Publishing new content on your WordPress site on a regular basis helps you get more pages indexed on search engines, drives new visitors to your site and keeps your existing readers coming back for more information.

What if you find yourself in the following situations:

  • You travel a lot or need to go away for a while but you still want blog posts or content published to your site on a regular basis while you’re away
  • You want to start a daily blog post with the latest news about a certain topic that has the potential to attract many loyal blog readers, but they live in a different time zone than you. You want them to read your new post each day before they start work, but this means you’d have to get up at odd hours of the night to write your post and hit the “publish” button
  • You set aside one day each week to create a whole week’s worth of content for your site, or you outsource your content 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!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just add a whole bunch of content to your site in one go, and then have it automatically “drip-fed” to your blog 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 new content on your site that would keep your readers regularly engaged, and be free to focus on other areas of your business.

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

In this tutorial you are going to learn how to schedule WordPress posts to publish at a future date, plus some tips for automating certain aspects of publishing scheduled content.

Watch the video below, or complete the step-by-step tutorial to learn more about scheduling WordPress posts to publish at a future date …

 

How To Schedule WordPress Posts To Publish At A Future Date – Step-By-Step Tutorial

WordPress allows you to change the date and time of your published posts, including setting dates and times in the future. This allows to create or add posts to your site, which can then be pre-scheduled to go live at a future date and time of your choice.

You can schedule posts using the Quick Edit feature if you are viewing a list of all your posts, or when adding or editing posts.

Scheduling WordPress Posts Using The Quick Edit Feature

To schedule WordPress posts using the Quick Edit Feature,

Log into your WP Admin area, and then click on Posts > All Posts

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

In the Posts screen, find the Post you want to edit, then hover your mouse over the post title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

The Quick Edit in-line editor expands to display all of the “Quick Edit” options for editing your Post …

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

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

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

Change the post date to whatever date (and time) you would like your post to be published in the future …

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

Click Update to save your changes …

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

Your post will now show as being “Scheduled” in your Table of Posts …

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

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

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

Scheduling WordPress Posts When Adding / Editing Posts

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

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

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

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

Click on the Schedule button to save your settings …

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

Your new post is now scheduled for publishing on the date and time you have specified …

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

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

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

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

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

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

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

Your post will now show as being “Scheduled” in your Table of Posts …

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

Your post will also show as being “Scheduled” inside the Post Edit > Publish section …

How To Schedule WordPress Posts For Publishing At A Later Date

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

Useful Tip

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

Automating Post Scheduling With Plugins

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

Bulk Scheduling Posts

There are a number of WordPress plugins designed for “autoblogging” (adding content automatically to WordPress sites). Although you may not want to use all of the features of an “autoblogging” plugin, a plugin like WPRobot includes a module that allows you to 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.

WPRobot - WordPress Plugin

Click Here To Visit The WPRobot Plugin Website

Fixing “Missed Schedule” Posts

Sometimes WordPress will miss a scheduled post …

How To Fix Missed Schedule Posts

Fortunately, there is a free plugin called WP Missed Schedule Fix Failed Future Posts that can automatically fix a missed schedule post error in WordPress.

How To Fix Missed Schedule Posts

You can download the plugin here: WP Missed Schedule Fix Failed Future Posts, or upload and install the plugin directly into your WordPress site as shown below.

Go to Plugins > Add New in your WP Admin area and click on the Search tab in the menu at the top of the “Install Plugins” screen, then type in “wp-missed-schedule” in the Search field and click the Search Plugins button …How To Fix Missed Schedule Posts

The WP Missed Schedule Fix Failed Future Posts plugin entry will display in the search results. Click Install Now to install the plugin …

How To Fix Missed Schedule Posts

Once the plugin has been installed, click the Activate Plugin link to activate the plugin …

How To Fix Missed Schedule Posts

There are no settings to configure. The plugin will automatically search through your site’s posts for any posts that have missed their scheduled date and time and publish these …

How To Fix Missed Schedule Posts

The WP Missed Schedule Fix Failed Future Posts plugin fixes 10 missed schedule posts per minute. If you refresh your Table of Posts screen after activating the plugin, you will see that the plugin has begun publishing all “missed schedule” posts …

How To Fix Missed Schedule Posts

If you regularly schedule a large amount of posts for publishing at a future date, then keep the WP Missed Schedule Fix Failed Future Posts plugin active on your site. If you only schedule posts occasionally for publishing in the future, then you can deactivate the plugin and reactivate it when required.