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Atlassian Confluence 5 Essentials

By : Stefan Kohler
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Atlassian Confluence 5 Essentials

By: Stefan Kohler

Overview of this book

Every idea, concept, and project needs documentation, which is traditionally kept in a variety of documents on different devices. Confluence 5 centralizes that documentation and provides it in one single location, available from almost any device and location. Atlassian Confluence 5 Essentials is a practical, hands-on guide explaining not only how to install and administrate Confluence, but also everything you need to create, share, and collaborate on your documentation. This book will give you everything you need to get started with Confluence. Before you can start creating content, Confluence needs to be available. That is exactly where we start with this book; installing Confluence. Through a number of clear, practical exercises you will go from installation and administration, to creating content and involving your teammates. This book will teach you how to quickly create compelling content. You will learn how to involve your teammates in the process, using the Confluence workbox and share features. You will learn how Confluence can be customized with regards to look and feel, extra functionality, and integration with other tools, so that there is nothing in your way when you want to introduce Confluence 5 within your organisation. If you need to develop better collaboration on mission critical projects, then this book is for you!
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Atlassian Confluence 5 Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewers


Themes are sets of predefined styles and can be used to personalize the look and feel of Confluence. Themes can be applied to the entire site and individual spaces. Some themes add extra functionality to Confluence or change the layout significantly.

Confluence 5 comes with two themes installed, and an administrator can install new themes as add-ons via the Administration Console. We go into add-ons and the Atlassian Marketplace in Chapter 9, General Administration.


Atlassian is planning on merging the Documentation Theme with the Default Theme. As this is not the case in Confluence 5 yet, we will discuss them both as they have some different features. Keep in mind that, at some point, the Documentation Theme will be removed from Confluence.

To change the global Confluence theme, perform the following steps:

  1. Browse to the Administration console (Administration | Confluence Admin).

  2. Select Themes from the left-hand side menu.

  3. All the installed themes will be present.

    Select the appropriate...