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VaultWiki provides powerful editing options to allow your community to collaborate on creating and publishing content pages for your site.

VaultWiki remains competitive with other wiki products with its robust feature list and its potential for expandability. Below we compare VaultWiki to the well-known MediaWiki in terms of feature set and how well it ties into the community out of the box.

VaultWiki

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • New Licenses

    FREE

    as low as $10

  • Free updates and support for the life of your subscription

    Monthly, Annual, and Lifetime subscriptions are available


General Features

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Works without forum software installed

  • Unified login between wiki and forum

    with bridge

  • Pages are indexed by the forum's search engine and activity stream

  • Automatically create links to articles from plain text

  • Store link data for statistics

  • Syntax uses the forum's BB-Code parser


Wiki Pages & Comments

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Pages use a tabbed interface

  • Post comments to pages

  • Comments are treated as individual posts

  • Show comments below the page or on a separate tab

  • Create multiple discussions for each page

  • Collapsible content sections

  • Split content into multiple blocks

  • Auto-generated Table of Contents for headings

  • Fully-parsed previews on link mouseover


Editing Pages

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Editable by multiple users

  • Edit paragraphs individually

  • Protect individual pages from being edited

  • Blacklist certain page titles

  • Pages show list of previous editors

  • Create categories for listing tagged pages

  • Editor variables for dynamic content creation


History

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • List of all edits for a page

  • View fully-parsed previous versions of pages

  • Compare two edits with highlighted changes

  • Approve edits made by moderated users

    with extension

  • Revert a page to a previous edit


Images & Attachments

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Post reusable wiki attachments to central location

  • Easily find, insert, and upload attachments with one editor button

  • View, compare, and undo changes to uploaded files


Multiple Languages

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Write pages in any language

  • Translate pages into other languages

    with extension

  • Easily switch between translations on any page


Wiki Areas

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Keep your pages organized in multiple areas and sub-areas

  • Pages with special functions are NOT restricted to a namespace

  • Use prefixes to keep similar pages titles unique

  • Icons show new articles, comments, or edits

  • Place wiki content on other forum pages

  • Anonymous pages allow stand-alone pages


Templates & Synonyms

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Create synonyms for wiki page titles

  • Manage all of a page's synonyms in one place

  • Create template pages to include in other pages

  • Integrate templates with content using arguments

  • Pages inherit categories from included templates


Search Engine Optimization & Content Promotion

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Customize keyword-rich page URLs

  • Makes use of canonical URLs and 301 redirects

  • Use RSS syndication to keep users informed about changes

    with extension

  • Promote wiki content with social media features

    with extension


Books

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Add pages to collections called Books

  • Read book collections using simple navigation

  • Place chapters in any desired order


Special Pages

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • View wiki statistics

  • Look up recent edits

  • Lists of pages meeting various criteria


Members

MediaWiki

Premium

  • List of edits made by any user

  • User contributions appear in user's forum profile

  • Each user can have his/her own wiki preferences

  • Utilize a member's wiki usage data for trophies or other forum promotions

  • Interactions with wiki content can generate user alerts on the forums


Subscriptions

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Users can subscribe to pages or discussions to be notified of updates

  • Users can organize their subscriptions in multiple folders

  • Notifications can be sent instantly, daily, or weekly


Social Groups/Wiki Teams (vBulletin only)

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Pages maintained by group members

  • Private pages only group members can read


Styling & Templates

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Control the CSS for each forum style

  • Change image paths for each forum style


Sidebar & Widgets

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Quickly jump to other wiki pages

  • Watch recent wiki activity live in the sidebar

  • View technical analysis of each page

  • Find similar or related wiki content

  • Customize the sidebar with admin controls

  • Use wiki sidebar blocks as forum widgets


Permission System

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Specify which Special pages each Usergroup can access

  • Allow forum usergroups to edit, protect, and undo edits to pages

    with bridge

  • Define moderators to manage new and existing wiki content


Import Wikis

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Import wiki information seamlessly from other wiki software


Other Admin Features

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Various settings let you fine-tune the look and feel of the wiki


Extensibility

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Fully phrased using the forum's language system

  • Developer hooks through the forum's plugin system


Product Maintenance

MediaWiki

VaultWiki

  • Regular maintenance, security, and feature updates

  • Open-source and community-maintained

  • Vast extension database of user-generated add-ons


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