Often, we are asked the question, “Are You Sure?” when installing new software or doing anything on our computers. However, WordPress users don’t get asked this question when publishing a new blog post or page.
This can lead to accidentally publishing a post that isn’t ready or you didn’t mean to make public. However, there’s a way to avoid this issues, which can result in other issues if you’re using an automatic tool for sharing your WordPress posts with different social sites.
In this post, we will provide you with a short WordPress Tutorial to create an option that will ask you if you’re sure you want to publish a post.
Using the Confirm Publishing Actions WordPress Plugin
With the Confirm Publishing Actions plugin, you can add a simple confirmation screen anytime you click the “publish” button. Once you download, install and activate this plugin, you will be all set.
The plugin will automatically make the following box show up whenever you click “Publish”:
If you click “OK” you will publish the post. However, this gives you the option to click “Cancel” and finish your work before publishing your post.
You will notice this plugin hasn’t been updated in a little while and says it’s only compatible with up to WordPress 3.6.1. However, we tested it with the latest version of WordPress (version 3.9.1 at the time of writing) and it works just fine.
If you prefer an alternative plugin that will do the same thing, you can use the Publish Confirmation plugin. However, this plugin hasn’t been updated in over two years and stated it’s only compatible with WordPress version 3.0.5 and earlier. We tested the Publish Confirmation plugin, as well, and it worked just fine with WordPress 3.9.1.
Both plugins do the exact same thing for your WordPress website. It may be better to choose the most up-to-date plugin, which would be the Confirm Publishing Actions, but you can choose the one you like best.
Now you know how to avoid accidentally publishing a page or post with a simple to use WordPress plugin. Just install the plugin, activate it and you won’t have to worry about any more publishing accidents.