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Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

Last modified 12 years ago

#20168 closed enhancement (invalid)

How to: Avoid a bunch of useless Auto Draftt ID entries related in posts table and disable autosave feature in 'post-new.php'?

Reported by: josoroma's profile josoroma Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.3.1
Component: General Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:

Description (last modified by dd32)

I got it! Buuuuut I had to edit 2 core files, yes! 2 core files :(

I know is not a cool plugin hack, but maybe a cool patch for WP, Im using 3.3.1 version.

Well, here is my little hack/contribution:


1 Comment:

2 Change:

$post = get_default_post_to_edit( $post_type, true );
$post_ID = $post->ID;

$post       = array();
$post_ID    = 0;


1 Change:

if ( isset( $_GET['post'] ) )
    $post_id = $post_ID = (int) $_GET['post'];
elseif ( isset( $_POST['post_ID'] ) )
    $post_id = $post_ID = (int) $_POST['post_ID'];
    $post_id = $post_ID = 0;

if ( isset( $_GET['post'] ) ) {

    $post_id = $post_ID = (int) $_GET['post'];

} elseif ( isset( $_POST['post_ID'] ) ) {

    if ( empty($_POST['post_ID']) ) {

        $post_type = wp_kses($_POST['post_type']);

        if( !post_type_exists($post_type) ) {

            $post_type = 'post';


        check_admin_referer('update-' . $post_type . '_' . (int) $_POST['post_ID']);

        global $user_ID;

        $defaults = array(
                            'post_status'   => 'draft',
                            'post_type'     => $post_type,
                            'post_author'   => (int) $user_ID,

        $postarr    = wp_parse_args( $_POST, $defaults );

        $post_ID    = wp_insert_post($postarr);

        $post_id    =  (int) $post_ID;



    } else {

        $post_id = $post_ID = (int) $_POST['post_ID'];


} else {

    $post_id = $post_ID = 0;


I am using JQuery to hide: add media stuff. Just only a unique ID entry is created in posts table (and not a bunch of useless Auto Draft entries related) and media stuff will be visible after user manually saves current post.

Rare behavior: When a user logins for the first time and is redirected to Dashboard, WP creates an Auto Draft entry in posts table, hmmm, crazy! Somebody knows why it works like that?

A better solution: perhaps not altering at any chance core files? It will be a great one! For example, with a checkbox in Settings-->Writing to check or uncheck if we want the "autosave" feature or not. Somebody else wants to apply this patch?

Thanks in advance.

Change History (4)

#1 @josoroma
12 years ago

  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from new to closed

#2 @josoroma
12 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch needs-patch removed

#3 @dd32
12 years ago

  • Description modified (diff)

And for anyone who has come across this, Please don't re-open it, Instead, if you have a better solution, create a new ticket detailing the pro's and cons of that method.

Required reading priot to that however: The wp-hackers thread that led to this ticket: Otto's posts in that thread in particular ( 1 2 and 3) as well as the prior tickets: #11889, #11145, #11990

Auto-drafts were added to solve a real problem and provide the best User-Experience we can possibly do, they serve a real purpose, even if you don't physically see it, they work in the background to make your publishing dream come true. They are automatically Garbage-collected, so you will not have a extreme number in your database forever.

Last edited 12 years ago by dd32 (previous) (diff)

#4 @helenyhou
12 years ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
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