Keeping your spaces clean and your the content up-to-date is a tedious challenging task in Confluence Cloud. The discovery tracking of outdated pages and also the management of an archive are challenginghard. Certain content is only relevant for a period of time, other has just not been updated for a very long time. In both cases those pages clutter the space and distract from actually relevant content. Still that content is not to be lost as it could get readily relevant or for documentation reasons.
The “Automatic Automatic Page Archiving for Confluence Cloud” add-on allows Cloud helps you to automate the process of tracking outdated content discovery & archival and and the archival thereof, so it saves a lot of manual labor. Archived pages are never deleted, just moved into separate archive spaces, keeping the history and the hierarchy intact. That way all content can still be recovered once it has been archived.
This user guide leads you through the set-up & configuration of your the tracking and automatic page archival process. This includes the configuration of what pages are considered outdated and to be archived, how to get an overview of all outdated pages, the archiving process itself and how to find the archived pages.
While it is possible to use automatic archiving without expiration tracking, in general it is recommended that you use both. That way you are able to check which pages will be archived before they actually are and you will still have time to take action. Pages are never completely lost, but still it can be tedious if you have to move many pages back to the original space after they have been archived. We recommend to configure the add-on to have at least some weeks between expiration and archiving.
After installation it is recommended that you start with automatic archiving in a few small spaces only incrementally activate automatic archiving roll it out for more and larger spaces. Start with one space and clear rules of when pages expire, then check if the results are as expected. Only then successively roll out activate automatic archiving to for more spaces. Before actually activating automatic archiving always activate the expiration tracking to see which pages would be archived.
As mentioned above there is one archive space for each actual space. It contains all the archived pages from the original space and also shares the name (suffix (Archive) appended) and some of the configuration with it. The archive space itself is an archived space, so it does not appear in the list of all spaces, but only in the separate list of “Archived Spaces”. This way up-to-date content is separated from archived content.
The archive space shares all permissions with the original space, except anonymous access is disabled. As a result all user who could access the pages in the original space can still access the pages after they have been archived. This way users still see the archived pages when searching for content.
The default permissions and settings for archive spaces are well thought in general. But they may not be the optimal settings for any use case. Considerations of who should be able to access the archive should be part of your archiving strategy.
Find Archived Content
Naturally archived, outdated content should not be as prominent as the relevant, up-to-date content. Still it should be possible to find that archived content. To achieve this separation for each space “Automatic Page Archiving for Confluence Cloud” keeps the archived content in a separate archive space, which is itself an archived space.
Archived spaces are different from regular spaces in two ways:
Their content does usually not appear in search results
They do not appear in the list of all spaces
To search for results in archives check the box “Include archived spaces” in Confluence search.
To find and browse an archive space go to “Spaces” > “View all spaces” > “Archived spaces”.
Restore Archived Content
Pages that got archived once could turn out to be still relevant later on. One appealing feature of archiving instead of deleting outdated content is that it can be restored at any time in such cases.
To restore an archived page first go to that particular page. Then use the built-in move function at “…” > “Move” and select either its original parent or, if that does not exist anymore, the position where it would fit now.
The page will be removed from the archived and does appear again in the original space.