How to Make a WordPress Post or Page into a Draft

The steps to make a WordPress post or page into a draft depend on whether you’re creating a new one or already have an existing one:

For a new post/page:

  1. Go to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Click “Posts” or “Pages” depending on what you want to create.
  3. Click “Add New”.
  4. Enter your content in the editor.
  5. Instead of clicking “Publish” in the top right corner, click “Save Draft”. This will save your work as a draft, but it won’t be visible to the public.
  6. (Optional) You can preview your draft by clicking the “Preview” button next to the “Save Draft” button.
  7. To continue editing your draft later, just go back to the “Posts” or “Pages” section and click on the title of your draft.

For an existing post/page:

See Red Arrow to see where to change a published page or post to draft.
  1. Go to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Click “Posts” or “Pages” depending on the type of content you want to edit.
  3. Click on the title of the post or page you want to make a draft.
  4. This will open the editor with your existing content.
  5. In the “Publish” box on the right side of the screen, click on the word “Published”. This will open a drop-down menu.
  6. Select “Draft” from the drop-down menu.
  7. Click “Update”. This will save your changes and revert the post/page to draft status.

Additional tips:

  • You can also switch a post/page to draft from the Gutenberg editor itself. In the top right corner, click the three dots and select “Switch to draft”.
  • If you want to schedule your draft to be published later, you can use the “Publish” options below the “Status” section.
  • You can always save your draft and come back to it later without losing your work.

I hope these steps help! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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