How to Properly Schedule a Post in WordPress?

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In this tutorial, we will discuss on scheduling WordPress posts. In this chapter, you will learn how to schedule a post in WordPress. To do this, we will use a hidden feature of WordPress that is there since long but many beginner users don’t know about it.

If you have read our previous article on how to publish a WordPress post, you probably learned about this hidden feature over there. In this article, we will discuss that feature in great details.

Why Schedule Posts in WordPress?  

The post scheduler usually comes in handy in some different situations.

First Scenario: If you are planning to go for a vacation but you still want to publish an article at a defined interval, you can write and schedule your blog posts before going to the vacation. You can write your articles in advance and use the scheduler to publish your posts automatically at a predefined time.

Second Scenario: This is most critical for high traffic blogs. Even the busiest blog does not have the same amount of traffic throughout the day, depending on the time zone the website may receive maximum traffic at a certain time period on most of the days. Say, you blog receives maximum user traffic at 2 pm, so you can schedule to publish your most important posts just before that time so that maximum users can read your newest post.

Third Scenario: Some users prefer consistent timings. So, if you used to publish a blog post at 9:00 pm, so users can read it before bedtime, then you must continue to do so. This will help to keep those users loyal to your website. Also, sometimes users are eager to read your new post, so you can give them an expected publishing time beforehand.

How Do You Schedule a Post in WordPress?  

I assume that you have already written an article that you want to publish but at a future time.

Once you have completed writing the post, before clicking on the publish button you need to look at the option right above the publish button which reads “Publish immediately”.

Click on the "Edit" link just beside it.

Schedule a post in WordPress

This will show options to further input the date and time to publish your content. This will be prefilled with current date and time. Just input the future date and time you want your post to be scheduled to be published and hit "OK".

Remember that the time here is in 24-Hour format. Also, adjust the date and time according to your WordPress site's timezone settings at the general settings page.

Set Schedule time for WordPress post

After hitting "OK", you will notice that the Publish button will now change to Schedule button. (Considering that you have entered a future date and time)

Press the Schedule button and you are done with scheduling a post that will automatically be published by WordPress at that date and time.


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