Previewing and Publishing a Portal Experience
In this topic you will learn how to preview and publish a Gallery portal experience.
Portal experiences can easily be previewed during development. Links to preview the site can also be shared. When the site is complete, it can be published to make it publicly available.
Previewing a portal experience
Previewing an experience lets you see how the experience is going to display on mobile, tablet and desktop devices. To preview an experience, edit the experience and then click Preview in the Gallery Site Editor.
There are two options:
- Responsive Preview - Opens the experience in a new browser window for preview
- Get Shareable Link - Provides a preview URL so the preview can be shared with others.
The Shareable URL that is generated is valid for 72 hours.
>Note: If you have configured any session timeout as part of any access control settings, the 72 hour timeout will override your configured session timeout. When the experience is published, the session timeout (if any) will be enforced.
Publishing a portal experience
Publishing a portal experience makes it available to viewers and generates a static URL for the site. To publish an experience, follow these steps:
>Note: If you recently made changes to video metadata or playlists, those changes may take up to 6 minutes to appear on published experiences.
- Click on the experience name to open the site in the Site Editor.
- Click Publish.
- On the Publish Confirmation dialog, click Publish Now.
- The experience will be published and the site URL will be displayed.
bcvp0rtal domain supports SSL by default so sites can also be accessed using https://, no setup or SSL certificates are required. It is also possible to secure the site using your own SSL certificates. For information, see Securing a Portal Experience with SSL.
>Note: For information on how to host the experience on your own domain, see Assigning a Custom Domain to a Portal Experience.
Once the experience is published, the URL will be displayed as part of the site details on the Gallery home page.
Publishing changes to a portal experience
When you make changes to an experience, you must republish the site to make the changes available. Experiences that need to be republished will display an Experience Status of Unpublished Changes as part of the site details.
To republish the changes, follow the steps outlined in the Publishing a site section of this topic.
>Note: You may need to clear the browser cache and cookies if changes aren't appearing.
Getting a portal experience indexed by search engines
Once the site is published, there are some steps you can take to help get the site indexed by search engines. For information on this topic, see Indexing a Gallery Portal Experience.
Taking a portal experience offline
Taking an experience offline makes it no longer available at its URL. To take an experience offline, click on a row and then click Take Offline. To confirm that the experience should be taken offline, click Take Offline. To make the experience available again, the experience must be republished. Once the experience is offline, it no longer will be reachable via its URL.
>Note: Taking the experience offline does not delete the experience.