How to Schedule a Post to Publish in the Past or in the Future

Excerpted from “Does This Blogsite Make My Wallet Look Fat?”

So, you’re going on vacation and you want to keep you blogsite fans busy while you’re gone. Why not write some posts ahead of time and tell WordPress when to publish them on your blog? When you do this, WordPress will not publish or display your blog post until the time and day you choose for that post.

How to control the date and time your post will be published:

NOTE: Be sure to choose these settings before you press “Publish” on your post.

  1. Log into your WordPress account (
  2. Click “Posts” in the menu bar.
  3. Click “Add New” in the sub-menu.
  4. On the right-hand side of the “Add New Post” page you will see “Publish.”
  5. Click “Edit” beside “Publish immediately.”
  6. Choose the date and time you’d like the post to appear in the future.
  7. Press “Publish” to complete the scheduling process.

Did you like this tip?

It came right from my book “Does This Blogsite Make My Wallet Look Fat?”

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  1. I have been using the process described above for a few months now, and its the best suggestion that I have gotten since the launch. It allows me to not only post when I am traveling, but to also set things up in advance as the inspiration hits me, versus having to load the site as I post.

    Super suggestion and thanks for sharing!

    All the best!

    CCO OutMaturity

  2. Such a great tip! Love the step-by-step illustration! But if you do this, it’s advisable to make sure you’re checking email to moderate any comments or questions from your blog so your readers don’t feel neglected!

  3. There are a couple of useful plugins as well that can help.

    I like the Editorial calendar Plugin – becuase once I schecule a post, if I don’t like the day it is sitting on, I can move it to another day in the week month or year by dragging and dropping. (Cool Stuff)

    Plugin 2 which is useful is Post scheduler. When you press edit, when you don’t want to publish immediately, you can choos a day/date as well. You can see that April 05, 2012 is on a Friday isnsteas of guessing.

    Just my 2 cents

    And I enjoyed the post

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