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When to publish and when not to publish

When to publish

  • When you're ready for the world to see the content, that's when you should publish. The web is not your desktop, once it's live, everyone can see. Partially finished published pages equates to confused, first time visitors not absorbing all the information they need when they first visit.

When NOT to publish

  • If any parts of your content need a "Coming soon," or "More to follow," then it is not ready to publish.

When to Unpublish

  • Content is outdated or no longer relevant.
  • Content can be unpublished temporarily, but remember unpublishing automaticallly breaks search. 

When not to Unpublish

  • Content needs to be taken down momentarily, but back up within a few weeks. This will break search. Instead of unpublishing, work on changing or generalizing the content that is already there. Content should not be date dependable.
  • While editing pages. Do not unpublish to edit. 

How to publish a page: 

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the editing page.
  2. In the left hand menu click publishing options.
  3. Verify that the published box is checked and hit save. 

Note: Upon publishing, it may take up to 2 hours for the change to take affect for the entire world to see.

Unpublishing pages: 

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the editing page.
  2. In the left hand menu click publishing options.
  3. Uncheck the publish box field and then hit save.

If you unpublish pages that have child pages, those child pages will disappear from the menu. If you need unpublish the parent page, please contact the web team at web-request [at] so we can help restructure the navigation so that all the pages appear. 

Editing unpublished pages: 

When you unpublish a page, you will not be able to view it in the navigation. To go back in and edit and unpublished page, you must log in, then type in the url of the page and hit edit. All unpublished pages will have a light red background to indicate they are unpublished, this will go away when it is published.

Please note that while you may be able to see the changes instantly as they are published, it may take an hour or two for changes to appear and may require others to refresh the page on their browser.