Wikia, formerly known as Wikicities, is a wiki farm started by one of the founders of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales. With that type of pedigree, Wikia has a lot to live up to, and it does a good job of meeting those expectations.
Simple, easy-to-use, intuitive editing features and the ability to quickly add a new page make participating on Wikia a breeze. And because a single login allows you to join any of the thousands of community wikis, you can easily jump from subject to subject.
Wikia – Pros and Cons
- Strong wiki farm with good user participation
Single login for thousands of wikis
- No support for Open ID
- Search feature sometimes brings up pages for requested sites
Guide Review – Wikia
Wikia is a wiki farm with subjects ranging from books to politics to health to finance. The sheer number of subjects means there is something for everyone, and if you can’t find what you are interested in through the wiki hubs, the main Wikia site allows you to search among all of the hosted wiki sites.
The process of editing pages and adding new pages is simple, using a markup language similar to other wikis. Because it is a wiki farm, you can use the same account across multiple wikis to contribute to the site under the same name.
As expected from the founder of Wikipedia, Wikia has a strong community of users actively participating in the wiki farm. In 2005, Wikia celebrated its 100th wiki, while in September of 2007, Wikia launched its own gaming network with wikis that covered over 400 games including popular games like World of Warcraft, Mass Effect, and Halo.
Wikia doesn’t accept OpenID, but the sign up process is simple. Search performance is good, with results popping up as soon as you hit the button, though some results are a little puzzling such as links to pages requesting a wiki for the subject of the search. After all, if I am looking for information on a subject, I really don’t need to know that other people want information too. But, that is pretty minor in the large scheme of things.