I’ve been told there’s some strange behaviour on how WP 3 handles draft posts, and I’m not sure wether it’s a bug or wanted behaviour.
When creating a page, setting the status to “Draft” and saving the page, you can preview it by opening ?page_id=694&preview=true Works fine so far. Non logged in users cannot see the draft page even if they’re opening the page directly via ?page_id=694&preview=true or /slug/.
But when a page has been published before, and you set back the status of that page to “Draft”, non logged in users can suddenly see the page, although it’s a Draft. Is this desired behaviour? What would be the point of changing a page’s status from Public to Draft if the audience will still be able to view the page by directly opening it through the address bar?
Steps to reproduce:
1. Create a page (status: Draft (default), Visibility: Public (default)), and click “Save”.
2. Open the page with a different browser you’re non logged into the Admin area, e.g. domain.com/draft-page/ You’ll get a 404, this is desired behaviour.
3. Now publish the page by clicking “Publish” and it should be visible to non logged in users, too.
4. Now set the page’s status from “Published” to “Draft” and hit “Update page”.
In opposition to step 1 the page wont return a 404, although it’s a Draft like in step 1 where it correctly returned a 404 to non logged in users.
Bug or feature? 🙂
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