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Cloning a website item


NOTE: This article contains information about cloning the following website items:
  • Sections
  • Infopages
  • Regions
  • Landings
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For information about cloning content pages (such as Live blogs and Videos), see the alternative article below:

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About cloning website items

Which website items can I clone?

Cloning is available for the following website items:

  • Sections
  • Infopages
  • Regions
  • Landings
  • You Might Also Like 2.0

How does cloning work?

Cloning lets you create a duplicate version of any website item. The layout and widgets on the clone match the original at the time of creation. You can freely adjust the layout and widgets on the clone, without impacting the original version. However, while a widget on the clone has not been modified, it will continue to inherit all updates from the original version of the widget.

Once you are happy with the updates, set the clone as the active version.

What are the benefits of cloning?

Cloning lets you update a website item privately, without impacting the original version. This is ideal if you need to make significant changes to the content and / or layout. Another benefit is that you can share a link for the clone with colleagues to gather feedback before publishing the updates.

If I modify widgets on the clone, will my changes appear on the original version?

No. When you add, modify, or delete widgets on the clone, the changes are never applied on the original version.

For detailed information, go to Modify cloned widgets.

If I modify widgets on the original version, will my changes appear on the clone?

Maybe. The following conditions apply when you modify widgets on the original version:

  • If the equivalent widget on the clone has not been modified, it inherits all updates from the original version.
  • If the equivalent widget on the clone has been modified, it does not inherit updates from the original version.

For detailed information, go to Modify cloned widgets.

Can I change the layout of the clone?

Yes. You can use Layout builder to adjust the layout of the clone. When you add, move, or delete layout blocks, the changes only apply on the clone.

Moving layout blocks does not affect the behavior of cloned widgets. So after you move a block that contains a cloned widget, the widget will continue to inherit updates from the original version.

What is the maximum number of versions?

By default, Pangea CMS permits a maximum of two versions for each website item. Contact us to increase the number of permitted versions for your website.

NOTE: It is necessary to enforce a maximum number of versions because of storage limitations on our servers.



Open the Editor screen

To open the Editor screen for your chosen website item:

  1. Go to Sections in the top menu and select the relevant type of website item.
  2. Select the specific item you want to manage.

The Editor screen opens.




Manage versions

You can check the current versions that exist for the website item in the Versions drop-down menu. Use the drop-down menu to select the version you want to edit.

The current active version is marked with the Active badge. This version is visible on the public website if the website item is published.

The following options are available:



Create a clone

To create a new clone:

  1. Ensure the version you want to clone is selected in the drop-down menu.
  2. Hit the Clone selected version icon.
  3. Under Version Title, add a name to identify the version in Pangea CMS. The title is not visible on the public website. You can change the title later if needed. Hit Clone to confirm.

The Editor screen for the clone opens.

For information about the conditions for modifying widgets on a clone, go to the following section:

NOTE: The Clone selected version icon is not available if you have already reached the maximum number of versions for the website item. In this case, you need to delete an existing version before creating a new clone.


Change the active version

The active version is visible on the public website if the website item is published.

To change the active version:

  1. Ensure the version you want to set as active is selected in the drop-down menu.
  2. Hit the Set selected version active icon.

The selected version is now active.




Change the title of a version

To change the title of a version:

  1. Ensure the version you want to rename is selected in the drop-down menu.
  2. Hit the Edit selected version icon.
  3. Enter the new title in the Version Title box, and select Save.

The new title is now applied.



Delete a version

To delete an existing version:

  1. Ensure the version you want to delete is selected in the drop-down menu.
  2. Hit the Delete selected version icon, then select Delete to confirm the action.

The selected version is now deleted and cannot be restored.

NOTE: The Delete selected version icon is not available for the active version. Before deleting the active version, you need to set a new active version.



Modify cloned widgets

The following conditions apply for modifying widgets on a clone:

  • Widgets that have not been modified via the clone are treated as cloned. Cloned widgets inherit all updates from the original version.
  • Widgets that have been modified via the clone are treated as independent. Independent widgets do not inherit updates from the original version.

Via the Editor screen for a clone, you can verify if each widget is currently cloned or independent. If a widget is cloned, you see the Cloned label (widget A below). If you do not see this label, the widget is independent (widget B below).

Go to (three lines) > Edit to modify a widget. For cloned widgets, you see a message explaining that the widget will become independent after it is modified. Hit Continue to proceed.




Retrieve a sharing link

You can retrieve a sharing link for a clone and send it to colleagues. This allows colleagues to conveniently review changes without navigating through Pangea CMS. The link can also be shared with collegues who do not have access to Pangea CMS.

To retrieve the sharing link for a clone:

  1. Under Versions, use the drop-down menu to select the version you want to share.
  2. Hit the Live site button.
  3. The sharing link is available in the address bar.

The link is valid for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes have passed, you can generate another link by following the steps above.

NOTE: The steps above apply only if the status of the website item is Public.



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