Deleting pages will help you remove unnecessary or unwanted
content from your site. This can have wide-ranging effects—on
your site as well as others—and should be managed
You can remove a UBCMS page that you no longer need. If there
are links to the page from other pages (called references),
the system will tell you where they are and give you a chance to
address any issues before you delete it.
- Open the Websites console.
- Select the page.
- Click the Deactivate button on the toolbar, or
right-click and select Deactivate.
- While this step is not mandatory, it will safely remove the
page from your published site.
- If the Deactivate option is grayed out, or you receive an error
message from the UBCMS, you do not have Publisher rights and should
NOT be deleting this page.
- Click the Delete button on the toolbar, or right-click
and select Delete.
- Confirm that you want to delete the page by clicking
- If there are no references to the page, it is now
- If there are references to the page, go to step 6.
- You now have a choice of options:
- Click No to review the pages that link to the one you
want to delete
- Click Yes to delete now. Deleting will break any links
to the page.
- If you clicked No in step 5, see the list of pages that
link to yours. Click Cancel when you want to exit the
- You can now find and address the links.
- When you are ready to delete, repeat steps 1-5.
These same options are also available from the Sidekick of the
Any published page that is deleted without first being
deactivated must be reactivated to avoid creating broken
references on the publishers.
When a non-publisher tries to delete a published page, a message
will briefly appear in the upper right corner of the screen, saying
"not enough permissions to delete page" and the page will NOT be
BEFORE you delete a page in the UBCMS consider:
- Associated Pages — is it being 'referenced'
(linked to or used as Shared Content) by other pages on your site,
or possibly from other UBCMS sites. See 'Check for Page
References' in the right sidebar.
- Buried Links — the UBCMS will automatically update
lists of links that are generated by list components when a page is
moved, EXCEPT for fixed lists created before July 2014, or links
within other components like Body Text (more
You can check whether other pages use the page you are
considering deleting (as a link or included as shared
- Open the Websites Console.
- Click the title of the page in the Page List to highlight
- Click Tools.
- From the dropdown menu, select References...
- In a popup window, the number of references to the highlighted
page is displayed, followed by a list of the pages making the
references. (If there are no references to the highlighted page, a
message appears indicating that The selected item is not
- Press Cancel to close the popup window.
- Update links and references on other pages as necessary.
Any UBCMS user with Author privileges can safely delete a
page that has not yet been published.
However, if a page is live in the publishing environment (meaning
the public can see the page) and an Author who lacks publishing
rights deletes the page in the authoring environment, the page will
not actually be deleted from your published site. This creates an
If you've created an orphaned page, create a new page in the exact
same place of the UBCMS (under the same parent) and with the exact
same name as the page that was incompletely deleted. Then ask
someone with Publisher rights to deactivate
the page and then delete it.