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 serious about 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 really cool hidden feature that allows you to postdate posts. This is a very useful feature that lots of bloggers haven’t discovered yet. In this latest installment of our training series, we will show you how to schedule your posts in WordPress for publishing later.

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

There may be instances, however, when you don’t necessarily want your content to be published as soon as you hit the publish button.

For example, here are some instances when you may not want to show a post immediately after adding it to the WordPress CMS:

  • You need to go away for a while but you still want to publish articles to your site on a regular schedule.
  • You would like to remove an already published post and automatically republish it at a future time/date.
  • You want to start publishing 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 receive your posts every day at the same time, but this would require you to get up at 3:30 am to publish your blog post.
  • You set aside one day each week to create a whole week’s worth of articles for your website, or you outsource your content writing to professional writers who deliver you many articles once a month, but you don’t want to publish all of your new content at the same time!
  • You launch a private content membership area and would like the posts 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 site in one go, and then have it automatically “drip-fed” to your blog so that only one new article 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 to your blog that would keep your visitors regularly engaged, and free up your time to grow other areas of your business … or leave for a while and know that your content 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 these on the exact dates and times that you have specified.

In the tutorial below, you will learn a couple of ways to schedule WP blog posts to publish at a later date/time, plus tips on content scheduling.

Complete the step-by-step tutorial below to learn more about how to schedule posts in WordPress.

Scheduling WP Blog Posts – Step-By-Step Tutorial

WordPress lets you change the date/time of your published blog posts, including specifying dates and times in the future. This allows to create or add content to your site, which can then be prescheduled to display live at a future date and time of your choice.

You can schedule posts to publish at a later date using the Quick Edit method if you are viewing a list of all posts, or you can schedule them when editing existing posts.

Scheduling WordPress Posts Using The Quick Edit Method

To schedule posts in WordPress using the Quick Edit function,

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

Add New Post

(Posts Menu – Add New)

In your Posts screen, find the Post you want to schedule, then hover your mouse over the post title to reveal the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Quick Edit

(Quick Edit)

The Quick Edit feature expands to reveal all of the “Quick Edit” options for editing your Post …

Inline Editor Settings

(Quick Edit Settings)

Find the “Date” feature …

Change Date & Time Settings

(Quick Edit – Date & Time Settings)

WordPress allows you to edit the date and time of your post, just by changing the values in the fields and selecting options from the drop-down menu …

Edit Post date & time

(Schedule Post date and time)

Useful Tip

Tip: You can schedule blog posts in WordPress 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 reflect the same dates you’ve been physically absent. Another great use for backdating your blog posts would be to give a brand new website or blog a little bit more of an “established” look. Conversely, you can set all posts to publish in the future if you plan to launch your site at a future time.

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

Posts scheduled to publish at a specified date & time

(Posts scheduled to publish at a later 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 Post module field. The time your post will actually get published depends on the location settings set in your Settings > General area.

Remember to click Update to save your new settings …

Click 'Update' to save your changes

(Click the ‘Update’ button to save your post settings)

Your 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 section …

Quick Edit - Post status: 'Scheduled'

(Post status: ‘Scheduled’)

Scheduling Posts In WordPress When Adding / 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 box – Publish settings)

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

Change Post date & time

(Change Post date and time)

Remember to click on the Schedule button to save your post settings …

Click on 'Schedule' to update your post settings

(Click ’Schedule’ to save 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 set …

Post schedule notification

(Post schedule notification)

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

Post Publish Box - Edit

(Publish box – Edit)

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

Click 'OK' to set your new date settings

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

Click on the Schedule button to save your republishing settings …

Post Publish Section - Schedule

(Post Publish Box – Schedule)

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

('Scheduled' Status)

(Post status: ‘Scheduled’)

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

Table of Posts - Post status

(Table of Posts – Post status)

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

WP Dashboard - Activity Screen

(WP Dashboard – Activity screen)

Let’s show you now how to republish blog posts.

Useful Tip

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

Republishing A WordPress Post

In some instances, you may need 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 editing the date and time that 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 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 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

(Republish 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 show up first on your blog, you can always make it “sticky” …

Tick box to make post sticky

(Making a post sticky)

Learn more about making posts sticky here:

Un-Scheduling A Blog 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.

Post - Edit

(Post – Edit)

In the Publish feature, click on the “Edit” link next to the date your post is scheduled 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 the current time showing on your clock) as your scheduled post time and click on OK

Click the 'OK' button to set your new date settings

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

Click Publish

Post publish box

(Post publish box)

Your post will now publish immediately …

Post publish section - Post status: 'Published'

(Post publish button – 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 your Post Status. Did you save your post as a “Draft” instead of scheduling it?
  • Did you remember to click the “Schedule” button after changing the date/time? For the 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 fixes the issue.

Automate Post Scheduling With Plugins

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

Queuing Posts For Publishing

Queue Posts

Queue Posts

(Queue Posts Plugin)

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

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

Queue Post

(Queue Button)

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 between certain times and intervals …

Queue Posts - Settings

(Settings For Queueing Posts)

For more information, go here:

Bulk Scheduling WP

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

AutoPost Scheduler

AutoPost Scheduler - WordPress Plugin

(AutoPost Scheduler)

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 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 specify a range of other settings …

Auto Post Scheduler Options screen

(Auto Post Scheduler Options)

To learn more, go here: AutoPost Scheduler Plugin For WordPress

WP Robot

Although you may not want 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 at a late time.

WPRobot - WordPress Autoblogging Software

(WP Robot – WordPress Plugin)

To learn more, go here: WP Robot – WordPress 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 WP posts to publish 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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