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Translating: What is the difference between a website and a wiki? (Google Translate, corrections requested!)
Spanish: ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre un sitio web y una wiki?
Icelandic: Hver er munurinn á vefsíðu og wiki?
Maori: He aha te rereketanga o te paetukutuku me te wiki?
Swedish: Vad är skillnaden mellan en webbplats och en wiki?
Our view: There are many commonalities between a website and a wiki. All wikis are defacto websites but not all websites are wikis. Wikis document edits for those who want to see how a page or essay came into being. Websites (for the most part) show the latest version. It’s easier to add adds and sponsorship messages on a website.
When I developed Planeta.com as a website in 1995, I viewed it from the start as a repository focused on conservation and travel. It would be part library, museum, encyclopedia and jazz combo. First using BBEdit and then Dreamscape, the website now uses WordPress software. During the transition, I focused more on the Planeta Wiki — a great parallel site that would allow others to edit and add info. Our plan for 2018 is to maintain both, seek editors and contributors and figure out how to weave all of this into the ever expanding social web.
Stories and suggestions are welcome.