In Confluence, content is organised into spaces. There are two main types of space:
- Site spaces, sometimes called 'global' spaces, are areas on your site where you can create content and collaborate with other users. For example, you might create a space for each team or project in your organisation.
- Personal spaces belong to specific users. You can keep your personal space private, or open it up for other users to view or edit. Personal spaces are listed in the People Directory.
What is a Space?
A space is an area within Confluence, containing your pages, blog posts and other content. You can think of each space as a sub-site, or mini-site, each with its own home page.
You can create a blank space or choose to use a space blueprint.
- Has its own pages, blog posts, comments, and more.
- Has its own access control settings. You can set different levels of access for different spaces.
- Cannot be nested under another space, but can be grouped using space categories.
- Can be separately exported to PDF, HTML or XML. The XML export provides a way of backing up and restoring a space.
There is no limit to the number of site spaces you can create in Confluence.
What is a Space Blueprint?
Space Blueprints allow you to create common types of spaces, such as a team space or knowledge base, quickly and easily.
A space created using a space blueprint will have a customised homepage, sidebar and may contain page blueprints or sample content that is specific to that type of space.
When you create a space using a blueprint a wizard will prompt you to enter information to help set up your space. For example the Team Space blueprint asks for the members of your team, and displays them on the homepage.
Viewing the spaces in a Confluence site
Confluence displays a list of spaces in the following locations:
- The dashboard displays a list of all the spaces that you have permission to see. You can make a space a favourite, or categorise the space, to get easy access to the content that is most relevant to you. See Customising your Personal Dashboard.
- The space directory displays a list of all the site and personal spaces that you have permission to see. You can filter the list of spaces. See Viewing All Confluence Spaces.
- The people directory displays a list of all Confluence users, including those who have personal spaces. See Searching the People Directory.
Example: Favourite spaces as shown on the dashboard
The screenshot below shows the area of the Confluence dashboard that displays the spaces that you have marked as favourite:
A space key is a short, unique identifier for a space. For example, you might give your documentation space a key of "DOC". To find the key of an existing space, look at the Confluence URL for a page in the space. The standard Confluence URL has this format: