WordPress Auto Save Not Frequent Enough

You know, there’s nothing worse than working on a blog post, doing a lot of formatting on it, then losing your wireless connection a few moments before you click on the Save button – and thus losing the formatting you just did. WordPress has an auto-save feature, but it doesn’t kick in often enough for my liking. I can’t find any reference to how often it auto-saves, nor is there any option I can find that would allow me to change the frequency. Word has an auto-save function as well, but even in the 2007 version it defaults to 10 minutes. I don’t know about you, but I think most people can do a lot of typing in 10 minutes and if you lose your work after nine minutes, you’re going to wonder why it wasn’t doing it every three minutes (I usually go in and change the default in Word to three minutes). Since WordPress is software running on my server, using my resources, why can’t I set it to auto-save my post every 60 seconds if I wanted to? I’m really impressed with WordPress overall as a CMS, but I’m often baffled by certain aspects of it (such as not being able to change the thumbnail size, or making the default image insertion full size and no link).

  • oilman

    Default is supposedly 60 seconds between saves and it’s not adjustable yet. Give it time – someone really annoyed with it will write a new plugin to adjust it 🙂

  • Hmm. 60 seconds is a good number…I think what happened is that I lost my ‘Net connection, kept typing and typing, and there’s no alert that the auto-save has failed due to no network connection…so I thought it was saved.