Publishing WordPress Posts in the Future: A 3-Step Guide to Scheduling Posts
by Fred Morgan, eXcelisys web app developer
One of the most valuable tools WordPress offers website owners is the ability to schedule posts for publication at a future date. Once you finish writing and editing your post, you can schedule it to be published at a specific date and time in the future so you can move on to other tasks.
Regularly scheduled posts will help increase site traffic and search engine eXposure in a way that irregular, intermittent posting will not.
Unfortunately, most people have erratic schedules and little “eXtra” time to invest in writing and publishing blog posts throughout the week. However, with the ability to schedule WordPress posts to publish in the future, you can easily schedule posts to go live on your website for days or weeks into the future, at any interval you like.
How to Schedule Posts with WordPress
- Find the Publish meta-box in the upper right-hand corner of the finished post. Click the “Edit” link next to “Publish Immediately” (right above the big “Publish” button).
- Add whatever month, day, year and time you want the post to publish to your site.
- Click “OK” and the publish button automatically changes to a “Schedule” button. Voila!
There are other benefits to being able to schedule posts to publish in the future, such as scheduling them for the time of day that generates the most traffic or conversions, as well as giving webmasters the ability to take a vacation without abandoning their blog or leaving users without new content while they’re away. If you run a news blog, scheduling posts lets you easily coordinate the timing of published articles while accommodating embargoes.
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