Structure.Pages is an extension for Structure plugin that lets you create, manage and organise Confluence pages alongside JIRA issues right inside Structure.
Once you connect your JIRA and Confluence with Application Links and configure Structure.Pages you'll be able work with pages from your Confluence in a similar way you work with issues:
Structure.Pages provides integration between JIRA and Confluence so its installation requires a bit more work than installation of a plugin that only works with one system. But fear not - follow the steps described below and you'll have it running in no time. And if something goes wrong, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's what you'll need to do:
If you don't have Structure add-on installed, please do it first. Structure provides a way to organize issues and other items into hierarchical lists. It's our base product that Structure.Pages extends, so you need to have it to use Pages.
If you have Structure installed, please check that you have the version that is required by the Structure.Pages add-on you're installing. The latest Structure is typically compatible with the latest Structure.Pages.
To make your JIRA and Confluence work together and exchange data you need to set up Application Links. You can find all the details on how they work and how to set them up in Atlassian documentation.
Atlassian recommends using OAuth protocol because of the greater security. Structure.Pages supports OAuth but also other available protocols.
To allow Structure communicate with Confluence you need to install a small add-on for Confluence. This add-on does not require any additional configuration and once installed it will take care of the integration with Structure on the Confluence side. There is also one additional option you need to enable in Confluence. So here is what you need to do:
Install the free Structure.Pages Helper add-on from the Atlassian Marketplace or by uploading the add-on from the Download page (see add-on upload documentation for Confluence).
Structure.Pages Helper does not interfere with how the users work in Confluence.
JIRA add-on for Structure.Pages requires a bit more work:
Install Structure.Pages add-on from the Atlassian Marketplace or from Download page.
Obtain a license either from Atlassian Marketplace or from ALM Works. 30-day evaluation licenses are available.
If you have a license from ALM Works, use Administration | Structure | Structure.Pages License menu to install it.
If you got a license from ALM Works, the Add-On Manager may show Structure.Pages as Unlicensed and will suggest to get a free trial license. You can ignore this, since you have a license from ALM Works.
Select the System Authentication method. The drop-down shows all authentication types you have configured in the Application Links.
It's recommended to choose the one that would allow Structure.Pages see the most of the Confluence. All users who will work with Confluence via Structure.Pages will see a sub-set of pages that System Authentication permits to see, so if System Authentication permissions are more restrictive than the user permissions, the user won't be able to see some pages that should actually be visible.
OAuth method is preferred here and it's recommended to use a user account with administrative privileges for this type of authentication.
The simplest way to get started is to add some of the existing pages to your structure:
Once the page is in a structure, you can see the page contents and edit it.
To do that simply click this page name in your structure and it will be shown in the panel on the right. You can work with it as if it was a usual Confluence page opened in a browser. You can click Edit to start editing the page contents or use any other available controls.
If you are not logged into the Confluence in the same browser session, you will be prompted to log in. Specify your Confluence Username and Password and click Log in.
Next to the panels toggle button there is a down arrow that opens the menu, where you can select the layout and the action that happens when you click an issue or a page in a structure. If you have Do Nothing option selected, the second panel will not be opened as you click the items in your structure.
You can create new pages in your Confluence right from the Structure page:
As you press it, the New Item panel is shown. The panel allows to create issues, pages and folders. Switch to the Page tab.
If you've been using the full New Issue dialog to create issues, this dialog will be shown as you press Enter. Click the Switch to panel link to switch to the New Item panel.
Specify the page name, select the Confluence Space where the page should be created and select the template for the page (currently only templates and "Meeting notes" and "Product requirements" blueprints are supported).
Page creation using templates and blueprints is supported for Confluence version 5.9.1 and higher, on older versions only Blank page is available.
You can configure some automation rules for pages in your structure in a similar way you do for issues.
You can pull in all child pages of the pages previously added to your structure. To do that you need to switch on the Automation editing mode, select the top-most item that appears at the top of the Structure and then add the Child Pages Extender from the Automation menu.
As you move a child page from one parent page to another in your structure, this page in Confluence will also be moved from one parent page to another. If you want to disable such updates, switch on Automation editing, double-click the Child Pages Extender and select the option for disabling changes via Structure.
If you have links between pages and issues, you can visualise them in Structure too. There are two options available Linked Pages Extender and Issues Under Pages Extender.
Linked Pages Extender
To pull in pages linked to issues in your structure, add the Linked Pages Extender.
Moving pages between issues in Structure will update the links. If this undesirable, disable editing via Structure in the Linked Pages Extender settings.
Issues under Pages Extender
To pull in issues linked to pages in your structure, add the Issues Under Pages Extender.
Moving issues between pages in Structure will update the links. If this undesirable, disable editing via Structure in the Issues Under Pages Extender settings.
You can add both Linked Pages Extender and Issues Under Pages Extender to the same structure to get a complete view of links between pages and issues.