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 hidden feature that allows you to postdate or backdate your posts. This is a very useful feature that many site owners haven’t discovered yet. In this article, you will learn how to schedule blog posts in WordPress.

Publishing fresh content on your WordPress blog on a regular basis helps you get more pages indexed by search engines, drive new visitors to your business and keep your site readers returning for more.

There may be times, however, when you may not want your content to be published immediately.

For example, here are some situations where you may not want blog posts to display as soon as it has been added to your website:

  • You need to travel but you still want to publish content on your blog while you’re gone.
  • You need to remove an already published post and automatically it again at a specific date and time later.
  • You would like to publish a daily blog post 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 updates each day before they start work, but this would require you to get up at 3:30 am to publish your post.
  • You set aside one day every week to write a whole week’s worth of blog posts, or you outsource your content writing to freelancers 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 articles to your blog at once, and then have it 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 new content on your blog that would keep your visitors regularly engaged, and free up your time to grow 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! If you set a date in the future for publishing your blog posts, WordPress will schedule and automatically publish or republish your content exactly as you have specified.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to schedule WordPress blog posts to publish at a later date, and time-saving tips for publishing scheduled articles.

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

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

With WordPress you can easily modify the date and time of your published posts, including setting dates and times in the future. This allows to create or add articles to your site, which can then be prescheduled to go live at any given date and time of your choice.

You can schedule existing posts to publish at a future date with the Quick Edit feature when scrolling through a list of all your existing posts, or you can schedule them as you’re editing posts.

Scheduling Posts In WordPress Using The Quick Edit Method

To schedule posts in WordPress using the Quick Edit function,

Log into your WordPress admin area and choose Posts > All Posts

Posts Menu - Add New

(Posts Menu)

In your Posts section, find the item you want to schedule, then hover your mouse over the post title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Posts Section - Quick Edit

(Quick Edit)

The Quick Edit feature expands to display all the “Quick Edit” options for editing posts …

Quick Edit Settings

(Quick Edit Settings)

Locate the “Date” section …

Quick Edit - Date Settings

(Quick Edit – Date Settings)

WordPress lets you set any aspect of the date and time of your post, simply by changing the values in the fields or selecting options from a dropdown date menu …

Change Post date & time

(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 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 post dates to reflect the same dates you’ve been 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. Alternatively, you can set all posts to publish in the future if you plan to launch your blog at a future time.

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

Posts scheduled to publish at a later specified date & time

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

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 field. The time your post will actually end up being published is determined by the location settings set in your Settings > General area.

Click Update to save your new settings …

Click the 'Update' button to save your changes

(Click ‘Update’ to save your new settings)

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

Scheduled Post

(Scheduled Post)

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

'Scheduled' post status

(‘Scheduled’ post status)

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, by clicking on Publish immediately > Edit

Post Publish Box - Publish Settings

(Post publish section – Publish settings)

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

Change Post date

(Change Post date)

Don’t forget to click on the Schedule button to update your settings …

Click on 'Schedule' to update your post settings

(Click on the ‘Schedule’ button to update your settings)

Tip: To backdate a post in WordPress, simply edit the date before you click the Publish button, 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 notification

(Post schedule notification)

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 …

Publish Section - Edit

(Publish section – Edit)

Change the date (and time if you want) of your post and click OK

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

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

Click the Schedule button to save your republishing settings …

Publish Box - Schedule

(Post Publish Box – Schedule Button)

Your post should show as being “Scheduled” inside the Post Edit > Publish section …

(Post status: 'Scheduled')

(’Scheduled’ post status)

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

Table of Posts - Date column

(Posts table – 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)

Let us show you now how to republish existing blog posts.

Useful Tip

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

How To Republish 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 changing the date and the time the post was published. Enter a future 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 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 need 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 …

Republish your post

(Republishing your post)

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

Useful Tip

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

Sticky post option

(Tick box to make post sticky)

Learn more about making posts sticky here:

Unscheduling A Post

If you’ve scheduled a blog post to be published in the future, but changed your mind and decide to publish it immediately, just go back to the Edit Post screen 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 post for publishing:

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 the current time showing on your clock) 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 and time settings)

Click Publish

Post publish section

(Post publish section)

Your post will now publish right away …

Post publish box - Post status: 'Published'

(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 your post as a “Draft” instead of scheduling it?
  • Did you remember to 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 lowering the number of scheduled items and see if this fixes the issue.

Automating Post Scheduling With WP Plugins

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

Queuing Posts For Publishing

Queue Posts

Queue Posts WordPress Plugin

(Queue Posts Plugin)

Queue Posts is a free plugin that lets you place new posts and pages in a queue for later publication.

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

Publish Box - Queue

(Publish Box – 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 at certain times and intervals …

Queue Posts - Settings

(Queue Posts – Settings)

To learn more, go here:

Bulk Schedule Posts

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

Auto Post Scheduler

AutoPost Scheduler Plugin

(AutoPost Scheduler – WordPress Plugin)

Auto Post Scheduler is a free 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 Auto Post Scheduler to publish posts at whatever frequency you choose as well as specify a range of other settings …

AutoPost Scheduler Options

(AutoPost Scheduler Options)

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

WPRobot

Although you may not want to use 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 and then set these to automatically publish at regular or random intervals at a future date.

WPRobot - WP Plugin

(WP Robot – WP Plugin)

To learn more, go here: WPRobot – WP 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 later date.

How To Schedule WordPress Posts

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"These tutorials have so much information and are easy to understand. If you use WordPress or plan to in the future these will help you with everything you need to know." - Valisa (Mesa, Arizona)

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