Is is possible to perform autopublish of item on intermediate, not final state of sitecore workflow?

Sitecore 9.0.1, Admin user.
I have custom workflow with the following states:

  1. Editing
    • Submit
  2. Reviewing
    • Approve (autopublish item to web database)
      • Auto Publish Action
    • Reject (move item to Editing)
  3. Published
    • Approve (autopublish item to production database)
      • Auto Publish Action
    • Reject (move item to Editing)
  4. On Production (final state)

When item goes from Reviewing -> Published state (by approval) - it's not being autopublished. It works only from Published -> On Production.
I've tried to achieve this by Sitecore.Workflows.Simple.PublishAction


I also tried to wrote custom processor for this and do publish via code:

PublishManager.PublishItem(dataItem, targets, master, isDeep, false, publishRelated);  


var po = new PublishOptions(master,
po.RootItem = dataItem;

Publisher publisher = new Publisher(po);

Code executes, but nothing publishes, no errors in logs.

Is it even possible?

  • Sitecore never publishes item which is not in a final workflow state. In your scenario this would mean both Published and On Production states would have to be final states. You may try that but I have no idea if this will work for you.
    – Marek Musielak
    Commented Feb 11, 2019 at 13:51
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    Btw cross posting is not recommended. I suggest you remove one of your questions stackoverflow.com/questions/54598352/…
    – Marek Musielak
    Commented Feb 11, 2019 at 13:52

1 Answer 1


The piece you're missing is that on that intermediate workflow state (Reviewing, in your example) you need to set the Preview publishing targets field:

Preview publishing targets field

Check your web target in that field for your Reviewing state and the auto-publish action should work as expected.

Note: if your target does not show up in this list, you may need to navigate to the publishing targets (/sitecore/system/publishing targets) and check the Preview publishing target checkbox:

Preview publishing target field

  • Now it works, thank you! But it works only when I use Sitecore.Publishing.Publisher. If I use Sitecore.Publishing.PublishManager the item is skipped and not being published. Currently, I don't know the reason of this. Commented Feb 11, 2019 at 14:16
  • PublishManager works with the below code.. Sitecore.Data.Items.Item item = Sitecore.Configuration.Factory.GetDatabase("master").GetItem("/sitecore/content/Home"); Sitecore.Publishing.PublishOptions opt = new Sitecore.Publishing.PublishOptions(Sitecore.Configuration.Factory.GetDatabase("master"), Sitecore.Configuration.Factory.GetDatabase("web"), Sitecore.Publishing.PublishMode.SingleItem, item.Language, DateTime.Now); opt.RootItem = item; Sitecore.Publishing.PublishManager.Publish(new Sitecore.Publishing.PublishOptions[] { opt }); Commented Feb 11, 2019 at 15:09

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