Knowledge base host requirements

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I am currently looking into setting up a knowledge base/wiki for my company. We have a website hosted on a popular shared hosting provider, but the limitations of our plan have sent me looking for other solutions.

We are also about to launch a completely new website in place of our current one. My concern is mostly with the knowledge base.

Right now, FOSWiki is my target wiki platform as it seems to have better security options than Mediawiki. I need it completely locked down since it is for internal remote access. I am planning on SSL and a dedicated IP, unless suggested otherwise.

Usage of the wiki would be relatively minimal, maybe 5 – 10 users simultaneously. Overall access would be around 20 users, increasing to an estimated 50 – 100 in the future.

And now, my questions:

What hosting option should I pursue? We have personally experienced node crash nightmares with our current shared webhost; I’m thinking more of a VPS solution but that might be overkill for the (currently) limited single-IP application. Cloud hosting seems out of my budget.

Should I attempt to bundle the wiki along with the website (full e-commerce) on the same hosting solution? The website requires Windows OS. I.e. diversify vs. centralize. I don’t have the full requirements of the website yet.

Do I need separate SSL certificates for the website (e-commerce) and the wiki (different subdomains)?

Managed or unmanaged? We don’t have a dedicated IT department; responsibility for the wiki will be up to me. I have unix shell/ssh experience, but will need to rely on online FAQs/how-tos. Downtime issues aren’t completely mission-critical unlike e-commerce. Budget for this wiki is ideally under $50/mo (including SSL?).

Any suggestions on wiki suites, with emphasis on security and ease of deployment (and FOSS), would be appreciated.


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