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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 lets you postdate your posts. Lots Of beginners haven’t discovered this yet. In this tutorial, you will learn how to schedule posts in WordPress.

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 blog readers coming back for more.

There are instances, however, where you may not want your content to appear immediately.

For example, here are some situations where you may not want to display a WordPress post immediately after adding it to your website:

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just add a bunch of posts to your website or blog at once, and then have it all be automatically “drip-fed” to your blog 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 fresh content on your blog 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 content marketing strategy is still working for you while you’re gone.

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 posts exactly as you have set.

In the tutorial below, you will learn a little-known feature that lets you schedule WP posts to publish at a future date, as well as great tips for automating scheduled posts.

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

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

With WordPress you can easily alter the date/time of your published blog posts, including setting dates and times in the future. This lets you create or add posts to your website, 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 later date using the Quick Edit feature if you are viewing a list of all your posts, or you can schedule them when working on existing blog posts.

Scheduling WordPress Posts Using The Quick Edit Feature

To schedule WordPress blog posts using the Quick Edit feature,

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

(Posts Menu)

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

(Posts Screen – Quick Edit)

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

(Quick Edit Section)

Find the “Date” section …

(Change Date & Time Settings)

WordPress lets you easily schedule the date and time of your post, just by changing the values in the fields or choosing options from a dropdown date menu …

(Schedule date & time of your Post)

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

This is great if, for example, you’ve been away and would like to publish an account of your day-to-day events and would like your posts to display as having been published on the actual 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. Alternatively, you can set all blog posts to publish in the future if you plan to launch a new site at a future time.

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

(Posts scheduled to publish at a later specified 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 post scheduling module. 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 new post settings …

(Click ‘Update’ to save your new settings)

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

(Post scheduled for publishing)

Your post will also show as being “Scheduled” inside the Quick Edit > Status area …

(‘Scheduled’ post status)

How To Schedule WordPress Posts When Adding Or Editing Posts

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

(Post publish box – Publish settings)

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

(Change Post date & time)

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

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

Tip: To backdate a post, 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 for publishing on the date and time you have set …

(Post schedule message)

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)

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)

Click the Schedule button to save your republishing settings …

(Schedule Button)

Your post should show as being scheduled inside the Post Edit > Publish section …

(‘Scheduled’ Status)

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

(Posts table – Post status)

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

(Dashboard – Activity screen)

Now, we’ll learn how to republish existing WordPress blog posts.

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

Republishing A WordPress Post

In some instances, you may want to republish an old post. If you do, there are a few different options you can use to do this:

Edit Post Date And Time

You can reschedule your post by changing the date and time that the post was published. Enter a later 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 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 re-sent to your blog subscribers. However, the publication date and time will remain the same, so the post’s link and position in your timeline will remain the same.

Tip: If you want a republished post to display first on your blog, you can just use the “sticky” feature …

(Tick box to make post sticky)

Learn more about making posts sticky here:

Un-Scheduling A Blog Post

If you’ve scheduled a blog post to publish in the future, but then change your mind and want to publish it immediately, simply head back to the Edit Post screen for your scheduled post.

(Edit Post)

In the Publish module, click on the “Edit” link next to the date your post is scheduled for publishing:

(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 and time settings)

Click Publish

(Publish post)

Your post will now publish immediately …

(Post status: ‘Published’)

Troubleshooting Scheduled Posts

If your scheduled post failed to publish when the scheduled time arrived, check the following:

Automate 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)

Queue Posts is a free plugin that allows you to place new posts and pages in a queue for publishing later.

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

(Publish Box – Queue)

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 at certain times and intervals …

(Settings For Queueing Posts)

For more information about this plugin, visit the plugin’s website here:

Bulk Scheduling WP

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

Auto Post Scheduler

(AutoPost Scheduler Plugin For WordPress)

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 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 specify a range of other settings …

(Auto Post Scheduler Options)

To learn more, go here: AutoPost Scheduler WordPress Plugin

WP Robot

Although you may not need to use 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 future time.

(WPRobot – WordPress Plugin)

For more information, go here: WPRobot – 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 …

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.

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