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Intranet vs. Wiki

Wikis have been around for a while, but the idea of them is gaining traction among businesses wanting to create or improve their intranets.

Most people recognize the term ‘wiki’ from high-profile websites such as Wikipedia or Wikileaks. Yet wikis also have huge applications for those businesses looking to improve internal collaboration and communications. But as we explain, a wiki should be part of an intranet solution, not its entirety.

Benefits of a wiki

Meaning ‘quick’ in Hawaiian, a wiki enables users to create and publish web pages that can then be added to or changed by anybody who has permission. They can be great for businesses that are happy to let their employees publish internal information as and when they want.

 As such, the benefits are:

  • Improved collaboration.
  • Improved accountability, as wikis identify individual authors and editors.
  • An easy way to share information with many people, without the need for navigating email threads.
  • Easy to set up.
  • Help to collect, catalogue and store organizational knowledge.

Disadvantages of a wiki as an intranet

However, by themselves wikis do have limitations in that they don’t allow two-way conversation other than leaving text notes for the next editor. Also, unlike other collaboration software it is not simple for two or more remote users to edit a page together in real time.

Compared to easy-to-use content management systems, wikis can require more training on how to fully use all their features. Fortunately, Microsoft's SharePoint wiki will be simpler to use for those familiar with Office applications such as Word and PowerPoint as it uses similar editing tools. 

For best results use a wiki as part of an intranet solution

So, while wikis can be very useful tools, they do have their limitations and should not be used in isolation. Instead, they should be deployed alongside other intranet apps to provide a business with the complete gamut of collaboration and communication tools required to be truly effective.

Find out how you could be using a wiki as part of your intranet solution today and get in touch with our team of digital workplace experts. 

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