tiki.pngVersion 6 of Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware (newssite), more commonly known as TikiWiki, has been released to production by the open source Tiki Community. Tiki is an open source, multilingual product that includes a wiki, content management system and groupware. The latest version of the software includes over fifty changes and enhancements contributed by dozens of developers.

The Platform Previously Known As TikiWiki

Tiki strives to be more than just a Web CMS; the product is really more of a platform for delivering all types of browser-based applications. Tiki includes features such as:

  • Articles, Newsletters and Blogs
  • Forums
  • Newsletters
  • Wiki
  • Poll, Survey and Quiz engine
  • Bug and Issue trackers (form generator)
  • Category and Tag system
  • Users and group security

What’s New

The most recent Tiki release is a big one. The version 6 production release, preceded by two beta releases, includes contributions from nearly fifty developers, over 1,500 lines of code changes and dozens of enhancements affecting multiple areas of the platform.

Social Networking

Tiki has extended Shoutbox, its internal Instant Messaging service, to integrate with popular social networks such as Facebook (newssite) and Twitter (newssite). The module now allows you to post to the Facebook wall and tweet on Twitter.

Administration

The release also includes several administrative enhancements to better support management of Tiki. Administrators can now:

  • Execute tasks in batches
  • Better protect content from spam and bots with CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA
  • Perform mass search and replaces
  • Redirect traffic from multiple domains to a single domain
  • Automatically send newsletters
  • Track who contributed sections of a wiki page

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track wiki contributions

Content Management and Publishing

Numerous enhancements have been made to improve creating and publishing content. Blog functionality has been significantly revamped. The blogging feature now allows users to easily embed multimedia from sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, categorize posts and show related blogs at the bottom of posts.

Other content enhancements include:

  • Improved internationalization and translation support
  • New spreadsheet features like show differences and statistical analysis
  • Improved WYSIWYG content editors

Complete information on all of the new features and functionality in the release is available at http://doc.tiki.org/Tiki6.

How Can You Get It?

You can freely download Tiki 6 from SourceForge. Existing users, operating older versions of the product should be aware that Tiki 6 has been designated as the Long Term Support (LTS) version, which replaces Tiki 3. Tiki 3 reaches its end of life with the release of Tiki 7.1 expected in April 2011.

Are you using Tiki? We would love to know what you think about the newest release.