You can read about the origins of the word wiki and where it came from at the first wiki I ever used -- the WikiPedia!

Basically, as they say in that article, a wiki is "a type of website that allows users to easily add, remove, or otherwise edit all content, very quickly and easily."

So, I use this as an easy way to create webpages that doesn't require me to hard-code the HTML (though I can do so if I need something complicated like a table). It is far superior (and far faster!), in my mind, to hard-coding all these pages individually. Plus, because wikis are designed to be collaborative, should I desire to allow others to edit these pages, I can give them just that ability! So, this makes the use of a wiki as a family history project particularly useful!

My friend Joey Hess hosts my website and wrote the software that assembles and publishes my MacLea FamilyWiki. It's called ikiwiki and is darn easy to use and creates a great product. I've been very pleased with its simple interface. If I wanted something fancy, something else might work better, but for simple there is no better choice! Thanks, Joey!

MacLea FamilyWiki
This family history wiki is written and maintained by Kyle Scott MacLea (ksm6 at cornell dot edu)
and it is powered by ikiwiki, flexible wiki software developed by Joey Hess.
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