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Content Organisation

Learn how content is organised within Confluence...


All content in Confluence is stored in Spaces which are commonly accessed from The Dashboard.

As you can see, each Space is a seperate container that can be used for almost any purpose and you can control who has access to a Space using Space Permissions.

By default, when someone visits your site they will be taken to The Dashboard which allows them to choose which Space they want to enter. However, you can have them taken to a specific Space if desired by changing the Site Homepage.


Pages are the main content building blocks in Confluence. All Pages must live inside a Space and the key to success is in the way you organise them.

Home Page

When you create a new Space, a home page (imaginatively titled Home) is created automatically. Whenever you enter the Space, this home page is the first thing you'll see:

If you want to edit the home page, follow the instructions in our tutorial on Editing Pages.

A Space can only have one home page, which by default is the automatically created page called Home.

Parent and Child Pages

To give the Pages in a Space some structure, you should organise them in to a family tree (also known as a hierarchical structure):

As you can see, the page called Home is now a parent of the pages called Company and Projects. Likewise, Company and Projects are children – child pages – of the page called Home.

To add child pages to a specific page, display the page that will be the parent and then add new pages – Confluence will automatically make the new page a child of the page you were viewing. For more information, please see our tutorials on Adding Pages and Moving Pages.

By organising Pages in this manner, you create a logical structure to your content. For example, all the child pages of the page called Company would be related to the Company page in some way and all the child pages of the Projects page would obviously be something to do with projects.

Confluence contains numerous automated navigation features that take advantage of the relationships between pages, such as the Site Map, the children macro and the pagetree macro. For more information see Navigation and Lists. You can even use this structure to automatically generate Menus if you're using the Documentation theme.

You can also link between pages, regardless of where they are – for more information, please see our tutorial on Linking to Pages.

Orphan Pages

If nothing links to a page, it's called an orphan page. In Confluence, all orphan pages are treated as top-level pages within the space they are in. A space can have any number of orphan pages:

You should generally avoid making orphan pages because they are more difficult for people to locate (you usually have to provide links to them).

Although the home page is an orphan, it's easy to locate because it's the first page shown when someone enters the Space.

News Pages

To follow at a later date. (We're hoping that news items will become normal pages with a news label thus allowing them to work just like pages for greater ease of use and flexibility).


Any page or news item can contain file attachments such as images and documents:

You can embed media files (pictures, etc.) directly on a page or use macros such as the gallery macro to display a thumbanil gallery, etc. You can also create links to attachments allowing people to download them.


Comments allow people to discuss pages and news items.

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