Not allowed to preview drafts .

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JennyKBrennan / 14 Points
2017-10-10 6:14 pm EST
Hi. I run http://**********.com and all is seemingly working fine. Fresh Wordpress install, all plugins up to date, and the theme is currently set to clean 2014. - Until I get this problem taken care of, just in case. I can log in to wp_admin and work with posts, pages, etc. But, I cannot preview drafts or preview changes on already published content. It gives me a 404 error. When viewing the Pages or Posts pages, each page or post claims to be "is locked" I have disabled all plugins one by one to see if I can find a bad one with no joy. Hours on google, forums, and tutorials has given me no clarity other than pointing me at a possible web host problem. something regarding security being too strict. I don't know where to go from here. This also has made the "edit" link on the front end disappear despite being logged in. Not being able to quickly edit posts and pages is starting to become a huge problem.

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1,348 Points
2017-10-10 6:47 pm EST
Hello Jenny,

Thanks for submitting a question about a 404 error appearing in WordPress. I advise trying to reset the permallinks first. If that doesn't work, we have a guide on troubleshooting WordPress that may prove helpful to you.

Christopher M.

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thanks for these suggestions but no joy. I did all the steps in the guide and the problem persists. My front end edit link is gone. When I preview a draft or changes on already published post or page I get "Sorry, you are not allowed to view drafts." without fail. Index files replaced from a fresh download of wordpress. With all plugins deactivated. Cleared browser caches. With permalinks reset. Etc. activated twenty-eleven theme. Etc. And I've looked in the codex but it seems as even if this problem is common, no one has any robust answers.

Any other thoughts? :)

14 Points

2017-10-11 3:45 am EST
Forgot to mention that I no longer get the 404 error every time I try to preview - just the wordpress error mentioned; "Sory, etc...." --
14 Points

2017-10-11 3:51 am EST
Hello Jenny,

I reviewed the issue and found that the issue has been submitted to the WordPress support forum. The suggested solution was to flush your cookies. If you wish to see the original post, please see this link.

If you have any further questions, please let us know.

Kindest regards,
Arnel C.
17,314 Points
2017-10-11 12:50 pm EST
Hi. I've done that. a number of times. I don't use jetpack btw. I've seen it get blamed for this problem but I've never used it. No difference. I use Chrome or Safari and the issue is exactly the same. I have a few admin users and all of them experience the same thing.
thanks though.
14 Points

2017-10-12 3:56 am EST
First, ensure debugging is enabled, since it will allow you to see any errors that are occurring.

Test with an up-to-date theme such as "Twenty Seventeen".

Try renaming the .htaccess file. If this resolves the error, then you know it's something in the .htaccess file. If it doesn't resolve the issue, simply change the name back to .htaccess.

Thank you,
12,339 Points
2017-10-12 3:40 pm EST
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