How to Use the Pending Review Status in WordPress

How to Use the Pending Review Status in WordPress

One of our members was wanting an efficient way to track which content needs review, so we created this tutorial for him.

WordPress has really useful features for content creation and maintenance. One of those features is the core “Pending Review” feature. “Pending Review” is one of two default statuses in WordPress, in addition to “Draft“. Click here to see the difference between Pending Review and Draft.

Option #1. Use the WordPress core

  • When editing a new post or page, edit the “Status” field in the “Publish” section.
  • You’ll see that “Pending Review” is one of the checkboxes:
Pending review button in WordPress
  • When you’re ready for it to be reviewed, click the “Save as pending” link. You will also have the “Publish” button, but make sure you don’t click it.
Save a pending button in WordPress

Now you have content that is not published, but is marked as “Pending Review”. Here’s how you find all that content.

  • Go to Pages > All Pages.
  • Click the “Pending” tab on top.
  • You’ll see a list of Pages that need review:
Pending review posts

Option #2: The PublishPress plugin

The PublishPress Statuses plugin offers a more sophisticated range of options than the WordPress core.

PublishPress allows you to create your own status, or simply enhance the default “Pending Review” status.

  • Install PublishPress Statuses into your WordPress site.
  • Go to “Statuses” in your WordPress admin menu.
  • You will see all the WordPress status options, plus some new choices such as “Assigned” and “In Progress”.
PublishPress Statuses
  • Here you can edit the “Pending Review” settings and choose a description, color and icon:
Pending Review

These custom statuses make it very easy to see your content on screens such as the Content Calendar in the PublishPress plugin.

You can also see your post with the orange background and the custom “Pending Review” icon.

Content Calendar in PublishPress


  • Nick Savov

    Nick is the Director of Support at OSTraining and you can find him in almost every area of the site, from answering support requests and account questions to creating tutorials and software.

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6 years ago

Is there any way to get link of post pending for review?
I have few post waiting for editor, but some of them mentions the other, so I would like to link them in the text. However I don’t know their addresses to do it.
Are they somewhere available? Coz I cannot find them 🙁

5 years ago

Is this compatible with WordPress 5.0? I installed it and it seems to have changed my WordPress to the old format rather than the new block layout?

5 years ago
Reply to  Grifasaurus

Hi Grifasaurus. 

The new block layout removed a key feature that the plugin relied on. I think they’ll have a Gutenberg-ready release next week

5 years ago
Reply to  steve

Awesome thank you! I’ll keep an eye out for it 🙂

4 years ago

When using Block Editor, the pending review option isn’t visible for me at all, across any of my websites.
It’s very odd, since on one site that I write for, pending review can be seen by other authors, but not by me.
So far, I’ve been unable to find a toggle for pending review in any of the settings.
Any hints on this would be much appreciated, thanks.

4 years ago

Please help me! Ive been trying for days to let user submitted posts on wordpress publish immediately without being “pending” so me (the admin) needs to press “publish” for every post. How can i achieve this!

3 years ago

How can I make the ad pending but visiable to google ?   Not visiable on the website but url will work to see etc how do I do ? 

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