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A project lets you manage the publishing process for multiple related content items. For example, you can add a landing page, blocks, pages, and products (if you have Optimizely Customized Commerce installed) to a project and publish them, manually or scheduled, simultaneously. Projects support content management in different language versions, so you can manage the translation of content items in projects.

Optimizely Content Management System (CMS) has two ways to work with projects.

The following table shows a comparison of the two methods:

Projects gadget Projects feature
Accessible to users who add the gadget. Accessible to users unless it was turned off for the website.
Added to your own user interface; does not affect other users. Turned on or off for the entire site and affects all users.
You need to add content manually to a project. Content is automatically added if a project is active.
Other editors (not using the Projects gadget) can update content associated with a project. Content associated with a project can only be updated within the project context. (If content is associated with a project, an editor who wants to edit that content needs to have that project active or create a draft).
When the project is published, the project is obsolete and can no longer be used. You can continue working on a project after some or all items are published.
All project items must be set to Ready to publish before the project is published. You can publish multiple items set to Ready to publish and leave items not ready for a later time.
There are no collaboration features. You can collaborate on projects by adding comments to projects and items.