Are you aware our WordPress post numbers are not in sequence?

Well, I didn’t know that ever since WordPress has the auto save function, our blog posts numbers are not in sequence anymore. I never notice it until yesterday.

I was like OMG, WTF, I have posted 4563 posts already? It got me a bit panic at first because I know that I only have about 3,000K posts. My mind went into all sorts of imagination and thought that my server has been hacked again.

Then, I did some Googling and found that this blog post number sequence become this way after we have the auto save function in WordPress. Each time there is an autosave, the number increases. No wonder. LOL, sometime, I leave half-written post for several hours because I jump between tasks, both real physical task like going to the toilet or reading something else between writing a blog post.

I notice that there are several tutorials online where we can add some codes into the wpconfig.php file to stop this from occuring. I don’t think I want to mess with my wpconfig.php file though.

So, if you are not aware, the blog posts on your WordPress do not reflect the actual number of posts you write. Don’t go bragging how many posts you have written because the numbers have gone wonky. LOL.

Post Author: lilian

3 thoughts on “Are you aware our WordPress post numbers are not in sequence?


    (November 5, 2008 - 12:42 am)

    I notice this when I upgraded one of my blogs to WP2.6. I don’t really like how this feature unnecessarily increases my post ID so I removed it (using the wp-config method). It was just one line of code. I do my write ups in Microsoft Word anyway, so I don’t really need a version control for it.


    (November 5, 2008 - 12:48 pm)

    wow. Thats really crazy. You already done more than 4k post? Hoho..thats cool! Its even hard for me to reach 100 post..


    (November 5, 2008 - 2:42 pm)

    I’ve already noticed it once I got into my 3rd post, and guessed it was because of the autosave.

    It’s worse now with the Drafts feature built into 2.5. Instead of skipping just one number, it would skip a few more because of the many drafts I have autosaved.

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