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Publishing Options

In this WordPress video tutorial we review the various publishing options that are available for WordPress Posts, Pages, and Custom Content Types. We will schedule posts, create password protested posts and pages, private posts and pages, posts and pages that are pending review, and drafts.

WordPress Tutorial Transcript

Hello and welcome to LifeGuard. In this video we’re going to look at the Publishing Options. The publishing options apply the same to posts as well as pages.

We’re currently on an unpublished post, so the first option right now is labeled “Save Draft.” We can also see how the post will look by clicking “Preview.” Let’s take a look at the Status. It’s indicating that right now, the post is a Draft. If we click “Edit”, we have the option to set the post to “Pending Review.” In most cases when a post is marked as “Pending Review”, that means it was submitted by someone who doesn’t have permissions to publish posts or was submitted by someone who has permission to post, but just chose to submit it for review.

This way, you can have contributors, who have to have a post approved by an admin before it’s published. We talk more about this in the video: “User Roles and Permissions”

By default, the Visibility is set to “Public”. We can edit this by clicking “Edit”. If we check this box, the post will stay on the front page regardless of when it was posted. If we want to password protect the post, we can select the Password Protected option and enter a password. When a visitor views this page, they will have to enter a password to see it. If you want a post to be completely inaccessible to visitors, you can set it to private. Private posts are only accessible to logged in users.

You can also schedule posts to be published at a later time. By default it is set to publish immediately. If we click “Edit” we can schedule the post at any time.

One technique is to use this feature to keep yourself from pre-maturely posting an article. This is useful if you have a habit of clicking publish too soon. If you schedule the post for the next day when you first start your draft, you won’t have to worry about publishing it prematurely even if you hit the button on accident.