Creating a Space

In Confluence pages and other content are stored in spaces. There are two main types of spaces - site spaces and personal spaces. Your Confluence site can contain many site spaces, and each user can have one personal space. 

To create a site space you need the 'Create Space' global permission.

To create a personal space you need the 'Personal Space' global permission

To create a space:

  1. Choose Create Space on the dashboard or from the Spaces dropdown.
  2. Choose the type of space you would like to create then choose Next.
  3. Enter details of your space including Name, Space Key, and set any permissions - the wizard will prompt you.
  4. Choose Create.

Once your new space has been created you will be taken to the space homepage, which will be customised depending on the type of space you selected.

You can now start creating content to your space. 

Choosing a space key

The space key is the unique identifier for your space and is used in URLs and macros. Your space key must be unique, can contain any alphanumeric character (A-Z, a-z, 0-9), and be up to 255 characters long. Personal spaces use your username as the space key.

You cannot change the space key after your space has been created, so choose your space key carefully. 

Space permissions

Spaces are created with a set of default permissions. The user who created a site space is automatically granted 'space admin' permissions for that space. They can then grant permissions to other users and groups. See Space Administrators and their Permissions for more information.

Note: System Administrators can edit the permissions of spaces in their Confluence site at any time.


Using space blueprints to create a space

Space blueprints help you create common types of spaces quickly and easily. Space blueprints vary widely, so here are some examples of the spaces you can create:

  • Team space
    A great building block if you are using Confluence as an intranet or to manage teams. Team spaces highlight the members of the team, and grant permissions to those users accordingly. 
  • Knowledge Base space
    This space blueprint uses search and page labels to make content easier to find, right from the space homepage. It also contains two page blueprints for creating how-to and troubleshooting articles. The templates used in these page blueprints are completely customisable to meet your needs. The Knowledge Base space blueprint also integrates with JIRA Service Desk.
  • Documentation space
    This space blueprint displays the full page tree in the sidebar and hides other sidebar features including blogs and shared links. The homepage uses search and page labels to make content easy to find. Add the 'featured' label to any page you want to highlight on the homepage. This space does not include any page blueprints but you can create and promote templates for your documentation authors to use.


  • If you have set a specific theme (such as the Documentation or other third party theme) for your whole site, spaces will be created with that theme. You may not see some of space blueprint specific sidebar customisation if you are not using the default theme.
  • Administrators can disable individual space blueprints - see Administering Site Templates.

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