There are three levels of permissions in Confluence.
Global permissions are site-level permissions.
This topic is covered in the Site Administrator's Guide.
- 'Attach Files to User Profile': Users with this permission can attach a picture to their user profile.
- 'Personal Space': Users with this permission can create a personal space within a Confluence site.
- 'Create Space(s)': Users with this permission can create new global spaces within a Confluence site. When a space is created, the creator automatically has the 'Administrate Space' permission for that space.
- 'Administer Confluence': Users with this permission can perform functions relating to the management of Confluence, including Administration of spaces.
Every space has its own, independent set of permissions. These permissions determine the access settings for different users of the space.
In order to assign these permissions, a user must be a space administrator (i.e. must have the 'Administer Space' permission) for that space.
See Users and Groups to learn how these permissions are assigned.
You can further set page-level restrictions, if you have 'Restrict Pages' permission.
Page restrictions allow you to control who can view or edit individual pages. Page restrictions are set when editing a page from menus below the text-entry box.
How do space permissions and page restrictions work together?
Example: In the HR (Human Resources) space, everyone in the organisation has the 'View' space permission, but only the HR team has the 'Create' space permission (i.e. the ability to create and edit pages in the space). A member of the HR team starts to create a new page called 'Annual Leave Policy'. Because the page is not yet finished, she sets the page's 'Viewing' restriction so that only the HR team can view the page. When the page is finished, she will remove the 'Viewing' restriction so that everyone in the company can see the page.
How do space permissions and page restrictions affect links?
Space permissions and page restrictions affect how links between pages are displayed to a visitor:
- if the link points to a page in a space to which the visitor does not have 'View' space permission, the link will not be rendered at all.
- if the visitor has 'View' space permission, but page restrictions prohibit her from viewing the page, the link will be rendered but an 'Access Denied' message will be displayed.
- if the visitor has 'View' space permission, and is not restricted from viewing the page, the link will display and behave as normal.
Links to attachments are also affected:
- if the visitor does not have permission to view the page to which the attachment is attached, the link will not be rendered.
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