Create a Personal Space

Your personal space is a place where you can create your own pages and publish your own blog posts. Once you've set up your personal space, Confluence users can reach it by clicking your name in the People Directory. Visit your personal space by choosing your profile picture at the right side of the Confluence header and choosing Personal Space.

Create your personal space

(info) To set up your personal space, you need the 'Personal Space' permission which is assigned by a Confluence administrator. See Permissions and Restrictions and Global Permissions Overview.

To create your personal space:

  1. Choose your profile picture at top right of the screen, then choose Add Personal Space...
  2. Choose Create

You can now go ahead and update your space by customising the home page, creating more pages, and adding blog posts.

Change the permissions on your space at any time to determine who can and can't access the content. So if you want it to be a private sanctuary, that's no problem.

Change the look and feel of your space

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66 Archived comments

  1. User avatar

    Anonymous

    This page claims: "You can change the permissions on your space at any time." But the page that it links to tells that you need to have space administrator permissions to do that, so is not very helpful. For personal pages:

    1. Browse to pages in your personal space... seems like any will do.
    2. Under the Browse menu in the top menu bar there's a link called "Space Admin", use that...
    3. In the left pane, see the Security section, use the Permissions link.

    Hope that helps.

    19 May 2009
  2. User avatar

    Karen Wright

    You can also apply page-level restrictions to your Personal Space. You don't need space administrator permissions to do this.

    Also see/vote for my issue to Restrict access to Personal Spaces based on Group membership.

    Restricting access to your Personal Space

    This will restrict access to your entire Personal Space.

    You must have Space Admin access to do this.
    If you created your Personal Space, you will have Space Admin.

    To restrict viewing access to a group:

    1. Click your name in the top right corner.
    2. Select Personal Space.
    3. Click Browse (or Browse Space), then select Space Admin.
    4. Click Permissions, then under Groups, click Edit Permissions.
    5. At confluence-users, un-select View.
    6. At Grant permissions to, search for and select the group, and then click Add.
    7. Click Save All.

    Restricting access to a page in your Personal Space

    This will only restrict access to the page you have edited - not the entire space.

    To restrict viewing access to a Group:

    1. Edit the page, at Restrictions click Edit.
    2. Select Restrict viewing of this page, click Choose groups.
    3. Search for and select the group, click Select Group(s).
    4. Click Save.
    19 Jan 2010
  3. User avatar

    Meg Gwaltney

    If we want ALL personal spaces to have more than just confluence-users as default Viewers and Commenters, how do I do that as an administrator?

    For example, we have four main groups in our Global Permissions that can view, edit, create, etc. How can we apply these same groups to all Personal Spaces that get created so that by default anyone who can log in can also view personal spaces?

    Thanks!

    14 Apr 2010
  4. User avatar

    Sharon Hinde

    Is there any way to change your personal space so that you retain the content but are free to setup another personal space with new content. My scenario is that on my test installation I have created a personal space and added some pages, but now I want to create a new personal space without losing the content I already added. I know this probably doesn't have any real world implications but from a test installation point of view, where there are many ongoing changes to a sites structure, I'd be interested in any solutions.

    Thanks

    19 May 2010
    1. User avatar

      Husein Alatas [Atlassian]

      Hi Sharon,

      You can simply do it by exporting the Personal Space to XML, then restore the Space XML backup file to your new Confluence instance. Please take note that you need to have the same username in your new Confluence instance as the username that owns the Personal Space in your test installation. So if your Personal Space owner's username in test instance is adminconf, then you should have the adminconf user as well in your new Confluence instance. Otherwise, the restored space will not be your personal space in your new Confluence instance as the spacekey (eg. ~adminconf) does not match your username.

      Hope that helps

      Cheers,
      Husein

      01 Jun 2010
  5. User avatar

    Aaron Stanush

    Is there a way to restrict the user profile infobox from displaying on every page inside a personal space? For example, making it so that this infobox only appears on the Home page but not any of the interior pages of the personal space.

    30 Jul 2010
    1. User avatar

      Sashidaran Jayaraman [Atlassian]

      Hi Aaron,

      There's no direct way of doing this. However, you can customise your Personal Space's Main Layout to achieve this. Here are the instructions:

      1. Go to the personal space layout at Dashboard > People > <username> > Space Administration > Layout > Main Layout > Create custom
      2. Find for the following line of code:
      3. Edit the code so that it will be like the following:
      4. Save the layout
      5. You can see the changes now. Only the Home page will have the Profile infobox now.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers
      JSashi

      04 Aug 2010
      1. User avatar

        Justin Downing

        I can get to this, but I am a confluence-admin. How can ordinary users edit the Layout in their Personal Space?

        04 Aug 2010
        1. User avatar

          Sashidaran Jayaraman [Atlassian]

          Hi Justin,

          All ordinary users that has a Personal Space will be able to access their own Personal Space's Main Layout. Hope this helps.

          Cheers
          JSashi

          17 Aug 2010
          1. User avatar

            Justin Downing

            I created a new user and logged in as that user. I then created a Personal Space for that user and navigated to Space Admin. There is no option for Layout in there:

            Is there an global setting that has to be set in Confluence Admin for the user(s) to have Layout available to them for their Personal Space?

            17 Aug 2010
            1. User avatar

              Mark Hrynczak [Atlassian]

              Sorry Justin, you do need to be a Confluence administrator to customise the layout for a space - for more details see Customise Space Layouts

              There is an open issue with some discussion on this behaviour - feel free to add your own comments on it.

              However, if you want to make a change to apply to all spaces across the board, then you can do that (as a Confluence administrator) in just one place - see Customising Site and Space Layouts

              Cheers,
              Mark

              18 Aug 2010
            1. User avatar

              Sashidaran Jayaraman [Atlassian]

              Sorry for my mistake, Justin. Please follow Mark's advice on customising the layout globally if you want the changes to reflect to all users.

              Cheers
              JSashi

              18 Aug 2010
      1. User avatar

        Ole Nymoen

        Is there a way to achieve this while using the documentation theme (which I really like)? I have tried the following code in the header field, and it sort of works, but makes the right hand third of the screen (mostly) unaccesible (which sort of defies the purpose):

        26 Oct 2010
        1. User avatar

          Ole Nymoen

          To answer my own question, with help from one of our web developers, the following code in the header "field" of the documentation theme removes the personal info sidebar:

          Enjoy (smile)

          28 Oct 2010
          1. User avatar

            Anonymous

            This looks very helpful. I will try this. Does anyone know if it's possible to replace the personal sidebar with just a simple PANEL macro (like the one at the top-right of this page)? It would save me from having to insert this macro into every page.

            05 May 2011
  6. User avatar

    Anonymous

    Is there a way to prevent certain users from accessing the user profiles at all ?

    11 Aug 2010
  7. User avatar

    Steve Klenkar

    I want to disable personal spaces on my confluence instance.  How do I do this?

    10 Jan 2011
    1. User avatar

      Mark Hrynczak [Atlassian]

      Hi Steve,

      You can remove the 'Create Personal Space' permission for all users/groups on your instance. See Global Permissions Overview for more information on how to do this.

      Cheers,
      Mark

      06 Jun 2011
  8. User avatar

    Corey Connors

    How do I delete personal spaces for staff that are no longer with my company?  I'd also like their names to no longer show as editors/commenters/contributors as it can be very confusing to new staff.

    22 Mar 2011
    1. User avatar

      Mark Hrynczak [Atlassian]

      Hi Corey,

      To delete a personal space, follow the instructions at Deleting a Space.

      To disable a user, follow the instructions at Delete or Disable Users.

      Cheers,
      Mark

      06 Jun 2011
  9. User avatar

    Emily Johnson

    If you restrict a personal space to just yourself, can you give page-level access to other users on individual pages? I'm having some trouble with this---I give access and those users can't see the page.

    Thanks!

    05 Jun 2011
    1. User avatar

      Mark Hrynczak [Atlassian]

      Hi Emily,

      If a space is restricted to yourself, then you cannot grant other users access to view individual pages. You would need instead to grant view access to the space, then restrict the pages that you do not want to be accessed.

      One way you could organise this is to have two 'root' pages in the space:

      • One called 'Public' - all pages under this can be viewed by anyone who has access to the space.
      • One called 'Private' which is restricted to you only - as view restrictions are inherited you can then put any content you want to remain private in a hierarchy under this page.

      Hope that helps,
      Mark

      06 Jun 2011
  10. User avatar

    Eliane Pohl

    Is there a way to set default permissions for all personal spaces? Our wiki has external, customer-facing documentation, plus our intranet. We want viewing of personal spaces to restricted to internal users by default, and then users can go in and loosen the permissions themselves later.

    Is that possible? I know, kind of goes against the idea of a personal space, but HR wants users to have a page with their resume, etc. and I feel like the personal spaces are the best place to put this, but they shouldn't be viewable by customers.

    30 Jun 2011
  11. User avatar

    Anonymous

    Hi, If I only wanted to give permission to only one user to be able to add a personal label, how can I do that? I'm an administrator trying to give a regular user access to that. Would I have to give them Global Permission?

    23 Jul 2011
  12. User avatar

    Anonymous

    I have 12 users who created new profile spaces.

    3,4 of those are not visible to all team members.

    Users have been instructed to enable viewing/editing to all.

    There are no restrictions applied.

    Permissions are set to all users as a standard

    No caps lock in any of the 4 users names.

    Can you help? We are using profile spaces as communication channel for FAQ navigation for all employees when contacting HR, so its rather important it works for these 12 users/

    Thanks!

    25 Aug 2011
  13. User avatar

    Anonymous

    Is it possible to restrict system administrators from being able to access pages in a personal wiki space?  We have executive staff that want to be able to have pages secure to their personal spaces but they also don't want to allow the other administrators access to those pages.  Is that possible?

    07 Nov 2011
  14. User avatar

    Anonymous

    Is it possible to change the default view of a personal space to one of the other three layouts? I selected a layout I don't like and would like to switch it to the Documentation view.

    01 Dec 2011
  15. User avatar

    Anonymous

    In addition to personal space pages having the sidebar, they don't appear to entirely respect either the global stylesheet, or the space stylesheet. Is this a bug?

    23 Jul 2012
  16. User avatar

    Lieke Melkert

    We recently started to use Confluence. Because I was making a manual in my own language for other users I deleted my own personal space with the idea to make some screenshots for the manual how to set up a personal space. However, I can't set up a personal space after I deleted the old one. I don't have the possibility to add pages or news to my profile anymore. Any idea how I can restore things?

    04 Sep 2012
    1. User avatar

      Lee Blyth

      Same here.   Deleted a personal space and can't recreate it.   When you look as the site admin there is no personal space entry.   If you try and execute "http://<host>/spaces/createpersonalspace.action" you get a notification that the personal space already exists.

      18 Sep 2012
    1. User avatar

      Lachlan Dally

      Hi Lieke, this bug has been resolved in 4.3.1, but a workaround is available for prior versions:

      Workaround/Steps to resolve once a space has been semi-deleted

      1. Upgrade to Confluence 4.3.1 or above
      2. If you cannot upgrade to Confluence 4.3.1, disable these plugins if they are installed:
        • Confluence Bubbles Plugin (Adaptavist)
        • Descendant Notifications Plugin (Adaptavist)
      3. Go to <your-Confluence-url>/spaces/editspace.action?key=~username
      4. Click on Remove Space to remove the space entirely
      5. Recreate the space
      6. Re-enable the plugins if you had to disable them in Step 2
      18 Sep 2012
      1. User avatar

        Anonymous

        Hi Lachlan,

        How exactly do we recreate the space?

        Thanks,

        Tim

        30 Oct 2012
        1. User avatar

          Lachlan Dally

          Hi Tim, by recreate I simply mean to make a new personal space by clicking on your username in the top right next to the search box, and choosing "Add Personal Space...".

          06 Nov 2012
  17. User avatar

    Anonymous

    I want to add a link to the main Dashboard, similar to the "Choose your profile picture" link, except that it would be "Create my personal space."  Can you show me the code?  I imagine it would be similar to this:

    # *[Choose your profile picture|///users/editmyprofilepicture.action]* 

    26 Sep 2012
    1. User avatar

      Mark Hrynczak [Atlassian]

      Sure, just use something like:

      # *[Add your personal space|///spaces/createpersonalspace.action]* 
      27 Sep 2012
  18. User avatar

    Darren Kurn

    Query.

     

    I have a personal space, and have added some detail to the home page. The detail uses sections and columns so that the text on the page is nicely formatted. When I preview the page, it looks really nice, exactly how I want it. I hit save, go to the space, and the space template has added extra stuff from the default personal space template. This means that I have an unwanted "recently updated" area at the top left, and two layers overlapping each other towards the bottom of the page. Is there any way I can remove the default stuff just for my page (other users in the system want to keep the default content and not have to worry about creating a new page for their personal space)?

    04 Oct 2012
  19. User avatar

    Anonymous

    Hi there, 

    When I created my personal space I made it public but now I want to make it private. The help above says I can change this but how do I do it? Your help would be much appreciated.

    Cheers

    17 Oct 2012
    1. User avatar

      Darren Kurn

      Go to your space, click Browse --> Space Admin. Then click the Permissions link on the left hand side. Remove everyone other than you. People will still be able to see your profile, but not your space

      17 Oct 2012
  20. User avatar

    Anonymous

    Thank you Darren (smile)

    17 Oct 2012
  21. User avatar

    Anonymous

    Hi,

    I updated from the 4.1 confluence to the 4.2.3 version.
    Now I have the problem, all private spaces and their subspaces will shown in the dashboard (sad)

    Any ideas how I can hide only the "private spaces" in 4.2.3?
    Thank you very much for help.

    08 Nov 2012
    1. User avatar

      Bill Arconati

      Hi anonymous, I'm not exactly sure what you mean by private spaces and subspaces - please file a ticket with support for this if you think your permissions have been changed during upgrade.

      09 Nov 2012
  22. User avatar

    none

    We have just discovered that all personal spaces are set up with Anonymous access - by default!!

    As a result, our network & security admins have requested that we move all content that's in personal spaces to elsewhere. Obviously, we could just go and change the permissions, but understandably our security folks don't think that's enough.

    I'd expect lots of companies to have an issue with this and don't understand why this was done - it may be something new, another 'improvement' but doesn't make any sense. 

    Anyone else discovered this, or having issues?

    Also, whatever you're using for the word recognition really doesn't work well - I have to try many times, I've not seen this elsewhere, and often just give up.

    03 Dec 2012
    1. User avatar

      Bill Arconati

      Can you please confirm that your default space permissions weren't changed to give anonymous users access to personal spaces?

      03 Dec 2012
      1. User avatar

        none

        no, we did not 1) change or 2) ever set anonymous as a default or any permissions on any space

        Apparently there are issue with the latest confluence in that it displays activity stream info without respecting the permissions of the pages it displays. This may just be for personal spaces, but is still pretty bad.

        In addition, customers were sent an email with details of someone's personal space, which caused some issues as they wanted to know what was coming when product dev was just beginning to think about it.

        We have logged an issue but this is radical, and we all have to stop using our personal spaces immediately. Which means having to bookmark or find something else on the wiki, which is already a big challenge.

        In addition, it takes me an average of 3-5 tries to get the pic/word correct, so if I don't respond that's why. I don't have this experience anywhere else so not sure what's happening.

        04 Dec 2012
        1. User avatar

          Bill Arconati

          Okay. It sounds like you filed a support ticket which the the correct thing to do.

          04 Dec 2012
  23. User avatar

    Anonymous

    I cant see the link add personal space, i am in the group confluence-users, but not the member of confluence-reader.

    Is that the problem?

     

    25 Apr 2013
    1. User avatar

      Bill Arconati

      It's possible that your administrator has not given you the permission to do this. I suggest you check with him/her to see if that's the case.

       

      25 Apr 2013
  24. User avatar

    Mick Davidson

    Searching

    It's worth noting that the search box in the top right that normally searches the whole of your wiki, is limited to searching only the personal space when you're in a one.

    If you don't realise this, and then run a search thinking that you're searching the whole wiki, you're in for a surprise. I've been using Confluence for well over a year and have only just noticed this. It's a handy thing to have, but confusing if you don't know that's how it works.

    Cheers.

    29 Apr 2013
    1. User avatar

      Mark Hrynczak [Atlassian]

      Mick Davidson, that is not the default behaviour of Confluence. The search box works in the same way whether you are in a personal space or not.

      Is it possible that you are using a specific theme in your personal spaces, or have some other site-level customisation? The 'Documentation Theme' allows you to configure space-only searches, for example.

      29 Apr 2013
  25. User avatar

    Mick Davidson

    Mark,

    thanks for the info, I'll get it checked. We're using the documentation theme, but there's been other minor customisation as well. The wiki was here before I joined so I'm just discovering it's foibles. I'm glad I'm not going mad though, I didn't believe that this behaviour was normal, and now I know it isn't. (smile) Cheers.

    30 Apr 2013
  26. User avatar

    Anonymous

    I created a personal space and then I removed it by mistake.

    Now clicking my name gives a "404 Error"

    I can not create a new space since that option is removed from the menu and replaced by "Personal Space" option. Which also gives a 404 Error.

    How can i fix this?

     

    Jonas

    03 Jul 2013
  27. User avatar

    Ronny Hanssen

    After setting up confluence I asked our users to create personal spaces. Two of our employees have done this. But, lo and behold: Both of them created a global space. Reason was that by default everyone could create a space (I don't recall specifically requesting this during setup though), and the [Create Space] button is very visible to all users. Also, when clicking it, it gives the option of making it private, so they both assumed that this was the right thing to do.

    I have just now changed the permissions and I am now disallowing regular users in creating global spaces. This should force the other employees to create personal spaces instead of global ones. 

    However, for the two spaces that has already been created:

    How do I convert these falsely created global spaces to personal spaces?

    • Can I do it (being confluence-admin) or do the users themselves have to do it? 
    • Export and import of content, or is there a simpler way?
    03 Aug 2013
    1. User avatar

      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi Ronny, 

      Export / Import will not solve your problem I'm afraid (as the spaces would be re-imported as global spaces still). The easiest way to solve this would be to get each employee to create their personal space (if they have not already done so) and then get them to move all the pages that have been created in their global space to their personal space - you can find out how to do this here Moving a Page. They can then remove the global space (Space Tools > Overview > Delete Space).

      If you wanted to perform these steps for the users, you would need to grant yourself space admin permissions for their global spaces - you can do this in Confluence Admin > Space Permissions. Once you have space admin permissions for the global spaces they created you can move the pages and then remove the space. 

      If you want to be able to administer spaces, you might also find it useful to grant the confluence-users (or other super user group you might create) 'space admin' permissions for default spaces (that is all global spaces that are created in future). This will prevent spaces from being created and restricted to just one user. You can do this in Confluence Admin > Space Permissions > Default Spaces. See Assigning Space Permissions

      I'll pass on your feedback to our product managers about the create experience - they are working on improving the create space experience at the moment.  Would you expect, when you clicked Create Space to be able to choose to create a global or personal space at that point? 

      Hope this helps you out!

      Rachel

      03 Aug 2013
      1. User avatar

        Todd Smith

        Rachel,

        A question about a related (?) issue.

        I recently had all of my accounts change including my Confluence account. I made substantial use of my old personal space (space A) in Confluence to keep notes, draft documents, etc.

        I now have a new account and a new personal space (space B). I need to either 1) import pages from my old personal space (A) to my new personal space (B) or 2) ask an administrator to log into my old personal space (A) and grant my new account with space administration access to my old space.

        Does that sound correct? Or are there other, better options?

        Todd

         

        09 Jan 2015
  28. User avatar

    David Elkayam

    Hi Rachel,

    Is there an easy way to convert a personal space to become a global space? 

    Or I will have to copy paste my whole personal space into a new global space?

     

    David

    01 Oct 2014
    1. User avatar

      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi David, 

      There is no way to convert your personal space, however it would be very straightforward to create a new space, and then move all the pages from your personal space over to it.

      If your personal space homepage has a lot of child pages I'd recommend doing a bit of shuffling before you move. Create a page in your personal space, and set it as the space homepage (in space tools > overview) - then you'll  be able to move your 'old' homepage and all its children to your new space.  Once you get to your new space, set the old homepage from your personal space to be the homepage of this space and everything should be peachy. 

      02 Oct 2014
  29. User avatar

    Bristow

    Is there a way to restrict the content from Admins? 

    18 Nov 2014
    1. User avatar

      Giles Brunning [Atlassian Technical Writer]

      Hi Bristow,

      Unfortunately no, I don't believe there is.

      24 Nov 2014
  30. User avatar

    Steve Behnke [BlackPearl PDM]

    The documentation here is incorrect, there is no prompt in Confluence 5.6.5 that asks you if you want the space private or not. It seems that it simply gave it default permissions.

    26 Jan 2015
    1. User avatar

      Giles Brunning [Atlassian Technical Writer]

      Hi Steve,

      You're correct that it doesn't ask you that question anymore. I've already updated the information, so it'll change next time we publish (today or tomorrow).

      26 Jan 2015
      1. User avatar

        Steven Behnke [BlackPearl PDM]

        Thank you. Some customers of mine were referencing the documentation and I thought the behavior was still the old behavior. I appreciate the lightning quick documentation update.

        27 Jan 2015
  31. User avatar

    Caesar Sulapat

    Just having some issue with the personal page, I am in the admin group on our confluence, I tried to create my own personal space but the screen stuck to 'Create Personal Space" and the timer goes on and on and on, we are on version 5.6.3. is there any issue  going around in creating this space. Thanks.

    23 Feb 2015
    1. User avatar

      Giles Brunning [Atlassian Technical Writer]

      Hi Caesar,

      There's no issue that I'm aware of, so I'd recommend you contact support so that they can help you troubleshoot the issue.

      23 Feb 2015
    1. User avatar

      Antigone K

      I'm assuming you have this fixed by now but just in case it isn't or someone else with this issue gets to this thread.

      1. by default, SysAdmins do not have the right to create personal spaces. You need to be in another group that does allow you to create a personal space or you need to grant this permission to System Administrators.
      2. use any browser except Internet Explorer. 
      3. the Confluence gods love marshmallows, so send those by warming the marshmallows over a flame and combining with chocolate and graham crackers. generally stuffing these into your face is a sufficient sacrificial method.
      17 Aug 2015
  32. User avatar

    Carolyn Klinger

    One of my customers has created 15 pages in a team space but now needs to move those pages to her own personal space, as they do not relate to the current team space. How can she do this? I've been trying to help her and even though I have been in both the team space and the personal space within the last five minutes, the personal space does not appear as a selection in the New space name box.

    14 Aug 2015
    1. User avatar

      Giles Brunning [Atlassian Technical Writer]

      Hi,

      You should be able to move pages to a personal space. The likely problem is the person trying to move the pages needs 'delete page' permission in the space the page is being moved from, and 'add page' permission in the space the page is being moved to.

      If you're trying to do it, the latter is likely the issue. You might need to grant yourself permission to add pages in her space, just so you can perform the move.

      17 Aug 2015
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