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How to change the WordPress draft auto-save interval

The WordPress auto-save feature periodically saves a draft of your post as you edit it. By default, WordPress saves a draft every 60 seconds. However, there are situations where you may want to change this interval. For example, if you have a slow internet connection, you may want to increase the interval so your browser does not “hang” as frequently when WordPress saves a draft. Alternatively, if you want to minimize the chances of losing edits to a post, you can decrease the auto-save interval so WordPress saves them more frequently.

To change the length of time that WordPress waits between automatically saving drafts, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the directory where WordPress is installed.
  2. Right-click the wp-config.php file, and then click Edit.
  3. Add the following line to the wp-config.php file. Replace X with the number of seconds you want WordPress to wait between saving drafts: define( ‘AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL’, X );
    Make sure the auto-save line comes before the following line in the wp-config.php file, or else the setting has no effect:
    require_once(ABSPATH . ‘wp-settings.php’);
  4. Click Save Changes.