Review: iKnowledge – Knowledge Base and Wiki WordPress Theme
Did you know that it is possible to set up a Wiki style website with WordPress? The Wiki publishing concept was invented by Ward Cunningham and have become popular for information management, note taking, intranets, and documentation. The best know wiki site is Wikipedia and it is one of the most visited websites in the world.
More and more people use the internet to search for information they need and expect to find solutions instantly. While it is common for people to follow blogs that cover their interests and problem areas, I would say that a well-organized and maintained Wiki site often is worth a visit. As an example it is common for popular games to have large Wiki sites that document game tactics and basic guidelines. Wiki sites typically provide entries with great detailed that authors have backed up by relevant sources. Moreover, information in Wiki sites are classified into categories making it easy for users to scan and search some terms, which are related to their needs. In this review, I will take a closer look at iKnowledge – Knowledge Base, which is a cool Wiki WordPress Theme: the theme you will need for building your own wiki site on WordPress.
Storing up a knowledge database for quick information search is very essential for running a business. FAQs, Procedures and Help Guides are usually the most commonly sought after topics in company knowledge databases. Wiki style websites serve as a great solution for managing complex information within a company or department.
iKnowledge Theme has a clean and simple design and it does not add much fuss to distracting users and it clearly seeks to highlight your content. It has four color styles to choose from and it comes with two additional custom page templates you can use: full width and archives page. Getting content feedback is easy with its build rating system. Being Further, it comes with a post view counter to help track your article views on site. Homepage is fully widgetized meaning you can customize the page layout from the WordPress Widget area. It is also loaded with useful shortcode so you can insert buttons, columns, tabs and toggles, menus and post styles within the site. In addition, iKnowledge is translation ready for localization in case you want to set up wiki sites for specific languages. Let us get deeper into this theme’s details and features.
The homepage of iKnowledge has the sidebar on the left and the post area on the right. In addtion, there is a main navigation menu at the top of the page.
Content can be sorted into main categories that will show up like this on the homepage.
Categories on Homepage
Posts are sorted under the categories and easy to access for users. It is a cool that the developer added the possibility to allow users to rate the usefulness and relevance of each piece of content. There is also social media share buttons available under the posts the archive view. Number of views is visible with the view tracker under the posts as well.
Posts with rating, social media widgets and views tracker.
The theme comes with nine useful custom widgets such as advanced search, author list (see the left sidebar) and more.
Advanced search widget
Adding custom page elements on a page can be done through shortcodes.
iKnowledge is a comprehensive and functional theme that serves its purpose, setting up a wiki, FAQ, intranet etc. in minutes. The theme’s minimalist design keeps distraction away from the content and gives users straightforward information they’re searching for. The rating system is very useful as getting feedback from users is essential in evaluating the content’s overall quality. The view tracker helps assess the popularity of the articles posted on the site. Shortcodes, as always, are helpful in editing layout of the post as well as design elements. See the theme in action here.