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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 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.

On this page:


Screenshot above: The template option shown when adding a page

Global Templates and Space Templates

In Confluence, there are two places to store your templates:

Quick Guide to Creating a Template

Here is a quick guide to creating a space template:

  1. From any page in the space, choose Browse > Advanced.
  2. Click Templates in the left-hand panel.
  3. Click Add New Space Template.

See Adding a Template for further information. Site administrators can also import predefined templates.

You can write your template using regular Confluence markup. You can also use special markup if you wish to define form fields that the author will complete when adding the page.


Screenshot above: Template variables available when adding a template

Notes

  • Templates are useful for page creation only. Templates can only be used when adding a page. Once a page has been created, the template is no longer linked to the page. All further editing is performed as if the template was never used. Some plugins provide expanded functionality.

Useful Plugins

Before installing a plugin into your Confluence site, please check the plugin's information page to see whether it is supported by Atlassian, by another vendor, or not at all. See our guidelines on plugin support.

Two popular plugins provide extended template functionality:

Below is a comparison:

Field

Default

Zones Plugin

Scaffolding Plugin

Description

Basic

Flexible

Powerful

Saves page version history

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Allows return to form version

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Suitable for dynamic data

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Has a library of examples

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Related Topics

Form Field Markup for Templates
Global Templates
Importing Templates
Adding a Template
Creating a Page using a Template

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