Safari Issue With Draft Post Preview

I reported this issue to the Happiness Engineers yesterday

I am getting the recurrence of an issue I had months ago – maybe a year ago. This is the issue: I am in WP Admin, creating a new post. I save it as a draft, and then hit Preview. It says ‘post not found’. The way the issue was resolved last time around was that I would refresh the ‘post not found’ page and if would then find the draft post. It is no longer doing that. When I refresh, it still says ‘post not found’.

The only way to see the Preview of the draft is for me to come out of the post and then hit ‘Preview’ for that post in the list of posts.

This is the URL that keeps saying post not found photographworks dot me/?p=12442

And this is the URL that does display the draft post photographworks dot wordpress dot com/?p=12442&preview=true

Happiness Engineer:
Hmm, this seems to be working fine for me. I wonder if it’s a browser issue this time. Which browser do you use?

Safari. So are you seeing the draft even when you use photographworks dot me/?p=12442

Happiness Engineer:
Yep, using both options. I know Safari had a very recent update that’s causing some issues, and our developers are still trying to provide a workaround. Are you able to test another browser and see if they both work or not there?

Yes, I can do it. In firefox, when I am in the post and I click Preview, it goes to photographworks dot me/?p=12442&preview=true. So yes, it looks like it’s a browser issue. Good sleuthing

Happiness Engineer
😉 Well, glad that at least works. We have found in general that Chrome and Firefox tend to be more compatible with lots of things compared to Safari.

If it is a known issue and being worked on, I can put up with it while a fix is put in.

Happiness Engineer


So it is still happening this morning, and it occurred to me that perhaps I could add ‘&preview=true’ and force it to reload and display the draft post. But it didn’t work and it is still showing page not found.

So then I thought perhaps if I changed the URL to photograph works dot wordpress dot com and then added &preview=true – And that works and I can see the Preview of the draft.


  1. Way to stick with it David!!

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    1. By the way, it also worked for me when I went into safari and put in “photographworks(actualdot)me/?p=12442”
      ; )


      1. Yes, I published that post before I gave it as an example. Once published they show up OK. In the draft stage there’s an issue.

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