Key concepts

Scaffolding provides reusable and editable forms with powerful live templates to simplify managing large Confluence instances. With Scaffolding, you can dynamically modify existing content by changing the underlying live templates and therefore simplifies content management in Confluence.

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Challenges

Imagine that you need to create and maintain a similar group of pages, for example, knowledge base articles. You would want:

  • The articles to share the same format, layout, look and feel by using templates.
    However, it's hard to streamline this across tens or hundreds of pages.

  • Apply structure and layout changes in template to all articles at once.
    However, you can't apply futher changes to a template to all the pages already used it.

  • Easy way for users to contribute and edit content, and guided by predefined sections. In this case, you would have Problems, Troubleshooting Steps, Solution, and so on.
    However, Confluence doesn't enforce standards in page structure and everyone is free to adopt their own.

Creating and maintaining similar pages is hard

Creating and maintaining tens (or hundreds!) of similar pages is hard.


Solution

Scaffolding made this easy with two key functionalities:

Create versatile formsMake templates dynamic

By using the Field Group macro, you can define a page structure. This structure guides the end users on what and where to contribute content.

By using the Live Template macro that calls on pages or templates equipped with the Field Group macro, you can turn a static template into a dynamic template.


A typical setup showing pages containing Live Template macro. 
Each Live Template macro is referencing to the same template, which contains a Field Group macro.

Now, by having the above structure, you can create tens or hundreds of pages using the same template. Each of the pages can be edited in a form structure, making it easy for end users to contribute content based on what's been defined:

The structure you defined, in turn, becomes a form that end users can easily add content to.


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