MediaWiki v Confluence
Comparison Chart[edit | edit source]
|Attribute||MediaWiki||Confluence||Why is it important?|
|License||GNU GPL||proprietary||Fully free software protects your investment because it's reversible and extensible from the bottom-up. It's never tied to the fate of a sole proprietor, and not subject to vendor lock-in.|
|Integration||almost anything||mostly Atlassian products||MediaWiki can be, and is, integrated with a wide variety of other systems. Most importantly for the Enterprise user, a whole open authentication framework allows MediaWiki to be integrated with just about any existing authentication system.
|Ease of Use||Wiki||Confluence||discussion|
|Gartner Magic Quadrant||This is a red herring. There is no way that MediaWiki would ever be listed by Gartner since they review vendors. MediaWiki is produced by the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), a non-profit foundation. They are not a software vendor. They'll never be listed by Gartner in any MQ unless Gartner changes their methodology.  Besides, Atlassian was named in the 2017 MQ for "Enterprise Agile Planning Tools" , not for wikis, not for collaboration, not for knowledge management.|
|Cost||MediaWiki software is Free Software (as defined by it's license). Vendors charge for added value such as support and service.
You pay per the seat for a Confluence license. There is a free option for open-source projects. There is a reduced price option for non-profit organizations. You also pay for add-ons that are included with MediaWiki (even simple ones like Title redirects!). You also pay for added value such as training. Some things are just not available at any price (e.g. customization).
|Professional Support||MediaWiki has paid professional support provided by a long list of individual software developers as well as companies around the world |
Confluence has a variety of support options available through a single company (Atlassian in Australia) with full support starting at $35,000 
Users[edit | edit source]
Let's see who uses MediaWiki
Just about every established open source software project has a wiki.
- Some like Open EMR even use MediaWiki to document how to document their code