post status

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post status is information about various stages that a post can be in, from draft to published, and editorial workflow stages in between, like awaiting editorial approval, as well as varying visibility and whether a post is explicitly scheduled for publication.

Wordpress

Wordpress provides three options in the UI for setting the post status. "Status", "Visibility" and time.

Status

Upon starting a new post, Wordpress sets the post status to "draft" with a publish date of "immediately" and visibility of "public".

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Before the post has been published, the possible settings of the "Status" dropdown are: Draft and Pending Review.

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After clicking the "publish" button, the status changes to "Published", and the button changes to "Update"

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At this point, the "Status" dropdown changes to include Published.

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Visibility

The visibility has the following options:

Public with pinned option

Clicking "edit" provides the following options.

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Selecting "public" without the "sticky" box results in the following setting.

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Selecting "public" with the "sticky" box results in the following setting.

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Password protected

It is possible to set a password on posts, so that people visiting the permalink are prompted to first enter the password.

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After this is set, the "status" remains "Published" but the "visibility" changes to "Password Protected"

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Private

Posts can be made private. There are no further options available for private posts.

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After setting a post to private, the "Status" changes to "Privately Published"

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Published Date

The published date can be customized for posts.

Before a post is published the first time, the "Publish" field reads "immediately"

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After clicking "Publish", the field changes to show the date and time the post was published, and the button changes to "Update".

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Clicking "Edit" next to the date allows you to change the date of the post.

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Changing the date to a date in the future and clicking "ok" prompts the user to schedule the post by clicking the new "Schedule" button.

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After clicking "Schedule", the "Status" changes to "Scheduled", and the scheduled date is shown.

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