Preview Problems and Third Party Cookies
- What is this support document about
- Checking your browser...
- What are cookies?
- How are they used on WordPress.com?
- So what's the issue then?
- How do I enable third-party cookies?
- I heard third party cookies are bad
What is this support document about
If you can’t preview your posts, pages, or themes on your blog – you may need to enable third-party cookies in your web browser.
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What are cookies?
Cookies, more specifically known as HTTP cookies or Browser Cookies, are small bits of information sent from a web server to a user’s web browser to save some information.
How are they used on WordPress.com?
Cookies are always attached to a domain – on WordPress.com it’s, well – wordpress.com.
So what’s the issue then?
When you have your own custom domain for your site, the cookie used to store your login information becomes a third-party cookie, because while the cookie originates from the ‘wordpress.com’ domain, your browser is asked to read it when you visit your own domain.
As an example, let’s assume the following:
- Your dashboard URL is
- Your site url is
When you try to preview a draft post you are editing, we’ll open a new window with the draft post on your site. That window address will be something like
Since you must be logged in to see draft posts, WordPress.com asks your browser for the login cookie.
Because the preview page comes from the yourawesomeblog.com domain, and the login cookie is from the wordpress.com domain, browsers that don’t have third-party cookies enabled will not send the required information, and the preview won’t work.
How do I enable third-party cookies?
Check out the following links for instructions relevant to the web browser you use:
- Enabling and disabling cookies on Mozilla Firefox
- Managing cookies on Google Chrome
- Managing cookies on Apple’s Safari
- In Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, you’ll find the relevant settings under Internet Options → Privacy → Advanced
I heard third party cookies are bad
There are some valid concerns about third party cookies and privacy. You can read more about it on Wikipedia. If you’re concerned, the instructions above will also help you enable third party cookies specifically for your own domain and WordPress.com.