Do you still offer free wikis for education? How can I upgrade?

We offer free upgrades to any wiki that is used exclusively for educational purposes. Our K–12 plan covers pre-kindergarten through secondary school, and our Higher Education plan is available to all colleges and universities. Both are available worldwide to teachers, students, homeschoolers, administrators, and other educators.

You can request a free upgrade for your existing wiki:
  1. Go to your wiki.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Subscription.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the link to request your free upgrade.

If you want to create any education wikis in the future, just use the appropriate link:

How can I create accounts for my students?

You can create up to 100 accounts at a time with our User Creator tool. You will not need to provide email addresses for your students when you use the User Creator tool:
  1. Navigate to your wiki.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Under People, select User Creator.
  4. Choose the wiki you would like to add the users to.
  5. Enter your list of users as text, or upload an excel or .csv file with usernames and passwords. Email addresses aren't required to create accounts. Keep in mind that every Wikispaces username must be unique. Try using numbers, or initials, or a first name-last name combination to create unique usernames.
  6. The User Creator will guide you through the process of setting up your accounts.

As long as your email address is confirmed, you will receive a record of your student accounts. If you don't receive this record, please check your spam/junk folder.

If you have more than 100 students, just go through the User Creator process with different lists of 100 names.

I created accounts for my students, but I misplaced their passwords.

As long as your email address is confirmed, you should have received a record of your student accounts when you created them. If you didn't receive this record, please check your spam/junk folder.

If you still can't find this record, contact Wikispaces support with a list of the students whose passwords you have misplaced. We will reset the passwords for you.

I told my students not to change their usernames or passwords, but they did anyway — and now they can’t log in. They have no email addresses. What do I do?

As long as your email address is confirmed, you should have received a record of your student accounts when you created them. If you didn't receive this record, please check your spam/junk folder.

If you still can't find this record, you should be able to find your students' current usernames on the member list of your wiki. Contact Wikispaces support with a list of the students who have changed their usernames and passwords and we will reset them for you. Be sure to email us from the address associated with your Wikispaces account.

I’m a teacher, but I can’t find Projects or the User Creator tool on my wiki. What happened?

You probably need to upgrade your wiki to the free education plan. To check what plan your wiki is on, go to Settings. You should see your plan type after Subscription.

If it says "Basic," you should request a free upgrade for your wiki:
  1. Go to your wiki.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Subscription.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the link to request your free upgrade.

Once your upgrade request has gone through, you should have the extra educator features.

I want to hide pages for a while, then bring them back later. Can I do that?

Custom and hidden page permissions are only available on Super wikis and Wikispaces Private Label sites. You can learn more about our permissions options here.

You might also consider using the Projects feature.

How can I keep students from editing my page?

Just set the permissions for the page to Locked and only you (and other organizers of the wiki) will be able to edit it:
  1. Navigate to your wiki.
  2. Select Pages and Files.
  3. Check the pages that you don’t want students to edit.
  4. Hit the Lock button.

If you ever want to open that page up to student edits, it’s just as easy to unlock the page:
  1. Navigate to your wiki.
  2. Select Pages and Files.
  3. Check the pages that you want to unlock.
  4. Hit the Unlock button.

You can also lock an individual page by selecting Lock from the More Page Options menu.

How do I set my wiki to Private?

If you want to make it so that only members of your wiki — you and your students — can see the work that is posted to your wiki, you want to set your wiki to Private. If you want your wiki to be visible to the public, but still keep anyone but wiki members from editing pages, you need to set your wiki to Protected. You can make either change on your Permissions page:
  1. Navigate to your wiki.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Under People, select Permissions.
  4. Select Public, Protected, or Private and hit Update.

Can I restrict viewing or editing a page to a single student or group of students?

Our Projects feature was built for exactly this purpose.

My students already have accounts. Can I add them to my wiki?

Yes. If your students have already created accounts on Wikispaces or had accounts created for another wiki/class, you can invite them to your wiki. To bulk invite them to your wiki just follow these steps:
  1. Navigate to your wiki.
  2. Select Members.
  3. Under People select Invite People.
  4. Enter up to 100 students' usernames or email addresses, separated by commas or line breaks.
  5. Press Send.

The next time the student logs into their account (or checks their email, if the account is associated with a confirmed email address) they will be able to view and accept the invitation.

My students were editing the same page at the same time and some changes have been lost. Do you have any advice?

If two people edit the same page at the same time, we will keep track of both sets of changes. Your students will be notified if someone else is editing the page at the same time. If there are no conflicts in the students' changes, both sets of edits will be seamlessly merged into the page. If the changes do conflict, the following will happen:
  1. When the first user saves his changes, the second user will receive a notification of this and will be able to view the changes.
  2. The second user can view the changes to remove the conflict if she chooses.
  3. If there is still a conflict when the second user saves the page, she will be notified that she is about to overwrite the first user's changes. She will have the option to continue or cancel.

If either student's edits are incorrectly overwritten, they can find their work or revert to an earlier version of the page by clicking the page button for History.

Is there a way to disable the messaging system on Wikispaces?

There is no way to disable the messaging system. However, as an educator, you have a couple of options:
  1. You can change the messaging preferences for each of your students by logging into their accounts and going to My Account. There you can set Receive Private Messages From to No One. Learn more about our messaging system.
  2. You and your school, district, or university can check out Wikispaces Private Label. You will get your own separate wiki environment in which you can create an unlimited number of users and wikis, and you will have the option to turn off the messaging system for the entire site. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, read more.

How do I add a calendar, spreadsheet, etc. to a page?

While you are editing a page, click the Widget icon in the editor bar (it looks like a little TV), then select the type of media you want to embed from the menu. The widget tool will give you instructions on where to get the chunk of code that you'll need. You can see this in action in our video tour on adding widgets.

If you are adding a Google Calendar or Google Doc, remember that only people who already have permission to see it will be able to view it in your wiki. Please check the share settings in Google to change this.

I'm giving a presentation on wikis. Do you have any materials I can use?


Contact Wikispaces support if you have any questions.

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