In a previous post How to Skin a Wiki, I was adamant that the Wiki design should be basic: This assertion was based on principle, but furthermore on naivety, as I was a novice when it came to Wiki mark-up. I now have some understanding of the potential for more complex design layouts in Confluence.
Is this it?
I got a sense that clients were underwhelmed by the simplicity of a basic Wiki page, and also that there was no way of presenting familiar content in an interesting way. As Confluence allows you to create templates as a starting point for a page, we decided to create some layouts.
When we began training staff to use the Wiki , we demonstrated the templates and I found that they struck a chord. I felt they accentuated the potential of the Wiki , and helped soften the learning curve.
There is a basic image with text layout; one that incorporates RSS feeds; and others that enable departments to emphasise specific sections within their site …
A-Z lists and FAQs
These are pages that are commonly found on department sites. I expect there will be more examples like this that will also be made into templates.
A-Z Document List
I also created a macro to display contact details, which outputs the same vcard mark-up that we use on the corporate site.