Previewing and Publishing
Published and Unpublished projects in the website editor
So you have started building a website for your stories in Atavist. One of the things we considered when we made the tool was that users will want to be able to see what their website will look like with stories, even if the stories aren’t yet published. Or, for example, say you have already published a website, where you regularly post stories, but you have a big special series coming up and you’ll want to add Stories blocks to feature the new pieces, but you want to wait to make it live. How is this possible?
In the Website editor, you’re able to see published and unpublished projects. This allows you to add Stories and Website blocks containing unpublished projects, so you can anticipate what a website page will look like live. It’s important to note that you must at least preview an unpublished project in order for the system to grab its information and appear within the Website editor.
Let’s walk through exactly what you see in the different screens: in Compose, when you Preview, and when you Publish.
When you’re in Compose (the area with the square graph paper), you will see all projects that you have created, both published and unpublished.
With all blocks that auto-populate with your stories in reverse-chronological order (List, Hero, Grid, and Squares), unpublished stories will appear with a dummy date, backdating them. This will make it so that the story doesn’t appear at the very top of the any of these blocks, but this will fix automatically once the story is published and has an actual Publication Date.
And blocks where you can pick a specific project, like in Cards or with Splash, you will see (Unpublished) after all Unpublished stories in the form element. For example:
You have built your page, now you want to know what it looks like. Hit Preview to get a good idea. You will see that unpublished stories will have an orange band that says Unpublished. This is to alert you and remind you to publish the story when you’re ready for the site (or that iteration of the site) to be live. If a project has not been published, it will not appear on your website.
You will see that unpublished projects will not appear in blocks that auto-populate, such as Hero, Squares, Grid, and List. Once a story is published, and has a real Publication Date, it will jump to the top and show.
When you publish your website, after the first time, it will always go live right away. This is important to note since it’s different from how projects work.
Published website pages will not show unpublished projects, and therefore will also not show any Stories and Website blocks that have no content. For example, if you have placed a Hero that is set to show the Category “Politics” but have not yet published the stories you tagged “Politics”, the Hero won’t appear on the page.