Introducing the Editable Website wiki type

With our latest release, we have introduced the concept of wiki types, and our first new wiki type is the Editable Website.

All of the Wikispaces you know and love are what we are now calling Basic Wikis. They emphasize collaboration and discussion around the content you and your users work on together.

But sometimes you just want to put a website up for others to view. You want the easy editing of Wikispaces but you don’t want people visiting your wiki to see all of the editing and discussion functions. For those times, our new Editable Website type is perfect. When you create an Editable Website wiki, we hide the editing and management tools – like Edit and Manage Wiki – from your members and visitors. Organizers are still able to edit the wiki like normal, but others will only see a website.

Getting started

When you create a new wiki you’ll be given the option to choose a wiki type. If you already have a wiki and you want to change its type, head to Manage Wiki and then Wiki Info. When you create a wiki in editable website mode, your wiki permissions will be set to protected, and comments and discussions will be disabled.

As an organizer you’ll see a rectangular icon in your black global navigation bar at the top of the screen. Click on it to reveal your edit button, page options, and action menu in the sidebar. Click it again to hide these options.

Try it out

Here are some ideas for how to use our new Editable Website wiki type:

  • Create your own website. If you’re looking to share resources, videos, and links with your students or other visitors, it’s now easier than ever.
  • Collaborate then publish. Start a collaborative writing project that you build with your students as a Basic Wiki. Then, when it’s ready, switch over to an Editable Website and share it with parents.
  • Create public-facing content on top of your private workspaces. Our Private Label service lets you create as many wikis as you’d like to on your own site. By choosing between our new wiki types, you can decide how people interact with the content you build. Use Editable Website wikis to share news and information with your parents, community, or customers. Or set up Basic Wikis to encourage collaboration in your classrooms or departments. More options, more flexibility.

How are you using our new Editable Website wikis? Let us know in the comments below.

And be sure to keep an eye on the blog to learn about upcoming wiki types and features.

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  1. Ramnic
    Posted September 26, 2012 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    I wish ask one question: if i my wiki is editable, how can i convert to basic?


  2. melissa coleman
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Can you turn on discussions in the website mode?

  3. LemonEmma
    Posted October 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I like the editable webpage idea, but in practise it’s frustrating because the title of the page doesn’t show (at least in the notebook theme that I use)
    I’m using the wikispace to create an online catalogue of the poems I’ve written over the years, so I don’t want others to be able to edit the content, but they need to be able to see the poem titles.
    I also would like discussions possible in website mode.

    P.s. I keep reading ‘editable’ as ‘edible’ and getting hungry.

  4. ajain
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    How can I have tabbed pages on my wiki? Currently I have a wiki for each class that I teach, I would like one wiki that has tabs for each class.

  5. nina watson
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    How do you post, comment, or make discussions on wikispaces?

  6. Upendra
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I wan’t to learn how to start using and creating my wiki. What are the procedures and term and conditions?

  7. Posted October 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I love this change. As a teacher with first graders I don’t see them interacting with very many wiki’s at this stage of their learning. As for parent’s, it is just confusing to them because they want to know what is supposed to be interactive. It has been a slow process for me to get started in flipping my class. I am still not there and have a ways to go, but I am making progress. I can see the huge benefits of students using time at home to explore specific concepts that I will be teaching in the near future. I am able to apply district links to resources students can have access to at home, but I can be very specific as to what they need to access and when. I can see that next year will be even easier. I hesitate to make personal classroom instructional videos due to the space that will be taken up to store them. Again, I love this new format and I am very excited to share it with my peers, if all they want to do is create their own web-site to provide information for parents.

    Thank you,
    Kitty Taylor, 1st grade teacher, the most important grade in which to gain basic reading skills. Technology will help me to push their growth to attaining CCSS goals.

  8. mabellido
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Hola, la verdad estoy muy preocupada, es la primera vez que participo de estas paginas y no logro realizar la edicion que solicitaron, ojala pudieran ayudarme de alguna manera, les estaria muy agradecidos, saludos.

  9. Posted October 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    If I already have a wiki that is already set to Basic. Will anything be lost if I change this to Editable website?

  10. Posted October 12, 2012 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    gret info about the editable type wiki, I found tis ver helpful.

  11. Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Is the only difference the change in permissions? I’d like better editing tools and would be interested to know if these have changed as well.

  12. Togusa
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Ramnic: In the right-side tool area, click “Manage Wiki”, then under Settings, click “Wiki Info.” Scroll down to the “Wiki Type” area and change the selection. HTH.

  13. Posted October 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Great idea. Can one convert an existing wiki from Basic to Editable?

  14. Posted October 14, 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    WOW! Editable Wiki’s … how marvelous! Excuse the pun … but I can just “eat them up”. What a wonderful, efficient concept … it seems! I’m ready to explore this … super.
    Thanks much,

  15. Hayden
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    is there any way i could convert my wiki into some form of web language such a javascript or html?

  16. Posted October 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    hey i just created a wiki still new i kinda still have no idea wat im doin but i will soon figure it out. if any would like to help i would be thankful!!! thanks :)

  17. Posted October 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    More information and a few examples would be helpful in deciding whether to give it a trial


  18. wendy
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Hi Rod! Feel free to email us at and we’d be happy to share a few more ideas with you.

  19. wendy
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Glad you’re trying Wikispaces! Please visit for tutorials and more.

  20. wendy
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Great to hear!

  21. wendy
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely! Manage Wiki-> Settings->Wiki Info->Wiki Type-> Change to Editable.

  22. Kathryn Hines
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    It’s okay but I might need help from time to time. I was having problems logging in and finding this page

  23. Posted October 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Wendy.
    I found the basic version very useful for my own stuff… with the new name ‘editable Website’ I was hoping to be able to use the theme area at the top!
    Nevertheless, I’ll play around with it for my club’s site and see how it goes.


  24. Darnesha
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    I like this blog alot! It gives me detailed outlines of how I can edit my wiki but I have a concern with exactly what the first picture is about? I need more details or an explanation

  25. Tarja Kuhalainen
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I´m trying to use thi wiki, because I´m from Finland and i have to do somethig to pass the course. Took 3 hours from me to be able to write :) heh heh. well…learning by doing.

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