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  Article updated: April 17, 2024

Save and edit drafts

You can save draft content at any time, to polish and publish later. Find and manage your drafts alongside your other scheduled content in your content calendar.

Team, Business, and Enterprise plan members: A draft post with no social account selected is only visible to its author. A draft for a shared social account is collaborative. Other members with access to that account can see and edit the draft, and see who created it and when.

Video: Using collaborative drafts in Hootsuite.

Save a draft

There is no limit to the number of drafts you can create. Images in drafts expire after 90 days to ensure image quality at publishing time. When you try to publish a draft with an expired image, you are prompted to upload it again.

To save a draft, go to Composer, draft your post, and then select Save as draft. You can also select Schedule for later, and select a date and time for the draft so that it appears in your content calendar.

View and manage your drafts

In Planner , you can edit drafts to continue working on them, and then choose to save them as drafts again, or publish or schedule them. You can also delete drafts, or duplicate them and use them as templates. Keep in mind when you duplicate that social networks have strict publishing rules and often flag identical content as spam.

Working with scheduled drafts

Scheduled drafts can be managed like your other scheduled content. They appear in your calendar views with a draft indicator . Select a draft to open and view it in more detail. Then select Edit, Delete, or select More and then Duplicate to copy the draft. See Manage your content calendar for more details about managing your scheduled content.

Working with drafts in a list view

Drafts can be found in the content calendar navigation. Unscheduled drafts are at the top, followed by drafts with scheduled dates.

The Drafts list view highlighted in the Planner navigation.

Use the graph at the top of the page to see how many drafts you have scheduled by date. Point to a date in the graph for additional information. You can also hide the graph to save space.

The drafts volume graph showing some scheduled drafts and a pointer on a selected date showing the number of drafts scheduled on that date.

To filter your drafts by account or campaign, select Filter.

Point to a draft in the list to take one of the following actions on it:

  • Edit - Edit or reschedule your draft, or schedule or publish it as a post.
  • Delete - Delete the draft.
  • More actions - Create a duplicate of the draft o you can build a new post off the original.
    Tips:
    • It's best practice to make edits to duplicate posts so they are unique. Social networks have strict publishing rules and often flag identical content as spam, especially if it’s published within a short period.
    • Tracking parameters on links also get duplicated, unless they are dynamic, so make sure to update these when duplicating posts.

 

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