One of the features of WordPress that is often ignored is the ability to schedule WordPress posts to be published at a later date. There are a lot of advantages to having a specific schedule for your posts. For one, having a dependable schedule is going to be more engaging for your viewers. It also allows you to time your posts to be published when your target audience is more likely to be online. More importantly, content can keep flowing even when you yourself aren’t capable of posting! That means no longer forcing yourself to work through your illness to avoid a large gap between your posts. You will simply be able to compensate for that later on, when you are more capable. Furthermore, it is actually very easy to do with WordPress so you’re going to get all those benefits in exchange for very little effort.
In this short guide, we are going to guide you through the WordPress schedule posts feature. The entire process is very straightforward. It doesn’t matter if you’re using the new Gutenberg editor or the Classic one, it won’t even take a minute.
1. Schedule WordPress Posts through the Gutenberg Editor
Once your post is ready to be scheduled, click on the Publish button in the top right to bring up the pre-publish checks. You should be able to see the Publish option is set to Immediately. In order to change that just click on Immediately. This will bring down the option to enter when the post is going to be published.
Now, simply select the date and time you want to schedule the post for. Once you do that, the Publish option will change from Immediately to the date that has been selected. Likewise, the Publish button towards the top will change to Schedule. Just click on it and your post will be scheduled to be published on that date. As you can see, it’s that simple to schedule WordPress posts.
If you want to unschedule the post, just find the ‘Switch to Draft’ button towards the top and click on it. When asked to confirm if you want to unschedule the post, click on OK. It’s really that simple!
2. Schedule WordPress Posts through the Classic Editor
Scheduling posts using the Classic Editor is slightly different but still pretty easy to do. Under the Publish options towards the right, you should be able to see that the default setting is Publish immediately. In order to change that, click on the Edit button to the right.
Doing so brings down the option to set to date for the post to be scheduled. Simply enter the date and time and click on OK.
Once you’ve done that, just click on Schedule and you’re set.
Unscheduling the post is also similarly easy. Firstly, click on the Edit button to the right of ‘Status: Scheduled’.
This will cause a drop-down menu to appear. From that menu, select Draft and click on OK. Finally, click on Update to unschedule the post.
So there you go. You should now be able to schedule WordPress posts to be published later. It is extremely easy to do and can be quite helpful as well. Once you start using it, you’re going to be left wondering why you never did so in the first place! If you have any comments, feel free to leave one in the comment section below. Your feedback is always welcome.
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