Previewing content

Content previews allow you to view your website or app exactly as it will appear at a chosen point in time. The preview app can be as complex as you'd like, simulating your entire app or just particular pages on your website, for example. In many cases the preview will be linked to your ecommerce system.

The content preview will display whatever content is either live or scheduled to go live at the selected time. You can think of this feature like a content "time machine" and your developers could include a date control to make it easier for users to quickly cycle through the contents at different dates.

Preview settings

To view content previews you must have a content preview app set up and specified in the "preview settings" dialog. A virtual staging environment is also required to show content previews.

An example content preview settings dialog is shown below. In this case we have one preview app set up called "website", but you might have several preview apps set up and choose between them.

The preview settings dialog
The preview settings dialog

Viewing a content preview

To display a content preview, right click at the top of any date in the calendar and choose "Preview content". You can also choose the "Preview content" button at the top right of the calendar window. The Preview content item will not be available for dates earlier than the current date.

The preview content menu
The preview content menu

The Preview content dialog is displayed. Choose the date and time from which to show the preview. Click the "Preview Content" button and the preview will be launched. If you have multiple preview apps set up, you can choose which one to open.

Choosing a date for content preview
Choosing a date for content preview

Take a look at the Content preview example to see the content preview in action.

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