Autosave

WordPress does save your posts automatically, once per minute, as you write. However, if you try to publish or update a post while the autosave is running, you'll get nowhere: the button is deactivated while autosaving. So how can you tell when it's safe to hit the button? The button's colors will fade out, but the effect is subtle: the button loses its three-dimensional, shadowed look and becomes a flat shade of blue. The button text becomes light blue instead of white (Figures 4-24 and 4-25) and a small donut-shaped progress indicator appears next to it.

When in doubt, check your browser's status bar. Is the page reloading? If so, wait for the yellow Post updated message to appear at the top of the editing screen. If you pressed the button but the page isn't reloading, try again.

Figure 4-24. The Update button while Autosaving

Figure 4-24. The Update button while Autosaving

Figure 4-25. The normal Update button

Figure 4-25. The normal Update button

By default, WordPress autosaves every sixty seconds if you've made changes in the content editor. You can adjust this timing by adding this line to your wp-config.php file: define('AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL', 120 ); // autosave every two minutes

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