OU Campus Content Management System
Scheduling a Page to Expire
It is possible to schedule a page to expire on a specific date and time. When expiring
a page, the available options depend on the type of file on the staging server, as
well as the user level. The expire option is available to all users with the ability
Keep in mind that pages can also be recycled on the staging server or deleted from
a production server. Recycled pages can be restored and republished. Deleted files
are permanently deleted. An administrator, Level 8 user, or user level 1-8 that has
been granted the permissions, can delete a file from a production server or publish
target without affecting the original file on the staging server. Navigate to the
file that should be deleted, and switch to the production or publish target tab. Clicking
the delete icon for the file and confirming the action removes the file from the server.
Keep in mind that if the original file on staging is republished for example with
a directory or site publish, then the resultant derivative will be published to the
appropriate servers. Alternative options for deleting a file from the production server
- Having a "stock" page that can be used to replace the content on the page that needs
to be removed from production using the expire option. See below for more information
about expiring a page. The stock page might include a 404 error or some other similar
message. This allows the versioning of a page to be preserved.
- Recycling the page on staging rather than simply deleting it from production. The
staging file can be restored and republished, if ever necessary, and this also restores
- Use a redirect template to overwrite the existing content with a redirect to another
page. If the page is requested, the visitor is redirected to the appropriate page.
This allows for the versioning of the original page to remain on staging.
To schedule a page to be expired, simply click the icon: found in the folder structure view under Content > Pages.
Scheduling a content expiration allows users to schedule one of three expiration events:
- Replace the file with another one. This copies the content from the chosen page and
pastes it into the source for the page marked as expired.
- Redirect a visitor to different content. This is not available when expiring a .pcf.
- Delete the file. This options is only available to Level 8 users and higher.
Important Note: Expiring files have site-wide effects. Consider all potential impacts and make all
necessary backups before proceeding with expiring a page.
- Replace: Selecting this option will schedule to replace the file with the contents of another.
To use this, click the Choose Replacement File text and select the replacement file from the resulting file chooser. This does not
have an effect on the other page.
- Redirect: Selecting this option will schedule the file to redirect all visitors to a different
page. The To field requires a URL, or other valid absolute path. The second field
specifies the delay interval (in seconds) before a visitor is redirected to the new
page. This field defaults to 0 seconds. The final text area allows for a message to
be displayed until the redirect takes place.
Important Note: Redirect is not available for PCF files.
- Delete: Selecting this option will schedule to delete the file on both production and staging
servers. This option is only available to users with permission levels of 8 or higher.
This option should be used with caution.
To change the scheduling for any file, go to the Scheduled Actions tab.