I’ve been looking at the various ways to use blogs and wikis together, and found a new one (at least to me).
Suppose you want to record what you learn at a class or a conference. Both wikis and blogs let you compile links and share information, but blogs are better suited to broadcast that information. On the other hand, wikis allow content to evolve and grow by enabling collaboration. Blogs allow feedback in the form of comments, but searching through comments is not that convenient.
So here’s an alternative that lets you use both!
Using the WordPress plug-in “WIKI INC” you can include wiki content in your blog post or page. I created a wiki page to further explain, and have dynamically “included” it below to demonstrate this plug-in’s functionality.
Everything below here comes dynamically from a Commons Wiki page
You can certainly just link to the wiki article. But you can also "include" the wiki page at the end of your blog post or page.
Or you can just use a blog post or page to "serve up" a wiki page.
The Quick Solution
To include a wiki in a blog post or page, first activate the "Wiki Inc" WordPress Plug-in. (This is a one time operation - on the WordPress Dashboard, click "Plug-ins." Then scroll down until you see Wiki Inc. Click the checkbox and the "Activate" hyperlink.)
Once Wiki Inc is activated, go to the edit screen of your blog post. Scroll to the very bottom of the page and you should see the follow input boxes:
In the first box, enter the title of the wiki page you want to include in the text of your post or page.
In the second box, enter the "Main_Page" address of wiki.
Here are some examples of Main_Pages you can use:
- Commons Wiki - http://commons.gc.cuny.edu/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
- Wiktionary - http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Main_Page
- Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
- Only one wiki page per blog post or page is allowed.
- Wiki content must come from a MediaWiki-based wiki
- Wiki content appears at the end a each blog or page