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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 neat hidden feature that allows you to postdate your posts. This is a very useful feature that lots of beginners haven’t discovered yet. In this article, you will learn how to schedule WP posts and pages for publishing later.

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

There are times, however, where 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 blog post immediately after adding it to your blog:

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just add a whole bunch of blog posts to your blog at once, and then have it 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 new content on your blog that would keep your visitors regularly engaged, and free up your time to work on other areas of your business … or go away for a while and know that your blogging strategy is still working for you while you’re gone.

Well … with WordPress you can! You can set a date/time in the future for publishing your posts and WordPress will schedule and automatically publish or republish these exactly when you have specified.

In this tutorial, you will learn a little-known feature that lets you schedule WP blog posts to publish at a later date, and tips on post scheduling.

Go through the tutorial below to learn more about how to schedule WP posts.

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

WordPress lets you change the date/time of your published posts, including setting exact dates and times in the future. This enables you to create or add posts to your WordPress blog, 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 later time using the Quick Edit feature if you are scrolling through a list of all your existing posts, or you can schedule them as you’re working on existing posts.

Scheduling Posts In WordPress Using The Quick Edit Feature

To schedule blog posts in WordPress using the Quick Edit feature,

Log into your WordPress admin area and select Posts > All Posts

(WP Posts Menu – Add New)

In the Posts screen, find the item you want to edit, then hover your mouse over the post title to display the options menu. Click on Quick Edit

(Quick Edit)

The Quick Edit in-line editor expands to display all of the “Quick Edit” options for editing posts …

(Inline Editor Section)

Find the “Date” section …

(Quick Edit – Date & Time Settings)

WordPress allows you to easily schedule the date and time of your post, just by entering new values in the fields or selecting options from a dropdown date menu …

(Schedule new Post date and time)

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

This is great if, for example, you’ve been away and would like to publish an account of your experiences and would like your blog posts to match the actual dates you’ve been away. Another reason to backdate your posts would be to give a brand new site a little bit more of an “established” look. Likewise, you can set all posts to publish in the future if you plan to launch your blog 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 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 schedule section. The time your post will actually publish is based on the location settings set in your Settings > General section.

Click Update to save your post settings …

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

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

(Post status: Scheduled)

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

(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 later date and time, by clicking on Publish immediately > Edit

(Post publish section – Publish immediately > Edit)

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

(Change Post date)

Don’t forget to click Schedule to save your settings …

(Click ’Schedule’ to save your post settings)

Tip: 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 for publishing on the date and time you have specified …

(Post schedule notification)

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

(Publish box – 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)

Click on the Schedule button to save your republishing settings …

(Post Publish Box – Schedule Button)

Your post should now show as being “Scheduled” inside the Post Edit > Publish module …

(Post publish button – Status: ‘Scheduled’)

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

(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)

Let us show you now how to republish existing posts.

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

Republishing A WordPress Post

In some instances, you may decide to republish an old post. If so, there are a few different 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 later date (and time), then click Schedule.

When the scheduled time arrives, the post will jump from its current position in your timeline to the most recent spot on your blog and display the new date and time. The post link will also be updated 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 simply by changing the status of your post to Draft, clicking Update, and then clicking Publish again …

(Republish your post)

When you do this, your post will automatically be re-sent to your blog subscribers. However, the publication date and time will not change, so the post’s link and position in the timeline will stay the same.

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)

Learn more about making posts sticky here:

How To Unschedule A WP Blog Post

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

(Edit Post)

In the Publish section, click on the “Edit” link next to the date you have scheduled your blog 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 your current time) as your scheduled post time and click OK

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

Click Publish

(Publish section)

Your post will be published immediately …

(Publish box – Status: ‘Published’)

Troubleshooting Scheduled Posts

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

Automate Post Scheduling With WP Plugins

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

Queuing Posts For Publishing

Queue Posts

(Queue Posts WordPress Plugin)

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

Whenever you create a new post or page, the plugin gives you the option of queuing it for publishing later …

(Publish Section – 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 specific order, or between certain times and intervals …

(Settings For Queueing Posts)

For more information about this plugin, go here:

Bulk Schedule Posts

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

Auto Post Scheduler

(Auto Post Scheduler Plugin For WordPress)

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 specify a range of other settings …

(Auto Post Scheduler Options)

For more details, go here: Auto Post Scheduler – WordPress Plugin

WPRobot

Although you may not want 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 set these to publish automatically at regular or random intervals in the future.

(WPRobot – WordPress Autoblogging Software)

To learn more, 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 WP posts to publish at a future date.

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