We would like to use Confluence to maintain procedural manuals. We would like to expose some parts of the manuals on a public web site. Does the licence for self-hosted Confluence permit this?
This is certainly possible, and as Harry mentioned how you would do it is by exposing certain Spaces to anonymous users and keeping others private because this has the effect of making parts of the wiki public, (for example your procedural manuals), whilst keeping other parts of your wiki secret, (for example your new product release that marketing is working on).
How you do this is a two step process, the first is to grant the global permission to conceptually allow anonymous users to browse the site and then you can open up Spaces to anonymous users. You can read about the process for configuring this here: https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DOC/Setting+Up+Public+Access
You should check the Space permissions of every Space in the instance and also test you have configured it so only the data you want to expose is available before telling anyone the URL of the instance but it's a simple procedure so you shouldn't encounter many problems configuring it.
All the best,
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