Have you ever wanted to allow someone exclusive access to preview one of your unpublished WordPress posts?
By default, you cannot do this without creating a user account for each individual viewer that has at least Editor level or higher permissions.
In this article, we will show you how to easily allow public post previews of unpublished posts in WordPress.
When Do You Need Public Post Preview of Unpublished Posts in WordPress?
When writing a post on your WordPress blog, sometimes you may want to share a preview of an unpublished post with someone outside your team.
Maybe this is a friend whose opinion you really value. Or it can be an industry expert whom you’re featuring in your article, and you want to get their final approval.
Typically, you have two options:
- Create an account for this user on your WordPress site (with Editor level permissions)
- Copy and paste the article into Google Docs and share it there
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply share a private preview link, so the user can view your unpublished post and give you feedback?
Yes, it’s possible.
Let’s take a look at how to easily allow public post previews of unpublished posts in WordPress.
How to Add Public Post Previews of Unpublished Posts in WordPress
Upon activation, you need to edit the post or page that you want to share. In the post settings, you will notice the new checkbox to enable public preview of the post or page.
After enabling the public preview, you need to click on the save draft button to save your changes. Next, you can copy the public preview URL and share it with your friend or industry expert.
The URL contains a special key that allows anyone with the link to see the preview of the draft post. However, they cannot make any edits or changes to the article.
To disable the public preview, you need to edit the post or page and uncheck the public preview checkbox. This will disable the public preview, and the previously shared URL will stop working.
You can also quickly see the posts you have shared with a public preview on your Posts edit screen in the WordPress admin area.
We hope this article helped you learn how to easily share public previews of unpublished posts in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to choose the best WordPress hosting and our expert pick of the best WordPress plugins for business websites.