ExpressionEngine® 3 User Guide

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System Message Templates

Control Panel Location: Developer Tools ‣ Template Manager ‣ Messages

This section of the Control Panel is for managing the system message templates, such as the Site Offline template and the User Messages template.

In the General Settings section of the Control Panel you can specify whether or not your site is “Live”. If the site is not live then people will be presented with a message when they try to access your page. This can be useful if you are performing maintenance or other such things. This Message Page allows you to define the page that will be shown to people when your site is not “Live”.

Users often receive messages after performing actions in ExpressionEngine: logging in, submitting a form, etc. In addition, they may sometimes be shown error messages. You can determine how the page looks that displays these messages.

Permission Restrictions

  • Access settings: Design & Content
  • Template Management Allowed actions: Manage Template Settings
  • Template Management Allowed actions: Create New Templates
  • Template Management Allowed actions: Edit Templates
  • Template Management Allowed actions: Delete Templates
  • Template Management Allowed template groups



This will take you to Template Settings.

Export All

All templates, with their template groups, will be zipped and downloaded.

Search Templates

Searches template contents for the phrase.


The icons in the manage column perform actions on the template in its row.


This will take you to the template’s edit form.