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Creating and sharing public content

Share content with a public audience

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Want to share your posts and topics with an external audience? Slab supports sharing content securely with people who don't have access to your Slab. This makes it easy to share information with an external audience such as clients, customers, or partners.

This article will explain how public content works, how to make posts and topics public, how to share them, and how to allow external users to edit posts.

Public content sharing

Topics can be made public by changing the "Who can access" setting to Public. Public topics, including their subtopics and posts, are accessible to anyone with their unique URLs.

There are two ways to make a post public: adding it to a public topic or through post-level link sharing. When you set a post's link access to Public, anyone can access it through its unique post URL.


Publicly shared content can only be discovered by its randomized URL. Search engines do not automatically index publicly shared content, but they can index manually submitted content or via a link shared on a public site.

Public view is read-only by default

Logged-out team members and external readers accessing public content will see the public version. By default, public posts are read-only and cannot be edited by an outside party. However, this can be changed by enabling Public editing for a post.

Making a topic link public

To make a topic public, update the topic permissions to Public.

Make an individual post link public

To make a post public, use the post's share menu to set its link access to Public.

Public editing

Public editing allows external users to edit posts, promoting a seamless flow of information and ideas with individuals outside your organization.

Enabling public editing

To enable public editing for a post:

  1. Open the relevant post.

  2. Click the Share button in the top right corner to open the Share menu.

  3. Click Link access.

  4. Switch to Public.

  5. Next to the Public permission, click on Viewer.

  6. Switch to Editor.

How public editing works

When public editing is enabled, external users with the post link will be directed to the public version of the post. If the post is a draft, it will open in Edit mode by default, and if it's published, it will open in Read mode with the option to switch to Edit mode.

✏️ Note: External users cannot access internal-only posts and topics that are mentioned in a public post.

In Edit mode, external users will be assigned a placeholder name for the session. It will appear in the post's top right corner (e.g., "You are editing as Brave Toad"). Internal logged-in users will keep their names.

Like a regular post, anyone editing and reading the post will be shown in the top right corner.

Editing public posts

In Edit mode, external users can use formatting to edit like in a regular post, including adding comments, annotations, and elements. Refer to our help article here for more information on formatting in posts.

⚠️ Be aware: The following are not supported while editing a public post:

- + and @ mentions

- adding iframes

- adding integrations

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