Firefox Spell Check Auto Save Publish

I have a regular routine I use before I hit the publish button.

  • Preview and actually Read the post
  • Edit it again
  • Create the excerpt for the post
  • Add the tags
  • Check the category (is it the default or the one I want the post to be in)
  • Check spelling with Firefox spell check
  • Publish
  • Look at the live post

WordPress Auto Save

A couple of weeks ago I completed this routine and when I looked at the live post there were my bold red and green words that had come up on the spell check in Firefox.

I don’t know if I forgot to turn off the spell check routine before I hit publish or if the auto save function kicked in while I was running the spell check and I hit publish. Whatever tripped it. I didn’t want my spell checking highlighted and on display for the entire world to see.

Red and Green Text Solution

The fix was easy:

  • back to the editor
  • spell check
  • turn off spell check
  • republish

Firefox put all back to normal and in a matter of seconds my red and green admissions to “I am a craptastic speller” were hidden once again. Actually, I can spell, I can’t type.


  1. I think the red/green was just that you can’t wait for Christmas. 🙂

  2. Which version of WP did this happen on? The reason I ask is yesterday on a new blogsite I am playing with a few changes didn’t save when I hit publish. Had to go back and do them a second time…it happened to me 3 times. I’m running version 2.5.1.

  3. Ken,

    It happened on 2.5.1 But I think it could happen to any version if you don’t turn off the spell check before publishing.

  4. I am sure it could happen, just was thinking maybe you had actually done your whole routine and it was a WP error. On three separate pages I had it not keep my most recent changes when I saved then published, think there is a small glitch somewhere for this to happen.

  5. Ken,

    From what you describe, I would say it was a FF issue more than WP.

    I’ve had some really strange things going on with FF while trying to save and publish. I go to IE 7 and all is fine. Same now with Flock which I love more everyday I use it.

  6. Ken Smith says

    It could be FF, just never had the issue on any of my other blogs while on previous versions of WP. To many variables to know for sure.

  7. @Ken Smith – “Too many variables. . .” LOL, isn’t that the truth. Seems to be the story of our tech lives doesn’t it.

  8. Ken Smith says

    @Dave Smith – No doubt about it.

    I was trying to fix a bug on a site yesterday and after way to much time of messing with code I found I had put a “.” instead of an “,” talk about a pain in the butt. Was starting to think that it was an issue with the theme I was using, then maybe the browser….and so on. All those variables made me waste a lot of time as I should have been looking closer at my coding.

  9. @Ken Smith – I’ve been bit by more comma’s in the butt than I care to shake a period at : )

    Then we just say DUH!

  10. That is so funny. I have never done that but have thought I would end up doing it. keep up the great posts.