WordPress has a really neat feature that allows you to postdate posts. Lots Of newbies don’t know about this. In this latest installment of our WordPress training series, you will learn how to schedule WP posts for publishing at a later date.
Publishing great content on your WordPress site on a regular basis helps you get more pages indexed by search engines, drive visitors to your business and keep your blog readers returning for more information.
There may be times, however, when you may not want your content to appear when you hit the publish button.
For example, here are some situations where you may not want blog posts to go live as soon as it’s been added to the WordPress CMS:
- You go on a trip but you still want to publish blog posts on your blog regularly while you’re away.
- You would like to remove an already published post and automatically republish it at a future date and time.
- You would like to publish a daily post with the latest news about a certain subject for your blog readers, but they live in a different time zone than you. You’d like them to receive your posts each day before they start work, but this means that you’d have to be awake in the middle of the night to hit the “publish” button.
- You set aside one day each week to write a whole week’s worth of blog posts, or you outsource your content writing to freelancers who deliver you many articles once a month, but you don’t want to publish all of your new content at once!
- You set up a private content membership area and want to “drip-feed” content to members over a period of time.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just add a bunch of blog posts to your blog in one go, and then have it automatically “drip-fed” to your blog so that only one new post gets published each day, or week, or every few days?
You could then implement a “set and forget” system for scheduling and publishing fresh content on your site that would keep your readers regularly engaged, and free up your time to work on other areas of your business … or go away for a while and know that your content marketing strategy is still working for you.
Well … with WordPress you can! You can set a date in the future for publishing your posts and WordPress will schedule and automatically publish or republish these on the exact dates and times that you have specified.
In the tutorial below, you will learn how to schedule WordPress blog posts to publish at a later date/time, plus tips on how to automate certain areas of publishing articles for scheduling.
Complete the tutorial below to learn how to schedule WP posts.
How To Schedule Posts In WP – Step-By-Step Tutorial
WordPress allows you to easily edit the date/time of your published posts, including setting dates and times in the future. This allows to create or add blog posts to your website, which can then be preconfigured to go live at a future date and time of your choice.
You can schedule existing WordPress posts to publish at a future date using the Quick Edit method when viewing a list of all your existing posts, or you can schedule them when adding or editing new or existing posts.
Scheduling WordPress Posts Using The Quick Edit Feature
To schedule WordPress blog posts using the Quick Edit method,
Log into your WP admin area and click on Posts > All Posts …
(WP Posts Menu – Add New)
In the Posts section, find the item you want to edit, then hover your mouse over the post title to reveal the options menu and click on Quick Edit…
The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display all the “Quick Edit” options for editing posts …
(Quick Edit Settings)
Locate the “Date” feature …
(Date And Time Settings – Quick Edit)
WordPress allows you to alter any aspect of the date and time of your post, just by entering new values in the fields and selecting options from the dropdown date menu …
(Change Post date & time)
Tip: You can schedule WordPress blog posts in the future or backdate post dates to show content as having been published prior to the original publishing date.
This is very useful if, for example, you’ve been away and would like to publish an account of your experiences and would like your blog posts to reflect the same dates you’ve been physically absent. Another reason to backdate your posts would be to give a brand new website or blog a little bit more of an “established” look. Similarly, you can set all posts to publish in the future if you plan to launch your site at a future time.
Change the post date to any date (and time) you would like your post to show as having been published (future or past) …
(Posts scheduled to publish at a specified date)
Note: To schedule a post in the PM, you will need to use the 24-hour clock. For example, 1:00 PM would read as 13:00 in the Post Scheduling area. The time your post will actually publish depends on the location settings set in your Settings > General area.
Remember to click Update to save your post settings …
(Click ‘Update’ to save your post settings)
Your post will now show as being “Scheduled” in your Posts area …
Your post status will also display as being “Scheduled” inside the Quick Edit > Status area …
(Post status: ‘Scheduled’)
How To Schedule Posts In WordPress When Adding And Editing Posts
If you are creating a new post, you can schedule your post to publish at a future date and time, by clicking on Publish immediately > Edit…
(Post publish box – Publish settings)
Change the date (and time) of your post and click the OK button …
(Change Post date and time)
Click on Schedule to update your post settings …
(Click ’Schedule’ to update your post settings)
Note: To backdate a post in WordPress, simply edit the date before you click Publish, as described above. In this case, the button will not change to Schedule.
Your post is now scheduled to publish on the date and time you have set …
(Post schedule message)
If you are editing an existing post, you can also schedule the post to be republished later by clicking on the Edit link next to the Published on: section …
(Post publish box – Edit)
Change the date (and time if you want) of your post and click OK …
(Click ‘OK’ to set your new date settings)
Click on the Schedule button to save your republishing settings …
(Post Publish Section – Schedule Button)
Your post should show as being scheduled inside the Post Edit > Publish module …
(Post publish box – Post status: ‘Scheduled’)
Your saved post will now show as being “Scheduled” in your Table of Posts …
(Posts table – Post status)
You can also see which scheduled posts are queued for publishing in your WP dashboard’s ‘Activity’ panel …
(WP Dashboard – Activity screen)
Now, let’s learn how to republish existing WP posts.
Useful Tip: The above method also works for editing WordPress pages.
How To Republish A WP Post
In some situations, you may want to republish an old post. If so, there are a few different options you can use to do this:
Edit Post Date And Time
You can reschedule your post by changing the date and time that the post was published. Enter a new date (and time), then click Schedule.
When the scheduled time arrives, the post will move from its current place in your timeline to the most recent spot on your blog and display the new date and time. The link for the post will also be updated to reflect the new publication date.
Note: When you reschedule a post, it will not redistribute to your email subscribers. If you want your post to be redistributed to your email subscribers, use the option below.
Edit Post Status
You can republish your post simply by changing the status of your post to Draft, clicking Update, and then clicking Publish again …
(Republishing your post)
When you do this, your post will automatically redistribute to your blog subscribers. However, the publication date and time will remain the same, so the post’s link and position in your timeline will stay the same.
Tip: If you want a republished post to show up first on your site, you can always make it “sticky” …
(Make this post sticky)
How To Unschedule A Blog Post
If you’ve scheduled a WordPress post to be published in the future, but then change your mind and want to publish it immediately, just return to the Edit Post page for your scheduled post.
(Post – Edit)
In the Publish feature, click on the “Edit” link next to the date your post is scheduled for publishing:
(Post publish box – Edit)
Now, just enter today’s date and time (tip: if you’re not sure of the exact time just type in an hour or two earlier than the current time showing on your clock) as your scheduled post time and click on OK …
(Click ‘OK’ to set your new date settings)
Click Publish …
(Post publish box)
Your post will now publish right away …
(Publish section – Status: ‘Published’)
Troubleshooting Scheduled Posts
If your scheduled post failed to publish when the scheduled time arrived, check the following:
- Is your timezone set correctly in your Settings > General section?
- Check your Post Status. Did you save your post as a “Draft” instead of scheduling it?
- Did you remember to click the “Schedule” button after changing the date/time settings? For a post to publish, you must click the Schedule button.
- Did you schedule too many posts for publishing? Are you using bulk post scheduling plugins to queue up thousands of posts? Depending on the resources of your web server, you could experience problems. If so, try lowering the number of scheduled posts and see if this fixes the issue.
Automate Post Scheduling With Plugins
You can automate certain aspects of publishing and scheduling your content in WordPress with plugins.
Queuing Posts For Publishing
Queue Posts is a free WordPress plugin that allows you to place new posts and pages in a queue for publishing later at a specified interval.
Whenever you create a new WP post or page, the plugin gives you the option of queuing it for publishing later …
This is great if you are scheduling various posts for publishing at a later date and would like these to be published in a specific order, or between certain times and intervals …
(Settings For Queueing Posts)
For more details, go here: Queue Posts WP Plugin
Bulk Schedule WP
There are a number of WordPress plugins designed for “autoposting” or “autoblogging” (adding content automatically to WordPress blogs).
(Auto Post Scheduler – WordPress Plugin)
Auto Post Scheduler is a free WP plugin that will schedule ‘auto post checks’ to publish new posts and/or recycle old posts automatically.
Use a plugin like Auto Post Scheduler to publish new posts and/or recycle old posts automatically. There’s no need to schedule post times individually and recycling old posts keeps your site looking fresh.
This plugin is especially useful when importing a large number of posts, as you can set the Auto Post Scheduler to publish posts at whatever frequency you choose as well as specify a range of other settings …
(Auto Post Scheduler Options)
To learn more, visit the plugin website here: AutoPost Scheduler WordPress Plugin
Although you may not need to use all of the features of an “autoblogging” plugin, a plugin like WPRobot includes a module that allows you to bulk import posts or article files into your WordPress site set these to automatically publish at regular or random intervals in the future.
(WPRobot – WordPress Plugin)
To learn more, go here: WPRobot – WordPress Plugin
Congratulations, now you know how to publish your WP posts at a future date.
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