Recently I was looking for an easy to deploy wiki-like Web application for organizing some web pages for home use. After doing some research on the Internet, I found a really good wiki application – ScrewTurn Wiki. The wiki is based on ASP.NET 3.5, which makes it really easy to install on the Windows platform with the underlying IIS Web server. Moreover, the ScrewTurn Wiki is a free and open source product, which would make it a perfect choice for those who are in academia as well as for those who are looking for a free software to organize information and collaborate using the Web-based tools.
ScrewTurn Wiki makes it possible to create, manage, and share documentation, files, and other assets via the wiki concept. A wiki is a collaboratively-edited, information-centered website: the most famous one is Wikipedia, as stated by the ScrewTurn Wiki homepage. The ScrewTurn Wiki is hosted on the IIS Web server and can be accessed via a standard Web browser (for instance, IE or Firefox). The ScrewTurn Wiki per se is a folder-based Web application deployed on the IIS Web server.
ScrewTurn Wiki is based on Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 technology, meaning that you need a Windows operating system to run it, such as Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 or 2008.
The following software must be installed on the server in order to run ScrewTurn Wiki:
- Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.1/6/7/7.5 (is free, since it is included in the Windows; can be installed via Adding/Removing Programs menu in Windows)
- Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (ASP.NET 3.5 SP1) (is free; can be downloaded from the Microsoft Web site)
ScrewTurn Wiki can be extended and has the GUI which is very intuitive, yet the functionality is rich. Source code of ScrewTurn Wiki is available as Visual Studio 2008 solution, MSBuild script, and reference documentation (CHM), which implies that any required customization can be done in the source code and then deployed to the production. Customization of the interface can be done via an Administrative web interface or by using stand-alone plug-ins.
I have been using it for a while now and can highly recommend the ScrewTurn wiki for anyone who is in need of such a compact, neat, and customizable web-based system for organizing and sharing information. Feel free to go ahead and download the wiki or buy the commercial license, thus supporting the project.