Schedule for Publish programatically


In the UI you can choose "Schedule for Publish" to publish a change on a block at a later date. How can this be done programatically? Setting a future date for StartPublish doesn't help, there's a save action named SaveAction.DelayedPublish but that doesn't do anything. Further there's a Status property that has the type VersionStatus that can be set to VersionStatus.DelayedPublish but that doesn't do any good either.

No matter how I set my properties I get a new version labled "Draft" if I choose SaveAction.Save and a new version labled "Published" for SaveAction.Publish.

Anyone got any ideas?

Oct 17, 2013 16:01

OK, I finally found the answer myself.

What was required was a bitwise combination of SaveAction.CheckIn and SaveAction.DelayedPublish. (Which is a bit strange since the SaveAction enum doesn't have any [Flags] attribute.)


((IVersionable)block).StartPublish = scheduleDate;

ServiceLocator.Current.GetInstance<IContentRepository>().Save((IContent)block, SaveAction.CheckIn | SaveAction.DelayedPublish, AccessLevel.NoAccess);


The same goes for pages (but here you can skip the constant castings you're forced to do with blocks since blocks only implement IContent in runtime):

page.StartPublish = scheduleDate;
ServiceLocator.Current.GetInstance<IContentRepository>().Save(page, SaveAction.CheckIn | SaveAction.DelayedPublish, AccessLevel.NoAccess);


Can't explain anything about any logic behind any of this. Anyone from EPiServer that can?

Oct 22, 2013 10:33
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