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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 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 space administrator permission, you can define templates via the space administration screen.
  • 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 Confluence Administration Console.

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

Page templates are used only when adding a page. It is not possible to apply a template to an already-existing page. Once a page has been added using a template, the template is no longer linked to the page. All further editing is performed as if the template was never used. Some plugins provide enhanced template functionality. You can search the Atlassian Marketplace for template add-ons.
See Create a Page from 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 develop your own blueprints.See Blueprints.

Promote templates in the Create dialog

If you're a space administrator, you can choose to promote specific templates and blueprints in the Create dialog. Promoting items can help ensure consistency in a space by encouraging users to create particular types of content, instead of blank pages.

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:

  1. Go to Space Tools > Content Tools
    If your space is using the Documentation theme choose Browse > Space Admin > Templates
  2. 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. 

System templates

Confluence also provides 'system templates' containing content like the site welcome message and default space content. See Administering Site Templates.

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