It appears this isn’t possible, but we very much need it to be. Our issue is kind of hard to explain, so bare with me, I’ll do my best.
How can we approve pages that are in “live” status, to put them into “pending” status, so they will be triggered for an Incremental Publish?
Hitting Approve on a “Live” page while you’re in the Editor will bring it back to “pending,” however this is not a good solution for us. We’re hoping there’s a way to approve all of the pages within a workflow so we can publish only that one section of our site.
For example - here is one of many different scenarios we’ll need this:
If we change a section name within the Navigation menu, we then need to re-publish out each individual page within that section for change to appear on the live site. To do this, we were told to use the Pages by Status gadget to filter the section by Workflow, and then Approve all of the pages. However, that gadget will not approve pages that are in “Live” status. You can Approve them in the Editor though; I assume it’s because you bring it to “Quick Edit” status first when you click to edit it.
This means to trigger a section for publishing, we have to open up each individual page within the section/workflow and approve it. Many of our sections range between 100-200+ pages, meaning thats how many pages we would have to individually open and approve.
At one time we were told we could also accomplish this by making a change to the template. This would trigger all the pages that use that template for publishing. However, all of our pages, across all of our sections and workflows, use the same template. So this action triggered almost every single page on our entire website for publishing. This caused pages to be publishing which people were saving in a hidden state in Draft, Review, Content, and Quick Edit statuses. Is also took several hours to complete the publish.
If I had to try to word this question differently, for perhaps clarity, I would say:
Is there a way to bulk/mass Approve pages which are in any status, including “Live?” Because currently, the Pages by Status Gadget does not Approve “Live” pages.
Thank you in advance for any help and insight you can provide to us!