Atlassian Confluence How To

First Steps in Mastering Atlassian Confluence

We continue our blog post series for Atlassian newbies. We have already published two articles featuring different ways to start your JIRA experience:

Let’s proceed to another Atlassian product – Confluence. It is a team collaboration platform where you can create and share rich content in a transparent and organized manner. This web-based enterprise information management platform helps you keep track of your team projects, discussions, decisions.

Confluence is a tool that enhances your productivity and simplifies the decision making within your teams and departments. Check out its intuitive interface with the carefully-elaborated workflows. Once you explore the basics of Confluence, you will understand that it is pretty simple to use.

We will highlight some of the resources to consider when looking for the best way to learn Confluence essentials:

  • Atlassian sources: documentation, blog, University, and YouTube channel.
  • Courses from Atlassian Platinum Solution Partners.
  • Other options.

So let’s focus on how to successfully get started with Confluence.

Atlassian Sources

Traditionally, we start our list with the resources Atlassian offers for Confluence beginners.

Atlassian Documentation

Starting your Confluence experience from Atlassian documentation makes sense. Here you will find all the required information for using Confluence to its full extent.

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Both Confluence Cloud and Server Documentations have the same contents structure:

  • Get started – this section contains two useful tutorials ‘Navigate Confluence‘ and ‘Space ace‘. In Confluence Server Documentation you will also find a quick start guide with the detailed Confluence information.
  • What’s new – a full list of Confluence release notes.
  • Browse topics – all the topics are divided into groups for your convenience.

At first, it may seem that there is too much information for a beginner. No worries, just follow the well-structured step-by-step guide.

Atlassian Confluence Blog

This blog is full of useful tips for all Confluence users and is essential if you want to be aware of the latest Confluence news.

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You may sort out the articles by topics you are interested in. You will find blog posts about the latest Confluence features, new add-ons, or real-life use cases. We recommend you to subscribe to this blog if you want to receive some fresh ideas, announcements, and inspiration for your team from Atlassian.

Atlassian University

Atlassian University

Atlassian University offers ‘Getting started with Confluence‘ course for beginners. You can choose the most relevant training content for you and your team because this course is available in various packages:

  • On Demand – for those who like to study on their own.
  • Public Virtual – a real-time interaction with an instructor and students from other companies in public classes.
  • Team VIrtual – a private class for your team delivered over a WebEx session.
  • Team Onsite – custom solutions for your team.

Today the price for individual On Demand course starts from $300.

Upon completion you will learn how to use Confluence not just as a repository of content, but also as a collaborative working environment.

Atlassian YouTube Channel

Atlassian YouTube

We think that practice with the help of video tutorials helps a lot, because you can follow the process step by step while listening to the tutor’s explanations. For that reason we offer you to check Atlassian YouTube channel. All the videos are divided into topics, so it is easy to find what you need. You may like the following:

  1. Confluence Demos
  2. Confluence Tutorials
  3. Confluence Webinars & Presentations

Atlassian sources is a great start if you want to understand Atlassian values and philosophy. And, of course, one more good thing about using Atlassian sources is that you get the proven first-hand solutions.

Courses from Atlassian Platinum Solution Partners

You may ask, ‘Who can teach me Confluence basics except the Atlassian team?’ We think that the courses from Atlassian Solution Partners are worth your attention.

Service Rocket

We already told you about the self-paced eLearning JIRA courses from this team of Atlassian experts. This time we offer you to check their Atlassian Confluence training.

Confluence Fundamentals is a course for absolute beginners though no prior knowledge of Confluence is required. You will learn the basics: how to edit the page, insert images and macros, search for content, and use page restrictions.

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This training course is a 3 hours interactive web seminar and you can always Request a Quote for it.

Clearvision

Clearvision is an innovative software services company that provides consultancy, technical implementation, hosting, training, and support packages for JIRA, Confluence, and other Atlassian products. You can start your Confluence experience with Atlassian Confluence Basics Training Course. Each module of the course is divided into sections for studying and self-training tasks for practice.

Clearvision

If you are interested, you need to book the course and request a quote from Clearvision.

cPrime

cPrime delivers Agile Project Management and Software solutions to large enterprises. They have training courses both for beginners and power users. We think that it is better to start with Confluence User Fundamentals – Online. This online training course consists of 4 modules, each module includes demonstration, lecture, and exercises. You will discover how to work with your page content, learn about templates and blueprint fundamentals, and will have an overview of macros.

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And more

Lynda.com

This learning platform offers a wide range of different courses with mostly positive feedback from readers. Installing and Administering Atlassian Confluence is a good choice for beginners. You will learn how to set up and create content of all formats in Confluence, use its community and social features. This video tutorial also provides information about creating users and groups, managing tasks and notifications.

Lynda

To take this course you need to sign up. After that you can choose the learning plan that suits you best.

What to start with?

Atlassian offers a trial period for all their products. We think that practice can be the best way to study Confluence. So install Confluence and try to use it for a couple of days. If you have questions, consult the Atlassian sources we mentioned in this blog post.

We offer you to proceed to the paid courses once you study free solutions and check your skills in practice. Of course, it’s up to you to decide which of the options to choose.

We hope that this blog post will help you to start your successful Confluence experience. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions about Confluence usage.

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