You mean like with this plugin?
Kind of. Except that I don’t want a new/copied post. I would want the edits to update the original post. The plugin can kind of do this I know, but I’m looking for a more native type of functionality, without the extra steps of “duplicate post, publish new post, delete original post, change name/guid of new post”. I’m looking for more of “button:make new version of this post, make edits, button: go live with revisions”
To me this is kind of an essential part of using WP as a CMS
Except that I don’t want a new/copied post. I would want the edits to update the original post.
Okay, this is at odds with your title which is
Ability to create a draft copy of a published post TOO
That plugin does what your title is 🙂 Makes a draft COPY of an existing PUBLISHED post 🙂
You sound like you want to take a publish post, edit it, save the edit, preview the edit, and the go LIVE with the edit? Which … I don’t know any web CMS that does that, but my brain is not the be-all/end-all. You can’t make drafts of revisions, but you CAN edit existing posts, click preview, make sure it’s good, and save.
Why do you need a new copy at all? Click edit, make changes, click publish. Done.
Sorry about the title confusion: I just copied the title from the other person’s original feature-request (see 1st post). I see what you mean though.
I’m totally with you on this: personally I don’t think it’s a big deal. But I build sites and use WordPress as the cms for my clients; recently a number of them have mentioned that they would like to be able to work on major edits to an existing page (over the course of days) and then when they’ve got it how they like it, then BAM, hit publish. I’ve heard you can do just this type of thing with Joomla and/or Drupal. I know there’s a few workarounds [ leave the editor open and let it autosave, then reopen the autosave the next day ], but they’re not very intuitive. I just thought the WordPress folks might consider building this in because, like I said, there are a few other CMS that do it. And if at least 2 of my clients are missing the feature, there must be more people out there who are also.
they would like to be able to work on major edits to an existing page (over the course of days) and then when they’ve got it how they like it, then BAM, hit publish.
I think I can guess why WordPress doesn’t do this.
Given that WP started out as blogging software, very rarely do you make big massive multi-day changes to any post, or even any page. You make a post, edit it for corrections/typos, but that’s really it. Even with MediaWiki, there’s no ‘save revision as draft’ because the assumption is that you’re going in to make one change, and if there are a lot, you either do them all at once, or each at a time, saving in between.
Google implies that neither Drupal nor Joomla have these features natively, however, and that these are plugins. Which makes sense given the immediacy that comes with the web.
Maybe this plugin would help? http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/revisionary/
Wow, that looks perfect! (without actually testing it…) Thank you, that’s a great answer to my question. How do you find this stuff (the plugin)? My experience is pretty poor with the search ability on wordpress.org site. I know that the team is working on the site; but do you have tips to actually finding something useful in the plugins repository? I know that’s a little off topic & I would have emailed you, but I was scared off by your profile tagline 🙂
How do you find this stuff (the plugin)? My experience is pretty poor with the search ability on wordpress.org site. I know that the team is working on the site
Google Fu 🙂 I googled ‘WordPress Save Revisions as Draft plugin’ and then started poking around, adding and removing terms as I sorted out what GOOGLE thinks I mean when I say that 😉
The tags system is … okay. It’s better for little used tags (like revisions) than it is for popular ones (comments): http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tags/revision
And asking here is better in many ways, since then other people who wonder the same thing will go ‘Aha!’
*Forthcoming caps do indicate yelling.
I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS PLUGIN MY WHOLE LIFE. WHERE THE EFF HAS IT BEEN?! I’VE GOOGLED THE JUNK OUT OF THIS MOTHER.
Thank you for improving my quality of life. I hope that you will fall off a cliff, only to be snatched out of the air at the last second by a friendly dragon-thing (like in Avatar), and carried off to a magical land where you can connect your tail with a tentacle tree and commune telepathically with nature, because then you will feel like I do right now.
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