Usually, when importing or updating categories, products or variations I have published those immediately and never had any issues. But recently had an issue when a customer wanted to publish updated products manually. I had to save those without publishing but didn't get anything saved - at least no info was visible in the UI.
The reason why this happened was simple. When saving any versionable content without publishing, Episerver creates a new version. If it is a new item, then it creates a new one and everything is fine. But when updating and existing item which is retrieved by IContentRepository's Get method, it creates new version with status CheckedOut. Same time, UI displays only content version which is default draft but our new CheckedOut version is not a default draft.
Here is the code which seems correct to update a product:
var productLink = _referenceConverter.GetContentLink(productCode); var product = _contentRepository.Get<Product>(productLink).CreateWritableClone<Product>(); // Update the product _contentRepository.Save(product, SaveAction.Default, AccessLevel.NoAccess);
The correct way to update a product would be to load draft version instead of using IContentRepository's Get method with default content link which loads published version.
First of all, retrieve the content link of the draft version using IContentVersionRepository's LoadCommonDraft method. Then use the draft's link to load draft content using IContentRepository's Get method.
var productLink = _referenceConverter.GetContentLink(productCode); var lang = LanguageSelector.MasterLanguage().Language; var draft = _contentVersionRepository.LoadCommonDraft(productLink, lang.Name); var product = _contentRepository.Get<Product>(draft.ContentLink).CreateWritableClone<Product>(); // Update the product _contentRepository.Save(product, SaveAction.Default, AccessLevel.NoAccess);
This way a draft version which is visible in the UI will always be up to date.