Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Holiday hours

We're off until January 5, 2016. Emergency issues may be posted on our TSS. Have Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Announcing MyWikis Hosted Parsoid, a dirt-cheap way to use Parsoid

VisualEditor should be an essential part of your MediaWiki wiki. But most wikis are on shared hosting, and we understand Parsoid, the engine behind VisualEditor, isn't quite possible to set up on shared hosting.

That's why MyWikis is bringing dirt cheap, hosted Parsoid services to everybody. And here's the pricing:

  • $1 per month for the first wiki
  • $0.75 per month for additional wikis


  • You're joking, right?
  • > No.
  • Ha ha. It's not April yet.
  • > No, we're serious.
  • There must be some sort of caveat?
  • > Your wiki should have less than 100 editors per day to qualify for this dirt-cheap pricing. We'll consult on a case-by-case basis for wikis with more than 100 editors per day. (Just email contact@mywikis.com and mention your wiki has more than 100 editors per day.)
  • When will this be available?
  • > Now. Just fill out this form.

Announcing availability of VisualEditor (WYSIWYG) to MyWikis Pro plans and up

We understand MediaWiki's code-like syntax isn't everybody's cup of coffee. That's why today we are launching WYSIWYG capabilities for all of our hosted wikis on MyWikis Pro or a better plan. There is no additional cost to add this to any new or existing wiki.

The software we are using is one developed by the people behind Wikipedia: the Wikimedia Foundation. Their WYSIWYG software, called VisualEditor, has been used on Wikipedia and other famous wiki sites. It has proven highly usable and reliable.

If you would like VisualEditor on your wiki, please request it on our ticketed support system (TSS): https://www.mywikis.com/tss/

Friday, November 6, 2015

Information regarding Terml.io's future

UPDATE 1: All existing Terml.io users have Terml.io Premium. Enjoy!

TL;DR: Terml.io is "changing" hands and will continue to run. Premium features become free, and those pesky ads go away. See our FAQ below. Don't panic, we promise it's going to be okay! :)

Today, Terml.io is going through the largest change it has ever gone through. Justin, the owner of Terml.io, has worked diligently and tirelessly for many, many nights and finally launched Terml.io in May of this year. Since then, Justin and I have been working on the code to make it work better. PDF Integration and Quizlet exporting have even been added to make countless students' lives easier, and we hope it's made your life easier too. However, Justin has recently reached the conclusion that his business model is unsustainable and will not earn him enough money. If you would like to see his reasoning, you may find that on his personal blog post he has written in regards to his difficult decisions he will now make.

First, I'd like to say it's been an honor to host Terml.io on the MyWikis Startup Program. In May, I committed to Justin that Terml.io will always have free hosting for as long as the project needs it, and I continue to make that commitment. So, I have decided to take Terml.io into the care of MyWikis. I'll discuss "what's changing and what's the same?" below.

What will be the same?

  1. Your accounts and sets will remain as-is. You'll still be able to use the website like always.
  2. For the time being, we'll still use terml.io as the URL.
  3. The same code base and great features of Terml.io will remain.
  4. Your account will still be free! :)
What will change?
  1. Ads will be disappearing for all users. Isn't that great? Which means...
  2. Premium will be has been given to all users free of charge. Say hello to Quizlet export and PDF downloads!
  3. Our URL may change later next year to termlio.mywikis.com or termlio.mbhs.xyz. This has yet to be decided. (Don't want that? We need $95 to cover the fee for terml.io.)
  4. Customer support given to Terml.io customers will shift to MyWikis' customer support. Our ticketed support system is at https://www.mywikis.com/tss.
  5. Programmers only: Our codebase will become open source. Learn more about what this means below.
Thank you for supporting Terml.io. MyWikis looks forward to working with you.

FAQ for all:
  1. Will there be new features?
    We will see. If other developers decide to contribute to Terml.io's codebase, we may see some improvements :)
  2. So it's just an ownership change, really?
    Yep, that's what's going on in a nutshell.
  3. Tell us more about MyWikis.
    MyWikis is a web hosting company that specializes in wikis. We're excited to help Justin continue to leave his legacy, Terml.io. MyWikis isn't at all a stranger to Terml.io; in fact, some of our staff have helped code Terml.io.
  4. Why isn't Justin interested in developing Terml.io anymore?
    Please see his blog post for more information. 
  5. Terml.io isn't a failure, why is it being ditched like this?
    Justin's original plan was to have some income from Terml.io kind of like the model Quizlet uses. Unfortunately, not enough money was made to sustain Terml.io, and as a result, he has decided to move on. MyWikis intends to nurture Terml.io as best we can.
  6. Please don't ruin it.
    We won't. :)
  7. What's happening to existing Premium users?
    We will contact any paying Premium members and they get a refund.
  8. When exactly will this change happen?
    This change will require extensive code modifications. For example, we'd need to remove Premium and make sure all new accounts and existing accounts get Premium. We'll let you know when this happens.

    If you want Premium now, please request it at https://www.mywikis.com/tss; just specify your email address you registered with on Terml.io and we'll get back to you ASAP.

FAQ for programmers and general computer nerds:
  1. How are you open sourcing Terml.io?
    (Preliminary information here. Subject to change.) While we can't divulge how the code is currently stored, we'll be releasing Terml.io onto GitHub ready to be set up as a self-functioning instance by anybody with Apache, Python, and MySQL or SQLite. We don't want anybody else setting up their own Terml.io and making money off of our code, so we're going to use the AGPL (Affero GPL) License or something similar. The original Terml.io will be the most "official" version of Terml.io, though.
  2. How can I contribute to the Terml.io codebase?
    Once we have our repository, we will share more information with you. We're excited to open our codebase to all open-source developers. It will probably be on GitHub, FYI.
  3. What is Terml.io coded in, and how do I run it?
    It's coded in Python. Running Terml.io is very easy and requires only some configuration.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Change to TSS ticket creation via email

Due to recent spam from our email address, we have decided to require an account to be made on our TSS first (https://www.mywikis.com/tss), and when you have associated the email address from which you would like to send us a message, your email will actually be processed as a ticket. We apologize for any inconvenience, but this action is necessary to better serve you, and to protect our service from spam.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Change to ticketed support system

We've removed the need for a TSS user account when creating support tickets. Don't forget you can open tickets by emailing our email address, contact@mywikis.com.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Free hosting for startups

When I started MyWikis, I had little money. In fact, the company was in debt until a year later, and even then we only managed to barely break even. What was our biggest cost? Our web hosting.

Now that we are financially solvent and profitable, we're able to give back to the community. If you have a startup that requires relatively few resources (just web hosting, some scripts, etc.), we'd be glad to help you host by giving you some space on our server.

We're giving your startup at least one year of absolutely, 100% free - $0 hosting. This includes unlimited storage and bandwidth. We hope that this provides your organization a "cushion". This will help you reduce costs and earn more money. As a startup owner, we feel your time should be spent looking forwards to profit, not trying to swim out of the red. And hey, if you need the "cushion" for more than one year, that's fine too, because we want your startup to be as prepared as possible.

(Disclaimer mumbo jumbo: There are no guarantees, don't abuse the resources, and please keep your content appropriate/compliant with our Terms of Service but remember, it's free! Please purchase your domain separately on a website that allows you to change your domain's nameserver. We can also offer a .mywikis.com subdomain if you prefer that.) 

We will not be hosting any websites related to wikis via this method (no wiki hosts). This is because:
  1. If you want to create a wiki host, we want you to use MyWikis Reseller (https://www.mywikis.com/reseller)
  2. If you want to create a wiki, we want you to use MyWikis, of course! (https://www.mywikis.com/newsite)

The hosting we offer does not have a "build-your-own-site" tool (although we could install a CMS/content management system for you), but you can deploy HTML, PHP, Python, Ruby, Perl, etc. pages. We are not helping you create your website, but instead providing a place for you to host your creation.

For more information, please visit https://www.mywikis.com/startup.

To apply, please send an email to contact@mywikis.com with your startup's info (name, summary of what you're doing) and we'll get back to you when we can, usually within 24 hours.

What startups use MyWikis Startup?

  • Terml.io - making flashcards more efficient to create, allowing for more time for studying, and many hours saved - visit them at terml.io
  • AceNet - find tutoring online for low costs - visit them at acenet.xyz

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Make your wiki mobile friendly

Recently, Google announced they would factor in mobile-friendliness in their search results. We realize the impact this will have on your wiki.

We recommend all wiki owners who want their wikis to be on Google to contact us on the ticketed support system as soon as possible (https://www.mywikis.com/tss) so we can set up a mobile-friendly skin that Google will recognize as mobile friendly, guaranteed. If you do not want to, our default option is to opt-out, since this will affect how browsing wikis on mobile devices works, and could cause issues.

If your wiki is strictly for corporate purposes and is kept private, this is obviously not necessary as search results are not an issue for your wiki. However, if you wish to enable this skin, please note that editing may not be supported, and it will be best to use the desktop version to edit as of right now.

However, if your wiki is open to the public and Google is a main traffic source, this is imperative! Do not waste time and please contact us so we may install the mobile friendly skin. Please realize this will affect certain functions of MediaWiki such as editing.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Announcing MyWikis Gold Rewards - getting paid to edit wikis

Edit: April Fools!

As thanks to editing our wikis here at MyWikis, we've decided to splurge and give $$$ to edit wikis!

How does it work?
Just enable popup windows. For as long as you're editing any MyWikis wiki, we'll shoot up popup ads while you edit wikis. This will only work when on our wikis. Then, we'll pay you $10/hour, rounded to the nearest second.

Is this legal?
Yes, due to a loophole in the licenses we use, we are able to monetize paid content. We used the Stafford Act and the Communications Indecency Act to knock down the anti-loophole clauses.

Do I need to sign up?
This is a closed beta, so you need to email contact@mywikis.com to enable this.

Dr. Evil

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Notice concerning clients from Indiana

Update: Since Governor Pence has managed to pass another clarifying law, we've decided to once again accept clients from Indiana.

Due to the recent discriminatory laws passed by Indiana's state government, we have decided to stop accepting new clients from the state of Indiana. However, existing clients are able to stay until further notice. This ban will be lifted when the law is repealed. We apologize for any inconvenience to our clients and potential customers.

Not only do we find the law extremely offensive, we feel this is a step back in LGBT anti-discrimination rights. If another state or country shall pass such a similar law, we will boycott it. In the meanwhile, please tell Gov. Pence to repeal this law, or elect an opponent of this law to office so they may repeal this discriminatory law.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ticketed support system updated

We have updated our ticketed support system located at https://www.mywikis.com/tss to make it easier than ever to get help, as well as making it easier than ever for us to help you. The TSS carries over all user and staff data from the older version of the TSS. We are still in the process of restoring old features to the ticketed support system, if we deem it necessary.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Restoring former prices for UK and Eurozone customers

Due to the current currency fluctuations, it is in MyWikis' best interests to restore USD pricing for customers everywhere in the world. Unfortunately, this policy has not proven popular, so we are retiring it for good.