In Confluence, content is organised into spaces. There are two types of spaces:
- Global spaces are areas on your site into which you can group content items (pages, attachments, news, etc) based on any theme or topic of your choice. For example, you may want separate areas on your site for each team or project within your organisation. In Confluence, you can set up a different space for each team or project. You can build content for each of these spaces individually, decide who its users are, and even archive mail separately within each. There is no limit to the number of global spaces you can create within Confluence!
- Personal spaces belong to particular users, and rather than being listed on the Dashboard (see below), are available from the People Directory. They can contain pages and news items, be searched and browsed. They can be kept private, or opened up so the whole world can view and edit them, just like global spaces. (Note: personal spaces are available in Confluence version 2.2 and later.)
Confluence treats each space as an independently managed wiki. What this means is that each space functions autonomously within your site.
- has its own pages, news items, comments, RSS feeds and mail (mail applies to global spaces only).
- has its own access control settings, so you can set different levels of access to different spaces.
- can be separately exported to PDF , WORD, HTML or XML.
You can view all the global spaces within a site via the Dashboard. You also group global spaces together into 'Team Spaces' or 'My Spaces' to enable easy access to the content that is most relevant to you. See Customising your Personal Dashboard.
Here is an example of how you could categorise information using spaces:
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