What is a space?
A space is an area within Confluence, containing your wiki pages. You can think of each space as a sub-site, or mini-site, each with its own home page. You are looking at a space right now, called the Demonstration Space.
What is the Dashboard?
The Dashboard is the home page of your Confluence wiki. The Dashboard contains a list of all the spaces within your wiki. You can click any space's name to go to the space's home page. To get to the Dashboard from anywhere within your wiki, click the 'Dashboard' link at the top left of your screen.
What is a wiki?
A wiki is a piece of software that allows you and your colleagues to create and edit web pages quickly and simply. Just click, edit and save. Content is published immediately.
What is Confluence?
Confluence is an enterprise wiki with some extra communication tools, including news items (blogs) and RSS feeds.
What makes Confluence an enterprise wiki?
Different organisations use Confluence for different purposes: as a company intranet, corporate website, project workspace, knowledge base, documentation site and a host of other implementations. All these are made possible by Confluence's enterprise-appropriate features, including: security permissions at the page, space and site level; content structuring and restructuring options; LDAP compatibility and more.
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