The placeholder sidebar

Creating or editing a Page Blueprint is like creating or editing a page, but with the addition of having access to a configuration panel that shows on the side of the Confluence editor. Within there you can create multiple placeholders with different field types and configure the settings.

Adding placeholders

Placeholders act as form fields on your Page Blueprints. When someone creates a page from that Page Blueprint, they'll be prompted the Create dialog asking them to fill in the placeholder values first, before editing the page. Each data entered will be added to the page.

Placeholders are especially useful if one value is being used in multiple places on the blueprint, as they only need to be filled in once.

For each placeholder you create you get to choose from various field types.

Created placeholders (e.g Team) are displayed in the Confluence editor as blue boxes. An additional icon visualizes the chosen field type:

Text

Allows users to enter any combination of letters, numbers, or symbols in a single line.

Parameters

Parameter

Description

Name

The value entered here will be shown to the user in the 'Create' dialog.

Description

Shows in the form field within the 'Create' dialog.

Mark as mandatory

Makes user entry non-optional. Also displays a red asterisks next to the placeholder in the blueprint form.

Hide in editor

User entry will not be shown in the editor.

This option is not supported within Page Tree Blueprints and will be disabled.

Set as page title

User entry will be used as page title.

This option is not supported within Page Tree Blueprints and will be disabled.


Multiline text

Allows users to enter any combination of letters, numbers, or symbols on multiple lines.

Parameters

Parameter

Description

Name

The value entered here will be shown to the user in the 'Create' dialog.

Description

Shows in the form field within the 'Create' dialog.

Mark as mandatory

Makes user entry non-optional. Also displays a red asterisks next to the placeholder in the blueprint form.

Hide in editor

User entry will not be shown in the editor.

This option is not supported within Page Tree Blueprints and will be disabled.


Select

Allows users to select one value from a list that you define.

Parameters

Parameter

Description

Name

The value entered here will be shown to the user in the 'Create' dialog.

Description

Shows in the form field within the 'Create' dialog.

Options

Values users get to select from. Options can be ordered via drag and drop.

Mark as mandatory

Makes user entry non-optional. Also displays a red asterisks next to the placeholder in the blueprint form.

Hide in editor

User entry will not be shown in the editor.

This option is not supported within Page Tree Blueprints and will be disabled.

Set selected options as labels

Options that are selected by users in the blueprint form will automatically be added as labels to the page.

  • Options with more than two words will be connected with an underscore character (e.g. option ‚San Francisco‘ will be stored as ‚san_francisco‘

  • Special characters that cannot be stored as labels will be filtered (e.g. option ‚San Francisco (USA)‘ will not be saved as label

Special characters include the following: ':', ';', ',', '.', ' ', '?', '&', '[', ']', '(', ')', '#', '^', '*', '@', '!', '<', '>'

This option is not supported within Page Tree Blueprints and will be disabled.

You can enter multiple options at once by entering a comma separated list of values. By clicking on the icon next to the input field you can sort entered values alphanummerically.


Multiselect

Allows users to select more than one value from a list that you define.

Selected values will be shown in a comma separated list.

Parameters

Parameter

Description

Name

The value entered here will be shown to the user in the 'Create' dialog.

Description

Shows in the form field within the 'Create' dialog.

Options

Values users get to select from. Options can be ordered via drag and drop.

Mark as mandatory

Makes user entry non-optional. Also displays a red asterisks next to the placeholder in the blueprint form.

Hide in editor

User entry will not be shown in the editor.

This option is not supported within Page Tree Blueprints and will be disabled.

Set selected options as labels

Options that are selected by users in the blueprint form will automatically be added as labels to the page.

  • Options with more than two words will be connected with an underscore character (e.g. option ‚San Francisco‘ will be stored as ‚san_francisco‘

  • Special characters that cannot be stored as labels will be filtered (e.g. option ‚San Francisco (USA)‘ will not be saved as label

Special characters include the following: ':', ';', ',', '.', ' ', '?', '&', '[', ']', '(', ')', '#', '^', '*', '@', '!', '<', '>'

This option is not supported within Page Tree Blueprints and will be disabled.

Date

Allows users to pick a date from a popup calendar.

Parameters

Parameter

Description

Name

The value entered here will be shown to the user in the 'Create' dialog.

Description

Shows in the form field within the 'Create' dialog.

Mark as mandatory

Makes user entry non-optional. Also displays a red asterisks next to the placeholder in the blueprint form.


User mention

Allows users to mention each other using autocomplete.

Selected users will be shown in a comma separated list.

Parameters

Parameter

Description

Name

The value entered here will be shown to the user in the 'Create' dialog.

Description

Shows in the form field within the 'Create' dialog.

Enable multi-user mention

Enabling users to mention more than one user.

User mention placeholders can be utilized with Comala Document Management. Learn more about the integration here.

Confluence page

Allows users to link to an existing Confluence page or blog post using autocomplete.

Parameters

Parameter

Description

Name

The value entered here will be shown to the user in the 'Create' dialog.

Description

Shows in the form field within the 'Create' dialog.

Mark as mandatory

Makes user entry non-optional. Also displays a red asterisks next to the placeholder in the blueprint form.


Created placeholders

Created placeholders are displayed in the configuration sidebar. By clicking on placeholders you can edit them.

All created placeholders are also shown as blue boxes in the editor unless you specifically choose to hide them. Additionally, they are displayed in the Page Blueprint form where they can be arranged.

Re-using placeholders in Page Tree Blueprints

Once created placeholders can be reused on different pages within the Page Tree Blueprint which is especially useful if one value is being used in multiple pages, as they only need to be filled in once. When editing a page and wanting to add an already existing placeholder just open up the placeholder sidebar and click on the icon next to the desired placeholder.

Deleting placeholders

Once created placeholders that are not required anymore can be removed. Just navigate to the placeholder in the editor and press the 'Backspace' key to remove it. Since it is possible that placeholders are used on multiple page you can only delete them permanently in the Page Blueprint form.