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Confluence page status: a comprehensive guide to managing content lifecycle


Introduction to Confluence Cloud page status

The Confluence Cloud page status provides users with a visual indicator of a page's current position in the content lifecycle. Whether you're working on a small team or managing Confluence for a large enterprise, understanding how to effectively utilize the Confluence page status can streamline your content management processes.

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the various aspects of Confluence page status, including how to view and update it, automate its changes, and extend its functionality using Better Content Archiving for Confluence app.

Understanding Confluence page status

Confluence page status is a key element in managing content lifecycles. It allows users to view the status of a page, usually located at the top, providing a quick overview of where the page stands in the content creation, review, and approval workflow. The page status acts as a visual cue for team members, reducing unnecessary interruptions and ensuring review deadlines are met.

The status names should reflect your team's existing processes and document management workflows to ease understanding and minimize friction. To this end, built-in page statuses should be edited and revised for clarity.

Updating Confluence page status

Confluence page status can be updated manually or automatically, depending on your requirements. By setting the page status manually, authors can track and display status changes, providing transparency and accountability throughout the content lifecycle.

However, for large teams managing numerous pages, manual updates can be time-consuming and prone to errors. To overcome this challenge, the page status needs to update automatically, serving as a driver for efficient content lifecycle management.

Automatic triggers for Confluence page status change

To automate Confluence page status updates, you can define triggers that determine when a page status should change. These triggers can be based on factors such as:

  1. Inactivity: If a page hasn't been visited or edited for a specific number of days, the page status can be automatically updated.
  2. Periodic Review Due: If the page content is due for periodic review, the page status can be automatically changed to reflect this.
  3. Manual Actions: In addition to automatic triggers, manual actions should be available to set statuses like "Review Needed," "Approved," or "To Archive."

By implementing these automatic triggers, you can ensure that Confluence page status remains up-to-date, providing real-time insights into the progress and status of your content.

Extending the Confluence Cloud page status with Better Content Archiving

While Confluence Cloud offers built-in page statuses, these are limited to a maximum of five. However, for organizations with complex document approval workflows or content lifecycles, this may not be sufficient. This is where the Better Content Archiving for Confluence app comes in.


                         Only 5 built-in statuses are available in Confluence by default

Better Content Archiving for Confluence provides a more advanced page status experience, allowing you to extend Confluence Cloud page status with a wide range of statuses.

You can use up to 20 statuses to align with your team's document review workflow. Each page status can have a name, color, icon, and description, providing a comprehensive and customizable status management solution.


                                          All the statuses you need with Better Content Archiving

Setting the Confluence page status

Setting the Confluence Cloud page status can be done manually or automatically. Let's explore both methods:

Manual page status updates

To manually set a page status in Confluence Cloud:

  1. Define the desired page status within the content status scheme.
    For example, define the " Review in Progress" status using CQL:
    label = "review-in-progress"
  2. Some statuses, like "Expired" or "To archive" can be directly selected on the page, no configuration is needed. Use a quick action to select the status.
  3. Or add a label to the page reflecting the desired status.
  4. The status is now updated!


By manually updating Confluence Cloud page statuses, authors can have full control over the content lifecycle, ensuring that each page is accurately categorized and tracked.

Automatic page status updates

To automate the Confluence page status updates using Better Content Archiving for Confluence:

  1. Define the desired status using Confluence Query Language (CQL) within the content status scheme.
  2. Specify the criteria for automatic updates, such as label matching or last edit date.
  3. Save the settings and let the app automatically update the page status based on the defined criteria.

By automating page status updates, you can save time and reduce the risk of human error, particularly in large-scale content management scenarios.

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Leveraging the Confluence page status macro

The Confluence Page Status macro provided by Better Content Archiving offers a convenient way to display page lists based on their status. This macro called the Page Status List, allows you to embed a list of pages that match specific criteria, providing a comprehensive overview of your content's status.

How to Use the Confluence Page Status List Macro

To use the Confluence Page Status List macro:

  1. Insert the Page Status List macro into a Confluence page.
  2. Configure the macro by specifying the desired criteria, such as page status, labels, or other relevant fields.
  3. Save the page, and the macro will render a list of pages that meet the specified criteria.

By utilizing the Confluence page status macro, you can indicate the status of your pages, enabling easy navigation and monitoring within Confluence.


                     Better Content Archiving has a Confluence page status list macro

Advanced Confluence page status management with Better Content Archiving

Better Content Archiving for Confluence offers an extensive range of advanced Confluence page status management features. With this app, you can:

  • Choose from 19 pre-defined page statuses immediately after installation.
  • Create custom statuses tailored to your specific content lifecycle needs.
  • Configure each page status with unique attributes such as name, color, icon, and description.
  • Define page status criteria using Confluence Query Language (CQL) to accurately identify pages requiring specific actions.
  • Customize page statuses on a space-by-space basis, allowing for flexibility in different areas of your Confluence instance.
  • Improve Confluence page view statistics and generate comprehensive Confluence page status reports.

Better Content Archiving for Confluence empowers you to take full control of your content lifecycle by providing advanced page status management capabilities.

Embrace the power of Confluence page status

Confluence page status is a powerful feature that enhances content lifecycle management within Confluence. By understanding how to update, automate, and extend page statuses, you can streamline your content review processes, improve collaboration, and maintain content quality.

Better Content Archiving for Confluence further enhances the page status experience, providing advanced status management options and customization features. Embrace the power of Confluence page status and Better Content Archiving for Confluence to unlock the full potential of your content management workflows.



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This is very insightful !! thanks for the share.

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Anastasia Bek _Stiltsoft_
Marketplace Partner
Marketplace Partners provide apps and integrations available on the Atlassian Marketplace that extend the power of Atlassian products.
Nov 16, 2023

Happy Friday!

Thank you for sharing these tips! Confluence Page Status is very useful, indeed. We're excited about the ability to track page content status and easily find actual content. That's why we added Handy Page Status and Page Status Report to our Handy Macros for Confluence. You can test it to see how our app leverages the native page status features.
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Feel free to contact us for a live demo or help.



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