Publish/unpublish pages at a future date and time.
Last reviewed: October 15, 2021
Your pages can be published and unpublished automatically by the UBCMS at a predetermined date and time. Two methods—Delayed Activation vs Scheduling On/Off Time—each has its pros and cons.
The UBCMS allows Publishers to set a future date and time to publish or unpublish a page. (Publisher permissions are required.)
This feature is engaged in the Sites Console, using the Manage Publication tool which appears in the Command Menu when the page is selected.
From the Sites Console, select a page then click the Manage Publication tool in the Command Menu that displays at the top of the window. During this process, the first screen gives the opportunity to choose Publish or Unpublish, and set Scheduling (with a specific date and time).
Scheduling starts a workflow that cannot be modified, and can only be terminated with assistance. This workflow also publishes the page as it exists now, and will NOT include subsequent changes.
Once it is engaged, the Sites Console notes the existence of the workflow in the Workflow column.
This option is only available to those with Publisher permissions.
Scheduling starts a system workflow that cannot be modified, and can only be terminated with assistance. This also publishes the page as it exists now, and will NOT include subsequent changes.
Use Scheduling On/Off Time to quickly set a specific date/time range for a page to be displayed on your live website.
This is very handy for a page that is embargoed (cannot be live) UNTIL a specific date/time, or for a page that must be hidden (cannot be live) AFTER a specific date/time. It is not recommended for setting a future date to republish a page that is already live.
Do not equate 'On' with the act of Publication. If the page is live now, but you set a future 'On' time, the UBCMS will UNPUBLISH your page until that date and time are reached. And if the page is not yet published, 'On' will publish it when that time is reached--there is no need to publish it as well.
Be careful when adding these constraints to a page that is already activated, or one that may need to be activated before the On/Off scheduling takes effect normally, as the UBCMS may hide or reveal it unexpectedly on your live site.
This option is available to those with Publisher permissions. For others, it will be grayed out.
When a published page is provided with a Schedule On Time, the page may immediately disappear from the published site with a '404 error' until the On Time occurs as scheduled.
Do not set Feature Time by mistake. Feature On/Off Time relates to "Scheduling" in list components.