Exactly an year ago, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launched a free web hosting service called OpenServing that offered unlimited storage space and bandwidth for your websites. You could also integrate Google AdSense into your wiki pages and get 100% of the ad revenue.
Since Wikia was willing to pay all your software and web hosting bills, this announcement did pick lot of steam but is the OpenServing project still alive ?
Compete data suggests that OpenServing gets no traffic while Google bots cannot find a single wiki website that is hosted on OpenServing. So did Wikia ever open the site for public ?
When you open an account on OpenServing, you get an auto-reply that “Our team will create your openserving account soon” but that’s all.
The chances therefore seem high that Wikia may have scrapped all plans to launch OpenServing. Competitors like Wetpaint do offer free Wikis but they do not share the ad revenues.
Amit Agarwal is a web geek and founder of Digital Inspiration, a popular tech & how-to website. He has been blogging for over a decade and has also contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Lifehacker and The Financial Express. Sign-up for the email newsletter for your daily dose of tips & tutorials.