One of WordPress’ best, little-known features is the ability to schedule posts to automatically publish to your blog on a future date. This feature is a godsend, particularly for travel bloggers who are keen on publishing fresh content to their blogs on a regular basis but may be away from a computer or reliable internet connection for days or weeks at a time.
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I also use scheduled postings to help with writer’s block. My inspiration to blog comes throughout the day – via my RSS subscriptions (i.e. other travel blogs), watching The Travel Channel, or taking a leisurely Sunday drive. But oftentimes, the creativity and will to elaborate those fleeting moments of inspiration into full blog posts strikes me only a couple of days each week. Yesterday, for example, I wrote five posts and scheduled them to publish throughout this coming week.
WordPress makes scheduling your posts a snap and I’ll show you how. I can’t speak for every blogging platform, although I know Movable Type also offers this feature (see Setting Up Scheduled Post Services for more info on that).
First, login to your WordPress admin panel as usual.
From the top navigation, click on “Write”. This will bring up the “Write a New Post” page by default.
Write your new post as usual, saving it along the way if you like.
When you’re done and ready to schedule your post, follow these three steps:
- In the right-hand column, change the “Post Status” to Published.
- Also in the right-hand column, in the “Post Timestamp” box, check the box marked “Edit timestamp”. Change the time/date to the time and date in the future when you’d like your post to automatically publish to your blog.
- Lastly, click the “Save” button (not Publish) to save all of your changes.
That’s all there is to it! Now when you visit your “Dashboard” page in the WordPress admin panel, you’ll see a box titled “Scheduled Entries” with a listing of all your scheduled postings. Pretty sweet, eh?