Copy a Publication

You can copy an existing publication and then use the copy as a starting point for a new publication.

When you copy a publication, it is important to understand that you are only copying the publication, not the topics that it contains. For example, let's say you have an "Acme 100X User Guide" publication and it has links to topics for "Introduction", "Quick Start", "Connections", and "Troubleshooting". These links in the publication are called "forks".

Publication shown in the Content Manager. There are topic names shown inside the Publication. Arrows point to the topic names to indicate that these are links to the topics, not the actual topics. The links are called forks.

A publication contains links to topics. It does not contain the actual topics. The links in a publication are called forks.

If you copy the publication, the copy will also contain the same forks. Paligo has not created a copy of the topics, it has only created a copy of the publication and its forks. So the copy of the publication and the original publication link to the same topics. If you make a change to one of those topics, the change will affect both the original publication and the copy. To be able to change the topics in the copy without affecting the original, you would need to copy the topics and then set the publication copy to link to those instead.

You can delete forks from the copy, add forks to different topics and change the order of topics without affecting the original. The publication copy is completely separate to the original and has its own ID.


To make different versions of a publication, you may prefer to use the branching feature. Branching is designed for creating multiple versions and allows you to make a copy that can later be merged back into the original. To find out more, see Version Branching.

To copy a publication:

  1. In the Content Manager, select the options menu ( ... ) for the publication that you want to copy.

  2. Select Copy.

    Paligo creates a copy of the publication. To rename the copy, select its options menu ( ...), select Rename, and then enter the new name.