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Do you know how to share a private link of a draft post?

Created on 04 Oct 2012 | Last updated by Tiago Araujo on 26 Sep 2014 08:42 PM (over 6 years ago)

To share a draft of a post with others you need to install a plugin.

The plugin is called 'Simple Preview' and can be located here.

Once you have plugin installed, all you need to do is enable it and then follow the steps below:

  1. In the 'Edit Post' page, scroll down below your HTML panel to the 'Preview' panel, and select the tick box "Allow Anonymous Preview".

Once enabled, it will create a preview link, that you can send to as many people as you like. Note: Once you publish the post the URL becomes inactive.

  1. Click on 'Save Draft', then 'Preview'. The post will open in your browser, with the URL that you can share.

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Figure: How to enable ‘Allow Anonymous Preview’ so you can share your URL before going live
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Figure: The URL suffix will be similar to this: ‘…?p=1418&preview=true’

More Information:

Note #1: needing a plugin to share a URL privately, is a little bit crazy.

Note #2: Another solution is ‘Share a Draft’, however it has more options and is more complicated.

It has a time limit function for the post, which allows you to set and extend. The URL it generates is a bit messy.

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Figure: The URL is pretty messy and it is not as simple as just ticking a box. This is a whole other page

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