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Publishing Content Programmatically

  • Publishing Content Programmatically
  • I am trying to create and publish content items programmatically and have based most of the code on your blog post at  However, when it runs the code it does not "Publish" the item.  It shows as a "draft" instead of "published in the admin for News items.  Any ideas?

    Here is a snippet of my code:  (Publication date will always have a date in this scenario and I have verified that a date is being passed in)

    NewsManager nManager = NewsManager.GetManager();
    var newsItem = nManager.CreateNewsItem();
    newsItem.Title = this.txtTitle.Text;
    newsItem.Content = this.RadEditorStoryHTML.Content;
    newsItem.Summary = this.txtSummary.Text;
    newsItem.AllowComments = false;
    newsItem.Visible = true;
    string cloudFileLocation = "ims_media/";
    if (txtPublishDate.SelectedDate.HasValue)
        newsItem.PublicationDate = txtPublishDate.SelectedDate.Value;
    if (txtUnPublishDate.SelectedDate.HasValue)
        newsItem.ExpirationDate = txtUnPublishDate.SelectedDate.Value;
    //Set Categories
    var catlist = newsItem.GetValue<TrackedList<Guid>>("Category");
    string selectedCategory = Request.Form["C001$radioCategories"];
    if (!selectedCategory.IsNullOrEmpty())
        ListItem item = radioCategories.Items.FindByValue(selectedCategory);
        cloudFileLocation += item.Text.ToLower().Replace(" ", "_") + "/";
        newsItem.SetValue("Category", catlist);
    nManager.Lifecycle.PublishWithSpecificDate(newsItem, newsItem.PublicationDate);

  • Hello Alex,

    We have replied to you in the support thread you had open for the same issue, you can check our response there. For your convenience, please find below a copy of our reply:

    "Actually if you want to Schedule the item for publishing/unpublishing you might need to alter the code a little bit to involve WorkflowManager and use the MessageWorkflow() method with parameter "Schedule". Please find below a slightly modified sample demonstrating how you can achieve this (I have omitted several parts of the code for the sake of testing, but they should not interfere with the functionality so you can add them back). The important changes have been commented for your convenience:
    public const string UrlNameCharsToReplace = @"[^\w\-\!\$\'\(\)\=\@\d_]+";
           public const string UrlNameReplaceString = "-";
           protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
               NewsManager nManager = NewsManager.GetManager();
               var newsItem = nManager.CreateNewsItem();
               newsItem.Title = "News Article 4";
               newsItem.Content = "Some test content, created though code";
               newsItem.Summary = "Summary";
               newsItem.AllowComments = false;
               newsItem.Visible = true;
               //You need to set the UrlName and replace any special characters,  the manager will take care of recompiling the item URL
               newsItem.UrlName = Regex.Replace(newsItem.Title.ToLower(), UrlNameCharsToReplace, UrlNameReplaceString);
               newsItem.PublicationDate = DateTime.UtcNow;
               newsItem.ExpirationDate = DateTime.UtcNow.AddDays(+2);
               //The item needs to be checked out so we can pass it to WorkflowManager for scheduling
               var bag = new Dictionary<string, string>();
               bag.Add("ContentType", typeof(NewsItem).FullName);
               WorkflowManager.MessageWorkflow(newsItem.Id, typeof(NewsItem), null, "Schedule", true, bag);

    Please do not hesitate to let us know if you need some additional information, we'll be glad to help

    Kind regards,
    Boyan Barnev
    the Telerik team
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    Hi ,

    i have error when i try to set the News item Catefories.

    Error :
    Telerik.sitefinity.News.Model.NewsItem does not contaion a definition for 'GetValue' and no extension method ....etc please check the attached file/ 



    //Set Categories




    var catlist = newsItem.GetValue<TrackedList<Guid>>("Category");


  • Hi,

    It's a using problem.
    Add this one : using Telerik.Sitefinity.Model;

  • thank you nicolas but it does not work  :(
  • Hi,
    With this using you probably doesn't have the same error. On previous one, GetValue() wasn't recognized, it needs a specific using.
    It doesn't build or doesn't work when running ?

  • You are correct it is working fine now thank you :)
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