We have recently made some changes to a newer version of one of our elements in Sitecore. Upon revisiting the element, we get the error message: "if you publish now, the item will not be visible on the web site as the unpublishing date has been reached".

However, we have specified no dates for the beginning or end of publishing. How is this error happening and how can we mitigate it?

  • Did you check the publishing viewer to get an indication? And are you sure there is nothing set - the Publishing section is empty?
    – Gatogordo
    Feb 7, 2021 at 14:02
  • @max do you have anything set at all for unpublish date? Feb 7, 2021 at 21:17

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I've got a few articles for you to align on the publishing functionality:

  1. How does the publishing work (in technical terms)
  2. Typical reasons why smth is not published

From the message, it sounds like one of the items may have old/obsolete publishable to date left in the self-or-parent hierarchy.

I'd recommend inspecting selecting Standard fields , Publishable tab to find the culprit.

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