Each published page in the CMS exists in as two cms.Page instances: public and draft.

Until it’s published, only the draft version exists.

The staff users generally use the draft version to edit content and change settings for the pages. None of these changes are visible on the public site until the page is published.

When a page is published, the page must also have all parent pages published in order to become available on the web site. If a parent page is not yet published, the page goes into a “pending” state. It will be automatically published once the parent page is published.

This enables you to edit an entire subsection of the website, publishing it only once all the work is complete.

Code and Pages

When handling cms.Page in code, you’ll generally want to deal with draft instances.

Draft pages are the ones you interact with in the admin, and in draft mode in the CMS frontend. When a draft page is published, a public version is created and all titles, placeholders and plugins are copied to the public version.

The cms.Page model has a publisher_is_draft field, that’s True for draft versions. Use a filter:


to get hold of these draft Page instances.