Draft List

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Draft List allows you to both manage your draft and scheduled posts more easily but also to promote them by showing them on your site via shortcode or widget – use it to show your visitors what’s “coming soon” or as a great SEO tool.

How easy is it display a list of draft posts? Here’s an example of how you could use it in a post or page…

[drafts limit=5 type=post order=ma scheduled=no template='{{ul}}{{draft}} {{icon}}']

This would display a list of up to 5 draft posts in ascending modified date sequence, with an icon displayed to the right of each if the draft is scheduled.

Key features include…

  • Quick links added to admin menu for going straight to your draft posts and pages
  • Menu links show the number of drafts you currently have
  • Widget/shortcode output is highly configurable – create your own look by using a template, identify scheduled posts with an icon, sequence the results in various ways and even narrow down the results to a specific timeframe
  • Click on any of the drafts posts listed to edit them
  • Output is cached for streamlined performance
  • A meta box in the editor screen allows you to omit individual posts from any list outputs

Options coming soon…

  • A dashboard widget to show a summary of draft and scheduled posts and pages
  • Quick links to be added to the admin menu for scheduled posts and pages
  • Shortcuts to be added to the Admin Bar

Please visit the Github page for the latest code development, planned enhancements and known issues.

Shortcode Parameters

The following shortcode parameters are valid…

  • cache= : How long to cache the output for, in hours. Defaults to half an hour. Set to No to not cache at all. Whenever you save a post any cache will be cleared to ensure that any lists are updated.
  • date= : The format of any dates output. This uses the PHP date formatting system – read here for the formatting codes. Defaults to F j, Y, g:i a.
  • folder= : The scheduled icon will be, by default, the one in the plugin folder named scheduled.png. However, use this parameter to specify a folder within your theme that you’d prefer the icon to be fetched from.
  • limit= : The maximum number of draft items to display. The default is 0, which is unlimited.
  • order= : This is the sequence that you’d like to order the results in. It consists of 2 codes – the first is either t, m or c to represent the title, modified date or created date and the second is a or d for ascending or descending. Therefore order=td will display the results in descending title sequence. The default is descending modified date.
  • pending= : Whether to include pending posts as well. Should be set to true or false. The default is false.
  • scheduled= : If specified as false then scheduled posts will not display in the list, only drafts.
  • template= : This is the template which formats the output. See the section below on * *Templates** for further information.
  • type= : This allows you to limit the results to either post or page. The default is both.
  • words= : The minimum number of words that must be present in the draft for it to be included. Defaults to 0.

To restrict the posts/pages to a particular timeframe you can use the following 2 parameters. You simply state, in words, how long ago the posts must be dated for e.g. “2 days”, “3 months”, etc.

  • created= : his reflects how long ago the post/page must have been created for it to be listed. For example 6 months would only list drafts that were created in the last 6 months.
  • modified= : This reflects how long ago the post/page must have been modified last for it to be listed. For example 6 months would only list drafts that have been modified in the last 6 months.

🧩 Templates

The template parameter allows you to format the output by allowing you to specify how each line of output will display. A number of tags can be added, and you can mix these with HTML. The available tags are as follows…

  • {{ul}} – Specifies this is an un-ordered list (i.e. bullet point output). This MUST be specified at the beginning of the template if it is to be used.
  • {{ol}} – Specifies this is an ordered list (i.e. number output). This MUST be specified at the beginning of the template if it is to be used.
  • {{icon}} – This is the icon that indicates a scheduled post.
  • {{draft}} – This is the draft post details. This is the only REQUIRED tag.
  • {{author}} – This is the name of the post author.
  • {{author+link}} – This is the name of the post author with, where available, a link to their URL.
  • {{words}} – The number of words in the draft post.
  • {{chars}} – The number of characters (exc. spaces) in the draft post.
  • {{chars+space}} – The number of characters (inc. spaces) in the draft post.
  • {{created}} – The date/time the post was created.
  • {{modified}} – The date/time the post was last modified.
  • {{category}} – Shows the first category assigned to the post.
  • {{categories}} – Shows all categories assigned to the post, comma separated.

If {{ul}} or {{ol}} are specified then all the appropriate list tags will be added to the output. If neither are used then it’s assumed that line output will be controlled by yourself.

⛔️ Omitting Posts/Pages from Results

If you wish to omit a page or post from the list then you can do this in 3 ways…

  1. By giving the post/page a title beginning with an exclamation mark. You can then remove this before publishing the page/post.
  2. The post and page editor has a meta box, where you can select to hide the page/post.
  3. You can add a custom field to a page/post with a name of ‘draft_hide’ and a value of ‘Yes’

✏️ Edit Link

If the current user can edit the draft item being listed then it will be linked to the appropriate edit page. The user then simply needs to click on the draft item to edit it.

There are separate permissions for post and page editing, so an editor with just one permission may find that they can only edit some of the draft items.

Drafts that don’t have a title will not be shown on the list UNLESS the current user has edit privileges for the draft – in this case a title of [No Title] will be shown.

Using a Widget

Sidebar widgets can be easily added. In Administration simply click on the Widgets option under the Appearance menu. Draft Posts will be one of the listed widgets. Drag it to the appropriate sidebar on the right hand side and then choose your options.

Save the result and that’s it! You can use unlimited widgets, so you can add different lists to different sidebars.


Draft List can be found and installed via the Plugin menu within WordPress administration (Plugins -> Add New). Alternatively, it can be downloaded from WordPress.org and installed manually…

  1. Upload the entire simple-draft-list folder to your wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress administration.

Voila! It’s ready to go.

Plugin author

David Artiss

Plugin official website address

If you encounter problems in using the Draft List plugin, you can comment below, and I will try my best to help you solve the problem

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