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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 feature that allows you to schedule your posts. Many WP bloggers don’t know about this. In this latest installment of our WordPress tutorial series, we will show you how to schedule WP posts for publishing at a future date.

Publishing great content regularly on your site helps you get more pages indexed by search engines, drive new prospective customers to your business and keep your site readers returning for more.

There are times, however, where you don’t necessarily want content to be published immediately.

For example, here are some instances where you may not want posts to display as soon as it’s been added to the WordPress CMS:

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just add a whole bunch of articles to your blog in one go, and then have it automatically “drip-fed” to your blog so that only one new post gets published each day, or week, or every few days?

You could then implement a “set and forget” system for scheduling and publishing new content to your site that would keep your readers regularly engaged, and be free to grow other areas of your business … or go away for a while and know that your article publishing is still working for you.

Well … with WordPress you can! If you set a date/time in the future for publishing your posts, WordPress will schedule and automatically publish or republish your posts on the exact dates and times that you have specified.

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

Go through the tutorial below to learn how to schedule WordPress posts.

Scheduling Posts In WordPress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

WordPress allows you to easily edit the date/time of your published blog posts, including specifying exact dates and times in the future. This allows to create or add blog posts to your site, which can then be pre-scheduled to go live at any given date and time of your choice.

You can schedule posts to publish at a future time with the Quick Edit function when viewing a list of all your existing WordPress posts, or you can schedule them when you’re making changes to your blog posts.

Scheduling Posts In WordPress Using The Quick Edit Feature

To schedule WordPress posts using the Quick Edit feature,

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

(Add New Post)

In your Posts section, find the item 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 in-line editor expands to display all of the “Quick Edit” options for editing your Post …

(Inline Editor Section)

Go to the “Date” feature …

(Quick Edit – Date Settings)

WordPress lets you edit the date and time of your post, simply by changing the values in the fields or selecting options from a drop-down menu …

(Edit Post date & time)

Useful Tip: You can schedule WP posts in the future or backdate posts to show posts as having been published prior to the original date of publication.

This is useful if, for example, you’ve been away and would like to publish an account of your experiences and would like your post dates to match the actual dates you’ve been physically absent. Another great use for backdating your posts would be to give a brand new blog a little bit more of an “established” look. Similarly, you can set all content to publish in the future if you plan to launch your blog at a future time.


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

(Posts scheduled to publish at a specified date)

Note: To schedule a post as being published 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 section. The time your post will actually get published is determined by the location settings specified in your Settings > General area.

Click the Update button to save your settings …

(Click ‘Update’ to save your new settings)

Your post status will now show as being “Scheduled” in your Posts section …

(Post status: Scheduled)

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

(Quick Edit – Post status: ‘Scheduled’)

Scheduling 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 section – Publish immediately > Edit)

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

(Change Post date)

Click Schedule to save your settings …

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

Note: To backdate a blog 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 to publish on the date and time you have entered …

(Post schedule notification)

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

(Post publish section – Edit)

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

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

Remember to click the Schedule button to save your republishing settings …

(Schedule Button)

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

(’Scheduled’ post status)

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

(Posts table – Date column)

You can also 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 WP posts.

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

Republishing A WP Post

In some instances, you may want 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 the time 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 post link 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 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 automatically be re-sent to your subscribers. However, the publication date and time will not change, so the post’s link and position in the timeline will stay unchanged.

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

(Make post sticky)

Learn more about making posts sticky here:

How To Unschedule A WP Post

If you’ve scheduled a WordPress post to publish later, but changed your mind and want to publish it immediately, simply return to the Edit Post page for your scheduled post.

(Edit Post)

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

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

Click Publish

(Publish post)

Your post will be published immediately …

(Publish section – Post status: ‘Published’)

Troubleshooting Scheduled Posts

If your scheduled post did not publish when the scheduled time arrived, check the following:

Automate Post Scheduling With WP Plugins

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

Queuing Posts For Publishing

Queue Posts

(Queue Posts – WordPress Plugin)

Queue Posts is a free plugin that lets you 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 it for publishing later …

(Publish Box – Queue)

This is great if you are scheduling various posts for publishing at a later date and would like these to be published in a certain order, or between certain times and intervals …

(Settings For Queueing Posts)

To learn more, go here:

Bulk Scheduling WP

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

Auto Post Scheduler

(Auto Post 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 older posts keeps your site looking fresh.

This plugin is especially useful when importing a large number of blog posts, as you can set the plugin to publish posts at whatever frequency you choose as well as specify a range of other settings …

(AutoPost Scheduler Options screen)

To learn more, visit the plugin website: AutoPost Scheduler


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 set these to publish automatically at regular or random intervals in the future.

(WPRobot – WordPress Plugin)

To learn more, visit the plugin website here: WP Robot – WP Autoblogging 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 publish WP blog posts at a later date.


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