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2.6 - Draft Authoring

Applies to:
MindTouch (current)
Role required:
Draft Contributor
Use MindTouch Drafts, instead of Live Authoring,  to work on new content before publishing.

► Video: Draft of a new page

► Video: Draft of a published page

► Video: Draft Manager

Drafts allow your authoring team to create or update articles or whole hierarchies without disturbing your user experience. This capability can be used for product updates, changes in documentation style, or new product documentation.

Drafts also allow content managers to review and publish content from Draft Contributors. Depending on how you set up permissions for your workflow, you can allow anyone within your company to create content drafts. 

Community members and anonymous users will not be able to see any of the drafts interface. They will only be able to view the live version of a page and will not see any text regarding that page containing a draft. If those users were even given or followed a link to a draft page the system would automatically redirect the user to the live version of a page.

If you create and evolve new pages in draft mode, your content remains unpublished and unsearchable until your content is approved and published. If a draft exists, live page editing is disabled on that page.

In this section we will walk through:

  • Create a Draft of a new page and publish page
  • Viewing Drafts

Create a Draft of a new page

  1. In the section of your site where you want a new page, click New on the MindTouch toolbar.
  2. Select the template for the type of new content you want to add.
  3. Select the Create draft radio button.
  4. Click Create.

Create a draft from the add new page window using the draft radio button

  • Draft Contributors will not see the Create Live and Create Draft radio buttons. They will only see the Create and Cancel buttons.

Video: Draft of a new page

Create a Draft of a published page

  1. Click Create draft in the top banner or click Edit from the MindTouch toolbar and choose Create draft.

create a draft from a published page by clicking edit or the create draft option in the page status bar

  1. Make your desired edits and click Save. 

    • MindTouch saves a new draft page while keeping the published page available to visitors. 

Video: Draft of a published page

Draft identifier

Take note of the visual identifiers at the top of your article specifying a "Draft" versus "Live" article.

Page status bar showing the page is a draft

Page status bar showing the page is a live

View a Draft page

Use the Draft Manager

view of the draft manager

Video: Draft Manager

See Draft of an already published page

  1. When you navigate to the published page, find the banner on the Live article that says, There is a draft with pending changes for this page.
  2. Click View draft to see the draft page.

View draft option located in the page status bar

Publish a Draft

  1. Navigate to view the draft page
  2. In the banner at the top of the page, click Publish > Publish draft.

If needed, move the page (Options > Move) and change the article's page permissions (Options > Restrict access) after publishing.

Delete a Draft

  1. Navigate to view the draft page.
  2. In the banner at the top of the page, click Delete page (if it was a draft for a new page) or click Delete draft (if it was a draft of a published article).

 

Publish option located in the page status bar

 


Now that you have completed Part 2.6 - Draft Authoring, jump to:

  • Part 2.1 - Create and Edit the Page Title
  • Part 2.2 - The MindTouch Editor
  • Part 2.3 - Content Elements
  • Part 2.4 - Understand the Table of Contents
  • Part 2.5 - Tags & Recommended Articles
  • Part 2.6 - Draft Authoring
  • Training Part 3
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