5 Popular Ways to Replicate a Page in AEM

In AEM 6+ there are many ways to accomplish the goal to “replicate” a page. This article will display 5 Popular Ways to Replicate a Page in AEM. At the end of this article, you should be able to “replicate” a page using different methods within AEM.

Typically a scaled AEM structure, security is the highest priority. Typically Content Author’s privileges are restricted, so AEM page publishing is restricted; therefore AEM Workflows are utilised. Click here to skip the the Touch UI – AEM Workflow topic.


1. Touch UI – Site Console – Quick Publish

If you have the right privilege to replicate a page, and all it’s referenced resources, you can simply publish a page with the “Quick Publish” button from the Site Console’s navigation.

How to publish a page using the “Quick Publish” AEM feature:
  1. Step 1: Navigate to the Touch UI – Sites Console http://localhost:4502/sites.html/content.
  2. Step 2: Select on the “Targeted Page” by clicking on the thumbnail tile.
  3. Step 3: Click on “Quick Publish” to replicate the Page.
  4. Done.

Touch UI - Site Console - Quick Publish Instructions


2. Touch UI – Site Console – Manage Publication

If you have the right privilege to replicate a page, and all it’s referenced resources, you can simply replicate a page with the “Quick Publish” button from the Site Console’s navigation.

But if you wish to manage the “referenced resources”, you can use the “Manage Publication” replication AEM feature.

How to publish a page using the Manage Publication AEM feature:
  1. Step 1: Navigate to the Touch UI – Sites Console http://localhost:4502/sites.html/content.
  2. Step 2: Select on the “Targeted Page” by clicking on the thumbnail tile.
  3. Step 3: Click on the “Manage Publication” (if your screen is too small, click on the drop down … icon to expose this link).
  4. Step 4: Select on the “Publish” option.
  5. Step 5: Click on “Next”.
  6. Step 6: Review References: By default, all resources in AEM that are referenced by the targeted page will be replicated. References items should be reviewed before replicating the page.
  7. Step 7: Review References – Select on the “Targeted Page” by clicking on the thumbnail tile.
  8. Step 8: Review References – Click on “Published References” to reveal a dialogue of all the referenced resources.
  9. Step 9: Review References – Manage “Targeted References”; radio button clicked mean to “include resource as a part of the page replication. Click on “Done” to save settings.
  10. Step 10: Click on “Publish” to replicate the Page.
  11. Done.
Steps 2 & 3Site Console - Manage Publication - Steps 2 & 3 Steps 4 & 5Site Console - Manage Publication - Steps 4 & 5 Steps 6…10Site Console - Manage Publication - Steps 6...10

3. Touch UI – Editable Page – Sidebar Drop Options

If you have the right privilege to replicate a page, after a change within the AEM Page Editor, a replication from the sidebar drop options can be utilised to replicate the page.

How to publish a page using from the “Editable Page” AEM feature:
  1. Step 1: Navigate to the Touch UI – Sites Console http://localhost:4502/editor.html/content/we-retail/us/en/about-us.html.
  2. Step 2: Click on “Publish Page” to replicate the Page.

Touch UI - Editable Page - Sidebar Drop Options


4. Touch UI – Activate a Page with an AEM Workflow

Typically a scaled AEM structure, security is the highest priority. Typically Content Author’s privileges are restricted, so AEM page publishing are restricted; therefore AEM Workflows are utilised.

One of the most popular page publishing type AEM Workflows utilised in AEM is Content Approval AEM Workflows. Content Approval AEM Workflows are implemented based on the business requirements and context of the AEM customer, but as an example of this blog article, we will take the “Request to Publish”, out of the box AEM Workflow model as an example.

The “Request to Publish” is an example of an out of the box AEM Workflow model that can be used by Content Authors with less privileges. When the “Request to Publish” AEM Workflow has been started, a AEM Workflow task is sent to a supporting user-group, for them to approve the request. Once the request have been approved, the page will be replicated; typically a system user is replicating the page with the correct privileges.

How to publish a page using from the “Activate a Page” AEM Workflow:
  1. Step 1: Navigate to the Touch UI – Sites Console http://localhost:4502/sites.html/content.
  2. Step 2: Select on the “Targeted Page” by clicking on the thumbnail tile.
  3. Step 3: Click on “Create” to reveal a drop down menu & Click on “Workflow”.
  4. Step 4: Select on the targeted “Workflow Model”.
  5. Step 5: Input a “Workflow Title”.
  6. Step 6: Click on “Next”.
  7. Step 7: Click on “Create”.
  8. Done. When the page is approved the page will be published.
Steps 2 & 3Touch UI - Activate a Page with a Workflow - Steps 2 & 3 Steps 4…6Touch UI - Activate a Page with a Workflow - Steps 4..6 Step 7Touch UI - Activate a Page with a Workflow - Steps 7

5. CRX/DE – Replication Tab

In some cases where an administrator needs to quickly publish a page, they are utilise the “Replication Tab” within the CRX/DE web console. This feature is only used by users who knows that they are doing.

How to publish a page using “CRX/DE Replication Tab”:
  1. Step 1: Navigate to the CRX/DE Console http://localhost:4502/crx/de/index.jsp
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  2. Step 2: Select on the “Targeted Page”.
  3. Step 3: Select on the “Replication” tab.
  4. Step 4: Click on “Replicate” to replicate the Page.
  5. Done.

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  1. Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe this site needs far more attention.
    I’ll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the information!

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