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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
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User Macros

Throughout the book, we have learned what macros are and how we can use them to make our content more engaging and alive. Most macros we have used so far are either bundled with Confluence, or part of an add-on we have installed. But there is another possibility to add macros: via user macros.

User macros are short pieces of code that make it easier to perform often-used functions or add custom formatting to your page. This could, for example, be a preconfigured panel macro with different styling than the defaults. We will create this example ourselves later in this chapter.

System Administrators can add user macros via the Confluence Administration Console.

Managing user macros

To manage user macros, you need to have System Administrator permissions. Be careful when installing user macros from an unknown source; macros could potentially affect the stability and security of your Confluence installation.

Perform the following steps for adding a user macro:

  1. Browse to the Administration...