Have you ever seen a blogger mention how important it is to schedule posts ahead? It is generally a good idea to have a few posts set aside for a rainy day, or scheduled ahead in case something comes up.  If you are a WordPress user, you might not know that you have the ability to schedule posts ahead.  It is actually quite easy!  In addition to scheduling posts ahead, you can use old dates if you want your post to be dated sometime in the past.

Here is how to schedule your WordPress posts to be published at a different time and/or date:

  1. Post TimestampWrite your post.
  2. Go to where it says Post Timestamp on the right side of your Write panel and adjust the time/date to reflect when you would like your post to be published. You will want to verify that your blog’s time is set up correctly to ensure the post appears when you want it to.
  3. Publish the post.
  4. The post will now appear in the Manage posts tab, but will not show on your site until the designated date/time. If you date it into the past, it will post right away and show the designated date/time.

This is a useful way to keep a few posts saved for a rainy day or to keep content showing up if an illness puts you out of commission for awhile. You can also experiment with posting times to see what works best for you and your readers. For example, I’ve found publishing posts early in the morning seems to help Google AdSense payouts per click. It also allows readers overseas to see my stuff during their evening hours, before they go to bed.

Kyle Eslick is WordPress enthusiast who took his passion for WordPress to the next level in 2007 by launching WPHacks.com as a place to share hacks, tutorials, etc. Follow Kyle on Twitter @KyleEslick!

  1. Stephen Coley says:

    Someone told me about this once, but didn’t go into much detail. I thought that you just saved the post, and it would publish when the time you specified came. I tried it out a couple times with no luck. Now I see why! Thanks for clearing that up. Good post!

  2. Hack WordPress says:

    No problem Stephen. Unfortunately many people often assume things are known, so I’m trying to fill those gaps and cover some of the things that many people take for granted and never take the time to write about.

    Glad you found the post useful!

  3. Hack WordPress says:

    MyStarbucks – Thank you for taking the time to comment! Glad you found the post useful.

  4. MyStarbucks says:

    This is so incredibly useful. Thank you so much for posting it. I had no idea and now I have just completed my first scheduled post.

  5. Zulit says:

    Ah yes, but do these schedule posts ping?

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