News Web Part needs to have a Begin/Expiration date
The News web part should have the option to have a begin as well as an expiration date for the news posting in the modern experience, similar to the announcements with classic. The functionality should also extend to news posts aggregated within the Hub site. Currently, the only option to remove a news post is to either unpublish or delete the page from the source site's Site Pages library.
Site owners can organize news posts for placement in news web parts today. This capability was added to meet the need of “pushing” older content to the top, or ensuring a particular news post stays in place while other news posts automatically feed into the system. This works in all layouts, and news source configurations. We’re working on scheduling posts/pages for publication right now, but it likely won’t include an “expiration” date at launch as newer content naturally pushes out older content (that isn’t placed in a specific news slot). If this doesn’t meet your needs, we’d love to better understand the scenarios that require expiration dates. Thanks
Chelsea S commented
I echo the need for an expiration date. It would greatly help content management. For example, some of our news posts are date driven - highlighting events, etc. We could easily set an expiration date for these, and not have to manually sift through to clean them up at a later date.
The concept of newer posts puhshing out older posts indicates a poor understanding of how people actually use a website. Firstly, not all organisations have a high enough publishing rate to make old posts disappear from the front page when it's not relevant anymore. Secondly, many users find older posts when they are using the search engine. Therefore, removing older posts is essential to clean up the news archive to avoid confusing and frustrating users with content that has often become irrelevant or outdated.
So please introduce a unpublish feature, we really need it!
Musa Nkuna commented
An example of having a need for start date and expiration date is Job posting.
A job has a publication date and it needs to have an expiration date which is a closing date, and from that date it should just terminate.
I hope this makes sense.
Definitely agree better control is needed at the Hub Site level. As noted in previous comments some news posts can rise higher in the list based on their newer date. Also, have noted setting expiry dates on the spoke site news post is not respected at the hub-site. This would help manage content as well.
Agree with Jace Copier's comments, especially point 3
Mekelle Gray commented
News post scheduling, expiration date options would be ideal in large organisations such as schools where for instance we want a notice to be broadcast for 5 days straight at the beginning of the day and then expire once it is no longer relevant ie in the lead up to events that then pass.
@SharePoint Experiences Team
Thank you for the feedback and update. The request to expire a news posting is for the ones that are no longer needed after a determined amount of time. We understand that the new postings will go to the top and that we can limit the number of news postings to be displayed. However, for certain postings especially that are time dependent or possible for those who may not post as frequent, we would like the ability for the news posting without having to delete or unpublish the page. With our business scenario, we have multiple news web parts from different sites rolled onto one in the HUB site and users can display these news postings for a set amount of time before the news is no longer needed to be displayed.
Jace Copier commented
This is exactly what we need. I would also stress the ability to bump old news articles to the top. 3 cases:
1. Communications team is prepping announce something very exciting to the company. Employees are able to search through pages and steal communications thunder. Make News private until go live date.
2. Some news is time sensitive and it no longer relevant after a certain date. allow the news to disappear without the work of deleting a page
3. Some news is re-occurring and to have the items surface back to the top, a new news article needs to be created. allow news articles to be re-published as new news.
This feature will be very helpful.