I’m Elaine, Confluence Product Manager currently managing the rollout of the new navigation. I want to share an important technical update to the new nav and ask for your help to beta test it.
The new layout manager is coming to Confluence
As you may know, we have been gradually rolling out the new navigation to Confluence customers since December 2019. The new experience has shown significant positive customer impact. We expect to reach 100% of customers by end of May.
Meanwhile, we’ve been working on page-layout , a whole new way to lay out a page, user generated or system rendered, on top of the new navigation. The main goal is to optimize for performance/speed.
The following illustration helps explain the difference between the old and new layout manager.
Old layout manager
New layout manager
When is the new layout manager in Confluence rolling out?
Here’s our timeline:
- May 7: Released to Ecosystem Beta Group. Sign up here if you haven’t.
- Week of May 11: Roll out to a small percentage of Confluence sites
- Beyond that until mid June: gradually roll out to the rest of Confluence customers
What does this change mean to you as part of the Confluence ecosystem?
We need your help to beta test this change.
- This is an underlying architectural change that should have no impact on the user experience in Confluence nor your existing integration with Confluence. Performance gain is expected.
- Page layout change of this magnitude does touch wide surface area, potentially causing issues with page content positioning, z-index clashes, and sidebar state. Things to watch out for include any changes to the behavior or presentation of side nav links, as well as anything that calculates page width or height such as banners, scroll behavior, popups, etc.
The Confluence team has been testing the new layout manager carefully to address any such potential side effects. Now we need your help to try it out with your apps so that we can work together to ensure a solid update when it reaches production customer sites.
Plan for known issues
We’ve identified a couple of issues with this technical update. They result in horizontal scroll showing up when an app utilities the entire page content area (as illustrated in the architectural comparison). This could leave little to no right margin for the affected app experience and potentially cut off some pixels of clickable visual elements provided by the app.
We’ll be fixing issues like this before releasing this technical update to production customers. Stay tuned.
Have a question? Need to report an issue?
Please comment in this post directly, or open a support ticket with mention of “ecosystem beta test of new Confluence layout manager”. We’ll follow up accordingly.
Thank you all, and stay safe and healthy!