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Posted by Dr Andus
Jun 3, 2018 at 11:53 AM

 

Eric wrote:
>The bad part is that you need to configure a local server for it, as a
>developer it’s not a problem for me but for most people it’s a tricky
>thing, and an other point is Dokuwiki does not use standard markdown but
>its own syntax.

I’m not very technical, so this is why I’m thinking of going with A2 Hosting. It sounds like the software is more or less pre-installed there, and they keep it updated for you, and there seem to be all kinds of admin tools to make it easier to manage.

https://www.a2hosting.com/blog/self-hosted-wiki/

My other considerations are that I’d like this to be a long-term solution (hopefully for many years), so I want a hosting service that is experienced and is likely to stay in business for a while, and performs at the highest level (in terms of speed and quality of service).

The syntax is no problem, as it’s quite similar to the one in ConnectedText.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Jun 3, 2018 at 01:33 PM

 

MadaboutDana wrote:
>I think it’s an excellent idea for a personal server. Otherwise I’d
>recommend one of the TiddlyWiki server-based variants, but I personally
>have found it quite difficult to make them 100% private.

Thanks fo the suggestion. I have considered various TiddlyWiki options, but once I drilled down, I kept running into various problems each time, which then guided me back to DokuWiki.

 


Posted by Glen Coulthard
Jun 3, 2018 at 04:28 PM

 

  Just to confirm what has been said already, Dokuwiki is an excellent alternative to ConnectedText. I made the move about two years ago to a local instance on my NAS for private documents and notes. However, I also have a web-based instance for all of my course notes (I’m a professor), student project details, presentation supplements, PDFs, and links to YouTube/Vimeo videos. I’m currently exploring the use of iframe embeds for H5P and Articulate interactive content. I’d love to get some self-study quizzes and activities implemented for students. One of the key features I was looking for was a multi-platform (i.e., Web-based) solution, as I’m both a Windows and Linux user. I can also use my Android tablet and smartphone to access everything anytime/anywhere.
  With respect to shortcomings, my wishlist is for improved markdown-support. I still use markdown-based tools for quick note-taking and for updating websites, and Dokuwiki isn’t great in this area (although there are some plugins). I also use other tools (e.g., Diigo) to annotate websites and PDFs, and to bookmark and tag sites. I don’t use “categories” per se in Dokuwiki, but I organize content into namespaces and use extensive intra-linking. (Note-to-self: Explore the use of categories and tag clouds!)
  Hope that helps,
Glen

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Jun 3, 2018 at 05:23 PM

 

Hi Glen and everyone,

Many thanks for the suggestions so far.

Glen Coulthard wrote:
>I don’t
>use “categories” per se in Dokuwiki, but I organize content into
>namespaces and use extensive intra-linking. (Note-to-self: Explore the
>use of categories and tag clouds!)

I haven’t got my head around it completely, but I thought “namespaces” were the DokuWiki alternative to a CT “category”?

Not quite sure how “tags” are different, but this is what I found when I searched for it:

https://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:tag

 


Posted by Chris Thompson
Jun 4, 2018 at 05:42 PM

 

There isn’t really a ConnectedText equivalent to namespaces in DokuWiki. Tags are basically the same thing as ConnectedText’s categories. Namespaces are closer to folders (a page can only be in one namespace) or keeping multiple ConnectedText files. For example, you can have “personal” and “work” namespaces, the same way you might maintain two ConnectedText files.

There’s also a plugin for DokuWiki called SubjectIndex that’s more oriented towards creating detailed indexes, like the type you’d find in a long book or encyclopedia. It can coexist with tags. Unfortunately it looks like the developer no longer wants to maintain it, which is a shame, because he used to be one of the more prolific DokuWiki developers.

—Chris

Dr Andus wrote:
Hi Glen and everyone,
> >Many thanks for the suggestions so far.
> >Glen Coulthard wrote:
>>I don’t
>>use “categories” per se in Dokuwiki, but I organize content into
>>namespaces and use extensive intra-linking. (Note-to-self: Explore the
>>use of categories and tag clouds!)
> >I haven’t got my head around it completely, but I thought “namespaces”
>were the DokuWiki alternative to a CT “category”?
> >Not quite sure how “tags” are different, but this is what I found when I
>searched for it:
> >https://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:tag

 


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