Join Sandra Toner for an in-depth discussion in this video Building spaces, part of Installing and Administering Atlassian Confluence.
- In this video, we're going to start beefing up our Confluence site by creating some spaces. There's a couple of different ways to create a space. If you don't see the options that I'm about to show you it's probably because you don't have the create a space permission. If you're an Administrator you'll see a Create A New Space link, over, under the Get Started section of the Dashboard. Again, only Administrators have this section. Users with the permission to create a space will also have a Create A Space button in the top right hand corner.
The first time you add a space, this dialog box will appear to explain what a space is. Click on the Create button at the bottom of the box. The first step in creating a space is selecting the layout. You can select a Blank Space, a Documentation Space which has a specific layout, a Team Space with a more collaborative layout to share resources, and also a Knowledge-Based Space. For this example, we'll continue with a Blank Space. You're going to need to add a space name. Make sure that your space names are different enough from each other to not cause confusion.
I mentioned in a previous video that most organizations have a company information space so let's create that now. You can see that below, in the Space Key, Confluence will add in a recommended Space Key. Make sure that this Space Key is also different enough from other Space Keys as it's a unique identifier for that space. Also keep in mind that this Space Key can't be changed in the user interface once it's created. Now that I've entered a space name and key, I'm going to create my space. By default, when you create a new space, Confluence will create a Home Page or a Landing Page for that space.
Let's go back to the Dashboard and look at another way to create a space. You can also create a space, directly from the site space's list, at the bottom left of the Dashboard. If you have the permission to create a space you'll see the link at the top of your list. This open up the same Create Space dialog box that you saw previously. This time let's create a Documentation Space. I'll select Documentation Space and click next. So far there really isn't anything different between creating this space and the previous Blank Space but you'll notice a difference in the look of the space.
Let's call this Documentation Space, Archive. You can also add a brief description about this space. Now let's create the space. As you can see, Confluence automatically generated a Landing Page for this space but it looks a little different because we created a different type of space, a Documentation Space. If you want to edit the content that's automatically generated on the Landing Page, you can do so in the Administration Console. Now that we've created a couple of spaces let's head back to the Dashboard and view the spaces we've created in the space list.
I'm going to click on the logo in the top left hand corner to get back to the Dashboard. Here in the bottom left hand part of the page you can see the spaces that I've created. There's the Archive space and the Company Information Space. In this video we've created two additional spaces. You can really create all the spaces you need. You don't have to worry about the number of spaces causing an impact on your site's performance. However, you do have the limitations of your hardware environment. In the next video, we'll take a look at space and people directories to show other ways to find spaces within your site.
- Exploring Confluence benefits and resources
- Configuring Confluence
- Navigating the dashboard, spaces, and pages
- Creating users and groups
- Creating pages from templates and blueprints
- Importing, updating, and removing content
- Giving content feedback
- Watching pages, spaces, and blogs
- Managing tasks and notifications
- Backing up and restoring a site