Scheduling WordPress Posts – WP Tutorials For Beginners

WordPress For BeginnersWordPress has a neat feature that lets you schedule posts. Many website owners haven’t discovered this yet. In this tutorial, you will learn how to schedule blog posts in WordPress.

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

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

For example, here are some instances where you may not want to publish a blog post immediately after adding it to the WordPress CMS:

  • You need to travel but you still want posts to be published on your site on a schedule.
  • You want an already published post removed and automatically published again at a future time/date.
  • You would like to publish a daily blog post with the latest news about a certain topic for your blog readers, but they live in a different time country than you. You’d like them to receive your updates every day at the same time, 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 write a whole week’s worth of blog posts, or you outsource your article writing to professional writers who deliver you many articles each month, but you don’t want to publish all of your new content at once!
  • You launch an online training course and want to “drip-feed” articles to members over a set period of time.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just add a bunch of content to your site at once, and then have it all be automatically “drip-fed” to your readers so that only one new post got published each day, or week, or every few days?

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

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

In the tutorial below we are going to show you a little-known feature that lets you schedule WordPress posts to publish at a later date/time, as well as tips on automating certain aspects of publishing your content for scheduling.

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

Scheduling WordPress Blog Posts – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

You can schedule posts to publish at a later date using the Quick Edit function when scrolling through a list of all your posts, or you can schedule them as you’re editing your 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 click on Posts > All Posts

How To Schedule WP Posts

In the Posts screen, 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

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The Quick Edit inline editor expands to reveal all the the “Quick Edit” options for editing posts …

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Find the “Date” section …

How To Schedule WP Blog Posts

WordPress lets you easily set any aspect of the date and time of your post, just by entering new values in the fields or selecting options from the drop-down menu …

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Useful Tip

Tip: You can schedule WordPress posts in the future or backdate posts to show posts 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 show as having been posted on the same dates you’ve been absent. Another great use for backdating your blog posts would be to give a brand new website a little bit more of an “established” look. Conversely, you can set all content to publish in the future if you plan to launch your site after getting everything set up and configured.

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

How To Schedule WordPress Blog Posts

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Note: To schedule a post as being published in the PM, you will need to use the 24-hour system. For example, 1:00 PM would read as 13:00 in the Schedule Post module. The time your post will actually get published is based 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 will now show as being “Scheduled” in your Table of Posts …

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

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How To Schedule WordPress Posts When Adding / Editing Posts

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

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

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

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

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

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 set …

Scheduling WP Blog Posts

If you are editing an existing post, you can also schedule your post to be republished later, by clicking on the Edit link next to the Published on: function …

How To Schedule Blog Posts In WordPress

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

How To Schedule WP Blog Posts

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

How To Schedule WordPress Blog Posts

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

How To Schedule WordPress Posts

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

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

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Congratulations! Now you know how to publish your WordPress posts at a later date.

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

Useful Tip

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

Republishing A WordPress Post

In some situations, you may decide 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 editing the date and the time the post was published. Enter a futurelater 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 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 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 …

How To Schedule WordPress Blog Posts

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 your timeline will stay the same.

Useful Tip

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

Make The Post Sticky

Un-Scheduling A Blog Post

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

How To Schedule WP Posts For Publishing At A Future Date

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

How To Schedule WordPress Blog Posts

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 on OK

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Click Publish

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Your post will now publish right away …

How To Schedule Posts In WordPress

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 the Post Status. Have you saved your post as a “Draft” instead of scheduling it?
  • Did you remember to click the “Schedule” button after modifying the date/time? For the post to publish, the Schedule button must be clicked.
  • 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 decreasing the number of scheduled items and see if this fixes the problem.

Automating Post Scheduling With WP Plugins

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

Queuing Posts For Publishing

Queue Posts is a free WordPress 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 a number of 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 - WordPress Plugin

Bulk Schedule Posts

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

AutoPost Scheduler

Auto Post Scheduler - WordPress Plugin

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 blog posts, as you can set the Auto Post Scheduler to publish posts at whatever frequency you choose as well as specify a range of other settings …

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To learn more, go here: Auto Post Scheduler

WPRobot

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

WP Robot - WP Autoblogging Plugin

For more information about this plugin, visit the plugin website: WPRobot – WP Plugin

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