Simple Preview (Plugin for WordPress)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

screenshot-1Enables you to give a link to anonymous users for public preview of a post before it is published.


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Where credit is due: This plugin is just an updated/modified/simplified version of Public Post Preview 1.3 by Matt Martz and Jonathan Dingman


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

Where credit is due: This plugin is a updated/modified/simplified version of Public Post Preview 1.3 by Matt Martz and Jonathan Dingman

Core Changes:
1. Completely removed the use of “nonce” variable. Posts marked preview are now accessible by multiple anonymous users. There is no longer a 24hr time limit.
1. Public_Post_Preview used the option variable as an array to store preview state – genius! However, it’s use seemed backwards with an empty item == preview true. This logic was reversed so: simple_array[,,true,,true] now means that p=1 and p=4 have previews. This also allows for the preview to be turned off by default.
1. Removed extra variables for a cleaner URI:


1. Upload the `simple-preview` folder to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory or install directly through the plugin installer.
1. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress or by using the link provided by the plugin installer

4 Responses to “Simple Preview (Plugin for WordPress)”

  1. Carl Says:

    This is great! I’ve been looking for something that could do this. I’m curious if there are any security concerns with having the standard preview accessible like this when activated but I imagine it’s fine. Is there a way to tweak it so that as the site admin/author I don’t have to have the public preview enabled so that I can preview a post?

  2. Skip Says:

    This is a wonderful plug-in. I despise the 24 hour limit with Public Post Preview. Share a Draft was great because you had complete control over how long the post could be previewed, but it’s not compatible with 2.9.2 and I needed something that offered some flexibility. Simple Preview works great!


  3. Chris Says:

    I second what Carl says – this is a great plugin, and I was entirely unsure how I was going to do what I needed to do without it. I’m also getting the experience he’s getting (it tells me I don’t have permission to “normally” preview a post) but to be honest I can live with that. Great stuff!

  4. Gary Says:

    Any idea if there is a way to enable public preview of a “Page” instead of a Post?

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