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Administration Console

The Administration Console is the interface for the global administration of Confluence.

Only administrators can access the Administration Console.



Administrators

The Confluence permission scheme allows the following main levels of administrator permissions:

  • System Administrator – full administrative access to Confluence.
  • Confluence Administrator – access to most of the Confluence administrative functions, but excluding those which could compromise the security of the Confluence system.

Please refer to the overview of global permissions for details of the functions which each level of administrator can perform.


Breadcrumbs

The breadcrumbs trace the path from the current page to the dashboard along the space's page-hierarchy.

The breadcrumbs in Confluence are listed at the top of every page.


CamelCase

CamelCase is a form of markup commonly used in wikis where words compounded together LikeThis without spaces are used to create links.

In Confluence, Camelcasing can be turned on from the Administration Console.


Change Comment

A change comment is a short description entered during the edit of a page to record the changes being made in the edit.


Child Pages

Creating child and parent pages is a means by which you can organize content on the site. A child page is a page that has a parent in any of the Confluence spaces.

A child can only have one parent.


Comments

A comment may be a remark, question, or any other additional information you wish to add to a page pertaining to the topic the page covers. You can comment on any page or news item in Confluence.



Confluence Administrators

The Confluence permission scheme allows the following main levels of administrator permissions:

  • System Administrator – full administrative access to Confluence.
  • Confluence Administrator – access to most of the Confluence administrative functions, but excluding those which could compromise the security of the Confluence system.

Please refer to the overview of global permissions for details of the functions which each level of administrator can perform.


Confluence Markup

This is the markup used to write and edit pages in Confluence. Based on Textile, the markup, when you become familiar with it, makes creating pages as easy as writing email.


Custom Decorators

Decorator files are used to define layouts in Confluence. They are vmd files and require knowledge of the language, Velocity, to edit.


Dashboard

The dashboard is the front page of a Confluence site. It provides an overview of the site, access to all spaces, and displays a list of the most recently updated content within them.


Form Field Markup

Form field markup is a specialised markup for creating form fields and is used when creating page templates.


Global Administrators

A global administrator is the same as a system administrator.



Global Spaces

Global spaces contain content on any theme or topic of your choice.

For more information about global spaces and personal spaces, see Working with Spaces Overview.
 


JIRA

JIRA is Atlassian's award winning Issue tracking and project management application.

Visit Atlassian's website to learn more about JIRA.


Labels

Labels are user-defined tag words assigned to pages to categorise content in Confluence.


Macros

A macro is a command wrapped inside curly braces {...} used to perform programmatic functions and generate more complex content structures in Confluence.


News Items

A news item may be a journal entry, status report or any other timely information pertaining to a space.


Notifications

A notification is an email message sent to you updating you of changes to pages and spaces you choose to 'watch'.


Orphaned Pages

An orphaned page is a page without any incoming links.


Pages

Pages are the primary means of storing information in Confluence. They are the building blocks of spaces and are written in Confluence markup.


Page Family

Pages in Confluence can be organised into a hierarchy of parent and child pages. A parent and all its children comprise a page family.

Confluence permits nested page families.


Parent Page

A parent page is a page that has one or more child pages. It may itself be a child of another page.
 


People Directory

The People Directory contains a list of all users in your Confluence site. Each user's name links to their personal space.
 


Permalink

A permalink is the url used to link to specific content items like comments.
 



Personal Spaces

Personal spaces belong to particular users, and rather than being listed on the Dashboard, are available from the People Directory.

For more information about global spaces and personal spaces, see Working with Spaces Overview.
 


RSS Feeds

An RSS feed is a format for delivering summaries of regularly changing web content. RSS is read by RSS newsreader programs.

You will need an RSS reader to subscribe to feeds within Confluence.

Confluence acts as an RSS reader for feeds from sites outside of Confluence.


RSS Reader

An RSS reader is a specialised RSS program (also called aggregator) that displays the contents of RSS feeds for you. To subscribe to RSS feeds within Confluence, you will need an RSS reader.


Site Administrators

The Confluence permission scheme allows two levels of administrator permissions:

  • System Administrator – full administrative access to Confluence.
  • Confluence Administrator – access to most of the Confluence administrative functions, but excluding those which could compromise the security of the Confluence system.

Please refer to the overview of global permissions for details of the functions which each level of administrator can perform.



System Administrators

The Confluence permission scheme allows two levels of administrator permissions:

  • System Administrator – full administrative access to Confluence.
  • Confluence Administrator – access to most of the Confluence administrative functions, but excluding those which could compromise the security of the Confluence system.

Please refer to the overview of global permissions for details of the functions which each level of administrator can perform.

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Space Administrators

A space administrator is a user with the 'Space Admin' permission for the space. A user with this permission can perform a host of functions relating to the management of a space and has complete access to the space regardless of any other control settings or permissions.

Permissions for a space are only assigned and modified by space administrators.


Spaces

A space is an area on your site into which you can group different content items together based on any theme of your choice. All content in Confluence is organised into spaces.

There are two types of spaces: global spaces and personal spaces.


Templates

A template is a pre-defined page that can be used as a prototype when creating pages. Templates are useful for giving pages a common style or format.


Themes

Themes are pre-defined 'look and feel' styles which are configured from the administration menu and can be applied across Confluence or to a single space.


Tiny links

A tiny link is the shortened url of a page which is useful when sending links to the page, for example, via email.


Trackback

Trackback is a mechanism by which two sites can stay informed each time one site refers to the other by means of trackback 'pings'.

In Confluence, Trackback is enabled from the Administration Console.


Trackback Autodiscovery

Trackback autodiscovery is a block of code that can be placed in a web-page to describe where trackback pings should be sent for that page. You can read the technical specification for autodiscovery here.

When Trackback is enabled, Confluence uses Trackback Autodiscovery to ping pages that are linked to, and to advertise its own pages as being able to receive pings.


Undefined Links

An undefined link is a link to a page that has not yet been created. Clicking on the page link allows you create the page.


User Profile

Every user account in Confluence is linked to a profile that contains user related information and options to configuring user preferences.


Watching a Page

When you watch a page, you are sent an email notification whenever that page has been modified.


Watching a Space

When you watch a space, you are sent an email notification whenever content has been added or modified in that space.


Wiki

Pioneered by Ward Cunningham, and named after the Hawaiian word for 'quick', a wiki is a website that makes it easy for anyone to contribute pages, and link them together.


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