If you are truly committed to growing your business online, you will need a content marketing strategy. An important part of any content marketing strategy is maintaining a regular content publishing schedule.
So … what happens to your content publishing schedule if you have to step away for a while?
WordPress has a great hidden feature that allows you to postdate or backdate posts. Lots Of bloggers don’t know about this. In this tutorial, you will learn how to schedule your posts in WordPress.
Publishing new content on your WordPress site on a regular basis helps you get more pages indexed on search engines, drive new prospective customers to your site and keep your blog readers returning for more.
There are instances, however, when you don’t necessarily want content to appear as soon as you hit the publish button.
For example, here are some situations when you may not want to show a WordPress post immediately after adding it to the WordPress CMS:
- You travel a lot but you still want to publish posts on your blog while you’re gone.
- You need to remove an already published post and automatically republish it at a future date/time.
- You would like to distribute a daily update with the latest news about a certain subject for your loyal blog readers, but they live in a different time zone than you. You’d like them to read your posts every day before they start work, but this means that you’d have to get up between 3 and 4 am to hit the “publish” button.
- You set aside one day each week to write a whole week’s worth of articles for your website, or you outsource your article writing to professional writers who deliver you many articles each 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 whole bunch of articles to your site 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 to 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 while you’re gone.
Well … with WordPress you can! If you set a date in the future for publishing your blog posts, WordPress will schedule and automatically publish or republish these exactly when you have set.
In the tutorial below, you are going to learn how to schedule WP posts to publish at a future date/time, and time-saving tips for publishing scheduled blog posts.
Go through the tutorial below to learn more about how to schedule WP posts.
How To Schedule Your Posts In WordPress – Step-By-Step Tutorial
WordPress allows you to change the date/time of your published blog posts, including specifying exact dates and times in the future. This enables you to create or add content to your WordPress blog, which can then be pre-scheduled to go live at a future date and time of your choice.
You can schedule existing posts to publish at a later time with the Quick Edit function if you are viewing a list of all posts, or you can schedule them as you’re adding or editing new or existing posts.
Scheduling Posts In WordPress Using The Quick Edit Method
To schedule blog posts in WordPress using the Quick Edit method,
Log into your WP admin area and select Posts > All Posts …
(Add New Post)
In the Posts section, find the item you want to edit, then hover your mouse over the post title to display the options menu. Click on Quick Edit…
The Quick Edit editor expands to reveal all of the “Quick Edit” options for editing posts …
(In-line Editor Settings)
Locate the “Date” section in the “Quick Edit” inline editor screen …
(Change Date And Time Settings)
WordPress allows you to easily edit the date and time of your post, simply by entering new values in the fields and choosing options from a dropdown date menu …
(Edit date & time of your Post)
Useful Tip: You can schedule blog posts in WordPress in the future or backdate posts to show content as having been published prior to the original publishing date.
This is convenient if, for example, you’ve been away and would like to publish an account of your day-to-day events and would like your blog posts to display as having been posted on the same dates you’ve been physically absent. Another reason to backdate your posts would be to give a brand new website a little bit more of an “established” look. Similarly, you can set all blog posts to publish in the future if you plan to launch a new blog at a future time.
Change the date of your post to whatever date (and time) you would like it to display as having been published (future or past) …
(Schedule your posts to publish at a specified date & time)
Note: To schedule a post as being published in the PM, you will need to use the 24-hour system. For example, 1:00 PM would read as 13:00 in the post scheduling module field. The time your post will actually end up being published depends on the location settings set in your Settings > General section.
Click Update to save your post settings …
(Click ‘Update’ to save your new post settings)
Your saved 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 feature …
(Quick Edit – ‘Scheduled’ post status)
How To Schedule Posts In WordPress When Adding Or Editing Posts
If you are creating a new post, you can schedule your post to publish at a future date, by clicking on Publish immediately > Edit…
(Publish box – Publish immediately > Edit)
Edit the date (and time if you want) of your post and click the OK button …
(Change Post date)
Remember to click Schedule to save your settings …
(Click on ‘Schedule’ to update your post settings)
Note: To backdate a blog post, 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 for publishing on the date and time you have specified …
(Post schedule notification)
If you are editing an existing post, you can schedule your post to be republished later by clicking on the Edit link next to the Published on: function …
(Publish box – Edit)
Change the date (and time if you want) of your post and click the OK button …
(Click ‘OK’ to set your new date settings)
Remember to click the Schedule button to update your republishing settings …
(Post Publish Box – Schedule)
Your post will now show as being scheduled inside the Post Edit > Publish area …
Your saved post will now show as ”Scheduled” in your Posts area …
(Table of Posts – Date column)
You can also see which scheduled posts are queued for publishing in your WordPress dashboard’s ‘Activity’ panel …
(Dashboard – Activity screen)
Now, let’s show you how to republish existing blog posts.
Useful Tip: The above method also works for editing WP pages.
Republishing A WordPress Post
In some situations, you may need to republish an old post. If so, there are a few options you can use to do this:
Edit Post Date And Time
You can reschedule your post by editing the date and the time the post was published. Enter a new date and time, then click Schedule.
When the scheduled time arrives, the post will jump 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 update 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 by changing the status of your post to Draft, clicking Update, and then clicking Publish again …
(Republish your post)
When you do this, your post will automatically be re-sent to your subscribers. However, the publication date and time will not change, so the post’s link and position in the timeline will stay the same.
Tip: If you want a republished post to show up first on your blog, you can just use the “sticky” feature …
(Tick box to make post sticky)
Learn more about making posts sticky here:
Un-Scheduling A Blog Post
If you’ve scheduled a post to publish later, but then change your mind and decide to publish it immediately, just return to the Edit Post screen for your scheduled post.
In the Publish section, click on the “Edit” link next to the date you have scheduled your blog post 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 your current time) as your scheduled post time and click OK …
(Click ‘OK’ to set your new date and time settings)
Click Publish …
Your post will publish right away …
(Post status: ‘Published’)
Troubleshooting Scheduled Posts
If your scheduled post did not publish when the scheduled time arrived, check the following:
- Is your timezone set correctly in your Settings > General section?
- Check the Post Status. Did you save the post as a “Draft” instead of scheduling it?
- Did you click the “Schedule” button after changing the date/time settings? For a post to publish, the Schedule button must be clicked.
- 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 solves the problem.
Automate Post Scheduling With Plugins
You can automate certain aspects of publishing and scheduling content in WordPress using plugins.
Queuing Posts For Publishing
Queue Posts is a free WP plugin that allows you to place new posts and pages in a queue for later publication.
Whenever you create a new post or page, you have the option of queuing your post …
(Post Publish Box – Queue Button)
This is great if you are scheduling a number of posts for publishing at a later date and would like these to be published in a specific order, or at specific times and intervals …
(Queue Posts – Settings)
To learn more, go here:
Bulk Scheduling WordPress
There are a number of WordPress plugins designed for “autoposting” or “autoblogging” (adding content automatically to WordPress sites).
(AutoPost Scheduler Plugin For WordPress)
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 can revitalize traffic.
This plugin is especially useful if you plan to import a large number of blog posts, as you can set the plugin to publish posts at whatever frequency you choose as well as specify a range of other settings …
(Auto Post Scheduler Options screen)
For more information, visit the plugin website here: Auto Post Scheduler
Although you may not need all of the features of an “autoblogging” plugin, a plugin like WPRobot includes a module that lets you import bulk posts or article files into your WordPress site set these to publish automatically at regular or random intervals at a late date.
(WP Robot – WordPress Plugin)
For more details about this plugin, go here: WPRobot – WordPress Autoposting Software
If you plan to run a membership-style website, most professional WordPress membership plugins allow you to schedule your content to be ‘drip-fed’ to members at intervals that you specify (e.g. every 7 days, etc.).
To learn more about membership plugins that allow you to schedule content delivery, go here:
Fixing “Missed Schedule” Posts
Sometimes WordPress will miss a scheduled post …
To learn how to fix the missed post scheduling issue, see the tutorial below:
Congratulations, now you know how to schedule posts for publishing in WordPress at a later date.
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