We can also help you to convert a non-wiki site to a wiki, so contact us if you'd like to turn your Google site, Webs, or other site into a Wikia.
What's better about Wikia?Edit
Wikia is free! Free in terms of money, and also in terms of freedom. All content on Wikia is released under a free license - the company does not claim any copyright over the content - it will always belong to the community who are free to use it, edit it, download it, redistribute it, or whatever they like.
Wikia runs on MediaWiki and has a lot of extra features and skin designs developed especially for our wikis.
Wikia is run on stable servers with offsite backups in multiple locations so you never to worry about losing all the content you've worked so hard on.
There are no limits to the size your wiki can be at Wikia. Both LyricWiki and WebsiteWiki moved to Wikia with more than 1 million articles. We hope your wiki will also grow to that size!
Wikia can promote your wiki across other wikis to drive more readers and potential contributors to your site.
What new features does Wikia have?Edit
A few examples:
- Rich Text Editor which makes it really easy for new wiki users as they don't need to know wiki-markup to start contributing.
- Wiki Blogs give users personal space to blog on the wiki
- Wiki Stats - detailed information about edits to your wiki
- Wiki Activity - a dashboard where you can see activity on your wiki
- No spam! Wikia has about 20 different ways of fighting spam, so you can focus on the content and not on reverting the spammers.
- Upload multiple images at once or import images from flickr.
- Easily embed videos in articles.
- Edit count tool to find out how many edits you or others have made.
- Image gallery shows all the newest images uploaded here.
- String functions and parser functions for making complex and powerful templates.
How can I move my wiki to Wikia?Edit
If you and your community are ready to move to Wikia, Contact Us.
It doesn't matter whether or not you have direct access to the database - we can still move your wiki. We can integrate any extensions you are using and make sure the wiki continues to work in the same way it does now.
If my wiki moves to Wikia, will all my content still be there?Edit
Yes, all of the text and images from your wiki will be transferred, including user pages and templates. If we import your user database, or if you make an account under the same name, your old edits can be attributed to you and you'll be able to check how many edits you've made using the edit count tool.
Can I change the design?Edit
The Wikia skin can be customised with the Theme Designer. Registered users also have the option of viewing the site in the old "monobook" skin but this cannot be set as the wiki's default.
Who will control the wiki?Edit
Wikia claims no ownership over your wiki. Each Wikia site is managed by the communities that create them. While we're here to help with any problems you have, staff do not interfere with the content or policies of your wiki.
Is it hard to move?Edit
No - we have a lot of experience in helping people move their wiki and we can handle the technical side of this for you. Just get in touch with us and we'll talk you through the next step.
Will there be advertising on the wiki?Edit
There is a paid ad-free option for smaller wikis.
If you prefer the free option, then ads will be shown, especially to unregistered users. For logged in users, the ads are usually limited to the wiki's home page. The removal of most ads by registering and logging in encourages more people become part of your community.
Will the URL of my wiki change?Edit
Most Wikia sites can be found on a subdomain of wikia.com. If you own a domain, the quickest and easiest solution is to redirect that to the new URL at Wikia. Using Wikia's domain is an advantage for two main reasons:
- users are automatically logged in to all wikis on Wikia.com which makes it easier to edit across different wikis and more likely you will get casual editors dropping in from other wikis, and
- it can help to improve your Google page rank as sites on wikia.com are generally ranked quite high.
Can I leave Wikia later if I change my mind?Edit
We'd be sad to see you go, but all content on Wikia is released under a free license, which makes it possible for any person to leave Wikia and take a copy of the content and legally set up a new site with it under the same license. We make database backups publicly available so you can be sure you will always have a copy of the content if you need it. This does not mean that the wiki on Wikia will necessarily be removed.
Contact us with details of your wiki and we will help you get started in your new home at Wikia!