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By default, posts created in WordPress and scheduled for future publication, are not visible to users not logged in - both for the article, and for the preview.

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In order to allow visitors to review one post, for example in case an article has been written in collaboration with an external party, two solutions are offered :

- Change the source code to allow visitors access to work in progress (advanced users, WordPress stackexchange),

Change the source code

- Install a WordPress preview plugin that will give the option to enable public preview (all users, Public post preview by Dominik Schilling).

Public post preview plugin

Public post preview WordPress

Starting with the creation of a new post, and setting it up for scheduled publication before activating the WordPress live preview:

Post link preview WordPress : Scheduling a post for publication
Scheduling a post for publication

Sharing both article link and preview link will lead to a 404 error, as article hasn't been published yet

Post link preview WordPress : Error 404 when accessing a scheduled post as a guest
Error 404 when accessing a scheduled post as a guest

The simple solution is to install the plugin Public post preview by Dominik Schilling, which will give the option when creating a post to get a shareable link, that will allow anybody to preview the post, without having it released to the public on Internet - only people with this link will be able to access the post, and the post will not be shared on Google.

Post link preview WordPress : Public Post Preview WordPress plugin installation
Public Post Preview WordPress plugin installation

Then, going back to a scheduled post, a new option will be available: Enable public preview, with a public WordPress post link.

When checking the box, a new field will appear, with a visitor WordPress link preview to copy and paste to external reviewers:

Post link preview WordPress : Enable public preview option and shareable link
Enable public preview option and shareable link

They will now be able to see the post through the WordPress preview link, even though they aren't logged in the WordPress website administration!

Post link preview WordPress : Accessing a scheduled article as a visitor
Accessing a scheduled article as a visitor
Public post preview WordPress plugin

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