I have several unpublished posts in my Wordpress website and I am trying to make it accessible for normal users (who are not logged in) using the normal post slugs (`site.com/post-here`).

I have tried adding the following code snippet into my `functions.php` file:


    function enable_view_drafts() {
    $role = get_role( 'subscriber' ); 
    $role->add_cap( 'read_private_posts' ); 
    $role->add_cap( 'edit_posts' );
    }
    add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'enable_view_drafts');

I've also tried `init` hook instead of `after_setup_theme`. No luck.

My understanding is that changes to roles are saved to the database so only need to be done once. That is why I'm using `after_setup_theme` hook to call the function.

But when I try to access the page as a normal user, I'm being shown a 404 page instead of showing the post content. I've also tried loading the preview URL (`site.com/?p=212&preview=true`) but that didn't work either.

These are my guesses:

 - the normal user doesn't have enough `caps` to read the drafts post.
 - testing and viewing draft posts on the front-end is not possible for any users (including administrators).

What changes do I have to make in order to accomplish what I'm trying to do? If it's not possible, what alternative solutions do you suggest?