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 PostsWordPress has a really neat feature that lets you postdate your posts. This is a very useful feature that lots of bloggers haven’t discovered yet. In this article, we will show you how to schedule blog posts in WordPress for publishing at a later date.

Publishing new content regularly on your site helps you get more pages indexed on search engines, drive new visitors to your business and keep your site readers coming back for more information.

There may be instances, however, where you don’t necessarily want content to appear immediately.

For example, here are some situations where you may not want to publish a WordPress post as soon as it has been added to the WordPress CMS:

  • You need to go away for a while but you still want to publish posts to your site on a regular basis.
  • You need to remove a previously published post and automatically republish it at a specific time/date in the future.
  • You want to publish a daily post with the latest news about a certain topic 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 at the same time, but this would require you to get up at 3 am to hit the “publish” button.
  • You set aside one day every week to create a whole week’s worth of content for your site, or you outsource your content creation to professional writers who deliver you dozens of 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 the articles drip-fed 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 at once, and then have it all be automatically “drip-fed” to your readers so that only one new blog post 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 on your blog 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 article strategy is still working for you while you’re gone.

Well … with WordPress you can! If you set a date/time in the future for publishing your blog posts, WordPress will schedule and automatically publish or republish your posts exactly when you have specified.

In the tutorial below, we are going to show you how to schedule WP posts to publish at a later date/time, plus some great tips for automating your posts for scheduling.

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

How To Schedule WP Blog Posts – Step-By-Step Tutorial

With WordPress you can easily edit the date and time of your published posts, including specifying exact dates and times in the future. This lets you create or add blog posts to your WordPress blog, which can then be pre-scheduled to display live at a future date and time of your choice.

You can schedule WordPress posts to publish at a later time using the Quick Edit function when viewing a list of all your existing WP posts, or you can schedule them when adding or editing new or existing blog posts.

Scheduling Posts In WordPress Using The Quick Edit Function

To schedule blog posts in WordPress using the Quick Edit method,

Log into your WordPress admin area and click on Posts > All Posts

Posts Menu

(Add New Post)

In your Posts area, find the Post you want to schedule, then hover your mouse over the post title to reveal the options menu. Click on Quick Edit

Posts Section - Quick Edit

(Quick Edit)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display all of the “Quick Edit” options for editing your Post …

Inline Editor Section

(Quick Edit Settings)

Go to the “Date” section …

Date Settings - Quick Edit

(Date And Time Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

WordPress allows you to easily edit the date and time of your post, just by entering new values in the fields and selecting options from the dropdown date menu …

Edit Post date and time

(Change Post date & time)

Useful Tip

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

This is 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 display as having been posted on the same dates you’ve been away. Another reason to backdate your blog posts would be to give a brand new site 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 a new blog at a future time.

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

Schedule Post to publish at a specified date

(Posts scheduled to publish at a specified date and time)

Info

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

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Remember to click Update to save your new changes …

Click the 'Update' button to save your post settings

(Click ‘Update’ to save your changes)

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

Post scheduled for publishing

(Your post is now scheduled for publishing)

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

Post status: 'Scheduled'

(Post status: ‘Scheduled’)

Scheduling WordPress Posts When Adding / Editing Posts

If you are creating a new post, you can schedule your post to publish at a later date and time, by clicking on Publish immediately > Edit

Publish Section - Publish immediately > Edit

(Publish section – Publish settings)

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

Change Post date & time

(Change Post date)

Click on the Schedule button to save your post settings …

Click on 'Schedule' to update 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 to publish on the date and time you have entered …

Post schedule message

(Post schedule notification)

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

Post Publish Box - Edit

(Post 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

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

Click the Schedule button to update your republishing settings …

Publish Section - Schedule Button

(Post Publish Section – Schedule)

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

('Scheduled' post status)

(Post status: ‘Scheduled’)

Your saved post will now show as being “Scheduled” in your Posts section …

Posts table - Date column

(Table of Posts – Post status)

You can see which scheduled posts are queued for publishing in your WordPress dashboard’s ‘Activity’ panel …

Dashboard - Activity Screen

(Dashboard – Activity screen)

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

Useful Tip

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

How To Republish A WP Post

In some situations, you may want 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 changing 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 move from its current position 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 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 …

Republish your post

(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 the timeline will remain unmodified.

Useful Tip

Tip: If you want a republished post to display first on your blog, you can always make it “sticky” …

Making a post sticky

(Making a post sticky)

Un-Scheduling A WordPress Post

If you’ve scheduled a blog post to be published in the future, but changed your mind and want to publish it immediately, just return to the Edit Post page for your scheduled post.

Edit Post

(Edit Post)

In the Publish feature, click on the “Edit” link next to the date you have scheduled your blog post for publishing:

Post publish box - Edit

(Post 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 your current time) as your scheduled post time and click OK

Click 'OK' to set your new date settings

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

Click Publish

Publish button

(Publish button)

Your post will now publish immediately …

Post publish button - Status: 'Published'

(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. Have you saved the post as a “Draft” instead of scheduling it?
  • Did you remember to click the “Schedule” button after modifying 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 your server resources, you could experience problems. If so, try reducing the number of scheduled items and see if this fixes the issue.

Automating Post Scheduling With Plugins

You can automate various aspects of publishing and scheduling content in WordPress with plugins.

Queuing Posts For Publishing

Queue Posts

Queue Posts Plugin For WordPress

(Queue Posts Plugin)

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

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

Publish Section - Queue

(Post Publish Box – Queue Button)

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 …

Queue Posts - Settings

(Queue Posts – Settings)

For more information, go here: Queue Posts

Bulk Schedule Posts

There are a number of WP plugins designed for “autoposting” or “autoblogging” (adding content automatically to WordPress sites).

AutoPost Scheduler

AutoPost Scheduler WP Plugin

(Auto Post Scheduler 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 old posts keeps your site looking fresh.

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

AutoPost Scheduler Options

(AutoPost Scheduler Options screen)

For more information about this plugin, go here: Auto Post Scheduler Plugin

WP Robot

Although you may not want all of the features of an “autoblogging” plugin, a plugin like WPRobot includes a module that allows you to import bulk posts or article files into your WordPress site set these to publish automatically at regular or random intervals at a future date.

WPRobot - WP Autoblogging Software

(WPRobot – WordPress Autoposting Plugin)

For more details about this plugin, go here: WP Robot – WordPress Plugin

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:

How To Fix Missed Schedule Posts

Congratulations! Now you know how to publish your WP posts at a later date.

How To Schedule WordPress Posts

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

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