Tips & Tricks

  1. How Wikis Work
    If you're new to wikis and are curious about how they work, watch this video which does a nice job explaining the process: Wikis in Plain English.
  2. Changing Your Settings
    If you wish to name your dooWiki, apply an existing stylesheet, use an "Edit" link instead of the double-click technique, change the security setting, or modify the type of WYSIWYG editor used, just click the "dooWiki Settings" link once you're in the Editor.

  3. Public vs. Private dooWikis
    A "public" Public dooWiki is visible to everyone and can be edited by anyone that knows about it.  A "private" Private dooWiki is visible to everyone but can only be edited by the owner or the members of a Group assigned to it.  "Private" dooWikis can only be created by users with an account on this site.  Once you've created a dooWiki, you can toggle between "public" and "private" by clicking the Public icon on your "My dooWikis" page after logging into your account.
  4. Adding Wiki Capabilities to Your Own Website
    If you want to add wiki capabilities to your own website without redirecting users to a 3rd party wiki site, just copy and paste the code snippet provided on the "New dooWiki" page or from "My dooWikis - Get Code" into the HTML of one of your own web pages.

  5. Hosting Your Wikis on dooWikis.com
    If you don't have your own web page to embed your dooWiki into, you can simply host it and display it here on dooWikis.com.  Every dooWiki created receives its own unique web address that you can return to at any time by bookmarking it or clicking on it from "My dooWikis" once you've logged into your account.  You can publicize this address for all the world to see while still maintaining the same "public/private" editing restrictions.  In addition, you can select from a series of templates to display your dooWiki within.  Take a look at this example dooWiki page hosted on this site.
  6. Keeping Track of All Your dooWikis
    Once you create a user account, you can then use the "My dooWikis" page to keep track of all your "public" and "private" dooWikis.  Here you can see where your dooWikis reside out on the Internet, when they've been edited last, and how recently they've been viewed.  This is helpful for webmasters who have incorporated lots of different dooWikis into various client websites.

  7. Using "Groups" to Help You Manage Your dooWikis
    If you want to allow other trusted individuals to help co-manage your dooWikis, you can facilitate this by creating a Group of their dooWiki user accounts.  Once you've created a Group, you can then associate it with any one of your dooWikis listed under "My dooWikis," thereby giving all members of that Group the ability to edit your dooWiki.  To begin the Groups process, just click on "My Groups" after you log into your account.  Please note that only users with valid login accounts to this site can be added to a Group.

  8. Preventing Simultaneous Edits
    All dooWikis get locked for up to 5 minutes while they're being edited by someone so that no one else will be able to make simultaneous changes.  The pop-up Editor displays a counter in the lower-right corner so that person making edits knows when their time is up.  Once 5 minutes have elapsed, or the Editor window has been closed, the dooWiki can then be edited by someone else again.

  9. The dooWikis View History & View Log
    Each dooWiki has its own View History chart depicting the frequency in which it was viewed.  In addition, there is a detailed log that shows the actual date and time the dooWiki was last accessed.  The View History chart can be called up from either the footer of the hosted dooWiki page, within the pop-up Editor window itself, or on the "My dooWikis" page when logged in.

  10. Adding dooWikis to CSS Skins and Templates
    To use dooWikis as your content editor for the numerous skins or templates you can get from companies like Dryicons or freeCSStemplates.org, simply replace their placeholder content with your own embedded "public" or "private" dooWiki.  Now you have a gorgeous looking website that's quick and easy to update just by double-clicking on the content.  Example 1  -  Example 2
  11. Adding a dooWiki to Google Sites
    The following are the steps required to add a dooWiki to a Google Sites page:
    • Edit your Google Sites page and Insert the "Include gadget (iframe)" gadget found under "More gadgets..."
    • In the "URL to content" box, enter the URL to your dooWiki found in the embed code (e.g., http://doowikis.com/i/SKriHmNb7y) but change the "d" to an "i" in the address, highlighted here in red.
    • You'll probably need to play around with the height and width settings of the gadget. You may also want to turn off the border and title of the gadget to make the page look better.
  12. Adding a dooWiki to Wikispaces
    Edit your Wikispaces page and then select the "Embed Widget" tool (which looks like a TV).  Go down to the "Other HTML" option and paste your dooWiki code there.  Embed your widget and save the page.  You can then double-click your dooWiki content whenever you want and edit it without logging into Wikispaces.  Visit this page on Wikispaces to see a screenshot of what to do.
  13. Adding a dooWiki to Wikidot
    Edit your page and add the following code, replacing the "script" with your own dooWiki embed code:
        [!--
            [[code type="HTML"]]
                <script src="http://doowikis.com/d/QaMHsM80ru"></script>
            [/code]]
        --]
    Then, underneath the codeblock on the same page, add an <iframe> that references the codeblock above it, removing the carriage return:
        [[iframe http://YOUR_SITE.wikidot.com/YOUR_PAGE/code/1 frameborder="0"
            scrolling="no" height="300px" width="400px"]]
    Replace YOUR_SITE and YOUR_PAGE with the site and page you have put the codeblock on. The "/code/1" means that it is the first or only codeblock on that page.  You can modify the size of the <iframe> by tweaking the "height" and "width" parameters.
  14. Embedding a dooWiki with <iframe>
    If the site you wish to embed your dooWiki into does not accept <script> code, then use a generic <iframe> like the one below.  You will likely need to adjust the size on the page using the "width" and "height" parameters.
        <iframe width="700" height="600" scrolling="auto" frameborder="0"
            src="http://doowikis.com/i/QaMHsM80ru"></iframe>
  15. How dooWikis Work
    A dooWiki simply replaces any HTML content that would normally be put statically on a web page.  In essence, it's "Software as a Service" (SaaS) for web publishing.  What you see with dooWikis is exactly what you would get if the contents were contained within the web page itself.  The upside is that you can make changes to this content a lot faster and easier than traditional methods just by double-clicking on it.  This Tips & Tricks page, for example, is a dooWiki.  Double-click anywhere on this text to call up the Editor.
  16. The dooWiki Name
    "dooWiki" is a play on the English term "doohickey" which is another name for "gadget" or "thingamabob."  Since dooWikis are technically wikis, they can be placed anywhere on a web page for quick and easy editing without displaying "Edit" and "Save" buttons which can get in the way of the page layout.
  17. Getting Help
    If you need help with your dooWikis or using this site, just send an email to help@dooWikis.com.



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