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[resolved] Suggestion for posts that are changed to draft status (3 posts)

  1. richarduk
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I've removed various posts from my site and changed them from published to draft. Unfortunately they still exist when going from post to draft, 'cos the Search Engines find them at the original url.

    Suggestion: I'm not sure how posts that are originally draft stay draft - just created a test draft post and copied and pasted its url and I get a 404 so that works fine - but couldn't the same thing be applied to posts that WERE published and are now draft?

    Just done a quick test - created a test post, made it draft, copied and pasted url, get 404 error.
    Changed post to published, coped and pasted url, post shows up fine.
    Changed post to draft, copied and pasted url, post STILL shows up fine. Oops!

    Seems for the time being the only way out is to password protect posts that WERE published and are now draft.

    Incidentally I keep them as draft so that I don't lose the information, links etc. in case I want to rehash them and publish later.

    This also has implications for people who accidentally press 'Publish' and then immediately realise their mistake and change it to draft - unknown to them their post is now visible on the internet.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    couldn't the same thing be applied to posts that WERE published and are now draft?

    It already has been. Remember to press CTRL and F5 simultaneously when viewing an updated page/site. Or try emptying your browser cache. This should ensure that your web browser fetches a fresh copy of the page rather than serving up an out-dated copy from your own cache.

    Also disable/deactivate any caching plugin(s).

  3. richarduk
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Oops! It was cached in the SE and cached in my browser. Beginner's mistake :-)

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