A Total Revamp for Wikis
Could we please have the ability to create Wikis in SharePoint that look like TechNet or Wikipedia? Please try to make things more simple. Do not over complicate it again.
We know wikis are critical to sharing knowledge within your organization! We’ve been slowly building capabilities to share information more easily with our focus on modern pages and web parts. And with that work, we’ve been adding some of the capabilities we hear you want when people refer to wikis (easily add links to other pages or content, add metadata to each page to help people find and categorize it, roll-up content based on that metadata to show groupings of like content, etc.) But we know this isn’t all that’s required to have a great wiki. Many people also want wiki linking syntax e.g. [], we don’t yet support that, but we do support ctrl/command + K from the text web part to search and find pages on your site. We’ll be working on adding wiki syntax shortly. We know you also need easy roll-up pages, maybe an index page, etc.
In short, we’re still working on what it will take to make a great wiki experience leveraging the building blocks of web parts and modern pages. If you have specific ideas about what you need/want, we’d love to hear them. Please add detailed comments to help us frame what you need for our MVP.
Can MS confirm that if we start using modern pages now for WIKI (using all the current layouts) that these pages will be compatible, or able to be converted into the new WIKI type Modern page when it arrives?
I agree with many of the comments below. Something simple and elegant is what we need. We actually love the way the Teams wiki looks (simple, you can copy/paste text and images, etc.) but it MUST be searchable to be functional. Also, we don't want to limit learning to a single team, rather we want this content to live on our main company intranet. We tried the standard enterprise wiki and it was just brutal to create and keep updated. We're now taking an attempt at modern, but most of our wikis require both text and images and the current structure can make that a challenge. It is especially frustrating when you already have the documentation created (in Word or OneNote) and you just want to copy/paste all content (including images) onto the page. Additionally we want accordion features for both text and images, easy linking to other wiki pages and docs in libraries, and the ability to easily add metadata and create views from that data for easy navigation.
S 4 commented
any update - we've been asking for this since 2015?!
Allow Custom Content Type Templates of master pages for WIKI. This is to allow users to select from multiple WIKI templates that can contain consistent layout and stock information, such as Meta Data.
PS, I actually love the new Modern Page Editing and users will as well.
table of contents on each page, and an index of pages on the home page
Adriaan Van Nuffel commented
We need a table of contents, based on the text headings.
Also, editing a Modern page in Sharepoint is still complicated for some users. A functionality closer to the Wiki pages in MS Teams would be great. (Just write text and paste images, not bothering with web parts).
I also like the layout in MS Teams, sober yet attractive.
And like Jaymz wrote below: docs.microsoft.com is a great layout too, if we could make this in Sharepoint, that would be nice. (A main navigation to the left, and an in-page navigation based on the headers, on the right)
Jared Pittman commented
currently using modern site w/ custom field for managed metadata tagging, and template pages that guide our authors on all of the custom things that they have to remember to do in order for their page to come out right. Would be much better if this was simplified, related articles easy to tag, managed metadata clickable so that anything tagged comes up in search, etc...
Also really miss [] syntax
+1 Wiki linking syntax [] or some type of linking method
+1 Templates for standard formatting/styles and structure
Honestly, what you have in docs.microsoft.com is perfect. Mirror that in SPFx
I know MS you are working hard to listen what people want and get your job done. As name suggested SharePoint should be shared documents, and knowledge among teams, and wiki / knowledge base is extremely important. Using classic wiki app in a modern site is not practical, not only dead old view, but also lack of features.
I see all previous admin replies that you were thinking about it for more than 3 years, I think it's been long enough to listen and think, and it's time to get it done.
Having a separate wiki outside of Office 365 is nonsense, but that's how most of people do currently.
Thanks for reading my ignorant comment, and I appreciate your hard work.
Aman Arora commented
This will be extremely helpful. Adding the feature of creating internal knowledge base/wikis easily is something that will increase the adoption of Sharepoint a lot. This is one feature that is lacking in Office 365 for which we have to resort to Atlassian Confluence.
1. Create page with standard templates (and user creatable templates)
2. Good text/content editing capabilities (adding hyperlinks, images, section headers, etc)
3. Navigation bar on the left that automatically updates and is hierarchical.
This is what we often hear as requirements from our customers:
> Tree navigation where tree structure can be easily edited (drag & drop and/or copy/move actions in the tree)
> TOC built from headings on the page
> adding images using clipboard
Adrian Fiechter commented
An easy editable and tree based navigation for a lot of pages
The ability to easily see the changes in the page compared to previous versions. Like in the classic pages.
Ability to force a accessibility check before posting.
Look at Atlassian Confluence. Do that. Job done :)
Ability to print pages would be great. Currently printing sp pages is a pain point for some of our users.
SharePoint Admin in the South commented
We don't need or want linking syntax. We could use a link UI on the ribbon that links to other pages.
It would be great if there was a page library type that was designed as a KB, that assumes that we want to link pages together and have an outline structure of pages in a hierarchy.
I'm in the process of migrating wiki pages from a non-SPO site to a SPO Communication site as modern pages.
-Please include the ability of adding already created modern pages to a new wiki (or a built in way to convert them into "wiki" pages).
I'd hate to have to migrate 100's of pages all over again.
Christine Green commented
We remove the wiki tab from Teams and use OneNote instead. I don't understand why the wiki tab is there, as the functionality is so limited right now.