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 categories of page templates:
- Space templates: These page templates are available in a specific space only. If you have, you can define templates via the space administration screen. permission
- Global templates: These page templates are available in every space on your site. If you have Confluence Administrator permission, you can define global templates via the .
System administrators can also download predefined templates.
Create 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 Create a Template for more information.
Use a template
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 .See Blueprints.
Promote 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'll be hiding all other items, including blank page and blog post, under the Show more link.
If you use the Show more link in the create dialog more than three times in a single space, the dialog will show you all templates by default from then on.
Confluence also provides 'system templates' containing content like the site welcome message and default space content. See Administering Site Templates.
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