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Delete or deactivate a page

Best Practice:

  • Deactivate, make sure no other pages are affected, then delete

Once you delete an asset, whether a web page or image file, it can be very difficult to restore that asset, especially if more than a day has passed. 


Deleting a file or asset:

  • removes that file from CQ/AEM and also removes it from the live website
  • If a web page is linking to your deleted file, that page will have a broken link
  • If you deleted an image being used on a webpage, that page will display a broken image icon   

Deactivating an asset:

  • removes the file from the live website but keeps it in CQ

 If you deleted a page or asset and must recover it, please do following steps:

  1. STOP activating any page or asset in your site; just keep the site as it is.
  2. Do NOT create new versions for your pages or assets.
  3. Contact Digital Publishing team immediately for assistance.
  • Pages or assets that are accidentally deleted can be recovered using the Restore Version tool ONLY if the page or asset has had a VERSION created.
  • It is not possible to recover a page or asset that has no version.
  • The Restore Version feature is NOT RECOMMENDED as there is the risk of losing more assets during a restore. Please do NOT restore the versions by yourself.