This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Links
Why don't normal URL links keep working when pages are moved? This is just a basic requirement for documentation to be both maintainable & externally linkable.
No, my users don't want to use a special URL to link to, and there's no way I could consistently & reliably get them to do so.
As it is, moving & renaming pages (which are necessary to maintain the quality & – very importantly – the searchability of information) seem to result in broken links for users. This is just not remotely good enough.
If you're adding links as 'Web links' in the dialog, Confluence treats it as an absolute link and won't update those links for any reason. If you use Search, Recently viewed, or just paste in the URL of another page in your Confluence site, Confluence will add it as a relative link and will update the link when you rename the linked page.
A "normal" URL must change if you move the page to a different space – just as it must change if you rename the page. That's because the URL includes both the spacekey and title of the page.
E.g. if a page in SPACE1 is titled Welcome Folks, then the URL would be http:://confluencesite/display/SPACE1/Welcome+Folks.
But if you move the page to DIFFERENTSPACE, then the URL must change to http:://confluencesite/display/DIFFERENTSPACE/Welcome+Folks.
That said, (1) no change of URL occurs if you are just moving the page to a different parent in the same space, and (2) this is only a problem when linking to Confluence pages from outside of Confluence.
Within Confluence, moving or renaming a page should not break links to it from other Confluence pages. The exception is if you add a link to a page as a "Web Link" ... which users should not be doing. Doing so only defeats a key feature of Confluence.
And, if you move a page and someone lands on it because they have an old url, Confluence does the right thing and says "this page was moved to <new location>"
That more than answers the "basic requirement" because your obsolete urls still get you to the right page
Thanks Fred for your answer. We wish to undertake maintenance – in all three regards of:
Apparently both the first and the third can have a substantial to severe impact on user bookmarks, external references & links.
Really any documentation needs to be maintained, but we feel this may be highlighting a weakness of Confluence; in that external links into Confluence are not transparently maintained.
As an aside, we have also seen issues of Attachments being lost when moving content between spaces. Which our Admins were not able to recover.
So yes, there seem to be some issues here.
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