WordPress FAQ: Where did my Preview Link Go?

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Where the hell did my “Preview Post” button go? We lost it with the Upgrade to 2.1, and I want it back.

This question comes from Cory Aldrich who echoes the sentiments of many WordPress users. In WordPress 2.1, the iframe that loaded the site in a window below the edit area of the Write screen, was removed. Mostly this was due to performance issue of loading a whole site inside a window. The outcry has been heard, however, and the Preview link has been restored to WordPress 2.2 – in a slightly different form. Changeset 5159 went back into the core on March 31st.

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  • http://www.baldmanblogging.com Bald Man

    W00t! Power to the people no delay!

  • http://www.solo-technology.com/blog/ HandySolo

    In WordPress 2.1, the iframe that loaded the site in a window below the edit area of the Write screen, was removed.

    The iframe is still there. Just the button was removed (yeah I know, that seems odd). But if you click “Save” and scroll down, you’ll see your preview.

  • http://www.technosailor.com/the-technosailor/ Aaron Brazell

    Good call, Handy. Guess I’ll write a patch to remove it. I don’t see much point in it being there with the Preview Link opening a new window. It just slows the load time of the wp-admin

  • http://www.technosailor.com/the-technosailor/ Aaron Brazell

    Handy, actually, trunk doesn’t have the iframe. Just checked (Technosailor runs trunk every night).

  • http://www.solo-technology.com/blog/ HandySolo

    Hmm… well heck, I have 3 at 2.1.2 with it!

    How odd.

  • http://www.technosailor.com/the-technosailor/ Aaron Brazell

    WP 2.1.2 left the iframe but removed the preview link. WP 2.2 (i.e. trunk) removes the iframe in place of a preview link which opens the preview in another window. Sorry about the confusion.

  • http://www.solo-technology.com/blog/ HandySolo

    Thanks for the info on how it’ll be in 2.2. I think I’ll like that better.

  • http://foolswisdom.com/ Lloyd Budd

    Yeah, you probably want to rewrite the FAQ article above because HandySolo has it correct.

    I have no idea what is causing the problem Cory Aldrich is experiencing — maybe he is assuming that because the link is missing.

  • http://www.baldmanblogging.com Bald Man

    No… no… I know the iframe or whatever is still down there if I scroll scroll scroll. I’m just lazy. I want the button.

  • http://www.technosailor.com/the-technosailor/ Aaron Brazell

    Lloyd, thanks, but again…

    The preview button is gone in 2.1. The iframe is there. In trunk, the iframe is gone and the preview button is back as a link.

    Think I said that in comment #6. I can take screenshots if you need proof. ;)

  • http://foolswisdom.com/ Lloyd Budd

    No one reads the comments ;-) Your “FAQ” reads “In WordPress 2.1, the iframe that loaded the site in a window below the edit area of the Write screen, was removed.” which is incorrect.

    Anyway, these FAQ entries are brilliant!

  • http://www.wobum.com Garry

    Aaron, thank you for creating this FAQ!

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