This article describes how to use Confluence for Your (private) Homepage




Why use Confluence?

  • Excellent Rich Text Editor - One of the strongest features at all, it for sure beats all other CMS Editors (See this list)  
  • Very Stable and very many releases with new features
  • A lot of 3rd party options - both free and commercial
  • Java based
  • Free - If You can get a Community or Open Source License its free; the latter is actually giving access to must plugins for free also.

Why not to use Confluence?


  • Not free - and even though license costs are low, it all add's up. Free alternatives are CMS'es like WordPress, Drupal ,Joomla or Liferay
  • Requires quite a lot of resources (it's java....)
  • The Download version requires direct server access (Windows or Linux).; where as the Cloud version requires no local resources.
  • Java based

Not free? Well, if You are a non-comercial organisation, Open Source Project or a private person - try to apply for a "Open Source License" at Atlassian

A nice starter package could be


  • Confluence 10 User = $10
  • RefinedWiki 10 User = $10 or Enterprise Theme 10 User =$10


= $20 / Year



Dowload or onDemand?

Cloud version

(thumbs up) Plusses

Cheap and simple, but very limited towards plugins and manipulating on filelevel

Upgrades just "happens" without any effort put into it.

See the Plugin List here

(thumbs down) Downsides

Blueprints cant be created

User Macros are not available

No control over upgrades (an be seen as a plus also (smile) )



(thumbs up) Plusses

Full flexability regarding OS and resources

OS must be maintained/upgraded

Upgrade paths/time are for selfdecision

(thumbs down)  Downsides

More Expensive

More Maintenance



When the decision is made for using Confluence :

If You want to control it Yourself, read the Confluence Install Cookbook


Secondly, I will recommend these plugins ( (thumbs up) = Testet and/or tried and found very usefull):


TypeFreeCommercial /LicensedComment
Content Enhancement

UI Tookit (thumbs up)

tagcumulus (thumbs up)

Numbered Headings

Mos-Eisley Gallery

Navi Tabs


No Email Storm (thumbs up)

Table Plus (thumbs up)

Image Slider

Ad Hoc Canvas 


RefinedWiki (thumbs up)

For alternatives, read Theme Plugins for Confluence
Drawing / DiagrammingDiagramlyGliffy (thumbs up) 
User Macro's  See User Macros

Source Editor (thumbs up)


Bob Swift has some excellent Macro's at

Also, these are typically quite cheap and does not follow the user-model for Confluence

Both Adaptavist and ServiceRocket has a bundle of very nice and usefull free plugins