XWiki vs Confluence

XWiki is a "Knowledge Management and Collaboration specialist" and aims to answer Enterprise Information Organization and Collaboration needs. On the other hand, Atlassian Confluence is a "Tool Specialist" with its main client base being development teams.
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More organized

Beyond the advanced set of features you can expect from an Enterprise Wiki to have, XWiki has some more that will help you better organize your information. WYSIWYG editing, rights management, file attachments, PDF exporting are just few of the ones that are, but compared to Atlassian Confluence, XWiki allows you to increase the organization of information using its structured data model. By adding structure to a wiki page you will ease the creation and editing of information. In combination with the nested pages features of XWiki, it will drastically improve the navigation and search capabilities.

Compared to Confluence which is addressing mainly technical users, XWiki allows development, support, sales HR and marketing teams of all sizes to use XWiki as Knowledge Bases; Collaborative intranets or External resource centers to increase efficiency and better serve their customers.

Affordable & Safe

XWiki is free to use and download due to its Open Source nature, while Confluence is a proprietary software which defines its pricing by the number of users. We believe Open Source is about your own choices, making it the safest path from an investment point of view. You choose where you deploy, what services you use and what features you need. XWiki can be deployed both on your server or on our cloud, but the best thing is that you can change your mind at any given time.

XWiki SAS offers services and solutions that are known to have a better price/quality ratio compared to the market’s offerings. Furthermore, market leaders such as Amazon are using XWiki and benefit from the expertise that our professional team possesses.

Extensible

XWiki is developed thinking of extensibility, adaptability and flexibility. We believe any software should adapt to its users and not the opposite. Being an Open Source software, XWiki supports full customization, allowing developers to exactly meet the needs of any enterprise or individual. Contrary, Confluence is an as-it-is software which supports limited customization, reducing the compatibility between the need and the solution.

Both XWiki and Confluence make us of an Extension Directory, but what differentiates XWiki is the ability to create your own apps in just a few minutes without technical knowledge. Just drag and drop. App within Minutes will take care of the rest.

Technology and features

Even if you might want to start small with the software as it is or you need a fully customizable tool, our team of professionals can help you on every step of the journey. Taking into consideration the collaborative needs are becoming more prominent in the modern-day business environment, software allowing extensive customization on both UI and structure becomes a productivity advantage crucial in the marketplace. Adapt the software to your processes and not the opposite.

The key difference lies in the capacity of full customization and potential developments on top of the standard XWiki. While Confluence is proprietary software that is distributed as-it-is and provides limited hosting options, XWiki is an open development platform adaptable to any business requirement.

XWiki supports 3 different editors: CKEditor, WYSIWYG and wiki syntax which allows both advanced and basic users to extensively edit a wiki page, while Confluence has limited its customers to use only the Confluence WYSIWYG editor. It is no longer possible to edit, copy or see the wiki syntax because the content is no longer stored in the "wiki format".

Market positioning

XWiki is a "Knowledge Management and Collaboration specialist" and aims to answer Enterprise Information Organization and Collaboration needs. On the other hand, Atlassian Confluence is a "Tool Specialist" with its main client base being development teams.

XWiki and Confluence have opposite business models. Confluence is proprietary software which sets the price based on the number of users. XWiki, on the contrary, is an Open Source software that can freely be used and modified to completely adapt. XWiki XWiki SAS offers services and solutions that are known to have a better price/quality ratio compared to the market’s offerings. Furthermore, market leaders such as Amazon are using XWiki and benefit from the expertise that our professional team possesses.

Why choose XWiki?

Structured, adaptable and extensible

We believe software needs to adapt to its users and not the opposite. XWiki's features, extensible capabilities, and data structure model allow making this happen without too much struggle.

An open model

XWiki is a 100% Open Source software (developed under the LGPL license), unlike Confluence which is proprietary software.

This brings a number of benefits.

  • From the innovation point of view. At XWiki SAS, we believe that innovation is led by transparency and free competition. The Open Source concept relies on community contributors who are freely improving the product. This means that XWiki is a secure investment and has a better ROI due to the ongoing updates and improvements developed by the community.
  • Adaptable to the market needs. The Open Source software will always be transparently developed as the contributors provide ideas, report bugs, find fixes or suggest new features. This way it ensures a better understanding of the market needs as the improvements come directly from the market.
  • Never stop adapting. Thinking beyond the standard extensibility features such as plugins, structure, and UI that Confluence also provides, XWiki benefits from the Open Source values which dictate that the source code will be always available for further improvements. This means the sky is the limit when it comes to customizations and extensions.
  • Change your mind at any given time. We believe Open Source is about your own choices, making it the safest path from an investment point of view. You choose where you deploy, what services you use and what features you need. XWiki can be deployed both on your server or on our cloud, but the best thing is that you can change your mind at any given time.

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