Being a regular blogger, I wanted to engage my readers everyday with my uploads even if I am not able to write those on daily basis. I had following requirements :
1. I wanted my posts to be published everyday at 8 am, so that my readers can enjoy their morning tea without being uncertain about the publishing time of my posts & will appreciate by timeliness.
2. The readers in other countries have different time zone than mine. I was searching for something using which I can publish my posts according to my reader’s time zone.
3. Whenever I took vacations, I didn’t want my readers to wait until I write again after the vacations. I wanted to write my posts already & any tool which can publish those at a scheduled date & time.
So I came to know about this Schedule Post feature of WordPress. It fulfilled all my above requirements. It is a very useful tool for bloggers or publishers. I am a happy user of it, so I wrote this tutorial to demonstrate its usage that other bloggers will find helpful.
How to Schedule Post in WordPress :
Step 1 : If you want to publish your posts according to reader’s time zone, then on your WordPress dashboard, go to Settings section. Click on General menu. On the General Settings page select the appropriate time zone in the Time Zone Option & Save Changes.
If you don’t want to change the time zone then you should skip step 1, & continue from step 2.
Step 2 : Once you are done writing your post, on the right-hand-top side of Edit Panel of your post, you will see the Publish meta-box. Click on the Edit option provided right next to the Publish immediately button.
Step 3 : Set the date & time when you want to publish this post. Note that to mention the time in PM format you have to specify it in the 24-hour clock time format. e.g. 1 PM will be written as 13:00. The time will be based on your location settings in your Settings -> General page. Click on OK & then on Schedule button.
Step 4 : Now to schedule your post at this specified date & time, Click on Schedule button.
Step 5 : If you want to re-schedule this post then click on the Edit option provided right beside the Scheduled For button. Set the new publish date & time & update it.
Using the above same procedure you can re-publish the posts at the scheduled date & time which were published already.
Also, If you write a new post & you want it to appear as published 2 days earlier, follow the same steps as mentioned above.
Apart from this, you can use following WordPress plugins to schedule post.
WordPress Plugins to Schedule Post & Show Upcoming Articles :
1. WP Scheduled Posts :
It will enable a widget in dashboard or in admin bar which will show all future Scheduled post. This is specially useful for multi-author blog. Even its useful for single author blog who use the built-in Schedule function of WordPress.
3. Easy Scheduled Posts :
An easy to use WordPress function to add scheduled posts to any theme. This plugin allows developers to quickly create a list of upcoming events for display in a WordPress theme.
4. Auto-Schedule Posts :
Auto-Schedule Posts allows users to separate their writing schedule from their publishing schedule. It catches posts as they are published and holding them until the previously set criteria are met for the proper publication time. You can set publication between certain hours, limit publication to certain days, and specify a minimum time period between posts.
5. Editorial Calender :
It gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. You can drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog.
I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Now you can easily schedule post & maintain your blog If you have any query or suggestions to achieve the same result as above plugins does, do share with us.