How to Manage AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL in WordPress

WordPress by using Ajax has a feature auto-save revisions, when you edit the blog post or page, it automatically saves a copy of the post with recent changes each 60 seconds by default. You may want to increase this setting for longer delays in between auto-saves, or decrease the setting to make sure you never lose changes.

I’ve been reading a lot about how the autosave is such a pain when writing and editing, It autosaves every 3 seconds and jumps up to the top of the page I have to scroll back down to look for where I left off, this is a very annoying waste of time. Even I’ve tried the plugin WP-CMS Post Control and Disable autosave Plugin – doesn’t work.

Autosaves are activated for all the WordPress blog posts and pages. I recommend not to disable autosave feature because it is extremely beneficial in case when you are in between editing a post and write so many crucial lines and finally discover that either your browser has crashed while typing or you have lost internet connection after pressing ‘Publish’ button. and now you have lost all the changes, a big loss of time and efforts! If you have Autosave enabled in such situation, then next time you come to edit the same post, you would get the message at the top that

There is an autosave of this post that is more recent than the version below. View the autosave.

which would have the link to autosaved revision of the post and an option to restore the original post from the autosave copy.

How to Increase WordPress Autosave Interval?

Go to your wp-config.php

Note: Do take backup of the file “wp-config.php”.

Find the following comment line.

/* That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */

Just before the above comment, put the below code

define('AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL', 250 );  // seconds (default is 60)
define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', false ); // disable post revisions
define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', 3); // alter number of post revisions kept.

Remember that the constant ‘AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL’ represents the delay between the two autosaves in seconds. Replace the value (250 seconds above) as per your requirement.

Post your comments in case you have some interesting findings or issues on WordPress autosave feature.

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  • Nur

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  • EQPhotos

    Thanks for the great tip. The autosave is really annoying. Working on two computers I never know which revision is right. I’d prefer to take the risk by not having then having to work out which revision is right to begin with.