Updating the Site to Show Changes

When to Run an Update

When you make changes in Digital Commons, you will need to run an update in order to ensure the changes display publicly.

An update should be done whenever items are posted to the repository, published records are revised, or changes are made to the text of your repository.

If you upload material or make a change to the repository, and you do not see the change on the live site, you may need to run a site update.

How to Run an Update

When you post a new item to the repository, you are automatically prompted to run a site update, either from the quick publication queue or from the submission management area. Administrators can also run updates at any time by clicking the update link located in the sidebar of the Configuration tab or Manage Submissions tab.

The text of the update link changes depending on the type of context you’re in. The link reads “Update site” at the repository level.

The update link reads “Update ir_series” when viewing a series, other publication, or community.

Queueing an update will display a message on the screen and also generate an email notification when the update is complete.

Where to Run an Update

After making changes, you may need to update in only one location. In other cases, you’ll need to update in more than one of the following locations to display the changes at all levels where they appear.

Publication level

When you publish a new submission, or make changes to a published submission, clicking the Update ir_series or comparable link in the sidebar of a publication will ensure the changes are visible to the public. Any text, such as article titles or other metadata, will be updated within the publication. If you only make changes that affect the publication level, update the publication only.

Certain changes in a series or other publication may also require updates to the parent community, if any, and the repository level. These include changes to a publication title or breadcrumb label, since these can appear as browse links at various levels of the repository.

Community level

If you add text or make changes to a community, such as modifying the community title or introductory text, you’ll want to click Update ir_community in the sidebar of the community’s Configuration tab to make those changes public. You would also update at the community level if you add, remove, or make changes to the title of one of the publications grouped to that community.

When changing a community breadcrumb label, update the community plus any publications grouped to that community which show the community in their breadcrumbs.

Repository level

There are several reasons to run an update at the repository level. If you add, remove, or make changes to the title of a publication or community in the repository, you’ll want to run a site update. This will ensure that those changes are reflected on site-level pages. Clicking Update site at the repository level updates the Submit Research page and the Collections, or communities.html, page.

If you choose to exclude a publication from either of these pages using the respective configurations, you will want to run an update at the publication level, as well as at the site level. This will ensure the publication does not display on the top level pages.

If you add, remove, or change text or links on the homepage of the repository, you’ll also want to click Update site in the sidebar of the site Configuration overview.

How to Preview Changes Before Updating

If you wish to see how changes will look before you commit to an update, click the Preview link from the sidebar of the Configuration tab or Manage Submissions tab. When you’re satisfied with the changes, click the Update link to finalize all the changes you’ve made since the last update. You may navigate the site while in preview mode if needed, though some functions such as links are disabled in preview.

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