User Guide

This page provides technical information on how to create and edit pages on Toxipedia. For tips on how to develop content, please read our writers guidelines. For general information about the site, please read About Toxipedia.


Toxipedia uses the Confluence Content Management System and the the Rich Text editing system. This system uses icons to direct the text and allows anyone familiar with creating a Word document to also create a Toxipedia page. This page provides our users with an overview of the icons and commands needed to contribute to the site. The first step to contributing to the site is registering. If you have any questions as you proceed, feel free to email editor Maria Williams at

Creating Content

(The text below is from the Atlassian Confluence User Guide for Confluence 5.2, the version currently running on the site.)

Do you want to add a page or a blog post? Just choose the Create option in the Confluence header. It looks like this:

Below is a description of this and other options for creating content, and some answers to questions you may have.

Do you want to update an existing page or blog post? Jump straight to the topic on Using the Editor, or see Working with Pages for help with moving, renaming and organising content.

A note about permissions: To create a page, you need the 'Add Pages' permission for the space where you will add the page. To create a blog post, you need the 'Add Blog' permission for that space. A space administrator can give you these permissions. See Giving People Access to Content.


Adding a page or a blog post

You can add pages and blog posts via the 'Create' dialog.

To create content via 'Create' in the header:

  1. Choose Create in the Confluence header. The 'Create' dialog will open.
  2. Select the space where you want to put your page or blog post. Confluence will offer a list of your recently-visited spaces.
    Note: If the space you want is not in the list, please go to the space and try again. (In very large Confluence sites, Confluence cannot show all spaces in the selection list. By going to the space, you will ensure that it appears in the list.)
  3. Choose the type of content you want to create.
    You can create a blank page, a blog post, or a page based on a template or blueprint.
  4. Choose Next.
  5. The Confluence editor will open. Add your content in the editor pane, or update the default content supplied by the template.
  6. Choose Save.

Other ways to open the 'Create' dialog:

  • Go to the parent page and choose Create child page in the sidebar. (This option is not available in the Documentation theme.)
  • Shortcut key: Press C on your keyboard.

Screenshot: Creating content

Location of the new page

When you create a new page, that page will be a child of another page, in the space that you selected in the 'Create' dialog. The parent page depends on where you are when you create the page.

Your location when creating the page
Location of new page
You are viewing a page in the same space where you will put the new page – that is, the space that you select in the 'Create' dialog.A child of the page you are currently viewing.

You are viewing any other Confluence screen. For example:

  • You are on the dashboard.
  • You are on the 'Pages' view of a space.
  • You are viewing a blog post.
  • You are viewing a page in a space, and choose to add your new page in a different space.
A child of the home page in the space you select in the 'Create' dialog.

The space sidebar in the default theme has useful links to your pages, blog posts, and other parts of the space. For more about the sidebar and the location of pages, see Finding Content.


Using an undefined link to create a page later

You may want to insert a link pointing to a Confluence page that does not yet exist, but which you intend to create later. This type of link is called an undefined link.

To add an undefined link for later creation of a page:

  1. Edit the page in which the link should appear.
  2. Type '[' to trigger autocomplete, and type the name of the undefined page. Alternatively, type the text first, then select the text and type '['.
  3. Choose Insert Link to Create Page.

When you save the page, Confluence colours the undefined link red. When someone clicks the link, the new page opens in edit mode. That person can then enter the page name, add content and save the page, as usual.

Other ways to create a page

You can display a button on a page, which offers people the option of creating a page based on a given template. See Create from Template Macro.

You can import content from other Confluence sites, other wikis, Microsoft Word, and HTML pages. See Importing Content Into Confluence.

The Confluence APIs allow programmatic and scripted creation of pages. See our developer documentation.


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