I have just installed Confluence internally on our Windows server. v 5.10.
I initially started using the site on the server so http://localhost:8090 worked fine. I tried to access it remotely from another machine on our network, but couldn't, so I allowed the port through the firewall and everything seemed all good.
Now I'm navigating the site and setting up new spaces, but I find places where the url seems to default back to "localhost" rather than the ip address that I'm currently using of the server.
Once you create a new space, it tries to navigate the user to the homepage of the space, but the URL changes from <ip>:<port> to localhost:<port>
Have I missed a step or gone about things wrong, or is this a bug. Seems unlikely to be a bug and more likely that I've not accessed the site correctly.
Also, is there a way to change the default port that the server is listening on. Having to specify a port (8090) isn't going to work for some of our less technical people. Or do I need to do funky port forwarding to get around this.
I suspect you have set the "base url" to localhost:8090 (well, not you directly, but the installer will default to this, as it's aimed at getting you up and running quickly with a local install that you can change later)
Check the setting in Admin -> General Config - if I'm right there, then you'll want to change it to the URL you are going to use to access Confluence.
Changing that URL and dropping the port is mostly a network thing. You'll probably want a DNS entry so that http://myconfluenceserver lands on the aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd address you have for your server.
Generally, you don't actually get rid of the port. When you see addresses that don't have a port, what is actually happening is that the browser is assuming a port (80 for http and 443 for https) and the server is listening on that port. Confluence is run on 8090 by default because most people are usually running a web server on 80 and/or 443 on servers and don't want the clash (only one application can use a port)
So, there's two basic tricks.
Thanks Nic. I was able to find the setting to change the "Server Base URL" setting, it now works as expected. I would have been very surprised if this ended up being a bug rather than a configuration item.
I already knew about the browser assuming port 80/443 bit, but the URL rewrite thing is great. I have tested that out and it will come in very handy with this AND some other upcoming projects. So thanks for that extra gem.
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