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Do you ever wish for a “save as draft” function in Carrd? It would be so useful to save work-in-progress for later, and not have to publish every time.
Well, actually you can now. If you want to keep some parts of your work as a draft, you can use a newly launched Carrd function to exclude elements that are not ready for publishing. It’s not really what the function is designed for but it can serve as a next best thing. This way, you can save your work-in-progress for later, without having to publish every time.
The “save as draft” trick
Step 1: Simply set the Visibility of an element to Exclude and it will be hidden from the front end display.
Tip: Remember to group your content in Containers for easier management of this trick.
Step 2: Then, Publish your site to save your changes. It’s important to do this, as simply setting Visibility to Exclude is not enough.
You now have a published site – safe to exit Carrd without losing your changes, but with saved (hidden) elements you can come back to later, to continue working on.
Step 3: To retrieve your hidden elements and continue working on them, simply open your site in Carrd editor again. Once you’re happy with them, set their Visibility back to Visible and Publish.
Taking it one step further
If you want to take the “save as draft” trick one step further, you can create a separate page (Carrd Section) for your drafts. This way, you can keep all of your unfinished work in one place and easily access it when you’re ready to continue working on it.
To do this, simply create a new Section break in your Carrd site and set its name to something random, to avoid people stumbling upon it. Then, add all of your draft elements to the area below it and use Publish to save your work.
When you’re ready to continue working on these drafts, simply open the site in the Carrd editor and continue working. Once you’re happy with them, move them into the other areas of the site where you want them to show, out of the randomly named section.