Do you want to avoid accidental publishing in WordPress?
Even the most experienced bloggers and multi-author websites have accidentally hit the publish button before an article was ready.
In this tutorial, we will show you how to easily avoid accidental publishing in WordPress and take control of your published posts.
Why Stop Accidental Publishing on Your WordPress Blog?
Since the ‘Save draft’ and ‘Preview’ buttons are right next to the ‘Publish’ button in WordPress, you may press the ‘Publish’ button by accident.
Accidental publishing can be a big problem because your posts can get shared and sent to email subscribers and readers before you get the chance to unpublish them.
If there are some minor errors, then you can just edit a post without unpublishing it on your WordPress website.
However, if an incomplete article goes live, then it is a bit embarrassing and can create a negative user experience. Unpublishing the article means your users will see a 404 page when they click on the link from email, social media, or push notifications and try to read your post.
If you have a multi-author WordPress blog, then you will also want to make sure your other authors don’t accidentally make a post live before it’s ready.
With that said, let’s take a look at our beginner’s guide on how you can easily avoid accidental publishing in WordPress.
How to Easily Avoid Accidental Publishing in WordPress
In the past, this feature had to be added to WordPress by using a publish confirm plugin to configure different settings or adding custom code snippets, but now it’s included automatically.
Now, if you open a WordPress page or post and click the ‘Publish’ button, it won’t publish the article right away.
Instead, it gives you an additional popup confirmation box that asks, ‘Are you ready to publish?’.
Then, you will need to click the ‘Publish’ button again to actually make the post or page live. You can also click the ‘Cancel’ button if you clicked publish by mistake.
This additional confirmation message makes it much harder to accidentally publish a post since you’ll need to click the ‘Publish’ button two times.
To make sure your WordPress posts always get published at the right time, you can also use the built-in scheduling feature so your posts will be published in the future. To learn more, see our step-by-step guide on how to schedule your posts in WordPress.
Alternatively, you may also want to control user role capabilities so that only certain users can publish articles. For more details, see our guide on how to add or remove capabilities to WordPress user roles.
We hope this article helped you learn how to avoid accidental publishing in WordPress. You may also want to see our WordPress tutorial on how to add a blog post checklist to the WordPress editor and our expert picks of the best search engine optimization (SEO) WordPress plugins and tools for small businesses.