How to Show Drafts in the WordPress Admin Panel

WordPress has a lot to offer in terms of versatility. Through the use of plugins and custom settings, you can easily streamline the process of maintaining a successful website. This includes having quick and easy access to saved drafts.

Content productivity matters, and being able to access your drafts quickly can save time.

In this tutorial, I’ll go over how to show drafts in the WordPress admin panel. It’s a simple function that removes a step or two when editing, updating or publishing saved content.

Using Quick Drafts Access

Today, I’ll demonstrate the plugin, “Quick Drafts Access.” It’s a simple tool that merely adds a new function to posts and pages in WordPress.

In the multi-author environment, it’ll also show only user drafts. Which means one author cannot access the content of another.

Install and activate, “Quick Drafts Access.”

Quick Drafts Access

Now, Quick Drafts Access doesn’t have settings to adjust. It’s simply an add-on for posts and pages which provides quick access.

Hover over Posts to access your drafts.

Access Drafts

As you can see, two new options are available: one for My Drafts and another for All Drafts. Since I am an admin of this particular blog, I have access to every draft created. However, I can choose my own draft articles.

Since this tool will show only user drafts, author roles don’t have to worry about accidentally working on another’s post.

Hover over Pages to access the drafts.

Page Drafts

Given the nature of pages in WordPress, very few people should have access to create these drafts. Usually, it’s left up to the admin or editor roles.

It’s unlikely that you’ll ever have an author or contributor who will create pages. Of course, you can always assign custom user roles and permissions to change this.

Other Plugins to Consider

As I said, this is a simple plugin to provide quick access to WordPress drafts. But what if you want to do more with the drafts of your website? Here are a few other plugins you might consider to help boost engagement while improving efficiency.

Draft List

Draft List

Draft List provides a similar function to the tool I mentioned above. However, it also adds support for showing the list of upcoming articles on your website. Using a customizable shortcode, you can let visitors know what you have in progress.

It may help inspire return visits.

Draft Notify

Draft Notify

Draft Notify is another simple tool that will keep you in the loop when authors create new work. You can set the plugin to email a specific address when anyone creates a new draft post or saves a revision.

This way, you can stay apprised of any new developments on your multi-author website.

User Submitted Posts

User Submitted Posts

User Submitted Posts is a great plugin for frontend user content. Essentially, it gives you a way to allow guests to create draft posts for the website. In other words, visitors can help create content without having the ability to publish.

And since all of these are saved as drafts, only admins and editors have access to user-generated content.

Keep the Site Efficient

Sometimes the simplest of tools can improve efficiency and productivity. And thanks to the wide range of support for WordPress, it’s relatively easy to find a plugin that will provide better access to WordPress drafts.

You just need to find one that fits your needs.

What plugins do you use to manage drafts of the website? What kind of issues have you come across in a multi-author team environment that you fixed with a plugin?

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