If you use WordPress (or any other content management system, I’m sure) you have the ability to ‘save draft’ on any post you’re writing. This is great for those times when you’re in the middle of writing, and then have to take a break. Just save it so it is there when you have time to come back and finish the post. This feature, however, has another powerful use that many people overlook. I’ve recently discovered just how useful it can be.
Here are a few of the ways I use the saving drafts feature in WordPress:
- Avoid Losing Content – Ok, this one is pretty obvious. The best part of the save draft feature is that you can save your work online so you don’t lose it. This is even better than saving it on your computer, since the data is stored on your web server which (hopefully) is going to be reliable.
- Saving Content for Later – Many people like to post to their websites on a set schedule. Whether it is once per day or three times per week, or anything else, this is a good practice for most types of sites. Using the save draft feature, however, you can write up a lot of content now, and have it ready to publish later. You can also use the ‘scheduled publish’ feature, where you can set a date and time for the post to be published, but sometimes you’re not sure when it would be best. Just saving it as a draft will have it out there waiting for you when you need it.
- Saving Ideas – This is one that I use a lot. I often come up with ideas on posts that I want to write. In the past, I would end up forgetting them by the time I was ready to do the actual writing. I now just jump on my site, write up the title or main topic of the post I want to write, and save it. I can then come back any time to write it up and publish it. I try to keep a few of these ideas in draft at all times, so when I do sit down to write, I am never at a loss for ideas.
- Proof Reading – If you are publishing something that you want to make sure doesn’t have any errors in it, consider saving it as a draft when you’re done. Then, in a few hours, or the next day, come back and read it again. You’ll have a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ to read through the content and, hopefully, catch any further errors that you might have missed.
If you have any uses for the safe draft feature, please share them with me! I know this isn’t a super interesting topic or anything, but I’ve found it to be very helpful in my blogging, so I thought I’d pass it along to my readers! I hope some of you will find it as useful as I do.