How to Unpublish
Unpublishing an item (e.g., page, folder, or file) removes it from the website servers (e.g., cms-staging, www.cmu.edu) so it is no longer accessible by the public. If you would like to change the system name of an item, delete an item, or move an item to a new location on your site, it is crucial that you unpublish it first. Items that have been renamed, deleted, or moved in the CMS without having been unpublished first become "orphans" on your website. Orphans are items that are publicly accessible on your website but have no corresponding counterpart in the CMS, therefore they un-editable and un-retrievable. Orphans must manually be removed by the CMS team.
To Unpublish an Item
- Select the item in the folder structure on the left, then click on the Publish tab.
- Select the publishing destination(s) that you would like to remove the item from (usually all destinations listed), then select the Un-publish radio button for Publish Mode. Click Submit.
Note: If the item you unpublished was formerly part of the website's navigation (and you do not wish for it to be a navigation item any longer), you'll need to disable it from being indexed or delete the item in the CMS, then republish the parent folder of the item so that the navigation on the site gets updated to omit the unpublished item.