I just wanted to drop in and say how cool the Pre-14 is. I have been on the demo site using it and playing and scrapping and just having fun.
The look and feel is completely cool.
The interface dialogues are nice and clear, the over all appearance and interface just feel lighter, friendlier, and it may be my imagination but it feels quicker too. Perhaps the Bootstrap theme is lighter with less bulky coding? Whatever it is, getting around Pre-14 is enjoyable.
The only reason I left our url's above is to give an example that my knowledge is mostly with plug n play software, as our home site is built on Joomla! and our community is built on IB Board, both of which are user friendly plug and play.
If it weren't for the many plugin play built in options provided by Tiki I would not be able to have all these options at my finger tips. I do not code, I do not play with CSS, and I have no intention on getting dirty with it either, I am looking for a wiki platform that is easy to use, and intuitive. And Tiki is very user friendly, with a little patience and experimenting, and research (Tiki for Smarties) you can get this up and running. I have had a Tiki 12 test site for a few months now and it's nice, the only complaint I have about is the outdated appearance and skins. I know someone with more knowledge than I can make 12 look more up to date, but that person is not me. But, versions 13 and 14 have taken care of the appearance end of things.
I have been using a test site for Mediawiki as well, a great piece of software, and I am completely comfy with it and all the extensions and the process to configure the extensions, but, it scares the heck out of me to have all those extensions that I worked so hard to load up, and then a major upgrade by Mediawiki takes place, and the possibility of those extensions becoming quickly obsolete.
Also the lack of a WYSIWYG editor is a major major major downside to Mediawiki. I know they have a Visual Editor (WYSIWYG) but it's virtually impossible to make it function if you are on shared hosting like we are. Shared hosting services don't like a Parsoid Service running on their accounts, it's constantly running and gobbling up resources, so about the only way to take advantage of the WYSIWYG Visual Editor for Mediawiki is by having your own dedicated server or VPS which is costly to many of us and just too much work to maintain. Mediawiki is an awesome piece of open source software, I am not slamming it, just it does not fit our needs.
Tiki has a WYSIWYG. No need to say more on that issue.
The biggest con for me at this point is the 13 and 14 versions require php5.5, if you can even call that a con, it really isn't, it's just inconvenient for me personally because our shared hosting does not provide php5.5 yet, and they have no plans to implement it soon. So now I am forced to go out and look for hosting that will accommodate the new versions of Tiki. There are many but choosing is hard.
I am also getting to become familiar with the Tiki community lately via video interviews with the shakers and movers of the Tiki community, and I am feeling more on a personal level like Tiki is just a neat piece of software with a great community behind it.
Ok, back to the demo site for more fun!
Thanks Tiki guys for all your volunteer efforts to make this community what it is, and for making software that the everyday user can use.