Page status settings allow users to set a workflow status for a Page. WordPress offers 8 different statuses: Published, Future, Draft, Pending, Trash, Auto-draft, and Inherit. A Page may also have the “new” status applied if it was just created and did not have any previous statuses. WordPress themes and plugins can also define custom page statuses for more complex websites. These statuses allow users to organize their pages in the admin panel. They are especially useful for sites with multiple authors or a complicated editorial process.
Saving a Page to Draft is just a one of the many features available and allows you to save your work, and return to it at a later time.
You are also able to schedule a Page publish date and time. This will set the status to Future.
For multi author blogs the “Pending” status can be useful as contributors can submit their Pages for review prior to publishing. There is also an option to make the Page as Private.
Below is a list of available Statuses:
Publish – Published and available to the public.
Future – Scheduled to be published at a future date.
Draft – Incomplete page viewable by website admins with proper user role.
Pending – Awaiting a user with “publishing” capabilities to publish. Typically this is a user with the Editor role assigned.
Private – Visible to WordPress users with Administrator rights only.
Trash – Pages that have been trashed are assigned the “Trash” status.
Auto-Draft – Revisions that WordPress saves automatically while you are editing.
Inherit – Used with a “child page” to determine the actual status from the “parent page”.