We’ve all been there before – you write a post, work hard to create a beautiful image, publish it, share it on social media, and then you notice a spelling error or a mistake. The feeling is an awful one. Sometimes, the only choice is to delete the post, fix the error, and then re-share it. But, often times it’s not a great option because you’ll lose whatever likes and traction you’ve already gained. Luckily on Facebook, there’s a way to refresh the post without having to delete and re-share. And it’s very easy.
When you share a WordPress post on Facebook it looks something like this, depending on your share settings. You’ll notice that it grabs some of the text and puts it into the body of the post, and then it shows a preview of the post.
If you notice a spelling error in the body, it’s fixable just by clicking ‘Edit Post’ but if it’s in the preview of the post, it’s not as easy. If it’s in the body, just fix the spelling error, then go back and fix the spelling error in your original WordPress post, and you don’t have to worry about refreshing.
However, if the error is in the preview of the post (in the excerpt it shows at the bottom) or maybe it pulled the wrong image, you have to refresh to fix it.
First, go back to your original WordPress post and fix the error. The spelling mistake or the excerpt or the image. Whatever the issue was, correct it, and then click Update.
Then, go back to Facebook and click on the time stamp of the post right under the name to get to the individual post page.
Once you’re on the individual page, click on the little arrow in the top right of the post, then click on More Options. This will bring you a list of some more options, one of which is ‘Refresh Share Attachment’.
When you click on Refresh Share Attachment it will show you a preview of the refreshed share. If the error is still there, it might just be because it’s too soon and it hasn’t been able to register the change yet, so wait a little longer and then try it again. But, if you do see the error is fixed, just click Save and that’s it!
Making a mistake is an awful feeling, but luckily on Facebook there’s now an easy way to remedy it!