How to Find Your Saved Drafts in WordPress (Beginner’s Guide)


Are you trying to find your saved drafts in WordPress?

Most of the time, your written articles and pages are easy to find, but sometimes they can disappear.

In this article, we will share several ways to find your saved drafts in WordPress.

How to Find Your Saved Drafts in WordPress

Why can’t you find your saved drafts in WordPress?

When you start with your WordPress site, it takes time to learn the admin area.

You can save a draft and then move on to another task. Then, when you want to continue working on that draft, you may struggle to find your post.

It might be in a place you didn’t expect or it might have been accidentally deleted, especially if you have a multi-author blog with other users who have access to your drafts.

If you can’t find your draft, don’t panic. Even if it has been deleted, there are still ways to get it back.

In this guide, we’ll cover five different ways to find your saved drafts in WordPress. If you prefer to jump straight to a particular method, you can use the links below.

Check the quick draft box for missing drafts

If you’ve used the Quick Draft tool in the dashboard, your drafts may seem to disappear when you click the “Save Draft” button.

The WordPress Quick Draft Box

If you recently created the draft, you should still be able to find it in your WordPress dashboard.

Simply click on “Dashboard” in the left menu and look for the quick draft box. You will see all of your most recent drafts in this box.

To continue working on one of these drafts, simply click on its blue title.

The WordPress Quick Draft Box

If the Quick Draft section is missing, you can retrieve it by clicking the Screen Options tab at the top right of the page.

Just make sure the “Quick Draft” box is checked, and it should reappear.

check Quick Draft in the screen options

Find missing drafts in WordPress pages and post menus

Another easy way to find your saved drafts in your WordPress blog is to go to Posts » All Posts for your messages, or Pages » All Pages for pages.

Once you’ve done that, you should see a “Drafts” tab.

tab

After clicking on the Drafts tab, you will see all your saved message drafts.

You can now see options to edit, delete, or preview any of these posts by hovering your mouse over the draft.

Open a WordPress draft for editing

Another option is to go directly to the “Drafts” screen using a direct link.

To get started, make sure you’re logged into your WordPress dashboard. For more information, please see our guide on how to find your WordPress login URL.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to add some text to the end of your website URL. This text will be different depending on whether you want to see your posts or your pages written.

To find all of your authored articles, add the following to the end of your website URL:

/wp-admin/edit.php?post_status=draft&post_type=post

For example, if your website URL was “www.example.com”, you would paste the following into your browser’s address bar:

www.example.com/wp-admin/edit.php?post_status=draft&post_type=post

The URL of your written WordPress posts

Then just press the Enter key on your keyboard. You will now be taken to a screen displaying all of your written WordPress posts.

To see all of your authored pages instead, add the following to the end of your website URL and hit enter:

/wp-admin/edit.php?post_status=draft&post_type=page

Once you have done this, WordPress will display a screen containing all of your redacted pages.

The URL of your written WordPress pages

Check your WordPress trash for missing drafts

Checked the ‘Drafts’ tab, but still can’t find your draft page or post?

If a draft is missing, it may have been deleted by accident. If you’ve added other WordPress users or authors to your site, it’s possible that someone else deleted your draft.

Fortunately, WordPress makes it easy to restore deleted posts and pages.

Just like your computer, WordPress moves deleted items to a “Trash” folder. These pages and posts will no longer appear in your “Drafts” tab, but they will not be permanently deleted immediately.

By default, WordPress will keep items in the Trash folder for 30 days. If you want to change how often your Trash is emptied, please see our guide on how to limit or disable automatic Trash emptying in WordPress.

To look inside your trash folder, navigate to Pages » All Pagesor Posts » All Posts.

Once you’ve done that, just click on the “Trash” tab.

tab

There you will find all your deleted posts or pages. If you see your missing draft, hover your mouse over it.

After that, just click on the “Restore” link.

Restore a Deleted WordPress Draft

Now you can find that draft page or post to your “Drafts” tab by following the same process outlined above.

Check your WordPress database to recover lost drafts

Can’t find the missing draft in your WordPress “Trash” folder?

Another option is to check your WordPress database. You cannot recover the deleted draft using this method, but you can get its contents.

Once you’ve done that, you can copy and paste it into a new draft in your WordPress admin area.

This method is more advanced, so it is not recommended for absolute beginners.

If you decide to go ahead with this method, it’s a good idea to create a backup. Backups allow you to quickly restore your WordPress site in case something bad happens. You can see our expert pick of the best WordPress backup plugins to get started.

To access your WordPress database, you must first log in to your web hosting account. This is usually provided by your WordPress hosting provider.

For example, if you are a Bluehost customer, all you need to do is log in to your cPanel dashboard.

Once you are logged in to your control panel, find the ‘phpMyAdmin’ settings. For Bluehost customers, you need to click Advanced » phpMyAdmin in the left menu.

Bluehost's PhpMyAdmin Tool

You can then click on the ‘Databases’ tab.

In the left menu, find the name of your WordPress database.

Bluehost cPanel Web Hosting Dashboard

REMARK: If you are unsure of your database name, you can find this information in your wp-config.php file.

In the left menu, look for an option whose name contains “messages”. Then click to select this option. You will now see all of your WordPress posts and pages.

The PhpMyAdmin tool

Next, find the draft you want to restore.

You can then go ahead and click on its “Edit” button.

Find a Draft Article in WordPress

Once you have done this, phpMyAdmin will display this draft in HTML format.

To restore this draft, simply copy everything in the ‘post_content’ section.

An article in HTML format

Now it’s time to go back to your WordPress admin screen. Here you can create a new WordPress page or post.

In the upper right corner, click the icon that displays a line of dots.

After that, click on “Code Editor”.

The WordPress code editor

This will open that page or post in the WordPress code editor.

Now just paste the HTML code you copied in the previous step. Once you’ve done that, click “Exit Code Editor”.

Quit the WordPress code editor

You will now see all the content you have copied from your WordPress database. To check how this draft will look like to people visiting your website, click the “Preview” button.

You can now work on this draft in the WordPress editor. For example, you’ll want to give your new draft an SEO-friendly title and add a focus keyphrase.

We hope this article helped you learn how to find your saved drafts in WordPress. You can also check out our guide on how to add keywords and meta descriptions in WordPress, and see our expert pick of the best WordPress SEO plugins and tools you should be using.

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