Working with Templates
When you add a new page, you do not have to write the content from scratch. Instead, you can base your new page on a template. A template is a Confluence page with predefined content. Some templates are provided by blueprints or add-ons, others are defined by Confluence users.
Some examples of where templates are useful:
- A software development project may have a template for use cases.
- A systems administration space may have a template for defining what information is kept about each server.
Global templates and space templates
In Confluence, there are two places to store your page templates:
- Space templates: These page templates are available in a specific space only. People who have
- Global templates: These page templates are available in every space on the site. People who have Confluence Administrator permission can define the global templates via the .
System administrators can also download predefined templates.
Creating a template
You can write your template using the Confluence editor. You can also add special variables to the page, if you want to include fields that the author will complete when adding the page. See Adding a Template for more information.
Using a template
See Creating a Page using a Template for more information.
Templates provided by blueprints
A blueprint is a page template with added functionality to help you create, manage and organise content in Confluence.
Confluence ships with some predefined blueprints.
You can also download additional blueprints from the Atlassian Marketplace. You can customise the blueprint templates to suit your individual needs, disable particular blueprints or even .
Promoting templates in the Create dialog
The promoted templates or blueprints will appear at the top, with all other content types, including Blank Page and Blog Post collapsed under them. To view the other types of content available choose the Show more link.
To promote a template or blueprint:
- Go to Space Tools > Content Tools.
If your space is using the Documentation theme choose Browse > Space Admin > Templates.
- Choose Promote next to the templates or blueprints you want to appear in the Create dialog.
Remember: by promoting a blueprint or template you will be hiding all other items, including blank page and blog post, under the Show more link.
Confluence also provides 'system templates' containing content like the site welcome message and default space content. See Administering Site Templates.
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