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As opposed to a page just being published as soon as it's approved - I need to make the schedule (the setting of the start and expiry date) of the publishing mandatory. Can it be done?

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If you're using SharePoint 2010 you can use List validation:

  • Make sure your Page layouts include "Scheduling Start Date"
  • Go to the Pages library
  • Select List settings in the Library tab of the Ribbon
  • Select Validation Settings
  • Enter a formular like =[Scheduling Start Date]>TODAY()
  • Enter an appropriate user message like "Page must be scheduled into the future"

As this probably needs to be done on multiple sites it could be a good idea to put it into a Feature which is included in/stapled onto the Site definition

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You need to enable versioning in the Pages Document library . More info on this Link

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