I was recently asked to show someone how to use the DotNetNuke® Wiki Module. While I can usually whip up a demo in seconds and wing it, I was not able to this time. It had been too long since I had last used it, and was having a brain lapse. So, I decided to put that demo here, so to speak. Before I get into it though, I do want to mention that there are some features that are missing and planned to be in future releases. Chris Hammond is the project lead, and he admittedly is looking for time and contributors to help in continuing the development effort. Use the Wiki project forum if you’re interested in helping (or need support).
First of all, you need to install the module, as it is not installed by default. Then, you need to insert an instance of the module on a page. I am going to assume that you already know how to and have done those two steps.
When you first look at the newly created Wiki module, it will be empty and have some options for you to choose from.
You can add pages to the wiki two ways. First, you can click the “Add” link as highlighted above. The other non-standard way is to simply “link” to the page in your wiki text. I say “link”, because you don’t actually link to a page like you may be used to. You instead use a bracketed keyword to link to a page. For example, if I create or want to create a page named “My Second Page”, I would use the following text in the wiki: [[My Second Page]]. Notice that all we did was wrap the page name in double-brackets.
When we save our wiki text, the bracketed text will appear to be a link. If we do not already have the page created, the module creates a temporary page with the title until you save text to it.
You can allow visitors to leave comments for a wiki page, and also rate the wiki page. This feature is disabled by default. You must go into the Module Settings to enable it. Unlike most modules, this module manages its settings in another view, versus the actual Module Settings. To get there, you would simply mouse over the actions menu, and click “Administration.”
The Administration page has 3 settings:
That’s it for your introduction to the module. I hope that this gets you started and builds your confidence to use the DNN Wiki Module. If you need more help, you can always use the Wiki project forum, or look at the online help for the wiki module.