Schedule a content update.

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18 May, 2010 04:32 PM

We are just getting started with Cascade and I have been playing the the Start Date field a bit. It doesn't allow me to accomplish what I am trying to do. Here is the basics of what I want.

I have a preexisting page managed by Cascade. That page has a link to another server that is going down for maintenance, lets say between 2 AM and 6 AM. I would like to go in make a modified version of the page and set it to publish at 2AM with the link removed and a notice that the service is down.

Using the Start Date I can set the new content to publish at that time. However, the original page becomes inactive and gets unpublished and is also removed from navigation until the start date.

Basically I think what I am looking for is the ability to sched. changes or versions vs just on/off settings for the content based on start/end dates. Is this currently possible in Cascade?


  1. 1 Posted by Timothy Gilman on 18 May, 2010 06:14 PM

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    This would be my approach:

    Create a Data Definition that included 2 datetime fields: begin maintenance, and end maintenance. (Other fields would be the normal content, the link to the server, and the maintenance notice, etc.)

    Write a xslt format that will display the notice and hide the link during the maintenance time period. That way the format is determining what is displayed when.

    Then, in order to have it automatically publish, you could include that page in a publish set that would publish every hour (or whatever time period is appropriate).

    That may be overkill but that is my idea for accomplishing your goal.


  2. 2 Posted by Bradley Wagner on 24 May, 2010 06:41 PM

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    Timothy's idea is probably the best you can do with Cascade at this time.

    The Start Date only makes something elegible to be published. You would need to use a scheduled Publish Set as Timothy mentioned to actually get it to publish.

  3. Bradley Wagner closed this discussion on 24 May, 2010 06:41 PM.

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