Scheduling Web Content Publication

Liferay’s Web Content framework lets you define when your content goes live. You can determine when the content is displayed, expired, and/or reviewed. This is an excellent way to keep your Site current and free from outdated (and perhaps incorrect) information.

The scheduler is built right into the Properties menu your users access when adding web content. To access this menu, click the Options gear (Options) and open the Schedule dropdown menu.

Figure 1: The web content scheduler can be easily accessed from the right panel of the page.

Figure 1: The web content scheduler can be easily accessed from the right panel of the page.

The scheduler offers several configurable options:

Display Date: Sets (within a minute) when content will be displayed.

Expiration Date: Sets a date to expire the content. The default is one year.

Never Expire: Sets your content to never expire.

Review Date: Sets a content review date.

Never Review: Sets the content to never be reviewed.

As an example, you’ll step through the process of scheduling a web content article.

  1. Navigate to the Product Menu → Content & DataWeb Content.

  2. Create a new web content article by selecting the Add Web Content button (Add) → Basic Web Content.

  3. Add content for your web content article.

  4. Select the Schedule tab from the web content’s Properties menu. Configure the publication schedule.

  5. Click Publish. Your web content article is now created and abides by the scheduling parameters you’ve set.

When you set a Display Date for an existing article it does not affect previous versions of the article. If a previous version is published, it remains the same until the new version is scheduled to display. However, the expiration date affects all versions of the article. Once an article has expired, no version of that article appears.

The scheduling feature gives you great control in managing when, and for how long, your web content is displayed on your Site. Additionally, you can determine when your content should be reviewed for accuracy and/or relevance. This makes it possible to manage your growing inventory of content.

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