WordPress has a great feature that allows you to postdate or backdate your posts. Lots of WordPress bloggers don’t know about this. In this tutorial, you will learn how to schedule WP posts and pages for publishing at a later date.
Publishing fresh content regularly on your site helps you get more pages indexed by search engines, drive traffic to your business and keep your blog readers coming back for more.
There may be times, however, when you don’t necessarily want content to be published immediately.
For example, here are some situations where you may not want to display a WordPress post as soon as it has been added to your website:
- You travel a lot but you still want to publish articles on your blog regularly while you’re away.
- You want an already published post removed have it be automatically published again at a future time/date.
- You would like to distribute a daily update with the latest news about a certain subject for your blog readers, but they live in a different time country than you. You’d like them to read your new post each day at a certain time, 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 create a whole week’s worth of blog posts, or you outsource your article writing to freelancers who send you dozens of articles each month, but you don’t want to publish all of your new content at once!
- You launch a private content membership area and would like to “drip-feed” posts to members over a set period of time.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just add a whole bunch of posts to your website or blog in one go, and then have it all be automatically “drip-fed” to your readers so that only one new post got 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 be free to focus on other areas of your business … or go away for a while and know that your article strategy is still working for you.
Well … with WordPress you can! You can set a date/time in the future to publish your blog posts and WordPress will schedule and automatically publish or republish your posts exactly as you have set.
In this tutorial, you are going to learn a couple of ways to schedule WordPress posts to publish at a future date/time, as well as some tips for automating your posts for scheduling.
Complete the tutorial below to learn more about how to schedule WordPress blog posts.
Scheduling Blog Posts In WP – Step-By-Step Tutorial
With WordPress you can change the date/time of your published posts, including setting dates and times in the future. This allows to create or add articles to your WordPress blog, which can then be prescheduled to go live at a future date and time of your choice.
You can schedule existing WordPress posts to publish at a future date with the Quick Edit function if you are scrolling through a list of all your posts, or you can schedule them when editing your posts.
Scheduling Posts In WordPress Using The Quick Edit Feature
To schedule blog posts in WordPress using the Quick Edit feature,
Log into your WordPress dashboard and select Posts > All Posts …
In the Posts area, 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 editor expands to display all the “Quick Edit” options for editing posts …
(Inline Editor Settings)
Find the “Date” section in the “Quick Edit” inline editor screen …
(Change Date & Time Settings)
WordPress lets you edit any aspect of the date and time of your post, simply by changing the values in the fields and selecting options from the drop-down menu …
(Schedule new Post date & time)
Tip: You can schedule WordPress posts in the future or backdate post dates to show posts as having been published prior to the original date of publication.
This is useful 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 match the actual dates you’ve been away. Another great use for backdating your blog posts would be to give a brand new blog a little bit more of an “established” look. Conversely, you can set all blog 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 display as having been published (future or past) …
(Schedule your posts to publish at a later date)
Note: To schedule a post in the PM, you will need to use the 24-hour system. For example, 1:00 PM would read as 13:00 in the Schedule Post module. The time your post will actually publish is based on the location settings specified in your Settings > General area.
Click the Update button to save your settings …
(Click the ‘Update’ button to save your new post settings)
Your post will now show as being “Scheduled” in your Table of Posts …
(Post status: Scheduled)
Your post will also show as being “Scheduled” inside the Quick Edit > Status area …
(Quick Edit – ‘Scheduled’ post status)
Scheduling Posts In WordPress When Adding Or Editing Posts
If you are creating a new post, you can schedule your post to publish at a later date, by clicking on Publish immediately > Edit…
(Publish box – Publish settings)
Change the date (and time) of your post and click OK …
(Change Post date)
Click on Schedule to update your post settings …
(Click on ‘Schedule’ to update your settings)
Tip: 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 to publish on the date and time you have set …
(Post schedule message)
If you are editing an existing post, you can schedule your post to be republished at a later date by clicking on the Edit link next to the Published on: section …
(Post publish section – Edit)
Change the date (and time if you want) of your post and click the OK button …
(Click the ‘OK’ button to set your new date settings)
Click on the Schedule button to update your republishing settings …
Your post should now show as being scheduled inside the Post Edit > Publish box …
Your post will now show as ”Scheduled” in your Posts area …
(Posts table – Post status)
You can see which scheduled posts are queued for publishing in your WordPress dashboard’s ‘Activity’ screen …
(WP Dashboard – Activity screen)
We’ll show you now how to republish existing posts.
Useful Tip: The above method also works for editing WP pages.
Republishing A WordPress Post
In some instances, you may want to republish an old post. If you do, 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) and 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 change to reflect the new publication date.
Note: When you reschedule a post, it will not redistribute to your email subscribers. If you need the 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 …
(Republishing your post)
When you do this, your post will automatically be redistributed to your email subscribers. However, the publication date and time will not change, so the post’s link and position in the timeline will remain unchanged.
Tip: If you want a republished post to display first on your site, you can always make it “sticky” …
(Tick box to make post sticky)
Unscheduling A WP Post
If you’ve scheduled a blog post to be published later, but changed your mind and want to publish it immediately, simply head back to the Edit Post screen for your scheduled post.
In the Publish section, click on the “Edit” link next to the date your post is scheduled to publish:
(Publish section – 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 OK …
(Click the ‘OK’ button to set your new date settings)
Click Publish …
Your post will now be published right away …
(Post publish box – Post 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 the Post Status. Have you saved the post as a “Draft” instead of scheduling it?
- Did you click the “Schedule” button after editing 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 your hosting setup, you could experience problems. If so, try decreasing the number of scheduled items and see if this fixes the problem.
Automate Post Scheduling With WordPress Plugins
You can automate various aspects of publishing and scheduling your content in WordPress using plugins.
Queuing Posts For Publishing
Queue Posts is a free plugin that lets you place new posts and pages in a queue for publishing later at a specified interval.
When you create a new post or page, the plugin gives you the option of queuing it for publishing later …
This is great if you are scheduling multiple posts for publishing at a later date and would like these to be published in a certain order, or at certain times and intervals …
(Queue Posts – Settings)
For more details, go here: Queue Posts
Bulk Schedule WordPress
There are a number of plugins designed for “autoposting” or “autoblogging” (add content automatically to WordPress blogs).
(AutoPost Scheduler WP 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 older posts can revitalize traffic.
This plugin is especially useful if you are importing a large number of blog posts, as you can set the plugin to publish posts at whatever frequency you choose as well as setting a range of other options …
(AutoPost Scheduler Options)
To learn more, visit their website: 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 lets you bulk import posts or article files into your WordPress site set these to publish automatically at regular or random intervals at a future time.
(WP Robot – WordPress Autoblogging Plugin)
To learn more, visit the plugin website here: WP Robot – WP Autoblogging Plugin
Congratulations! Now you know how to schedule posts for publishing in WordPress at a later date.
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