Confluence Administrators can edit the template that is used to create the overview for new sites. This default content appears on the overview when a new space is created. There is a different template for site spaces, personal spaces and space blueprints.

The default content in the template only appears for new spaces (those that are created after you have defined the content). Changes to the template do not affect existing overviews.

Edit the default overview for a blank space

To edit the default (blank) space content template:

  1. Select (Settings) in the Confluence navigation

  2. Choose Global Templates and Blueprints in the left-hand panel
  3. Click Edit next to "Default Space Content" or "Default Personal Space Content" depending on whether you want to customize the content for new site space or personal space overviews
  4. Enter the content that you want to appear on the overview for new blank spaces
    You can add variables, macros, and other content in the same way as editing a page template.
  5. Click Save

The following variables are available to be added to the default space content templates.

  • $spaceKey - Inserts the space key into the site space overview 
  • $spaceName - Inserts the space name into the site space overview
  • $userFullName - Inserts the user (owner of the personal space) into the personal space overview
  • $userEmail - Inserts the email address of the user (owner of the personal space) into the personal space overview.

Default space templates differ from ordinary page templates in that they don't present the user with a form to complete, so variables should be limited to those listed in the Variables menu.

Some macros, like the Table of Contents macro, may not display correctly when you preview the template as they are designed to work on a page. The macros will display correctly on the overview when you create a new space. For more information on editing a template, including adding macros. See Blueprints and User Created Templates for more info.

Reset the original default content

To reset the original default content:

  1. Select (Settings) in the Confluence navigation

  2. Choose Global Templates and Blueprints in the left-hand panel
  3. Click Reset to default next to the template you wish to reset

From this point on, all new space overviews will be created with the original default content.