WordPress has a really neat hidden feature that allows you to schedule your posts. Lots Of users haven’t discovered this yet. In this article, you will learn how to schedule WordPress blog posts for publishing at a later date.
Publishing new content on your WordPress site on a regular basis helps you get more pages indexed by search engines, drive new visitors to your business and keep your blog readers returning for more information.
There are times, however, where you don’t necessarily want content to show immediately.
For example, here are some situations where you may not want posts to display as soon as it has been added to the WordPress CMS:
- You go on a trip but you still want articles to be published on your site on a regular basis.
- You would like an already published post removed and automatically published again at a specific time and date in the future.
- You would like to distribute a daily blog post with the latest news about a certain subject for your blog readers, but they live in a different time zone than you. You want them to read your updates 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 write a whole week’s worth of content for your site, or you outsource your content writing to freelance writers who deliver 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 would like the posts drip-fed to members over a period of time.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just add a whole bunch of content to your blog in one go, and then have it all be 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 fresh content on your site that would keep your readers regularly engaged, and free up your time to grow 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! If you set a date in the future to publish your blog posts, WordPress will schedule and automatically publish or republish your content exactly when you have set.
In this tutorial, you will learn a couple of ways to schedule WP blog posts to publish at a later date, as well as tips for automating your scheduled content.
Complete the tutorial below to learn how to schedule WP posts.
- Scheduling Your Posts In WordPress – Step-By-Step Tutorial
- Troubleshooting Scheduled Posts
- Automate Post Scheduling With Plugins
Scheduling Your Posts In WordPress – Step-By-Step Tutorial
With WordPress you can alter the date and time of your published blog posts, including specifying dates and times in the future. This enables you to create or add posts to your website, which can then be preconfigured to go live at a future date and time of your choice.
You can schedule posts to publish at a later time with the Quick Edit method if you are scrolling through a list of all your posts, or you can schedule them when you’re working on posts.
Scheduling Posts In WordPress Using The Quick Edit Method
To schedule WP posts using the Quick Edit method,
Log into your WP admin area and select Posts > All Posts …
In your Posts section, find the Post you want to edit, then hover your mouse over the post title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit…
The Quick Edit feature expands to reveal all of the “Quick Edit” options for editing your Post …
(Inline Editor Settings)
Find the “Date” section in the “Quick Edit” in-line editor screen …
(Date Settings – Quick Edit)
WordPress allows you to easily edit any aspect of the date and time of your post, simply by entering new values in the fields and choosing options from a dropdown date menu …
(Schedule Post date & time)
Useful Tip: You can schedule WP blog posts in the future or backdate post dates to show posts as having been published prior to its original publishing date.
This is quite useful 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 show as having been posted on the same dates you’ve been away. Another great use for backdating your posts would be to give a brand new 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.
Change the date of your post to whatever date (and/or time) you would like it to display as having been published (future or past) …
(Schedule your posts to publish at a later date and time)
Note: To schedule a post as being published in the PM, you will need to use the 24-hour clock. For example, 1:00 PM would read as 13:00 in the Post Scheduling module field. The time your post will actually publish depends on the location settings specified in your Settings > General section.
Remember to click Update to save your settings …
(Click ‘Update’ to save your changes)
Your post status will now show as being “Scheduled” in your Posts screen …
Your post will also display as being “Scheduled” inside the Quick Edit > Status section …
(‘Scheduled’ post status)
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, by clicking on Publish immediately > Edit…
(Post publish box – Publish immediately > Edit)
Edit the date (and time) of your post and click OK …
(Change Post date)
Don’t forget to click on Schedule to update your settings …
(Click ’Schedule’ to update your settings)
Tip: 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 specified …
(Post schedule notification)
If you are editing an existing post, you can schedule your post to be republished later by clicking on the Edit link next to the Published on: function …
(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 and time settings)
Remember to click the Schedule button to save your republishing settings …
(Publish Box – Schedule)
Your post will now show as being scheduled inside the Post Edit > Publish module …
(Post status: ‘Scheduled’)
Your post will now show as ”Scheduled” in your Posts screen …
(Posts table – Post status)
You can also see which scheduled posts are queued for publishing in your WP dashboard’s ‘Activity’ panel …
(WP Dashboard – Activity screen)
Let us show you now how to republish existing posts.
Useful Tip: The above method also works for editing WP pages.
Republishing A WP Post
In some situations, you may need 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 time that the post was published. Enter a new date and time and 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 need 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 …
(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 not change, so the post’s link and position in your timeline will stay unchanged.
Tip: If you want a republished post to display first on your blog, you can just use the “sticky” feature …
(Sticky post option)
How To Unschedule A Post
If you’ve scheduled a WordPress post to be published later, but then change your mind and want to publish it immediately, just return to the Edit Post page for your scheduled post.
In the Publish section, click on the “Edit” link next to the date you have scheduled your post to publish:
(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 Publish …
Your post will publish right away …
(Publish box – 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. Have you saved your post as a “Draft” instead of scheduling it?
- Did you click the “Schedule” button after changing the date/time settings? For the 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 fixes the issue.
Automate Post Scheduling With Plugins
You can automate certain aspects of publishing and scheduling content in WordPress using plugins.
Queuing Posts For Publishing
(Queue Posts WP Plugin)
Queue Posts is a free plugin that allows you to place new posts and pages in a queue for later publication.
When you create a new post or page, you have the option of queuing your post …
(Publish Box – 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 …
(Queue Posts – Settings)
For more information about this plugin, visit their website:
Bulk Schedule WP
There are a number of WP plugins that let you “autoblog” (add content automatically to WordPress blogs).
(Auto Post 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 old posts keeps your site looking fresh.
This plugin is especially useful if you are importing 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 …
(Auto Post Scheduler Options)
For more information about this plugin, visit the plugin’s website: Auto Post Scheduler – WordPress Plugin
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 bulk import posts or article files into your WordPress site set these to publish automatically at regular or random intervals in the future.
(WPRobot – WordPress Autoposting Software)
To learn more, go here: WP Robot – WordPress Plugin
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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