How To Schedule WordPress Posts

Learn how to schedule WordPress posts for publishing your content at a later (or earlier) date …

How To Schedule WordPress Posts

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 feature that lets you schedule posts. Many WordPress website owners don’t know about this. In this article, you will learn how to schedule blog posts in WordPress for publishing later.

Publishing fresh content regularly on your site helps you get more pages indexed on search engines, drive traffic to your business and keep your blog readers returning for more information.

There may be instances, however, when you may not want content to show immediately.

For example, here are some situations when you may not want posts to display as soon as it has been added to the WordPress CMS:

  • You need to travel but you still want to publish posts to your blog on a regular schedule.
  • You need to remove an already published post and automatically it again at a specific time and date later.
  • You want to start publishing a daily blog post with the latest news about a certain topic for your blog readers, but they live in a different time country than you. You’d like them to read your posts every day before they start work, but this means that you’d have to be awake at odd hours of the night to hit the “publish” button.
  • You set aside one day every week to write a whole week’s worth of content for your site, or you outsource your article writing to freelance 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” blog posts to members over a period of time.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just add a bunch of content to your site in one go, and then have it automatically “drip-fed” to your readers so that only one new article gets published each day, or week, or every few days?

You could then implement a “set and forget” system for scheduling and publishing new content to your site that would keep your visitors regularly engaged, and be free to work on other areas of your business … or leave for a while and know that your article publishing is still working for you while you’re gone.

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 content on the exact dates and times that you have set.

In the tutorial below, you will learn a little-known function that lets you schedule WP blog posts to publish at a future date, and some great tips on post scheduling.

Go through the tutorial below to learn more about how to schedule WP blog posts.

How To Schedule Blog Posts In WordPress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

With WordPress you can edit the date and time of your published blog posts, including setting exact dates and times in the future. This lets you create or add articles to your site, which can then be pre-set to display 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 when viewing a list of all your existing WordPress 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 posts in WordPress using the Quick Edit function,

Log into your WP dashboard and click on Posts > All Posts

WordPress Posts Menu - Add New

(WP Posts Menu – Add Post)

In your 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

Quick Edit

(Posts Screen – Quick Edit)

The Quick Edit editor expands to reveal all of the “Quick Edit” options for editing posts …

Quick Edit Options

(In-line Editor Section)

Go to the “Date” section in the “Quick Edit” inline editor screen …

Change Date & Time Settings

(Quick Edit Area – Change Date & Time Settings)

WordPress lets you set the date and time of your post, just by entering new values in the fields and choosing options from a drop-down menu …

Schedule date and time of your Post

(Change Post date and time)

Useful Tip

Tip: You can schedule WP posts in the future or backdate posts to show posts as having been published prior to its original publishing date.

This is great if, for example, you’ve been away and would like to publish an account of your experiences and would like your posts to display as having been posted on the same dates you’ve been physically absent. Another great use for backdating your posts would be to give a brand new website a little bit more of an “established” look. Likewise, you can set all content to publish in the future if you plan to launch a new site after getting everything set up and configured.

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Change the post date to whatever date (and time) you would like it to show as having been published (future or past) …

Schedule your posts to publish at a later date

(Schedule your posts to publish at a specified date)

Info

Note: To schedule a post in the PM, you will need to use the 24-hour clock. For example, to display 1:00 PM type in 13:00 in the schedule module. The time your post will actually end up being published depends on the location settings specified in your Settings > General section.

Click Update to save your new settings …

Click 'Update' to save your post settings

(Click ‘Update’ to save your post settings)

Your post status will now show as being “Scheduled” in your Posts screen …

Scheduled Post

(Post scheduled for publishing)

Your post status will also display as being “Scheduled” inside the Quick Edit > Status section …

Quick Edit - Post status: 'Scheduled'

(Quick Edit – ‘Scheduled’ post status)

How To Schedule WordPress Posts When Adding / 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

Post Publish Section - Publish Settings

(Publish section – Publish immediately > Edit)

Edit the date (and time if you want) of your post and click the OK button …

Change Post date

(Change Post date & time)

Click on Schedule to update your post settings …

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 specified …

Post schedule notification

(Post schedule message)

If you are editing an existing post, you can also schedule your post to be republished later by clicking on the Edit link next to the Published on: section …

Publish Box - Edit

(Post publish section – Edit)

Edit 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 the ‘OK’ button to set your new date and time settings)

Remember to click the Schedule button to update your republishing settings …

Publish Section - Schedule Button

(Post Publish Box – Schedule Button)

Your post will show as being scheduled inside the Post Edit > Publish box …

(Status: 'Scheduled')

(‘Scheduled’ Status)

Your post status will now show as ”Scheduled” in your Table of Posts …

Table of Posts - Post status

(Table of Posts – Date column)

You can also see which scheduled posts are queued for publishing in your WP dashboard’s ‘Activity’ screen …

Dashboard - Activity Screen

(Dashboard – Activity screen)

Now, let’s take a look at how to republish existing WP posts.

Useful Tip

Useful Tip: The above method also works for editing WordPress pages.

Republishing A WordPress Post

In some instances, you may want to republish an old post. If so, there are a few options you can choose:

Edit Post Date And Time

You can reschedule your post by changing the date and time that the post was published. Enter a later date (and time), then click Schedule.

When the scheduled time arrives, the post will jump from its current position in your timeline to the most recent spot on your blog and display the new date and time. The post link 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 need the 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

(Republish your post)

When you do this, your post will automatically be redistributed to your blog subscribers. However, the publication date and time will remain the same, so the post’s link and position in the timeline will remain unmodified.

Useful Tip

Tip: If you want a republished post to show up first on your blog, you can always use the “sticky” feature …

Make this post sticky

(Sticky post option)

Learn more about making posts sticky here:

How To Unschedule A WP Post

If you’ve scheduled a WordPress 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.

Edit Post

(Post – Edit)

In the Publish module, click on the “Edit” link next to the date your post is scheduled for publishing:

Publish section - Edit

(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 on OK

Click 'OK' to set your new date and time settings

(Click the ‘OK’ button to set your new date and time settings)

Click Publish

Post publish section

(Publish button)

Your post will now be published right away …

Post publish box - Post status: 'Published'

(Post publish section – 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. Did you save the 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, 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 server resources, you could experience problems. If so, try reducing the number of scheduled posts and see if this solves the issue.

Automate Post Scheduling With WordPress Plugins

You can automate various aspects of publishing and scheduling posts in WordPress using plugins.

Queuing Posts For Publishing

Queue Posts

Queue Posts Plugin

(Queue Posts – WordPress Plugin)

Queue Posts is a free plugin that allows you to queue new posts and pages for publishing later.

Whenever you create a new WP post or page, you have the option of queuing your post …

Queue Button

(Publish Section – Post Queue)

This is great if you are scheduling multiple posts for publishing at a later date and would like these to be published in a specific order, or between specific times and intervals …

Settings For Queueing Posts

(Settings For Queueing Posts)

For more details, go here:

Bulk Schedule WP

There are a number of plugins that let you “autoblog” (adding content automatically to WordPress blogs).

Auto Post Scheduler

AutoPost Scheduler WordPress Plugin

(AutoPost Scheduler – WordPress Plugin)

Auto Post Scheduler is a free WordPress 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 plan to import a large number of posts, as you can set the plugin to publish posts at whatever frequency you choose as well as setting a range of other options …

Auto Post Scheduler Options screen

(AutoPost Scheduler Options)

To learn more, visit the plugin’s website: AutoPost Scheduler WP Plugin

WP Robot

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 and then set these to publish automatically at regular or random intervals in the future.

WPRobot - WP Autoposting Software

(WPRobot – WordPress Plugin)

To learn more, visit their website: WPRobot – WordPress Autoposting Plugin

Drip-Feeding Posts

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 …

Missed post schedules

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 future date.

How To Schedule WordPress Posts

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"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now