Using Drupal Rules Scheduler to Unpublish a Node

I use the Rules module together with Rules Scheduler (a Rules sub-module) to automatically unpublish content at a specified time, as explained in the steps below. These steps use content type = article, which has an expiry date field which is set by the user. When cron runs, the expiry date field is checked and the content is unpublished.

Step 1: Create a Rules “Component”

Here is the Rules Component to be created (in Rules export format):


Step 2: Create a “Rule” using the Rules Component

Here is the Rule to be created, in Rules export format:


Note that the above rule refers to the Rules Component from the previous step. It’s in Rules export format, just import it in your own environment via copy-paste (after you adapted article in it to fit the machine name of your content type).