Unpublishing or Deleting Content

Complexity Level: Beginner

This is a beginner topic. Little to no advanced knowledge is required.

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This document is to explain to unit administrators and web committee users how to unpublish or delete content on their websites. 

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Unpublishing Content

If someone has left your Department and you don't want their personnel page to be seen by visitors to your site, you can unpublish the content instead of deleting it. That way, you'll have the information handy in case you need it.

Let's say we want to Unpublish Emily Dittmar's personnel page. 

Step 1: Edit Emily's Page

There are two ways to do this:

A. Edit a content page by visiting the page and then clicking edit.


B. Edit content by clicking on Content on the administrative menu bar and editing from the content list.

Filtering by the title of your content. In this case it's Emily Dittmar.

And then clicking on Edit.

By doing it either way, you will get to this page.

Step 3: Uncheck 'Published'

Scroll all the way down the page. Uncheck the 'Published' checkbox.

Step 4: Click 'Save'

Click save to unpublish your content.

Step 5: View Page

Notice how the content is now labeled as Unpublished

And how it's gone from the directory list.

Please Note:

You will still be able to see unpublished content if you are logged into the site. Once you log out, you will no longer be able to view the page.

Deleting Content

This is for content you no longer need in your website at all.

Step 1: Find the Content You Want to Delete

We're going to delete this page.

Step 2: Click on the 'Delete' Tab

It will bring you to this page.


Once you delete something, please remember that in most cases it's gone forever. We cannot get it back for you.

Step 3: Click on 'Delete'

And now the page has been deleted from your website, forever.

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