Give your site's Home page some personality by editing the message that is presented on the Confluence Home page.

The site welcome message appears on the top right of the Confluence 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 click the Customize link at the bottom of the Announcements section of the Home page.

An administrator can also modify the message through settings.

  1. Go to 


    in the Confluence navigation and select Global Templates and Blueprints

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

To go back to the original welcome message, select 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.