Wiclear 0.10.1 review

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Wiclear project is a Wiki engine

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 317K
Developer: David Jobet
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Wiclear project is a Wiki engine. That is, a software to create web sites where content is freely editable online.

Wiclear is in early development and has few features, compared to more advanced projects like Wikini, Wikimedia or other well known wiki engines : you'd better use them before looking in more details to WiClear.

WiClear is all the most an attempt to rewrite the Nosica web site. Nosica used a very light wiki (home made), and it was time to rewrite it in good php. It is Dotclear that gave me the desire to rewrite a wiki and learn some more php.

Main features are easy themability, multi lang supports (not only UI but content as well), and a plugin architecture.

Here are some key features of "Wiclear":

Easy to make, easy to change.
Currently Wiclear has the same themes capability as dotclear.
Current wiki version comes with three themes : default, blue and dokuwiki.

Multi lang support

Wiki fully supports i18n (both the interface and the content).
Display the content according to user's lang and switch back to the wiki's default lang if not found.
It provides links to translate pages when needed.

Hierarchical content

All nodes have a parent. That means it is easy to navigate in the site, simply follows the sub node panel on the left or the location bar on the top.
That also means orphan pages cannot happen.

Commentable content

I find this one really usefull when you want to create some docs.


can be saved, browsed, and diff can be performed against any versions

Search capability

you can enter search keywords
you can see last modifications


Each pages have ACL. ACL can be editable and applied to current page or recursively to all sub nodes.

Comment and history deletion

for moderators only

Admin panel

Where you can

edit user's rights (admin, moderator, simple user)
delete/confirm user
create and edit groups
edit wiki preferences (name, allow anonymous comments, allow anonymous content edition, allow open user registration ...)

Install program

The wizard is done in 4 steps, and you're done : you can start editing your wiki.

RSS (0.91 and 1.0) and ATOM version of the "Recent changes" page.

Plugin architecture

This is available both in the admin panel and in the wiki application.
For now, there is an UTF-8 conversion plugin, and a SitePlan plugin.
UTF-8 support

It's given as a plugin that allows one to convert the whole db from latin1 to UTF-8.

What links here feature

so that it is possible to know which pages link on current page

Email notifications

Allow the user to be notified when someone edit a page or add a comment to a page he is watching.

Alternate title

So that it is possible to specify a more readable title in some cases (traduction, title collision)
Friendly page displayed when browsing to wiki root before install


Detect words with at least 2 upper case letters and make a link out of it.

Anti bot registration page

So that bot cannot easily register.

Delete documents

For admin and moderators


They have the format SpecialPage:string.

For example : SpecialPage:site_plan

Site plan

Automatically generates site plan on one page with shrinkable trees (need javascript).

Conflict handling when editing a page

When a conflict is detected, contents are merged. Last user is responsible for resolving eventual conflicts.

Keywords and metadata on each pages

so that related pages can be added to current page

RSS feed

Global :

last changement
last comments

Per page :

page changement (history)
comments of page

Rss feeds contain either the title or the whole content.

apache (version 2 is better)
php (version 4 at least)
mysql (version 4 at least)

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