Editing the Site Welcome Message

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Give your site's landing page some personality by editing the site welcome message.

The site welcome message appears on the right hand side of the default site home page, and is perfect for adding announcements, useful links, or a fun photo from your last office party or team outing. 

You'll need Confluence administrator permissions to edit the site welcome message. 

To edit the site welcome message:

Confluence administrators can either click the Customize link below the site welcome message, or:

  1. Go to Settings in the Confluence sidebar and choose Global Templates and Blueprints

  2. Scroll down to the System templates and choose Edit next to Default Welcome Message
  3. Add your content and hit Save

To go back to the original welcome message, choose Reset to Default next to the Default welcome message template.


Hints for using the template editor

The site welcome message is a template, not a page, so you'll be using the template editor to make your changes. 

You can add text, links and macros, as you would in any confluence page, but the process for adding files, including images is a little different. 

You can't upload an image or other file into a template directly. First you'll need to upload the file to a page in your site, then in your template, choose  Insert > Files > Search on other pages to embed the file or image. 

You can't use template variables in the site welcome message.

Allowing other people to edit the site welcome message

You can allow people who aren't Confluence administrators edit the site welcome message. To do this, use the include Include Page macro to include content from elsewhere in your site rather than adding content directly to the template.

To include content from a page in the site welcome message:

  1. Create a new page in a space that's visible to all users
    It's important that all users can see content in that space. If a person doesn't have permission to view the space where you've created the page, they won't be able to see the page content on the dashboard.
  2. Add some text, images or macros, and publish the page
  3. Restrict who can edit the page (this is optional, but useful if you only want to allow some people to change the content)
  4. Edit the site welcome message template (as described above) and use the Include page macro to include the contents of your newly created page
  5. Save the template

People with permission to edit the page will now be able to make changes at any time, and their changes will be visible on the dashboard as soon as the page is saved. 

Last modified on Aug 8, 2017

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