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Enjoying the new Announcement Banner feature in Confluence Cloud, but looking for a way to plan your announcements ahead of time? Good news! You can now set start and end times for your banners!
I’m John, a Product Manager focused on improving the experience of admins within Confluence Cloud, and I’m excited to share that you can now schedule, copy, and archive your announcement banners:
While the Announcement Banner feature already provided a powerful channel for Confluence Premium and Enterprise admins to easily share important information to their teams, admins were limited to manually publishing and removing their banners. This created the inconvenience of forcing admins to publish and make changes to their banners in real time.
Admins were also unable to access their historical banners. This not only created an inefficiency for admins looking to copy a previous banner and quickly re-publish information, but also prevented our admins from being able to review historical details around the who, when, or what of their team’s previous banners.
Note: only product and org admins can create announcement banners
Select the settings or gear icon on the upper right corner of your page.
From the left navigation bar, find the Announcement banner tab.
Select either the Create Announcement button or the edit icon next to an existing banner in the table to begin creating or editing your banner
How does scheduling banners work?
After selecting to create or edit a banner, setting specific Start and End dates and times will automatically control when a particular banner is active and visible, but neither is required.
If no Start and End dates and times are set, banners are designed to start as soon as they’re published, and to run indefinitely or until archived.
Only one banner can be active at a time, but scheduling additional banners can be a useful strategy for setting up a queue of banners to run in succession.
Viewing activity about banners in the audit log
In addition to viewing metadata about historical banners within the feature's tab, we've also added new events to our audit log to provide additional context:
The audit log can be found by selecting the settings or gear icon on the upper right corner of your page, and then scrolling down to find the Audit Log tab.
Banner scheduling and other management capabilities have now been rolled out to all Confluence Cloud Premium and Enterprise instances!
ℹ️ For Free and Standard customers: If you’d like to try this out, you can start a free trial in your admin portal under “manage plans.”
Let us know what you think and how you’re planning to use the new scheduling capabilities in the comments below!