Controlling content flow with workflows | HCL Digital Experience

Learn how to set up access across various content author roles who can create drafts, route drafts for review, check content status, and publish content.

Who should use this roadmap

You already created groups to represent your content author and reviewer roles and added users to these groups. Now, you must set access control for these groups to ensure that the content authors and reviewers have the correct access level at each phase of the authoring process. Use this roadmap to learn more about your options and to see a step-by-step example of setting access control for these groups to control what is published on the site.

Access control: Use workflows to control what content is published on the site

From the Web Content Library, you plan to create a workflow that contains Draft, Review, and Publish stages.

About this task

Image of flowchart that shows how administrators begin in the Draft stage, then move to the Review stage, then end in the Publish stage.


The Draft and Publish stages are available to use in your workflow as samples. Your goal is to create a three stage workflow that includes a Review Stage. You plan to use the sample Draft and Publish stages and create the Review stage. After you create the Review stage, you can create your workflow
  1. Create the Review stage.
    1. Click the Applications menu and then click Content.
    2. Click the Web Content Authoring tab.
    3. Click Web Content > Workflow Items > Workflow Stages.
    4. Click New > Workflow Stage.
    5. Enter Review Stage for the workflow stage name.
    6. Click Save and Close.
  2. Create your workflow.
    1. Click Web Content in the breadcrumb.
    2. Click Workflow Items > Workflows.
    3. Click New > Workflow.
    4. Enter Landing Page Workflow for the workflow name.
    5. In the Workflow Properties section, click Add Workflow Stages.
    6. Select the following stages: Draft Stage, Review Stage, Publish Stage. Then, click OK.
    7. Use the up and down arrows to set the flow of content from one stage of the authoring process to the next stage.
      For example, for this workflow, content authors want to create draft content in the Draft stage and submit their content for review, not publishing. To set this flow, use the arrows to order the stages as follows: Draft, Review, and Publish.
    8. Save your changes.
  3. Assign access to the groups that contain content authors and reviewers at each stage of your workflow. Select the appropriate roadmap to learn more about the goals of these roles within the authoring environment and what access you must assign for these roles to accomplish their goals.
  4. Associate your new workflow with the landing page template that you plan to create.