Public Post Preview

Description

Share a link to anonymous users to preview a draft of a post (or any other public post type) before it is published.

Have you ever been writing a post with the help of someone who does not have access to your site and needed to give them the ability to preview it before publishing? This plugin takes care of that by generating an URL with an expiring nonce that can be given out for public preview.

Previously this plugin was maintained by Matt Martz and was an idea of Jonathan Dingman. Thanks to Hans Dinkelberg for his photo.

Usage

  • To enable a public post preview check the box below the edit post box.
  • The link will be displayed if the checkbox is checked, just copy and share the link with your friends.
  • To disable a preview just uncheck the box.

Screenshots

  • Edit Posts Page

Installation

Note: There will be NO settings page.

For an automatic installation through WordPress:

  1. Go to the ‘Add New’ plugins screen in your WordPress admin area
  2. Search for ‘Public Post Preview’
  3. Click ‘Install Now’ and activate the plugin

For a manual installation via FTP:

  1. Upload the public-post-preview directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in your WordPress admin area

To upload the plugin through WordPress, instead of FTP:

  1. Upload the downloaded zip file on the ‘Add New’ plugins screen (see the ‘Upload’ tab) in your WordPress admin area and activate.

FAQ

I can’t find the option for preview links. Where is it?

The checkbox is only available for non-published posts and once a post was saved as a draft.

After some time the preview link returns the message The link has been expired!”. Why?

The plugin generates an URL with an expiring nonce. By default a link lives” 48 hours. After 48 hours the link is expired and you need to copy and share a new link which is automatically generated on the same place under the editor.

48 hours are not enough to me. Can I extend the nonce time?

Yes, of course. You can use the filter ppp_nonce_life. Example for 5 days:

add_filter( 'ppp_nonce_life', 'my_nonce_life' );
function my_nonce_life() {
    return 5 * DAY_IN_SECONDS;
}

Or use the Public Post Preview Configurator.

Reviews

Февраль 7, 2024
Just used for a nice way for a client to approve new WooCommerce products. Easy-peasy.
Мартъи 29, 2023
I have been using this plugin for a very long time and like it. but I just don’t understand why there is no setting where I can specify the validity period of the link. That would be so easy. Instead, I have to either manually mess around in the code or install a SEPARATE PLUGIN that does this really very simple job. The plugin is really great, but apparently they just stopped at the crucial point. Really a great pity.
Ноябрь 20, 2022
This is a great plugin that should be officially incorporated into WordPress.
Read all 73 reviews

Contributors & Developers

“Public Post Preview” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

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Changelog

2.10.0 (2022-11-19):

  • Compatibility with WordPress 6.1.
  • Integrate with User Switching: Direct the user to the public preview of a post when they switch off from the post editing screen. Props @johnbillion.

2.9.3 (2021-03-12):

  • Compatibility with WordPress 5.7.
  • Create a fresh preview URL when enabling public preview.
  • Add check for possibly undefined PHP superglobals”. Props @waviaei.

For more see CHANGELOG.md.