Don’t be fooled… WCMS Cockpit Live Edit Always Shows ONLINE Product Catalog

During some exploration today, I wanted to make changes in my staging catalog of a product but wanted to verify the display before I sync to production.  As my site is for personal use only, I have not setup a Staging URL for the staging content. A colleague recommended that I try Live Edit found in the WCMS Cockpit as a workaround to expose the staging content. What a great idea!


So I updated my product content, then jumped over to Live Edit in WCMS Cockpit and selected my Staging Web Site. I then navigated to the product I updated, but alas, the content has not changed. I did some more digging around, and no change. Well foolie! So then with another colleagues help we decided to try changing the ONLINE version of our product catalog, and SURPRISE! changes surfaced.

It appears that Live Edit always pulls the Online version of the product catalog and there appears to be no option to select another catalog. The funny thing is, though, in Live Edit, they provide a button to Edit Product, which opens the CORRECT product catalog version (if I am in Staged site, it opens Staged version, if I am in Online Catalog, it opens Online version). Here is a short video of the case using Edit Product button:

Would be cool if the Preview Content pane was extended to allow Content Admin to select which Product Catalog  Version they want to view in Live Edit



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