Learn WordPressWordPress has a really neat hidden feature that allows you to postdate your posts. Many WP newbies haven’t discovered this yet. In this article, we will show you how to schedule posts in WordPress for publishing at a later date.

Publishing great content on your WordPress blog on a regular basis helps you get more pages indexed on search engines, drive traffic to your site and keep your blog readers coming back for more information.

There are times, however, when you don’t necessarily want your content to appear immediately.

For example, here are some situations when you may not want posts to display immediately after adding it to your site:

  • You need to go away for a while but you still want content being published on your site on a regular basis.
  • You want an already published post removed and automatically published again at a specific date and time in the future.
  • You want to start publishing a daily post with the latest news about a certain topic for your loyal blog readers, but they live in a different time country than you. You want them to receive your updates every day before they start work, but this means that you’d have to be awake between 3 and 4 am to publish your post.
  • You set aside one day every week to create a whole week’s worth of blog posts, or you outsource your content creation to freelance writers who send you many articles once a month, but you don’t want to publish all of your new content at once!
  • You set up an online training course and want the content to be delivered to members over a period of time.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just add a whole bunch of blog posts to your site in one go, and then have it all be automatically “drip-fed” to your blog 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 new content on your site that would keep your visitors regularly engaged, and be free to work on other areas of your business … or leave for a while and know that your article strategy is still working for you.

Well … with WordPress you can! You can set a date/time in the future to publish your blog posts and WordPress will schedule and automatically publish or republish your content exactly as you have set.

In this tutorial you will learn a couple of ways to schedule WP posts to publish at a future date/time, as well as some tips on how to automate your scheduled articles.

Complete the tutorial below to learn more about how to schedule WordPress blog posts.

Scheduling WP Posts – Step-By-Step Tutorial

With WordPress you can easily alter the date and time of your published blog posts, including specifying exact dates and times in the future. This allows to create or add articles to your website, which can then be preconfigured to go live at any given date and time of your choice.

You can schedule WordPress posts to publish at a later date using the Quick Edit method if you are viewing a list of all your existing WP posts, or you can schedule them as you’re editing posts.

Scheduling WordPress Posts Using The Quick Edit Function

To schedule WP posts using the Quick Edit feature,

Log into your WP admin area and choose Posts > All Posts

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

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

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Locate the “Date” section …

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WordPress allows you to alter the date and time of your post, just by entering new values in the fields or choosing options from the drop-down menu …

How To Schedule WP Blog Posts For Publishing Later

Useful Tip

Tip: You can schedule posts in WordPress in the future or backdate posts to show content as having been published prior to the original publishing date.

This is 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 posts to display as having been posted on the actual dates you’ve been away. Another great use for backdating your blog posts would be to give a brand new website a little bit more of an “established” look. Similarly, you can set all posts to publish in the future if you plan to launch your site at a future time.

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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) …

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Note: To schedule a post 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 module. The time your post will actually publish depends on the location settings set in your Settings > General section.

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Click the Update button to save your changes …

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

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

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How To Schedule Posts In WordPress 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

How To Schedule WordPress Blog Posts For Publishing Later

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

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

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Note: 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 entered …

How To Schedule WP Blog Posts

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

How To Schedule WordPress Blog Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

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

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Click the Schedule button to save your republishing settings …

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

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

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

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Congratulations! Now you know how to schedule posts for publishing in WordPress at a later date.

Let’s show you now how to republish existing blog posts.

Useful Tip

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

How To Republish A WordPress Post

In some instances, you may need 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 changing 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 jump 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 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 …

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When you do this, your post will immediately redistribute to your blog subscribers. However, the publication date and time will remain the same, so the post’s link and position in the timeline will stay the same.

Useful Tip

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

Make The Post Sticky

How To Unschedule A WP Blog Post

If you’ve scheduled a WordPress post to be published later, but then change your mind and decide to publish it immediately, simply head back to the Edit Post page for your scheduled post.

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In the Publish feature, click on the “Edit” link next to the date you have scheduled your blog post to publish:

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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

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Click Publish

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Your post will be published immediately …

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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 your Post Status. Did you save your post as a “Draft” instead of scheduling it?
  • Did you remember to click the “Schedule” button after editing the date/time settings? 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 the resources of your web server, you could experience problems. If so, try reducing the number of scheduled items and see if this fixes the issue.

Automate Post Scheduling With WordPress Plugins

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

Queuing Posts For Publishing

Queue Posts is a free plugin that lets you place new posts and pages in a queue for later publication at a specified interval …

Queue Posts - WordPress Plugin

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

Queue Posts - WordPress Plugin

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 certain times and intervals …

Queue Posts - WordPress Plugin

Bulk Scheduling WordPress

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

AutoPost Scheduler

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 older posts can revitalize traffic.

This plugin is especially useful when importing 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 - WordPress Plugin

To learn more, go here: Auto Post Scheduler

WPRobot

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 import bulk posts or article files into your WordPress site, and then set these to automatically publish at regular or random intervals in the future.

WPRobot - WP Plugin

For more information about this plugin, go here: WP Robot – WP Autoblogging Plugin

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