Editing the Site Welcome Message

The site welcome message appears at the top left of the Confluence dashboard. You can change the default message by editing the appropriate system template. For example, you may want the welcome message to display an introduction to your site or a message of the day.


To edit the site welcome message:

  1. Choose the cog icon , then choose General Configuration under Confluence Administration

  2. Choose Global Templates and Blueprints in the left-hand panel.
  3. Choose Edit next to Default Welcome Message.
  4. Type your message into the template editor.
  5. Choose Save.

The default site welcome message

By default, the site welcome message looks more or less like the screenshot below, starting with the heading 'Welcome to Confluence' and ending with '...diagrams, and projects'.

To restore the default site welcome message:

  1. Choose the cog icon , then choose General Configuration under Confluence Administration

  2. Choose Global Templates and Blueprints in the left-hand panel.
  3. Choose Reset to default next to Default Welcome Message.

Screenshot: Site welcome message at top left of the dashboard

Using the template editor

Enter text into the body of the template, and use the editor toolbar to apply styles, layout and formatting. You can add links and macros. In general, you can use the Confluence editor in the same way as on a page.

Notes:

  • You cannot use template variables in the welcome message template.
  • You can't attach an image or other file to a template. Instead, attach the file to another page, and insert it into the body of the template.

    For example:

    • You can attach an image to a page and then choose Insert > Files and Images to embed the image into the template.
    • You can attach a PDF to a page and then choose InsertOther MacrosPDF to embed the PDF into the template.

Including content from another page

It may be useful to write your welcome message on a normal Confluence page and include the page into the welcome message template. Using a normal page means that you can allow other people, who are not Confluence administrators, to change the welcome message.

To include content from another page:

  1. Create a Confluence page as usual and add your welcome message as the page content. Remember to limit the size of the content, because it must fit nicely onto the dashboard. For this example, let's assume the title of your page is 'Dashboard Message'. You can put it in any space you like.
  2. Add page restrictions or space permissions to the 'Dashboard Message' page or space, to suit your requirements. You may want to restrict the editing of the page to a group of people, or you may want to allow any employee to edit the page. This will determine who can update the welcome message on the dashboard.
  3. Edit the welcome message template, and add the Include Page macro to display the content from your 'Dashboard Message' page.

  4. Save the welcome message template. The dashboard will display the content of the template immediately, including the content of your 'Dashboard Message' page. Similarly, if you or anyone else edits the page, the welcome message on the dashboard will change as soon as the page is saved.

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