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  • MJ Smook


    My site:
    Latest WP version.

    I am unable to change selected posts from “published” to “draft”.
    I try from the “quick edit” and although I select “draft”, when I view the list of posts, they all show “published”.
    When I open the posts and select “save draft” and then update, still no luck.

    Any ideas.
    Thanks for reading.

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  • Robin W


    Your website is showing as 3.6.1 should be 3.7.1

    Has this problem just started happening, or has it been around for a while?

    MJ Smook


    Just started happening.
    Thank you for asking.

    Robin W


    ok is this one posts or have you tried several?

    can you change from public to private?

    is it just you that edits posts?

    MJ Smook


    My replies are below:

    ok is this one posts or have you tried several? = Several

    can you change from public to private? = Yes I can

    is it just you that edits posts? = Yes it’s only me

    Thank you for your time.


    Robin W



    Disable all you plugins and try again. If it works, renable plugins one at a time to see which is causing.

    If still not working try a default theme such as twentythirteen.

    The come back and let us know what happened.

    MJ Smook


    Thanks for your reply.
    I have never disabled my plugins before and it sounds like a scary proposition as I can only imagine that some of them have settings which were entered when installed and which might be lost. When I re enable them and something is not right, how will I know which one is causing the problem?
    Maybe I should first check on line for the best practice to disable all of them as you have suggested. Or how about I do one at a time?
    I appreciate your help.

    Robin W


    settings from plugins are stored in the database. some plugins can delete these settings when deleted, but none should do so on deactivation.

    Yes you can deactivate one at a time, and as long as it’s not a combination of plugins this should work.

    The alternate strategy is to create a backup site and test in there, that way you’ll not affect you main site

    Here’s the backup and testing strategy that I use.

    This lets you

    know your backups work,
    can test upgrades to theme, plugins and WordPress without affecting live site
    Test new plugins and themes without affecting live site

    Most (maybe all) host providers let you have sub-domains

    I use this to create a

    CREATE YOUR SITE and copy files/folders

    If your hosting provider gives you one click WordPress, install this on the sub-domain.
    If you don’t know what database this links to, then look in WP-config, this will give you the details.
    Once created you’ll have a base WordPress install. Then if you copy your wp-content directory across from your live site this will give you all your themes, plugins and uploads.

    If you cannot create a new WordPress automatically, then do a manual install and create your own database. You can copy across all the WordPress files and folders, but then you’ll need to edit wp-config to point to the new database. If you only have one database, if you look in wp-config this will give you database prefixes, so you can create duplicate tables using phpmyadmin with a different prefix to give your test area. However using two separate databases is far preferable as backup and restore are then painless.


    So now you have a testing domain with all the files and folders that you live site has, but you need to copy the data.

    So do a phpmyadmin backup of your live site database to your PC – this is good practice to do each week in any case, and after any upgrade or serious alteration/addition to your site.

    Then in your test database you can restore this. If this is a different database, then you can simply restore. If both sites share a database but have different pre-fixes, then restore needs much more care and attention to ensure you don’t overwrite your live site, which at best will mean you test site is wrong, but at worst can corrupt you site or take you back to previous backups.


    Now once restored, the test database with have the urls of your live site in the Wp-options table – you need to change this.

    In you mysql enter the following command

    UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = ‘’ WHERE option_name IN (‘siteurl’, ‘home’)

    Where testing is your subdomain and mysite your site

    That’ll get the site pointing correctly, but all the references for media will still be to the live site. So in your test site upload the velvet blues plugin – just search within plugins for it.

    This gives you a tool where you can easily change all the urls in one easy move. Change the url from to


    Finally in dashboard>settings>reading change the serach engine visibility to discourage search engines from indexing your test site.

    GREAT now you have a backup and testing site !

    It mirrors your live site, so any changes can be done here first.

    So can you can test upgrades to themes, plugins and wordpress without affecting live site, add new plugins and play with them and alter themes without affecting live site.

    But alongside this, if you regularly backup you live site AND YOU SHOULD, you can do test restores to the test site. This means you can have confidence that your backups work, so stop the heart-thumping when that critical restores looks like it’s hanging.

    This simple methodology should mean that you now upgrade with confidence, and can play with your site more boldly, doing everything in testing first, and only committing to live once you have satisfied yourself that it works !

    Having a test site should be standard for any live site that the owner isn’t happy to see crash.

    MJ Smook


    I will try your recommendations. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I appreciate your support and time.

    Robin W


    You’re welcome

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