What does Unpublished Site mean?

By default, most sites in UVACollab are published when they are first created.  However, site creators may unpublish their sites to take time to develop the site before giving access to site participants.

While a site is unpublished, site participants such as students in course sites and members in collaboration sites do NOT receive any email notifications from the site, including emails sent to the site email address.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

How do I know if my site is unpublished?

If your site is unpublished, a banner displaying the text Unpublished Site will appear at the top of each page.  This banner includes a (Publish Now) button that you can click to publish the site and make it available to site participants.

If the Unpublished Site banner does not appear, this means that your site has already been published.

Instructors and site administrators always have access to both published and unpublished sites in which they are enrolled.

Note: You may also publish or unpublish your site from the Manage Access tab in Site Info.

How do I unpublish my site?

If your site is currently published, but you'd like to make it unavailable to site participants while you work on it, you can do so at any time by following the steps below.

Go to Site Info.

Select the Site Info tool from the Tool Menu of your site.

Click Manage Access.
Manage Access tab
Set the Site Status to Leave as Draft.

Under Site Status, select the option Leave as Draft - accessible only to site maintainers.

Update to save changes.

At the bottom of the page, click Update.

View Unpublished Site.

You'll be returned to the Site Info screen with the Unpublished Site banner displayed at the top of the page.

Don't forget to publish your site!

Students and site members cannot access an unpublished site and they cannot receive any email notifications from the site, including emails sent to its site email address!

When you're ready for site participants to access your site, click the (Publish Now) button in the Unpublished Site banner.