How do I give a guest access to a specific page on a confluence site? It seems like guests need to be part of confluence-users group to have any access at all, but at least in my configuration that gives the guest access to the entire site. Do I have to completely reconfigure my site permissions?
Guests need to be part of confluence-users, and also their own group eg confluence-visitors. Internal employeess need their own group, eg confluence-local. Give confluence-visitors access to the space where the page is, using space permissions. In this space restrict all pages that guests shouldnt see using page access permissions. Restrict these pages to confluence-local. You just need to restrict the top level pages. Finally give confluence-visitors access to the page you want them to see using the page access restrictions (the little padlock at the top of the page).
This solution (which appears to be the only solution) is a security issue. Any new pages created under the top-level page will default to have the "confluence-visitors" access which you probably don't want. If you are not auditing those top-level pages frequently, you could inadvertently give access to pages to guests that you didn't intend.
Also, if I have a top-level folder with restricted access. And under that top-level folder I have say 100 sub-folders. I want to give a guest access to only 1 of those subfolders. That means I now need to update all 100 subfolders to restrict access for guests.
Another solution would be top pull that subfolder out from under the top-level folder and place it in another top-level folder that guests can view along with the other appropriate internal team members. Still not idea as this now breaks up the folder structure.
Everyone I have worked with that uses confluence, tries to simply add a specific user to a page and then they don't understand why that person doesn't have access, which is due to inherited permission.
There needs to be a better way to add guest access/temporary access to sub-folders.
Probably would need to rethink stuff for permissions like this. There's no way to just open up a single page, Permissions are Restrictive.
Confluence has View Permissions, Anonymous Permissions, and 5.9 has "Unlicensed View Permissions" that you can use.
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