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How to Schedule Posts in WordPress

Big Ben ClockI took myself off on holiday recently and decided use WordPress’ scheduled publishing feature to keep the content flowing on this site while I was lying on the beach.

I simply wrote some articles before I left and scheduled them to be published every other day while I was away.

It’s such a useful feature that I thought it may be helpful to write a description of how to use it – so here goes:

Step 1: Write and preview your post in the normal way.

Step 2: Once you’re satisfied with the article you would normally hit the ‘Publish’ button. Don’t!

Instead, click the edit link just above the ‘Publish’ button – circled below:

Step 3: When you click that link the date and time fields will be displaid – circled below:

Specify the date and time at which you want your article to be published (1) and click the ‘OK’ button (2)

Step 4: After clicking the ‘OK’ button the ‘Publish immediately’ text will be replaced by ‘Schedule for: [the date and time you’ve selected]’ – circled below:

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And the text on the ‘Publish’ button will change to ‘Schedule’.

Step 5: Click the ‘Schedule’ button. The ‘Post published’ confirmation message that you normally see after you publish a post will, instead, say ‘Post Scheduled for [the date and time you selected]’.

Step 6: Once you see that confirmation message you’re all done.

OK – enjoy the beach. 🙂


Martin Malden

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