SharePoint Wiki that really Works

July 09, 2024 by Alexa Uskova • 6 min read • Comparisons

SharePoint Wiki that really Works

Our team is a current Microsoft environment user. We use Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, One Drive etc.

At some point - the amount of documents, policies, files and emails started accumulating drastically. The Support Team I'm a part of, experienced it in the first row.

My colleagues struggled to find a certain document or file, as it could be located on drive, lost somewhere in SharePoint, in Microsoft Teams chat thread or in someone's inbox.

Our work turned into a hot mess, that stumbled both the team and our customers, who neither were able to figure out the information on their own, now get prompt answers from the support team.

That situation made me raise the issue with the managers and make my own research via google and different app shops. My main aim was to create sort of a knowledge base or a wiki, but without any extra training, difficult setup process that would tire everyone, and of course he price matters were in question. In ideal scenario - the tool would have a direct integration with Microsoft products, as the rest of the team still needed the docs to be viewed through SharePoint. And we found one! It was Perfect Wiki for Microsoft teams, but about later about our main character.

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The most obvious variant were offered by my managers, but we never opted for them. Here's why: 

Stick to the existing One Drive and SharePoint

Of course, as the company internally uses the Microsoft bundle- that would be the most cost effective variant. But if you've ever used SharePoint even once - you can say that it's so clunky in terms of knowledge management and data sharing, that it for sure was a no go. Leave alone the One Dive - all the documents uploaded there were just out of everyone's sight forever.

Use well-know market solutions

I studied the options that were offered by the big players, of course, starting from the Atlassian Confluence. What I saw was impressive in terms of knowledge hub features and layout, however the price for a team like our left me speechless. Add here the robust interface that each (even a non tech savvy) employee has to learn and lack of Microsoft integration. Collectively, this option was considered non-viable for out use case.

Turn to a self hosted solution

From the robust and famous tools I switched to smaller self hosted apps (like Media Wiki, DokuWiki, etc.). Everything seemed nice, before I tried to install and actually work with one. Using such a solution would require us hire at least several IT and tech specialists to maintain the servers and help us navigate through the interface. So, again it was a miss.

Perfect Wiki - a saver for my team

By chance I've noticed Perfect Wiki while doing Google search and later one, it appeared in the Microsoft teams apps shop. The ‘Wiki’ in the name made me study and option further. I read numerous blog posts and feedback - most users were pleased and even amazed by the simplicity of the usage and the abundance of feature set.

Of course I decided to give it a try. I immediately got the free version for the test and couldn't believe my eyes, that was exactly what we were striving for. Read farther why.

Reasonable pricing

Let's discuss money matters first: I was very satisfied with the free version of the app I tested, so I decided to explore further with the hope that everything would work smoothly. I discovered that the paid plans offered by Perfect Wiki, both Premium and Enterprise, are excellent options at a reasonable price.

Feature set and Integration

All I had to do was simply add the app to my Microsoft Teams channel and access a knowledge base that allowed me to input various types of content, such as text, embedded media, video tutorials, diagrams, and tables. What amazed me at first sight - that Perfect Wiki lives inside Microsoft Teams, meaning we could work in one and the same workspace and not bother creating numerous logins and passwords. It also gave me a hint that I would be able to link the structure to my SharePoint.

SharePoint Wiki that really Works
Perfect Wiki Integrations

Even though the setup took me couple clicks - the Perfect Wiki Support Team was in touch with the demo calls, email replies and even the whole Support Centre with all the guides and manuals. Actually, its structure gave me a vision of organizing my own Support portal similarly.

We also got to import the existing documents, that were previously scattered everywhere, into our Perfect Wiki system  making them ideally and logically structure under one roof. Prefect Wiki import system supports almost every format possible. Nothing had to be rewritten and even copy-pasted. 

SharePoint Wiki that really Works
Perfect Wiki Import Dialogue

How I created a Wiki in SharePoint with Perfect Wiki?

As you could get, my task was to structure all the docs, policies, SOP's, FAQ's into a system that would still be accessible through SharePoint for the vast majority of the organization. I consulted the Perfect Wiki team and found out it was very easy, luckily for me!

First of all, I uploaded my files and data into Perfect Wiki.  I structured all the content into a hierarchy of pages, subpages, related articles etc. After editing and styling my content the steps were really easy and actually a breeze for me, who used to struggle with SharePoint to create a single page that would be useful. I was impressed at this step already. 

The tutorial I followed is here and it's for real a piece of cake: How to embed Perfect Wiki page to SharePoint?

And here's what I got as a result. I was shocked that my knowledge base could be that structured, accessible and informative. My team now actually uses the documents, without wasting time on looking for a single file for n eternity. And that's all thanks to Perfect Wiki.

SharePoint Wiki that really Works

 

Conclusions and results

This tool really surpassed all my expectations, as it offered:

  1. Easy and seamless SharePoint and Microsoft Teams integration, allowing me to create and share data inside my environment
  2. Intuitive and user-friendly navigation for both clients and staff
  3. Templates, AI assistant, quick search and editor to create and maintain content
  4. Clear structure (that I couldn't achieve with SharePoint or any other solution discussed)
  5. Reasonable price

 Perfect Wiki met all of our needs and we believe it would be beneficial for others as well. After being impressed by its features, we are now looking to increase our knowledge base. Both our team and customers have had a great user experience with the app. Document sharing has never been so efficient, quick and easy. My idea is that solution is so promising and thought through that any team will benefit with Perfect Wiki implementation.

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