Basic concepts

XWiki Enterprise is divided into Spaces and Pages. Lateral menus are handled using Panels.

Space

XWiki Enterprise is divided into spaces. A space is a collection of wiki pages. Grouping pages in a space makes them easier to find and browse.

You can create as many spaces as you want in your wiki and as many pages as you want in every space.

Putting pages in the same space can be useful for the following reasons:

  • Pages located in the same space are displayed together in the navigation treeview
  • XWiki Enterprise lets you easily create an index of all the pages in a space
  • The wiki's look & feel can be set at the space level (skin + panels)
  • User rights can be set at the space level
  • Search scope can be limited to a specific space
  • The wiki can be browsed by space in the WebDAV view

The homepage of a space is usually created at SpaceName/WebHome.

Page

A page is the basic unit of content in XWiki Enterprise. A page is usually divided in 4 areas:

  • Action bar (located at the top): 
  • Content area
  • Panels (either on the left or right of the page, or both)
  • Tabbed area at the bottom of the page featuring:
    • Comments
    • Attachments
    • Page history
    • Document information (parents, children, tags, included pages, backlinks)

The following actions can be performed on any wiki page, provided the current user has the rights to do it:

  • Edit the page
    • Using the WYSIWYG editor: this is a rich text editor that allows you to modify the contents of your wiki page easily
    • Using the wiki editor: for users accustomed to writing in wiki syntax
  • Print & export the page
    • Using the print menu, the user can display a print preview of the current page
    • Each page can be exported in the following formats: HTML, PDF, RTF (for MS Office) and XAR (XWiki Archive)
  • Watch the page
    • The user can choose to add the current page to his watchlist
    • Whenever the page gets modified, he will receive an email notification

Additionally, administrators can perform the following actions:

  • Change page access rights
  • Edit the page's objects and classes (You can find out more about these concepts on XWiki.org)
  • Rename, copy and delete the page

Panels

A panel is the rounded widget you can see on the right of every page of your wiki in the standard version of XWiki Enterprise.

You can control panels in two ways:

  • Choose which panels to display on the left and right of your wiki

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Created by Guillaume Lerouge on 2009/02/23
   

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