When you edit content as an AEM Author, you are on a server that is only intended for internal staff. All of the work you do -- creating pages, editing pages, managing images and other assets -- takes place on the AEM Author server (far left).
For others to see your work, you must “Activate” or “Publish” your pages and assets. Activation / Publishing triggers a workflow that moves your content up to AEM Publisher 1 and AEM Publisher 2. From there, your content automatically gets pushed out to Dispatchers 1, 2, 3 and 4. The dispatchers are the “live” site that website visitors actually interact with.
It can take a few minutes for your published / activated changes to be moved all the way to the live site, but it’s usually pretty quick. If you notice you content did not change, try publishing/activating the page again. If it’s truly hung up then we need to know about it so engineering can troubleshoot. This is rare.
When you publish your content, AEM will look for other pages linked from the page and all assets (images) on the page to make sure they have also been published. If they haven’t a dialog box urges you to publish them now too so there aren’t broken links or broken images on the live site. That’s a nice feature.
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