How to schedule posts in WordPress (Step by Step)

WordPress comes with a pack of amazing features for content publishers.

It helps you create blog posts, save as drafts, and publish with a click of a button.

When it comes to creating and publishing content, not only WordPress helps you edit your posts, but also enables you to schedule your blog posts.

Today’s article teaches you how to schedule posts in WordPress. The WordPress built-in feature helps publishers schedule their posts easily. However, if you prefer diving deep into the WordPress scheduling, you can use the WordPress plugins for the said purpose.

The entire process goes through the basic routines, consisting of creating a page or post, scheduling, and setting the system do its job automatically.

Schedule posts in WordPress

Before proceeding to schedule WordPress posts, keep in mind the following key points.

  • Like posts, you can also schedule pages with the WordPress scheduling feature.
  • You don’t need to install extra plugins for scheduling blog posts and pages. However, you can try out plugins for more options.
  • WordPress doesn’t allow scheduling updates for already published posts or pages.
  • The scheduling feature doesn’t ask for changing the WordPress core settings. You can easily schedule posts while writing or editing a new post.

By default, the WordPress publishing routine is set to “immediately”. To schedule your blog posts and pages, you’ll need to make changes in the Post Editor.

Schedule posts in Gutenberg editor

Gutenberg is the latest version of WordPress Post editor. Since its release, it comes packed in the WordPress core package.

STEP 1: After you log into the WordPress dashboard, proceed to create a new post or page. Click on the Add New option under Posts.

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STEP 2: The next page shows the editing window for the new post. Enter the required information (title, slug, body text) and proceed to save changes.

STEP 3: At the right panel of Editor, you can see the options to save, publish, or schedule your post.

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STEP 4: By default, the publish label shows “immediately”. If you hit the publish button right away, your post will go live on your blog.

STEP 5: To schedule your post, click on the “immediately” link for the “publish” label.

schedule posts in wordpress

STEP 6: After you click on the (immediately), set the desired future date and time for your new post. Once you set a future date, you can see the publish button turns into “Schedule”.

schedule posts in wordpress

STEP 7: At the end, click on the “Schedule” button to¬†schedule your blog post or page.

On Gutenberg Editor page, you can re-change the date and time for scheduling purposes. However, you can only schedule posts before you hit the Publish button.

Schedule posts in Classic editor

The process of scheduling posts in Classic editor is identical to scheduling posts in Gutenberg Editor.

Classic editor is the previous version of the WordPress post editor.

On the same page as Gutenberg editor, you can schedule posts in Classic editor.

STEP 1: As described before, you’ll need to log into the WordPress dashboard.

STEP 2: Proceed to create a new page or post by clicking on All Pages at the left panel. On the next page, click on the Add New button to create a new post.

STEP 3: As usual, fill in the required information in the post editor, including a title for the new post, hyperlink (slug), and the body text.

You can also change the post’s settings later in the editor.

STEP 4: At the right panel, you can see the post options to save, preview, and publish the post.

schedule posts in wordpress

Use the Preview button to see your post’s final look.

STEP 5: You can now see the publish label with the value “immediately”.

Still you need to change some options.

STEP 6: Click on the Edit link for the Publish label.

Clicking the Edit shows you a popup calender.

STEP 7: Set your desired date and time to schedule your new post.

Make sure you set a future date.

STEP 8: As you set a date and press the OK button, you’ll find that the publish button has been turned into “Schedule”.

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Clicking on Schedule will schedule your post.

STEP 9: Finally, click on the Schedule button to schedule your new post in Classic editor.

Clicking the Schedule button ensures the completion of scheduling process in Classic editor.

Professional tips

Scheduling posts in WordPress requires no technical knowledge. By playing with the features, you can maximize your WordPress site performance.

  • You can see your scheduled posts on the “All Posts” page.
  • WordPress also allows you to undo the scheduling of your posts.
  • While setting a date for scheduling the posts, you can also set a previous date for a page or post.
  • If you’ve installed Google Analytics on your blog, you can find a suitable time for your posts. With that in mind, schedule your posts on suitable times for high traffic and visibility.
  • In the WordPress settings, you can change your timezone formats. It helps you schedule posts according to your local time.
  • For more information on scheduling blog pages and posts, try out these plugins for extended functionality.

If you manage a blog with regular content, scheduling the posts plays a vital role in managing the entire content strategy.

Over to you

WordPress automation makes life easier for content publishers.

The process of scheduling posts covers the entire week or month for content managers. Especially for a site with content traffic, scheduling the posts cannot be overlooked.

The process of scheduling posts is similar in both editors – Gutenberg and Classic. If you’ve installed WordPress recently, you can see the WordPress Gutenberg editor on the post editor page. However, you can easily turn the Gutenberg off and install the Classic editor.

For those who manage a large number of blog posts, always schedule the backup process as well.

Last but not least, pay particular attention to All Posts page. You can manage the posts, change the status, remove or make edits to posts on the (All Posts) page.

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