How to Schedule Your Posts into the Future to Delay Publishing Posts in WordPress

With WordPress it is easy to schedule your posts so that they are released in the future!  Why would you need to do this?  Here are a few reasons why:

  1. You have time one day to write a bunch of posts, but don’t want them all to be published the same day in order to keep your readers’ attention piqued
  2. You are going on vacation and would like a post or two or more to appear while you are gone
  3. You have a section of your website which is updated daily, and you would like to sit down and do a big entry on one day and have each post appear on different days
  4. You are going to have a special promotion, so you get your posts and pages all set for a particular date

There are many reasons to post into the future and WordPress makes it super easy.  One of my clients, posts a Workout of the Day every single day.  They sit down at the beginning of the week and maps out their entire plan for the week by creating posts for each day’s workout. Then, instead of clicking “Publish” to make these workouts available right away, he instead “schedules” the post to appear on a particular day, at a particular time.  This is a BRILLIANT way for two busy men to handle this important part of their business ahead of time!  On the home page, the most recent post appears, which happens to be the workout for TODAY. Tomorrow, when tomorrow is today, that workout will appear first, and so on.

Here’s how to do this:

  1. Login to WordPress
  2. Click Posts on the left navigation
  3. Choose Add New
  4. Title your post with a good title
  5. Write your post/add photos/etc.
  6. Add your post to the proper category and add tags
  7. NOW:  Above the PUBLISH button, Click Edit next to “Publish immediately”
  8. Change the date and time here then click the OK button
  9. Now you will see the PUBLISH button now says SCHEDULE.
  10. Go ahead and click Schedule

If you need to change the date again, that is no problem.  You are not set in stone with this date. You can change it at any time.

In fact, you can change the date on ANY of your posts at any time.  This means you can even back date your posts!  Sometimes when I set up a new website for someone and they have newsletter articles that they have written in the past, we will convert these to blog postings and I will back date the article to the date that they actually wrote the article. For example, one time we took a client’s old PDF newsletters and converted each article to a blog post, backdating the article to the original newsletter date instead of the date we built the website. Brilliant.

This is one more neat little feature of WordPress.  I hope you are able to take advantage of this.

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