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Hello and welcome to the April 2006 Wikispaces update. Here's what's in store:

1. Wikispaces Private Label
2. Space of the Month: Anza Pioneers
3. Wikitips
4. Shout it from the rooftops

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1. Wikispaces Private Label

This month we're thrilled to announce Wikispaces Private Label, a service for organizations that want their own dedicated Wikispaces environment.

Wikispaces Private Label provides you with a dedicated, branded environment on your own domain that looks and feels like your existing website. With Private Label, you're free to create as many spaces and user accounts as you like.

Wikispaces Private Label includes:
  • A dedicated Wikispaces environment
  • Unlimited spaces (each space can be private, protected, or public)
  • Unlimited user accounts
  • Your own domain space e.g. wiki.yourdomain.com
  • Customized look and feel so that your wikispaces look like your existing websites
  • The ability to manage your own user accounts and spaces
  • System wide statistics
  • All the regular features of Wikispaces you've come to love

If you're loving Wikispaces and are part of a school, university, non-profit, company, or other organization, consider upgrading to our Private Label plan and sharing Wikispaces with all of your colleagues.

This means we now have three Wikispaces plans.

Free:
  • One public space at yourspace.wikispaces.com with advertising

Plus ($5/month or $50/year):
  • One private or public space at yourspace.wikispaces.com with no advertising

Private Label ($100/month or $1,000/year):
  • A dedicated branded Wikispaces environment, on your own domain, that looks and feels like your existing website, in which you can create as many spaces and as many user accounts as you like. e.g. wiki.yourplace.com

If you are one team working together on a project, our Free and Plus plans are for you. If you are community or organization with lots of teams working on lots of projects, our Private Label plan is for you.

Here are two great examples of Wikispaces Private Label.

http://www.wiki.avma.org/

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 73,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. Structured to work for its members, the AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession.

http://www.wiki.collegiateschool.org/

Collegiate School is the oldest independent school in the United States. It was founded in 1628 by the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church as a school for children of Dutch colonists. Originally housed on the southern tip of Manhattan (then known as New Amsterdam), the school has been located next to the West End Collegiate Church in the heart of the Upper West Side since 1892.

Read our pricing page for more information, http://www.wikispaces.com/site/pricing , or contact us to learn more at help@wikispaces.com

2. Space of the Month: Anza Pioneers

April's Space of the Month is a great example of how a wikispace can enhance a group experience.

A group of six Williams College students biked and ran from Nogales, AZ to San Francisco, CA along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Their space is a living record of their trip.

Our space: We made the site for several reasons. First, we wanted an easy way for people to hear about our trip in our own words and to see our pictures. In this respect, we did it mostly for our very generous hosts who gave us so much while we were traveling. In another way, we're doing it for people who don't know who we are, or about the Anza Trail, so that they can learn what it is about. Compared to the other National Historic Trails, the Anza Trail is relatively unknown. Even people who basically live on the historic trail, don't know about it. We are trying to raise awareness about a trail that was so important to forming the culture of the Southwest and California coast. Lastly, we were encouraged to write a book of sorts about our journey, much like one that was written by a member of the original expedition in 1775-6. The goal was to create a modern day version of what it is like to travel through this area along the Anza Trail. We thought that a webpage format was the best way to do this, so that we could include pictures, profiles, and many different pages that each described a specific aspect of our trip, in addition to the journal entries from each day.

Our community: 6 Williams College students (in Williamstown, MA), the Anza Pioneers, are members of this wikispace. We are all teammates on the cross country and track and field teams here at Williams. We were able to get a firsthand experience of what if must have been like to trek through the desert and along the ocean. We hope our readership includes not only those who already know about us, but people who have never heard of us.

Our experience with Wikispaces: We have had a great experience on Wikispaces. The format was very easy to learn, and provided everything we needed so that we could share our experiences with others. I'd like to highlight the fact that we have had so much of a public response. When we were first proposing the trip, it was supposed to be a learning experience for the 6 of us, which of course it turned out to be. What we found out, though, is that our journey evolved into something of a pioneering endeavor, and that many people appreciated what we were doing. Though few in number, those that knew about the Anza Trail were so deeply committed to the trail it was really remarkable, which is why they were so excited about what we were doing. They hoped that our trip would be the first of many that would raise awareness about the trail. Getting the word out about our space will accomplish the wishes of all those who helped us during our trip which is to increase the national awareness of the trail.

http://anzapioneers.wikispaces.com

Got a space in mind for next month? Let us know:
http://www.wikispaces.com/message/list/space+of+the+month

3. Wikitips

Usage statistics - Ever wonder how much traffic your space gets? From where?

  • Go to your space
  • Click "Manage Space"
  • Click "Usage Statistics"
  • You'll get a set of pretty graphs showing edits, views, messages, and visitors over time.
  • Want the data behind the graphs? Just click the "download as CSV" links to get it.

Updated help - In recent days we've updated our help section to give you more, well, help, and more information about us. Additions include:

  • Updated content in the main instructions
  • A new features list
  • A collection of quotes by our members about Wikispaces
  • More member contributed translations
  • An updated about page

Check it all out: http://www.wikispaces.com/help+index

4. Shout it from the rooftops

If you have something to tell us, say it loud and clear. Nothing is more important to us than hearing what you think, so we're always watching out for your emails. Drop us an email at help@wikispaces.com or leave a note on the front page discussion area.

Thanks,
Adam, Dom, and James



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