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 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):

Friday, November 6, 2015

Information regarding's future

UPDATE 1: All existing users have Premium. Enjoy!

TL;DR: 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, is going through the largest change it has ever gone through. Justin, the owner of, has worked diligently and tirelessly for many, many nights and finally launched 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 on the MyWikis Startup Program. In May, I committed to Justin that 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 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 as the URL.
  3. The same code base and great features of 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 or This has yet to be decided. (Don't want that? We need $95 to cover the fee for
  4. Customer support given to customers will shift to MyWikis' customer support. Our ticketed support system is at
  5. Programmers only: Our codebase will become open source. Learn more about what this means below.
Thank you for supporting 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'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, MyWikis isn't at all a stranger to; in fact, some of our staff have helped code
  4. Why isn't Justin interested in developing anymore?
    Please see his blog post for more information. 
  5. isn't a failure, why is it being ditched like this?
    Justin's original plan was to have some income from kind of like the model Quizlet uses. Unfortunately, not enough money was made to sustain, and as a result, he has decided to move on. MyWikis intends to nurture 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; just specify your email address you registered with on and we'll get back to you ASAP.

FAQ for programmers and general computer nerds:
  1. How are you open sourcing
    (Preliminary information here. Subject to change.) While we can't divulge how the code is currently stored, we'll be releasing 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 and making money off of our code, so we're going to use the AGPL (Affero GPL) License or something similar. The original will be the most "official" version of, though.
  2. How can I contribute to the 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 coded in, and how do I run it?
    It's coded in Python. Running is very easy and requires only some configuration.