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How to create a Confluence space: the easy three-step guide

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Holly Aspinall
12th December, 2023
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Holly Aspinall
12th December, 2023
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What is a Confluence space?
Why create different Confluence spaces?
How to create a space in Confluence
What are Confluence space templates?
What is a Confluence space key?

Want to create a Confluence space but don't know where to start? Don't worry, it's easier than you think!

Confluence spaces are the first step to creating well-organised content that everyone can navigate. If you're a new Confluence user, this is the perfect place to learn what spaces are and how to get started. If you want to take back control of your content, discover why you should organise your content into spaces - then learn how to move Confluence pages to your new space to keep things neat.

What is a Confluence space?

In Confluence, a "space" is a dedicated home for pages related to a certain department, project, or topic. It helps you organise your files and content so users can easily find what they need.
A screenshot of a new Confluence space created using the knowledge base template
A Confluence space acts as a hub for a specific team, project, or topic

Why create different Confluence spaces?

There are several reasons you should create separate spaces in Confluence. Here are just a few:

  • To separate work: Creating different spaces for unrelated projects can help users maintain boundaries and improve organisation.
  • To maintain security: If you have a customer-facing knowledge base and internal documentation in the same space, it's hard to manage who is seeing what. Separate spaces with different permissions can fix this issue.
  • To improve file management: Creating spaces for specific projects or departments helps users store and search for information in the relevant place.

How to create a space in Confluence

The process for creating a space is essentially the same for both Confluence Cloud and Data Center. The images used below are for Confluence Cloud.

  1. Click on the "Spaces" button in the Confluence top menu bar. In the dropdown, select "Create a space".
  2. Choose a blank space or from one of the templates available.
  3. Fill out the details for your new space. These include a space name, space permissions, and an optional space key. Then press "Create space".

Watch our gif below to see the steps in action 👇
A gif showing a user clicking through options to create a new Confluence space

What are Confluence space templates?

Templates, also known as Confluence blueprints, are premade spaces that make it easier to get started.
In Confluence Cloud, space templates include Knowledge base, Human resources, Documentation, and Project management, to name a few.

What is a Confluence space key?

A Confluence space key is a unique code assigned to a space in your Confluence account.
Your space key is used in the URL after "/spaces/" - e.g. test.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/ABC - so if you need to know your space key, it's easy to find in the HTML bar.
After you add your space name, Confluence automatically generates a space key. This means you don't have to change the space key unless you want it to be something specific.

Don't forget to organise your pages

Congratulations! You've created a Confluence space and made navigating easier for users. But what about the pages themselves?

That's where Content Formatting Macros for Confluence comes in. With this essential toolkit of macros designed to improve the structure and design of your Confluence content, it's easy to create engaging and accessible pages.

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Content Formatting Macros for Confluence help you structure your pages, so users don't get lost in your content. Get your 30-day free trial today:
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Holly Aspinall
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Holly is dedicated to writing valuable, accessible guides that help users understand their tools better. She champions products that help modern workers do more with Confluence, monday.com, and beyond.

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