I'm a retired software developer living on the south coast of England. I have numerous hobbies but I still mostly dabble in software development creating my own Windows desktop tools and contributing to the Open Source community on Github (https://github.com/BazzaCuda)
I discovered DokuWiki this week while investigating how best to implement an online wiki for a project I'm working on. (When it's up and running I'll post a link to the domain here so others can see how yet another DokuWiki project has been implemented).
I'm very impressed by DokuWiki, in particular I love the power and flexibility it gives me by not being [remote] database-based. As the sole contributor to my very specialised wiki, it was easy to remove all access to the usual user tools and simply present a read-only wiki to the online world. It was also easy to manually add a further two fonts to the FontFace plugin and to modify the MindTheDark template to my requirements.
Oh, and the WRAP plugin. What can I say!! 😃
I love that the non-database approach allows me the flexibility to either modify the wiki in the background (create namespaces and empty, fill-in-the-blanks, pages to my own design, add new images, etc) and then edit it all through my browser. And the automatic, responsive, support for mobile devices is an absolute gem! I'm also handcrafting my sidebar. The whole thing looks great and my wiki has taken shape far quicker than I was expecting it to, thanks to DocuWiki's flexibility. I could actually publish now, it looks that good, but I'm resisting the temptation to do so until there are far more than the current 74 pages I've created since I first downloaded DokuWiki just four days ago!
This flexibility will also be key when my wiki goes live, as it should require very little work other than a straight-forward FTP of my dokuwiki folder to the server. As someone who's spent an entire career battling onsite and remote databases, this ease cannot be overestimated 😃
DokuWikiStick is great, too! It's saving me money by allowing me to develop my wiki offline prior to publication and prior to signing up for a web host. I've purchased my chosen domain for the project but DokuWikiStick allows me to spend the months it will take to write the wiki with no hosting fees while I do so. I'm developing the wiki on my PC, editing the pages through my Chromium-based browser (Vivaldi) and double-checking how it looks on my phone, over my home wifi!!
I can't speak highly enough of DokuWiki!