[OT] WIKI - what / how ?

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I've been looking for a means to easily share files with a third party via
my personal webspace. Files would include word docs / PDFs / some source /
executables etc.

I stumbled across some articles on WIKI's which may be what I am looking
for. I found the page below comparing WIKIs which suggests that security /
log in access is possible.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_wiki_software
(posted to aus.elec by Dave Jones along with mention of the MediaWiki
engine)

Any thoughts / suggestion - will a Wiki do what I want?

If it is of any relevance I'm not experienced in HTML etc.

thanks
rob



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Just upload the files to your personal webspace and give the third party
the URL. Nothing fancy required.

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Yes, that is all that is required. Then people will see a list of files
which they can download. Although with Internet Explorer you can only
see a limited number of characters.

You don't need HTML experience these days, even Microsoft Word can
generate a basic HTML web page for you. All you need to do is save it
as "index.html" and upload (via FTP or IE) to your personal website.
Your ISP should have step-by-step instructions on how to do this.
Lots of ISP's also have auto-generating online website creation
software.

A Wiki is not really want you want, there would be too much mucking
around. A basic index.html web page is best.

Dave :)


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Thanks for the replies guys. I've done the basic website set up in the
past - no probs.

Apologies - I should have mentioned that I need the capability for the third
party to "login" then download / modify & upload files. The files should not
be easily accessible to the general public - ie if someone really wants to
hack in they probably could but the files need to be generally secure.

cheers
rob




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That will depend on the facilities available from your web server host.
There may be a variety of security options to allow users to log into
parts of your site, the most common being directory access controls
enforced by the web server (eg apache htaccess).

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Ah, then you need a set up FTP access to a directory.
Most web hosts will give you this ability and it's fairly trivial to
set up. Although if it's a personal homepage on an ISP you may not have
this feature, in which case you also won't have the ability to set up
Wiki's or anything else but basic HTML pages.
A $5/month web hosting plan will solve all your problems here.
FTP access is very secure, basically no way in without the password.

Ask your ISP if you can setup FTP access.

Dave :)


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Cheers Dave, I'll give them a call and see what they say. I've got a feeling
I won't have an alternative login/password pair other than the one I use for
access (I'm still on dial-up).
regards
rob



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Sounds like you want a private FTP server.
or possibly a virtual private network.

OTOH, would it be acceptable for them to submit the altered files to you via
email?

or if your web host supports server side scripting you could set up
something that accepts http uploads.

Or you could just give them the password to the website, if you trust them.

Bye.
   Jasen

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Cheers Jasen - the latter may  be the simplest solution.
Thanks
rob



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share both ways? or are you giving and they getting?

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possibly. but maybe what you want is a VPN.

the next question is will your web host let you run a WIKI, do they provide
the services needed to run one...

Bye.
   Jasen

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