Resolving Conflicts

The Publications tool helps you identify and resolve conflicts when publishing. By default, Publications can automatically resolve some conflicts, while others require user intervention. Users can encounter three general types of conflicts: Modification, Constraint, and Missing Requirement.

Automatic and Manual Resolutions

Publications provides convenient automatic and manual options to quickly resolve publishing conflicts. Alternatively, you can always cancel publishing, return to editing your publication or production, and implement a different solution.

Publications provides convenient automatic and manual options to quickly resolve publishing conflicts.

Automatic Resolutions

In Publications, automatic resolutions are pre-configured responses to certain kinds of publishing conflicts. These responses provide pre-set solutions, so you can publish your changes without further action. These solutions may include adding, modifying, or removing content from the current publication, or replacing the version of content in production with your publication’s version.

When an automatic solution is available, you’ll be notified during publishing. You can then click on View to review the solution’s details. To implement the automatic solution, click on Publish.

Both modification and constraint conflicts can be resolved automatically, depending on your configuration. See Integrating Services with Change Tracking for more information.

Manual Resolutions

By contrast, manual resolutions require intervention before being able to publish a publication. When a manual resolution is necessary, you’re notified and prompted to Edit or Discard changes.

  • Edit: You’re redirected to the cause of the conflict in the current publication. From there, you can make the changes necessary to resolve the conflict.

  • Discard: You’re shown all changes to be discarded. You can click on Discard to permanently remove them from your publication.


    Discarding is permanent and cannot be reversed. Ensure you’ve saved any changes you want to keep before using discarding them from your publication.

Resolving Modification Conflicts

Modification conflicts occur when the same entity has been modified in both production and your publication. Examples include conflicting versions of web content articles or other assets. To resolve modification conflicts, you can edit the conflicting material, discard the conflicting changes in your publication, or replace the version in production.

Resolving Constraint Conflicts

Constraint conflicts occur when an entity in your publication cannot coexist with an entity in production. Examples include duplicate folders or assets between your publication and production. To resolve constraint conflicts, you can discard conflicting changes in your publication or edit the version in production.

Resolving Missing Requirement Conflicts

Missing Requirement conflicts occur when a child entity is created or edited in your publication, but its parent has been removed from production. Examples include deleting a folder from production when your publication adds or modifies a sub-folder. To resolve missing parent conflicts, you can discard the conflicting changes from your publication or revert the deletion in production. See Reverting Changes for how to revert changes published to production.