WordPress has a really neat hidden feature that allows you to postdate or backdate your posts. This is a very useful feature that many WP bloggers haven’t discovered yet. In this article, we will show you how to schedule WP posts.
Publishing new content on your WordPress blog on a regular basis helps you get more pages indexed by search engines, drive new prospective customers to your site and keep your blog readers coming back for more information.
There may be times, however, where you may not want your content to display as soon as you hit the publish button.
For example, here are some situations when you may not want to show a blog post immediately after adding it to your site:
- You need to travel but you still want to publish articles to your blog regularly while you’re away.
- You need to remove a previously published post and automatically republish it at a specific time/date later.
- You would like to publish a daily blog post with the latest news about a certain topic for your blog readers, but they live in a different time zone than you. You’d like them to receive your posts every day before they start work, but this means that you’d have to get up at odd hours of the night to hit the “publish” button.
- You set aside one day each week to create a whole week’s worth of content for your site, or you outsource your article writing to freelance writers who send you dozens of articles once a month, but you don’t want to publish all of your new content at the same time!
- You launch an online training course and want to “drip-feed” posts to members over a period of time.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just add a whole bunch of posts to your site at once, and then have it all be automatically “drip-fed” to your readers so that only one new blog 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 site that would keep your visitors regularly engaged, and be free to grow 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 in the future to publish your blog posts, WordPress will schedule and automatically publish or republish your posts exactly when you have set.
In the tutorial below, you are going to learn how to schedule WP posts to publish at a future date, plus some great tips on automating your articles for scheduling.
Go through the step-by-step tutorial below to learn more about how to schedule posts in WP.
- How To Schedule WP Blog Posts For Publishing Later – Step-By-Step Tutorial
- Troubleshooting Scheduled Posts
- Automate Post Scheduling With Plugins
How To Schedule WP Blog Posts For Publishing Later – Step-By-Step Tutorial
WordPress allows you to easily alter the date and time of your published blog posts, including setting dates and times in the future. This enables you to create or add content to your site, which can then be pre-set to display live at any given date and time of your choice.
You can schedule existing posts to publish at a later time with the Quick Edit method if you are scrolling through a list of all your existing WordPress posts, or you can schedule them when editing your blog posts.
Scheduling Posts In WordPress Using The Quick Edit Feature
To schedule blog posts in WordPress using the Quick Edit method,
Log into your WP dashboard and select Posts > All Posts …
(WordPress Posts – Add Post)
In the 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…
The Quick Edit inline editor expands to reveal all of the “Quick Edit” options for editing your Post …
(Quick Edit Options)
Locate the “Date” section …
(Change Date And Time)
WordPress allows you to edit any aspect of the date and time of your post, just by changing the values in the fields and selecting options from a drop-down menu …
(Edit Post date & time)
Useful Tip: You can schedule blog posts in WordPress in the future or backdate posts to show content as having been published prior to its original date of publication.
This is quite useful 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 published on the same dates you’ve been absent. Another great use for backdating your posts would be to give a brand new site 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 after getting it all ready and finished.
Change the date of your post to whatever date (and/or time) you would like your post to show 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 clock. For example, 1:00 PM would read as 13:00 in the schedule section. 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 post settings …
(Click the ‘Update’ button to save your new post settings)
Your post will now show as being “Scheduled” in your Posts screen …
Your post status will also display as being “Scheduled” inside the Quick Edit > Status feature …
(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 future date, by clicking on Publish immediately > Edit…
(Post publish section – Publish settings)
Change the date (and time) of your post and click the OK button …
(Change Post date)
Remember to click on the Schedule button to update your post settings …
(Click on the ‘Schedule’ button to save your 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 for publishing on the date and time you have set …
(Post schedule notification)
If you are editing an existing post, you can also schedule the post to be republished in the future by clicking on the Edit link next to the Published on: function …
(Publish box – Edit)
Edit the date (and time if you want) of your post and click the OK button …
(Click ‘OK’ to set your new date and time settings)
Click the Schedule button to update your republishing settings …
(Publish Section – Schedule Button)
Your post should show as being scheduled inside the Post Edit > Publish area …
Your post will now show as being “Scheduled” in your Table of Posts …
(Posts table – Date column)
You can see which scheduled posts are queued for publishing in your WordPress dashboard’s ‘Activity’ panel …
(WP Dashboard – Activity screen)
Now, let’s learn how to republish blog posts.
Useful Tip: The above method also works for editing WordPress pages.
Republishing A WP Post
In some instances, you may decide to republish an old post. If you do, there are a few different options you can choose:
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 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 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)
When you do this, your post will immediately be redistributed to your subscribers. However, the publication date and time will remain the same, so the post’s link and position in the timeline will remain the same.
Tip: If you want a republished post to show up first on your site, you can always use the “sticky” feature …
(Sticky post option)
How To Unschedule A WP Post
If you’ve scheduled a post to publish later, but changed your mind and decide to publish it immediately, simply head back to the Edit Post page for your scheduled post.
(Post – Edit)
In the Publish module, click on the “Edit” link next to the date you have scheduled your blog post for publishing:
(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 OK …
(Click the ‘OK’ button to set your new date settings)
Click Publish …
Your post will publish right away …
(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 click the “Schedule” button after editing the date/time? 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 hosting setup, you could experience problems. If so, try decreasing the number of scheduled items and see if this solves the issue.
Automate Post Scheduling With Plugins
You can automate certain aspects of publishing and scheduling your content in WordPress using plugins.
Queuing Posts For Publishing
(Queue Posts WP Plugin)
Queue Posts is a free plugin that allows you to queue new posts and pages for later publication.
Whenever you create a new post or page, the plugin gives you the option of queuing your post …
(Post Publish Section – Queue Button)
This is great if you are scheduling a number of posts for publishing at a later date and would like these to be published in a specific order, or between specific times and intervals …
(Queue Posts – Settings)
For more details, visit the plugin’s website: Queue Posts
Bulk Schedule Posts
There are a number of plugins designed for “autoposting” or “autoblogging” (adding content automatically to WordPress blogs).
(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 old 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 …
(AutoPost Scheduler Options)
To learn more, visit their website here: Auto Post Scheduler – WordPress Plugin
Although you may not need all of the features of an “autoblogging” plugin, a plugin like WP Robot includes a module that allows you to bulk import posts or article files into your WordPress site and then set these to publish automatically at regular or random intervals at a late date.
(WP Robot – WP Plugin)
To learn more, go here: WP Robot – WP Autoposting Software
Fixing “Missed Schedule” Posts
Sometimes WordPress will miss a scheduled post …
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.
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