is a shared hosting provider with very cheap pay as you go pricing. Here's how to install ikiwiki there if you don't have a dedicated server.

Note that you can also follow these instructions, get your wiki set up on NearlyFreeSpeech, and then use the Amazon S3 plugin to inject the static web pages into Amazon S3. Then NearlyFreeSpeech will handle the CGI, and S3 will handle the web serving. This might be a more cost effective, scalable, or robust solution than using NearlyFreeSpeech alone.

Register for an account and set up a site

After you get an account, create a site using their web interface.

Mine is named ikiwiki-test and I used their DNS instead of getting my own, resulting in (Not being kept up anymore.)

They gave me 2 cents free funding for signing up, which is enough to pay for 10 megabytes of bandwidth, or about a thousand typical page views, at their current rates. Plenty to decide if this is right for you. If it is, $5 might be a good starting amount of money to put in your account.

ssh in and configure the environment

ssh into their server using the ssh hostname and username displayed on the site's information page. For me this was:


Now set up .profile to run programs from ~/bin.

cd $HOME
echo "PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin" > .profile
. .profile

Download an unpack ikiwiki

Use wget to download the ikiwiki tarball. Then unpack it:

tar zxvf ikiwiki*.tar.gz

Install perl modules

As an optional step, you can use CPAN to install the perl modules ikiwiki uses into your home directory. This should not be necessary, mostly, because the system has most modules installed already.

So, you might want to skip this step and come back to it later if ikiwiki doesn't work.

PERL5LIB=$HOME/ikiwiki:$HOME/ikiwiki/cpan:$HOME/lib/perl5 PERL_MM_USE_DEFAULT=1 perl -MCPAN -e 'CPAN::Shell->install("Bundle::IkiWiki")'

PERL5LIB=$HOME/ikiwiki:$HOME/ikiwiki/cpan:$HOME/lib/perl5 PERL_MM_USE_DEFAULT=1 perl -MCPAN -e 'CPAN::Shell->force(install => "Bundle::IkiWiki::Extras")'

This will take a while. As long as the first command succeeds, ikiwiki will be usable. The second command adds extra modules that some plugins use, so it's ok if installation of some of them fail.

Build and install ikiwiki

cd ikiwiki
export MAKE=gmake
$MAKE install

Set up a wiki in the usual way

With ikiwiki installed, you can follow the regular setup tutorial for settng up your wiki. Make sure to set destdir to /home/htdocs/ so that the wiki is published on the web site. I recommend using git for revision control; you can then clone your wiki's git repository as an offsite backup.

Here is an example of how I set up a wiki:

mkdir ~/wiki
cd ~/wiki
cp -r ~/ikiwiki/doc/examples/blog/* .
ikiwiki --dumpsetup ikiwiki.setup
nano ikiwiki.setup
# Set destdir to /home/htdocs
# Set srcdir to /home/private/wiki
# Set url to
# Set cgiurl to
# Uncomment the `rcs => "git"` line.
# Set the cgi_wrapper path to /home/htdocs/ikiwiki.cgi
# Set the git_wrapper path to /home/private/wiki.git/hooks/post-update
# Configure the rest to your liking and save the file.
ikiwiki-makerepo git . ../wiki.git
ikiwiki --setup ikiwiki.setup

Clean up

Finally, you can save a lot of disk space by cleaning up the ikiwiki tarball and .cpan directory and a few other peices of cruft. Since you'll be charged one cent per month per megabyte, this is a quick way to save several dollars.

rm -rf ~/ikiwiki*.tar.gz ~/.cpan ~/ikiwiki ~/man ~/lib/perl5/5.8.8

That should cut things down to less than 2 megabytes. If you want to save even more space, delete unused perl modules from ~/lib/perl5


Have fun and do good things. --Joey