This page is part of the guide to developing technical documentation on Confluence Wiki. We have already shown you how to create your technical documentation space. Now we offer an introduction to the templates that Confluence provides.
Quick guide to templates in Confluence
- A template is a page with predefined content that can be used as a prototype when creating other pages.
- Templates are available across the Confluence site (global templates) or per space (space templates).
- Both 'global templates' and 'space templates', as described on this page, define the content of a page. They do not define the content of an entire space.
- You can import predefined templates, including those shipped with Confluence and additional templates from the Atlassian Plugin Exchange.
- To create a template for an entire space, see our guide to creating your documentation space.
Deciding Where to Put Your TemplatesIn Confluence, there are two places to store your templates:
- Global templates: These are defined by site administrators through the Administration Console and are available in every space.
- Space templates: These are defined by space administrators on the space administration screens, and are only available in the space in which they are defined.
Creating a Global Template
See Global Templates for more information.
Creating a Space Template
See Adding a Template for more information.
Confluence ships with a number of templates, including the 'Charts', 'Document List' and 'Meeting Notes' templates. These templates are not available for use by default. However, if you have the appropriate permissions to access the Administration Console, you can import any of these templates to be used globally or within a specific space. In addition, you can find more template bundles on the Atlassian Plugin Exchange.
Using a Template to Create a Page
When people add a page on your Confluence site, they can choose to base their new page on a template.
You now have a good idea of how Confluence templates work. What next? Take a look at Re-using Content in Technical Documentation.