In an effort to dissipate some of the confusion around the Draft Article process, we have updated the “Draft Article” article status bar to “Draft Not Live, Not Submitted.”
EzineArticles Draft Article defined: An EzineArticles Draft Article is any article that has been saved within the article submission interface.
A Draft Article is…
- Saved within the EzineArticles article submission interface by:
- The EzineArticles Auto Save Option which will automatically save your article as a draft every 2 minutes
- A Member clicking on Save Changes at the bottom of the article submission interface
Types of Draft Articles:
- Never Submitted – An article that has been produced and saved, but never submitted
- Modified Article – A live or in-review status article that has been edited or modified and saved, but never re-submitted.
This means that any article you produce or edit that is then saved within the article submission interface will be placed in Draft Not Live, Not Submitted article status.
KEY POINT: Once your article is in this status, you must “Submit This Article” or “Re-Submit this Article” in order to have it reviewed and posted live on EzineArticles.com.
Critical Point To Also Keep In Mind: Draft Not Live, Not Submitted status articles are *purged* after 30 days if they are not submitted or re-submitted.
Auto Save Option:
- You may be creating drafts unknowingly with the article Auto Save function (default is to yes, Auto-Save).
- The Auto-Save function is optional and can be turned off within the article submission interface by clicking “Turn OFF Auto Save.”
- You can also turn OFF Auto-Save in ACCOUNT MANAGER, ACCOUNT PREFERENCES, ARTICLE EDITING and click “NO” for Auto-Save.
- With the Auto Save function turned OFF, you may make yourself vulnerable to losing article content if you produce content within the interface.
Note: If you produce an article with the Auto Save function turned off and you do not Save Changes before you Submit This Article, a draft will not be created.
I find the AUTO-SAVE function to be annoying and I shut it off.
It was created to help the battle cry’s of authors who have written us in past years who LOST an article that they created while writing the article live within the article submission form.
My recommendation is to write your articles in Word or your favorite text editor; then copy & paste the submission.
Lastly, we’re open to your recommendations as to how we can best serve our members with this AUTO-SAVE / Draft issue. Your thoughts?