Deleting content in CTC after creation

On Friday I gave a presentation to an internal audience about CTC using some of the material already posted on this blog (here and here). In the slides, there’s a comment about how you have to manually clean up content left behind after you delete web content pages. Let me explain the scenario:

  1. In your portal site, you create a page using a page template
  2. The rendering portlets on that page are configured to create content when they’re instantiated, so new content is created in WCM
  3. The content library used is the one configured as default for the parent of the page you’re creating. If you follow the Infocenter instructions, you’ll have set up a dedicated library to hold this content
  4. Now, when you delete the page, the content in that dedicated library isn’t deleted. You have to manually clear it up. This is what I highlighted on the call.

In the chat during and afterwards, my colleague Thomas Hurek pointed out that if you in fact opt NOT to create a dedicated library for your content but instead let Portal continue to use the Portal Site library, this problem does not arise.

I need to try this out to fully appreciate the pros and cons, but haven’t had time yet. Definitely worth a look, at least.


One thought on “Deleting content in CTC after creation

  1. Hello David,
    Using web content associations will mean that you’ll need to configure security at WCM library AND Portal Site level, making the security model a bit more complicated.
    On the other hand, using just the Portal Site won’t allow to implement several features together, like MultiLingual Solution, enable custom workflow in complex pages templates (automatic content creation will not be possible) and so on.
    There isn’t a best solution for all customer scenarios, but it depends on the requirements, as usual…
    In my opinion, Portal Site only option is simpler and preferable.

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