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Publish your docs to the world

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Publishing is a sharing option that lets you broadcast your ideas to the world. Your doc gets a unique URL, which unfurls when pasted in many sites (including social networks).

If you set your published doc to discoverable, your doc will be made available for web search indexing so that it can find an even broader audience. You can also determine how people can interact with your doc, and whether they can copy it to use as a template. Read on to learn more.

Heads up: this article will walk you through publishing docs to the world. If you only want to publish your doc to your team, check out this article.

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Publish your doc

Please note, you need to be the doc owner (and therefore a Doc Maker) to publish a doc.

Publishing a Coda doc is not too different from sharing it! You'll use the Share button in the upper righthand corner of your doc to open your publishing options:

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💡 Tip: before publishing a doc, you may want to consider adding a cover photo, a subtitle, and/or an author byline. Learn how here. For more tips on how to prepare your doc for publishing, check out this great video.

Here are all the steps you'll follow to publish a doc:

  1. Click the Share button in the upper righthand corner of your doc

  2. Choose the Publish tab. If this is your first time publishing from your Coda account, you will be able to choose a Coda username. Learn more about creating your maker profile here.

  3. Hit the Start publishing button. A panel will open on your left. Click into each section to adjust the settings of your soon-to-be-published doc.

  4. Use the Audience and interaction menu to control who can access your doc and how they’ll interact with it.

    • Discoverable by anyone: By default, this is turned on, which allows your doc to be found in search engines and in Coda’s doc gallery. Toggle this setting off to prevent others from finding your doc in searches. If you want to learn more about publishing a doc to only your team, head to this article.

    • Doc category: If you have Discoverable by anyone turned on, this will determine under which category your doc appears in the gallery.

    • Doc interaction: You can set your docs to View, Play, or Edit. We'll talk a bit more about each of these interaction levels below!

    • Earn on this doc: When turned on, you will earn $10 in Coda credit if viewers sign up or copy your doc. Learn more about our affiliate program.

    • Allow copies: Should users see a button encouraging them to copy your doc to create their own version of the doc?

  5. Open the Custom domain menu to connect your publish doc to a personalized domain. Read instructions on publishing to a custom domain.

  6. Open the Appearance menu to put the final visual touches on your doc.

    1. Doc cover photo: Toggle this on to show the first page’s cover photo in your published doc.

    2. Doc subtitle: Toggle this on to show the first page’s subtitle in your published doc.

    3. Show pages on the top nav: Toggle this on to make you pages look like tabs at the top of your published doc, with subpages as drop-down options.

  7. Choose a URL for your doc—we suggest leaving the default URL.

  8. Click Open preview to see how your doc will look when Published, or click Next to proceed.

  9. Click the Publish doc button to publish your Coda doc.

Choose how people can interact with your doc

Publishing currently supports three levels of interaction: view, play, and edit. These levels apply to anyone with a link to your doc (including those who find it via search engine, if you have Discoverable by anyone toggled on).

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View: If you select the view option, anyone with the link will be able to view your doc, but not interact with it or edit it. Please note controls like sliders, reactions, scales and buttons that would edit the doc will be disabled. This is a good option for articles, manuals, blog posts, etc.

Play: Docs set to play can be viewed and interacted with by anyone (including those without Coda accounts or are not logged in), but their changes won't be saved. This is a good option for quizzes, calculators, worksheets, etc.

Edit: Docs in edit mode will allow anyone to view, interact with, and make changes to your doc. Changes made to docs in edit mode will be saved. This is a good option for voting, brainstorming, crowdsourcing, etc.

Please note you have to be signed in to your Coda account to edit the published doc. If you are logged out, the buttons and controls will be disabled. Sign up or log in to use them.


How can I learn more about my maker profile and maker username?

You can learn more about creating your maker profile, editing your maker username, and more - in this article.

Can I publish a private doc and give just my team access?

How will edits to my published docs be applied?

Any edits you make to your published docs, including edits to the doc settings and interact mode, will be reflected automatically after a few minutes.

How can I unpublish a published doc?

To unpublish a currently published doc, open your sharing settings from the Share button in the upper righthand corner of your doc. Then go to the Published tab. Click the Unpublish button in the panel.

Can I see how many times my published doc has been viewed or copied?

Yes! After publishing your doc, you can see statistics for how many times your doc has been viewed or copied in your doc settings. On, navigate to your doc (not the published version), then click the gear icon in the upper righthand corner, then Statistics. Check out the Publishing Stats article in our Help Center to for more details.

How long will it take for my published doc to show up in Google search results?

It can take at least a week for Google to index your doc and show it in their search results. If you recently published or updated your doc, check back in a week to see if it is still not showing in search results.

What happens if I transfer ownership of my published doc?

When you transfer ownership of your published doc to another member of your workspace, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:

  • Your owner status will turn into editor status

  • You will not be able to transfer ownership back to yourself

  • Your published doc's URL/link will change

Can I put my published doc behind a paywall?

Published docs are not paywalled at this time, but we know our Makers would love to make money with their docs! We will continue to keep this in mind as we evolve our current product offering.

How are you policing published content?

All Coda docs must adhere to Coda's Content, Username and Community Policies. Our Content Policies apply to all content associated with your presence on Coda, which includes (but may not be limited to), your published docs, embedded content within your published docs, cover photos and other images, username, bio and maker profile.

While we are not proactively censoring any content, if you encounter a published Coda doc that you think violates these policies & guidelines, please scroll to the footer at the bottom of the doc and click Report. We'll ask you to provide a few details before submitting, and then our team will review and take any appropriate action.

If I use a photo from Unsplash in my cover image, do I have to provide attribution or acquire a license?

Nope! It's not required, although attribution is always appreciated by photographers in the Unsplash community. Check out Unsplash's licensing details page for more information:

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