Before I get started, I feel it is only fair to warn you that this is a dual purpose post. Aside from the fact I’ve been meaning to blog about pbwiki for a while, the guys behind it now have a new promotion – review pbwiki and get free upgrades for your account. Whatever works, I guess.
So, anyway. Pbwiki is a free host for random wikis.
They claim to have a really quick set up process. I don’t remember much about it, so I guess it’s pretty painless.
I like the markup style. It’s easier to get into then MediaWiki, rather Kwiki like. Note that I didn’t say I really like the markup style. The now dead RoWiki has my favorite. 😉
So, is it actually worth it?
Short answer: It’s free. It’s not time consuming. Yes.
Long answer: Well, there are some downsides.
- Everyone who goes to your site will KNOW it’s a pbwiki. Seriously, they go to no great lengths to hide the fact. The little sandwich is prominently displayed on each and every page of your wiki. If you don’t care about that, it’s not too bad.
- Only 3 styles on a free account. That’s kinda sad.
- Only 10 mb storage space. You can always store stuff on another server, but still. Even free email services give you at least 25 mb now.
Fortunately, we have Flickr for photo storage, Google ads are unobtrusive, and the css styles don’t look half bad. Plus, they seem to occasionally have little promos like this where you can up your wiki’s stats a bit.
But what the really nice thing about pbwiki is that they don’t hassle you for what they do give you, unlike some other free services I could mention. At the risk of sounding even more like an ad, pbwiki is fast, easy, and actually enjoyable to use. Thumbs up!