki pages & tracker items
 
 
D
 
B
 
D
 
 
 
internal search engine which indexes through many features
 
 
C
 
C
 
C
 
 
 
Allow selecting, reporting and exporting the type of contributions of your users. (only for Tiki = 2.0+)
 
 
A
 
A
 
B
 
 
 
This feature is a game to motivate people to participate in the community. Users are given points for things they do in the site, like writing an article, reading an article, starting a new topic in forum, voting a poll, etc. They also earn points by being popular, like having his/her blogs and articles read and commented. Then the users will be able to see their position in a ranking.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Add a link "Email this page" in all the pages at the top of the screen
 
 
B
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
Vote comments from 1 (poor) to 5 (very cool)
 
 
D
 
D
 
D
 
 


Text Area features

These are features that you can use in all text-entry 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 power
 
Displays a snippet of code
 
 
 
B
 
B
 
C
 
 
 
Create links easily with other wikis.
 
 
 
B
 
B
 
A
 
 
 
Automatically generates a table of contents based on sub-page titles within a structure (toc), or from the headings on a page (maketoc).
 
 
 
A
 
C
 
A
 
 
 
Can add flash to a wiki page, an article, etc
 
 
 
B
 
A
 
B
 
 
 
External URLs can be cached inside Tiki - this is possible for links from the Wiki as well as for the User Bookmarks
 
 
 
B
 
B
 
A
 
 
 
Insert a module in a Wiki page, an article, etc
 
 
 
B
 
C
 
B
 
 
 
Choice of pre-filled texts for Wiki pages, articles, newsletters and html pages to give a consistent look and feel.
 
 
B
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
Taglines drawn randomly from tagline database
 
 
B
 
B
 
A
 
 
 
The Copyright Management System (or ©MS) is a way of licensing your content, typically under and 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 even display a full license for printing.
 
 
D
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bloc of content which can be reused and programmed (timed).
 
 
C
 
A
 
A
 
 
 
Snippets of text which can be reused throughout Tiki.
 
 
C
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If enabled, Wiki pages are parsed and some words are automatically converted to HTML links.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
B
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
Brief list of votable options; appears in module (left or right column)
 
 
B
 
A
 
C
 
 
 
Love them or hate them! smile eek
 
 
A
 
A
 
A
 
 
 
Those little icons on the left the edit page : you click on it and a javascript is used to insert a tag in the textarea, depending on your actual selection. Useful to add wiki syntax. You can create your own quicktags.
 
 
C
 
C
 
B
 
 
 
Apply formatting without learning & using HTML. Usable throughout various features, not just the wiki!
 
 
B
 
B
 
B
 
 


Administration features

Feature name and linkDescriptionDev (Bug reports & Feature requests)Setup and admin UIUI end userStabilityFeature-set and power
 
Different rights can be assigned to groups. (ACLs)
 
 
C
 
 
 
A
 
 
 
Using multiple Themes / Styles on your Tiki site
 
 
A
 
A
 
A
 
 
  
 
 
A
 
A
 
B
 
 
   
B
 
A
 
B
 
 
 
A wizard installer script + profile selector
 
 
A
 
 
 
A
 
 
 
Registration, Login & Banning
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Groups can be included in groups to inherit permissions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A combination of shell and PHP scripts to install, update, backup and monitor (check security of) a large number of Tiki installations (instances).
 
 
D
 
 
 
C
 
 
 
Can create (via the browser) new css suffixed with -user


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Send/receive objects to and from other Tiki-powered sites
 
 
B
 
A
 
A
 
 
 
Authenticate users based on users data from external tiki. (several "slave" sites and a "master" site). Groups & setting can be transferred. Introduced in Tiki 1.9.3.
 
 
D
 
C
 
D
 
 
 
Block access from individual IPs or ranges of IPs.
 
 
A
 
A
 
A
 
 
 
Edit SMARTY templates.
 
 
B
 
 
 
C
 
 
 
Follow what a user is doing on a single or multiple users, groups or categories basis.
 
 
B
 
B
 
B
 
 
 
Added a phpinfo link to check your php installation in the admin menu.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Advanced features for programmers



Other



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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