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This is an old revision of ANewHomeForWikka made by DarTar on 2005-12-23 14:05:34.


A new home for Wikka

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Yes, Wikka is moving to a new home! I'd like to share with the Wikka user community some thoughts about the important changes Wikka is undergoing since a couple of weeks and open a collective discussion about Wikka's future plans. Feedback from contributors, users and friends from #wikka about the changes that we plan to implement is particularly welcome.


There are several reasons why migrating Wikka to a new host with a number of dedicated services is an important step.
  1. Wikka is currently hosted at, i.e. JsnX's personal webserver: moving to a new server will not only free Jason from the burden of hosting Wikka on his personal resources, but will also allow a more distributed management and increase the project's visibility.
  1. The current website covers a number of different uses, in an often confusing way. It is currently used as:
  1. Some basic services that have become the standard for mature open source projects with a large community of users or contributors - such as a code repository, an issue tracker, different mailing lists for different kinds of discussion etc. - are still lacking.

What has been done

For the above reasons, we have started implementing some important changes:
  1. A dedicated server with a new domain name ( has been setup on a professional hoster (Site5).
  1. A code repository (SVN) and an issue tracker (Trac) have been opened at (although in the future we might consider importing them on a subdomain at
We are currently migrating feature requests and bug notifications to the tracker and we have setup a preliminary draft of a roadmap, to start organizing future development in a more transparent and manageable way.

What's next

Instead of just migrating the current wiki (which suffers from the above problems), we are planning to organize the new website in a more rational way.
  1. The main server ( will be used for official announcements on new releases and important news from the development team. This server will mainly be read-only: only Wikka admins (and/or site admins) will have write-access. This part of the site need not be itself a wiki, although I think we would still be in favor of using Wikka as a backend, instead of bother with ftp sessions and static pages.
  1. The project documentation will have its own home in a subdomain of the new server (e.g. This -- together with some consistent naming conventions -- will allow us to build a rich and well-structured documentation for the end user and translate it in different languages. Furthermore, it will allow external wikis to refer consistently to the documentation or even to "pull" content from the documentation server using some of the syndication tool that we have started developing (remember our IncludeRemote FetchRemote action?). Only registered users will have write-access to this server, under the management of Documentation admins.
  1. A development server ( - hosting developer documentation (possibly self-generated through phpdoc headers), coding guidelines, and templates - will allow users to share ideas for new features and improvements. The actual code will be hosted in a dedicated branch of the SVN repository and candidate patches for official releases will be posted on the issue tracker. Interwiki links will allow referring in an easy way to code and tickets.
  1. A plugin repository: the development server will also be used to announce and discuss user-contributed add-ons. Plugins will be made available in a dedicated folder of the SVN repository, for easy tracking and downloading.
  1. Two test servers -- ( -- will allow new users to play with a live demo of, respectively, the latest official release and the latest experimental package (fed by the SVN repository). The database will be automatically reset every week (or day?) with a cron job. This will allow users to play not only with the SandBox, but with a whole Wikka distribution, without messing up the official documentation or development pages.
  1. All of the above servers should use a centralized user database, so admins, contributors, documenters etc. will only need a single login to access the different subdomains and services.
  1. Oops, I had forgot to mention that we might also install a Wikka developer blog ( as a comfortable place to keep track of important development news, especially for those among us who cannot keep an eye on the dev website on a daily basis (ahum, are there any??).


That's it, your feedback is welcome. -- DarTar

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