WordPress TutorialWordPress has a really cool hidden feature that allows you to postdate and backdate your posts. This is a very useful feature that many WordPress users haven’t discovered yet. In this latest installment of our tutorial series, we will show you how to schedule blog posts in WordPress.

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

There may be instances, however, where you don’t necessarily want content to appear immediately.

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

  • You travel a lot but you still want posts being published on your site on a schedule.
  • You would like to remove an already published post and automatically it again at a future time/date.
  • You would like to publish a daily update with the latest news about a certain subject for your loyal blog readers, but they live in a different time zone than you. You’d like them to receive your posts each day at the same time, but this means that you’d have to get up at 3 am to publish your blog post.
  • You set aside one day every week to create a whole week’s worth of articles for your website, or you outsource your article creation to professional writers who deliver you dozens of articles each month, but you don’t want to publish all of your new content at once!
  • You launch a private content membership area and want the posts to be made available to members over a period of time.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just add a whole bunch of posts to your site at once, and then have it all be automatically “drip-fed” to your readers so that only one new article 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 visitors regularly engaged, and free up your time to focus on other areas of your business … or leave for a while and know that your content strategy is still working for you while you’re gone.

Well … with WordPress you can! If you set a date in the future to publish your posts, WordPress will schedule and automatically publish or republish your posts on the exact dates and times that you specify.

In the tutorial below you will learn a couple of ways to schedule WordPress blog posts to publish at a later date, as well as tips for automating certain areas of publishing your posts for scheduling.

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

Scheduling WP Blog Posts – Step-By-Step Tutorial

WordPress lets you edit the date/time of your published blog posts, including specifying dates and times in the future. This allows to create or add blog posts to your site, which can then be prescheduled to go live at a future date and time of your choice.

You can schedule WordPress posts to publish at a future time using the Quick Edit feature when scrolling through a list of all your posts, or you can schedule them when you’re editing posts.

Scheduling Posts In WordPress Using The Quick Edit Method

To schedule posts in WordPress using the Quick Edit method,

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

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In your Posts screen, find the item you want to schedule, 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 editor expands to reveal all the the “Quick Edit” options for editing your Post …

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Go to the “Date” section …

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WordPress lets you easily schedule any aspect of the date and time of your post, just by entering new values in the fields and choosing options from the dropdown date menu …

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Useful Tip

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

This is convenient if, for example, you’ve been away and would like to publish an account of your day-to-day events and would like your blog posts to reflect the actual dates you’ve been absent. Another reason to backdate your posts would be to give a brand new blog a little bit more of an “established” look. Likewise, you can set all blog posts to publish in the future if you plan to launch your blog after getting everything set up and configured.

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

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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 post scheduling section. The time your post will actually end up being published is based on the location settings set in your Settings > General section.

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Click Update 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 …

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

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

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

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Remember to click Schedule to save your settings …

How To Schedule Blog Posts In WP

Note: To backdate a post in WordPress, simply edit the date before you click Publish, 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 specified …

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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: field …

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

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Click on the Schedule button to update your republishing settings …

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

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

How To Schedule WP Blog Posts

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

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

Now, we’ll take a look at how to republish posts.

Useful Tip

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

Republishing A WordPress Post

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

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When you do this, the 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 your timeline will stay unmodified.

Useful Tip

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

Make The Post Sticky

Unscheduling A WordPress Post

If you’ve scheduled a WordPress post to be published in the future, but changed your mind and want to publish it immediately, simply return 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 your post is scheduled 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 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 …

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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 click the “Schedule” button after editing the date/time? For a 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 your hosting setup, you could experience problems. If so, try decreasing the number of scheduled items and see if this solves the problem.

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 queue new posts and pages for publishing later at a specified interval …

Queue Posts - WordPress Plugin

Whenever you create a new 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 various posts for publishing at a later date and would like these to be published in a certain order, or at specific times and intervals …

Queue Posts - WordPress Plugin

Bulk Scheduling Posts

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

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 keeps your site looking fresh.

This plugin is especially useful if you are 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

WP Robot

Although you may not need all of the features of an “autoblogging” plugin, a plugin like WPRobot includes a module that allows you to bulk import posts or article files into your WordPress site, and then set these to automatically publish at regular or random intervals in the future. I am not recommending autoblogging as it is out of date and Google does not like it. But this plugin does have the features as mentioned for scheduling.

WPRobot - WordPress Plugin

To learn more about this plugin, go here: WPRobot – WP Plugin This is my affiliate link, so I will be paid if you buy it through this link.