This is a guest blog post from Gorka Puente, founder of Keinoby and maker of the Yoikee Creator and Share Attachments add-ons for Confluence.

When you first get started with a wiki, one of the biggest challenges is how to organize your spaces and pages so that everyone in the company will start contributing content. Organizations beginning with Confluence frequently wonder whether to organize their spaces by product or by team and how to make sure that each space has a consistent structure.

If you’re a wiki veteran, you’re focused on how to get new users onboarded to the organization’s wiki fast so they can start contributing right away. The “how” of creating a page of product requirements page should be simple – you shouldn’t have to figure out what type of page to create and what space to put it in.

Setting up a consistent space scaffolding is critical to paving the road for new wiki contributors. Team members are more willing to contribute if someone has already paved the road. It can be difficult to overcome the “Blank Page Syndrome” where the wiki is empty and nobody knows how to get started. Once the outline of content is there, everyone in the organization can start filling it in. Once you see what else is in the wiki, it sparks ideas of more useful information for everyone in the company to contribute.

Using a consistent space scaffolding simplifies adding content to a space right from the beginning.

Create spaces, graphically

Confluence recently introduced Space Blueprints, which are powerful templates that pre-fill a new Confluence space with a series of default pages.

Confluence space blueprints

With the Yoikee Creator add-on, you can brainstorm all the pages that should belong to a space and how they relate to each other as a mind map and save these as templates for you to use later.

Yoikee creator example

Graphical advantages

Why create spaces graphically? For non-technical users, graphical representations can be an easy way to visualize a new space and quickly grasp the value of a wiki. With Yoikee Creator, you simply create a visual representation space with nodes, children, and the connections between them. Yoikee Creator automatically takes your mind map and generates a new Confluence space for you. You can even import your existing mind mapsfrom other mind mapping tools like FreeMind, Freeplane, or Mindmup.

If you’re getting started with Confluence or regularly helping new teams come onboard, Yoikee Creator can make it easy to create consistent scaffolding for spaces. Check it out!

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