Daily Archives: April 3, 2008

Wetpaint, PBwiki, and Wikispaces

This semester, I’ve been using Wetpaint and PBwikis for my classes, and I have two Wikispaces wikis that I’m using for other professional endeavors.  I decided it  was time to compare and contrast them:

Features Wetpaint PBwiki (1.0) Wikispaces
My Wikis Red Rocks Classes
ENGL 112
ENG 131
LIT 127
4R x T
Renaissance Woman
Cost Free
Professional services available for fee
Free for basic services
$99.50/yr for silver plan
$249.50/yr for gold plan
$999.50/yr for platinum plan
Charge per user per month for businesses
Free for basic services
$5/mo or $50/yr for plus
$20/mo or $200/yr for super
$100/mo or $1000/yr for private label
Ads Removed upon request for educational wikis None for educational wikis Ads on free wikis
Styles 24 styles available 5 skins available 4 themes available, which may be customized but knowledge of HTML and CSS required
Nav Bar Generated automatically
Pages can be moved easily
Expandable  
Must be created Must be created
Not all editing features work well in navigation bar (for example, bullets, bold, code)
Editing Undo/redo
Text formatting
Bullets
Indenting/reverse
Links
Images
Tables
Spellcheck  Works very well
Copy/paste
Text formatting
Indent/reverse
Bullets
Spellcheck
Links
Images
Table
Horizontal rule
Insert plugin
Source
AttachmentsFinicky, especially links in table
Bold, italics, underlining
Font color and style (one button)
Bullets
Horizontal rule
Links
File insertion
Table
Special characters
CodeText and visual editors floating at top of monitor, preview option, finicky
Widgets YouTube
Google Video
Vizu Poll
RSS feeds
Google Calendar
Photobucket
Imeem Music
Zeemaps
Meebo Messaging
Gabbly Chat
Other (works for Box.net and Slideshare)
Productivity

  • Calendar
  • Plan an event
  • Any Google Gadget
  • Address link
  • Spreadsheet
  • Stock chart

PBwiki Magic

  • Equation
  • HTML
  • Recent Changes
  • Recent Visitors
  • Table of Contents
  • # of visitors

Chat
Photos

  • Bubbleshare
  • Slide

Video, including YouTube

Wikispaces applications (TOC, RSS, tag cloud, etc.)
Video
Audio
Calendar
Spreadsheet
Document
Polls
RSS feds
Chat and IM
Slideshow
Map
Bookmark
Other HTML
File Storage Attachments: limit of 40, each no larger than 2 MB (80 MB) 10 MB for free account
1 GB for silver
2 GB for gold
5 GB for platinum
2 GB for free account
2 GB for plus
5 GB for super
40 GB for private label
Backup HTML to a zip file .zip Windows .zip and Unix .tgz
Backup and export as HTML
Additional Features Discussion threads
Individual profile pages
Internal message system
Templates
What’s New
Members
To-Dos
Invitation management  
PBwiki 2.0 transition
Invite key
RSS and Atom feeds
Notifications
Traffic and statistics
Invitations
Space badges
Statistics
Templates
Recent Changes

I really like Wetpaint the best, primarily because of the following:

  • automatically generated navigation bar
  • social networking features
  • easy-to-use editor
  • widgets for the services I use (like SlideShare)

The primary disadvantage is the limited amount of file storage (attachments).  However, that’s easily overcome by embedding or linking to Box.net folders.

Now if I could just find a WordPress theme that would single space the text and allow for a wider column of text.

Links for 2008-04-03 (del.icio.us)

  • Hypertextopia is a space where you can read and write stories for the internet. On the surface, it looks like a mind-map, but it embeds a word-processor, and allows you to publish your stories like a blog.