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What is a Wiki?

Confluence is a Wiki.
A wiki is a collection of web pages designed to let users with access to them, contribute or modify content. Wikis use WYSIWYG and/or a markup language editors. Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis.

"Wiki" is an Hawaiian word for "fast".

"Wiki" is also expressed as a "bacronym" for 


How Does Confluence Compare with Other Publishing Options?

The Colby Wiki?

The Colby Wiki can be found at:

The Dashboard

Your first view of the wiki will be the "Dashboard". The Dashboard is the front page of a Confluence site. It provides an overview of the site, access to all spaces to which you have access, and displays a list of the most recently updated content within them.
You can go to the Dashboard from any page on your site by clicking on the logo beside the page title or via the breadcrumbs located at the top of every page.
The Dashboard is the only place in Confluence from where you can:

  • Access all existing spaces on the site
  • Add a new space to the site

By default, the Dashboard is also the site homepage. However, you can set any other page in Confluence as your homepage by using "Space Admin" or "User Profile" settings. (See About Spaces)


You will see all the Public spaces listed on your left; and recent page changes and updates on your right.

To increase the span of time listed under the "Recently Updated" display, click on the green plus + sign at the top right of the display. Reduce it again by clicking on the green minus - sign that then is displayed.

Log into the Colby Wiki by clicking on your name in the upper right hand corner of the page. This will display a drop-down menu. Click on "Log In". You will be prompted to supply your Colby Username and Password.
Once logged in, you will see any additional spaces that you have access to based on your username and password (spaces to which your name has been added by the space owner).

Confluence provides a hierarchical listing of pages that allows users to easily find content both by scanning the hierarchy or by searching on keyword phrases. Users can easily upload files and post comments. Confluence also provides a "News" facility that functions much like a blog.

Notice the differences in the first and second screen shot above. The second one contains more, and different, Wiki Spaces based on the user login. Take a moment to click on some of the spaces listed on your Dashboard and look at the space pages.

Dashboard Icons

Below is a list of the icons found on the Confluence Dashboard, and their function.

Dashboard Tabs

You will also find tabs on the Dashboard:


When you click on the gray star beside a space listing, it becomes yellow and the listing is place here, in the Favorite Pages list. This is a handy way to access a much-used page that is several levels down in the hierarchy without having to make all the intermediate "clicks" to get to it. In the above example, The "Fall 2008 Schedule" actually sits inside the "Student Tutor" space, under another page titled "Hours". Listing it here allows the user to access it with one click, rather than three.

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