Page length

What is it?

This metric aims at keeping the length of the pages small. This is simply the number of words in your page (titles excluded). A rule of thumb is to aim for 1500-word pages.

If the number of words in your page is higher than 1500 words, the metric is flagged as Warning

If the number of words in your page is higher than 3000 words, the metric is flagged as Problem

Why does it matter?

Navigate through the content

The left sidebar in Confluence provides the pages hierarchy at a glance.

When a dense content is broken down in several pages, the user can easily pick up where they left off.

This is as useful as a table of contents in a page.

Progress through the content

Break down your content in small logical units: It is easier to read and understand (e.g tutorials).

Estimate read time

Confluence provides estimated read time for every page:

  • a 1000-word page has a 4-minute estimated read time.
  • a 2000-word page has an 8-minute estimated read time.

Readers can be demotivated by long pages. Time is scarce, especially in a work environment.

People naturally look for the most cost-efficient way to get information. If several pages propose a similar content, the one with the smaller read time will be read more often.

How to improve the Page length?

Be compact

When possible:

  • Remove unnecessary words such as adverbs and adjectives when they only slightly modify the meaning
  • Use the active form

Break down your content

At first, structure your content into meaningful sections.

The next step is to group your sections in logical child pages

You can use the “Children Display“ built-in Confluence macro on your main page to give additional visibility to the reader.

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