When it comes to publishing posts or pages in WordPress, there are a select few status options that determine the outcome of a page or blog post.
We will be going over the three default types of status options: Draft, Pending review, and Publish.
Within any post-type, whether it be pages, blog posts, properties, etc., a Publish box should be seen immediately as the first box within the upper right-hand corner of the page. Typically, it’s followed by a Categories box, a Tags box, or even a Featured Image box depending on the post-type. The point is the box is “front and center” and ready for user interaction.
To see the status options offered by WordPress, click on the blue Edit link next to Status.
The default status of any page or post in the beginning is set in Draft mode. This allows the content to remain hidden from public view until the information is ready to be pushed live. Click on the blue Save Draft button to commit the changes you made without pushing the page live.
Pending review are meant for users who are not able to publish a post due to the permissions within their role. This pertains to Subscribers and Contributors so if your role is an Administrator, Editor, or Author, there won’t be much difference between pending review and draft.
When set to pending review, a user whose permissions is above a contributor is responsible for publishing the post after reviewing the content.
Even though there is not a public drop-down option, the page becomes public once you click on the blue Publish button. The page and all of the contents within it are visible to the public.
This isn’t a permanent option, so if you clicked on the publish button by accident, simply click on the Edit option next to Status and switch the option from Published to Draft and click on Update.
Congratulations! You have successfully learned about the various ways you can manipulate the status of posts, pages, etc. Play around with the options some more to get familiar with the structure at hand.
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