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Create engaging Confluence pages in 4 easy steps

It’s been a few months since Atlassian Summit, but we’re still buzzing with the excitement of all the cool things our customers are doing in Confluence.

One question that we heard constantly, in some form or another, was, “How do I create engaging Confluence pages?”

Now, we know that looks aren’t everything, but it sure does help to have a nicely created page to present to your coworkers. The good news is: anyone can make beautiful Confluence pages — you just need to think like a pastry chef. While we all appreciate the beauty of a fresh croissant, there’s a lot of effort and inspiration that goes into such a complex final product. The same is true with a rich Confluence page.

Your recipe for success

Like any good recipe book, in this post we’re going to help you get inspired, get the right ingredients together, and focus on the page’s presentation. We will cover how to:

  1. Find your template: Get ideas from other page layouts
  2. Choose your editor tools: Learn what options you have to edit your pages to perfection
  3. Add in Macros: Integrate specialty macros to make your page more engaging and dynamic
  4. Adjust your layout: Structure your pages with different layout options

1. Find your template

The first step to making beautiful, effective Confluence pages is to get inspired! When you see what others are doing in Confluence, you can take the different ingredients that work for you and make something even better. One way to get started is by having your admin download our free Confluence templates. Then, use the template as is, or hit “Edit” to customize to your liking.

Here are some examples we like: 

A guide to our end-of-fiscal year staff party

A guide to planning offsite meetings

2. Choose your editor tools

After you’ve gotten your recipe inspiration, the next step is to understand what ingredients you’ll need to create a delightful Confluence page.

These are the basic ingredients in your Confluence pantry:

3. Mix in some macros

Sometimes not all ingredients are readily on hand (we’re looking at you cream of tartar). Still, specialty ingredients can add powerful content to your page.

For some extra formatting options on your page, check out Confluence Macros. Macros help you add special, dynamic content to your Page.

For example, you can use the Attachments macro to list files attached to a page or use the Widget Connector macro to include things like a YouTube video or Twitter feed. You can add macros to your page by pressing the + button, and selecting “other macros” on the bottom. Scroll down this page for a list of current Macros being bundled with Confluence.

Some of our favorite Macro “spices” include:

As you can see, Macros can contribute vastly different things to your Confluence Page recipe, but they all serve to make the final product more delicious engaging!

Users with System Administrator permissions can create their own macros – see Writing User Macros.

4. Use a mouth-watering layout

You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, except with Confluence Pages. Have you ever seen a contestant win a baking show with an ugly pie?

How your information is organized and displayed on your page matters a great deal to how your readers will interact with it. Once you have all your basic content and macros selected, you need to figure out how to put them all together in the most compelling way possible. We recommend you wait until you have all your content on the page before considering layout. After all, it’s hard to present what you don’t have yet.

To determine the layout of your Confluence page:

While Confluence gives you the freedom to organize the perfect layout for your page, sometimes less really is more. If your content is best communicate through a simple page, there’s no need to get too fancy.

Dinner is Served, Bon Appetit, Afiyet Olsun…

With that, you have a freshly-baked Confluence page with quality content, a good use of relevant Macros, and an effective presentation. Soon you’ll be getting fellow Confluence users stopping you in the hallways asking: “How do I create Confluence pages that look like yours? 

Interested in learning more? Checkout our video on creating and sharing pages in Confluence:

To get more information on creating Confluence pages, check out our talk from Summit 2017 about organizing your spaces and pages.

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