Basic WordPress Tutorials: Schedule Blog Posts In WordPress

Learn WordPressWordPress has a neat feature that lets you schedule posts. Lots of WordPress users don’t know about this. In this tutorial, we will show you how to schedule your posts in WordPress.

Publishing new content on your WordPress blog on a regular basis helps you get more pages indexed on search engines, drive new prospective customers to your business and keep your blog readers returning for more information.

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

For example, here are some instances when you may not want to display a blog post as soon as its been added to your WordPress blog:

  • You need to travel but you still want to publish articles to your blog while you’re away.
  • You would like an already published post removed have it be automatically published again at a future date and time.
  • You want to publish a daily update with the latest news about a certain subject for your blog readers, but they live in a different time zone than you. You’d like them to read your new post each day at a certain time, but this means that you’d have to be awake at odd hours of the night to publish your post.
  • You set aside one day each week to write a whole week’s worth of content for your site, or you outsource your article creation to freelance writers who send you many articles each month, but you don’t want to publish all of your new content at the same time!
  • You launch a private content membership area and want the content drip-fed to members over a period of time.

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

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 posts on the exact dates and times that you have specified.

In the tutorial below you will learn how to schedule WordPress posts to publish at a later date/time, as well as tips for automating your scheduled articles.

Go through the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to schedule blog posts in WP.

Scheduling Posts In WP – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

You can schedule existing posts to publish at a future time using the Quick Edit method if you are scrolling through a list of all your existing WP posts, or you can schedule them as you’re working on existing posts.

Scheduling WordPress Posts Using The Quick Edit Method

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

Log into your WordPress dashboard and choose Posts – All Posts

Scheduling WP Blog Posts

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

How To Schedule WordPress Posts

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

How To Schedule WP Blog Posts

Go to the “Date” section in the “Quick Edit” in-line editor screen …

How To Schedule WP Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

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

How To Schedule WP Posts

Useful Tip

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

This is very 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 display as having been posted on the same dates you’ve been away. Another reason to backdate your posts would be to give a brand new website or blog a little bit more of an “established” look. Alternatively, you can set all blog posts to publish in the future if you plan to launch a new blog at a future time.


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

How To Schedule WordPress Blog Posts


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 enter 13:00 in the Post Scheduling area. The time your post will actually end up being published depends on the location settings specified in your Settings – General section.


Click Update to save your changes …

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Your saved 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 EditStatus area …

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Scheduling WordPress Posts When Adding / 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 WP Blog Posts

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

How To Schedule WP Posts

Don’t forget to click on the Schedule button to update your post settings …

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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 set …

How To Schedule WP Blog Posts

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

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing Later

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

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Click on the Schedule button to save your republishing settings …

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Your post should now show as being “Scheduled” inside the Post EditPublish box …

Scheduling WP Posts

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

How To Schedule WP Posts

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

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

We’ll show you now how to republish existing WordPress blog posts.

Useful Tip

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

How To Republish A WP Post

In some instances, you may need to republish an old post. If you do, there are a few 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 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 need 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 …

How To Schedule WordPress Posts

When you do this, the post will immediately redistribute to your email subscribers. However, the publication date and time will not change, so the post’s link and position in your timeline will stay unchanged.

Useful Tip

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

Make The Post Sticky

How To Unschedule A WP Post

If you’ve scheduled a blog post to publish in the future, but changed your mind and decide to publish it immediately, just go 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:

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 OK

How To Schedule WordPress Blog Posts

Click Publish

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Your post will now publish right away …

Scheduling Your Posts In WP

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. Have you saved the post as a “Draft” instead of scheduling it?
  • Did you remember to click the “Schedule” button after editing the date/time settings? 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 your hosting setup, you could experience problems. If so, try reducing the number of scheduled items and see if this solves the issue.

Automating Post Scheduling With Plugins

You can automate various aspects of publishing and scheduling posts in WordPress with 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 a number of 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 WP plugins that let you “autopost” content (adding content automatically to WordPress blogs).

AutoPost Scheduler

Auto Post Scheduler - WordPress Plugin

Auto Post Scheduler is a free WP 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 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 …

Auto Post Scheduler - WordPress Plugin

To learn more, go here: Auto Post Scheduler

WP Robot

Although you may not want to use all of the features of an “autoblogging” plugin, a plugin like WPRobot includes a module that lets you bulk import posts or article files into your WordPress site, and then set these to automatically publish at regular or random intervals at a future time.

WPRobot - WordPress Plugin

To learn more about this plugin, visit their site: WP Robot – WP Plugin

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Originally posted 2015-02-24 10:05:51.