Space hierarchy

Can spaces in confluence have a hierarchical relationship to each other?

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Not really. Best you can do is add Categories to spaces to group them.

Otherwise, you can link to pages in other spaces. In fact, you could use the Include Page macro to create a set of pages in a space that pull from different spaces to give the impression of a hierarchy.

Thanks for the 'Include Page macro' tip.  I'll check that out.

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No, there's no hierarchy on spaces, it's only done at page level, within the spaces.

Spaces operate totally independently of each other so the concept of hierarchy doesn't apply.

However as mentioned you can group them by Category with Spaces even having multiple Categories so that you can see them in the Space Directory by those Categories.

I'd like to know which use cases you have in mind for creating a hierarchy of spaces?

If it's just to group them, categorizing - as mentioned by Milo and Rodney - is typically the solution.

The uses cases for page hierarchies are probably a handy method to move/delete a page tree or to limit searches within the child hierarchy.

The projectdoc Toolbox - which is our product - allows to define space hierarchies with delegate spaces to inherit space properties or to share document homepages (e.g. to have all glossary entries for a set of spaces at one location). You may also define search spaces to limit search results of macros. Space Hierarchies provides a short introduction in these concepts.

But these two features are not supported by Confluence, so this is probably not your use case ...?

We are just trying to understand how best to structure our Confluence instance so that it doesn't become difficult to find the desired content.

Okay, I see. Thank you for your reply!

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