Do you want your special post to be published on a future day and time? In today’s blog, we will share with you 2 easy methods to schedule your posts in WordPress effectively. Now, you can explore and choose one of them to work best for your website. Let’s check them out.

Why do you need to schedule posts in WordPress?

Sometimes, you want your post will be published on a special day instead of having your posts go live right away. In these situations, using the scheduling posts feature in WordPress is a useful method.

By using this way, you can write loads of articles in your spare time. When you finish them, you can schedule the post to be published at a specific date and time as you want.

Moreover, this feature also brings you advantages from peak traffic hours. It means that in a day your website will reach the highest number of users. You can take advantage of this time to increase your page views.

Especially, scheduling posts will help you save a lot of time if you are too busy to publish a special post on the exact day you want. Therefore, you can schedule your blog posts, and then they will be published at the future day and time you set.

How to schedule posts in WordPress editor?

Schedule posts in Block Editor(Gutenberg)

Initially, you need to log in to your WordPress dashboard. Then go to Posts > New Posts to create your new post.

In the Block editor screen, let’s click on the “Gear” icon at the top right corner of the screen and find the “Status & visibility section.

Then, select the “Immediately option next to Publish status.

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This will display a table that contains a date and time picker. You are able to select the date and time when you would like to publish this post.

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In addition, you can choose a date and time in the future to schedule your posts in WordPress. In contrast, you can select a past date by using the same feature to backdate your blog post.

Once you choose a future date, you will see that the Schedule button is displayed at the top instead of the Publish button.

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Once you click on the “Schedule” button and then WordPress will automatically publish your post on the date and time that you selected before.

Schedule posts in Classic Editor

If you are using the Classic Editor, let’s track the following steps to schedule your posts in WordPress

The first thing that you should do is create a new post. Under the Publish meta box, simply click on the Edit Link displayed next to Publish immediately status.

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This will show the date and time options. You can change the future date and time and then click the Ok button.

How to schedule your posts in WordPress by using free plugin?

Although there is an available built-in feature in WordPress that allows you to schedule your posts, it has a lot of limitations. Therefore, we will show you a useful method to optimize the scheduling process as well as organize your posts by using the SchedulePress plugin.

This tool will help you easily generate a schedule calendar to manage your WordPress posts effectively. Moreover, it also comes with the option to share these posts on social media platforms.

In order to use this tool, you can carry out the following steps:

Step 1: Install and activate the plugin.

For more support, you can visit our detailed tutorial on how to install the WordPress plugin for begginners.

Step 2: Manage your editorial calendar

After the plugin was activated, let’s navigate SchedulePress > Calendar. You will notice that the plugin show the scheduled posts on the calendar and Unscheduled Posts on the left side,

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If you want to add an unscheduled post to the calendar, simply hover over the post and click on the “Edit” link to use the editor where you schedule your post. When you are done, it will be displayed on the SchedulePress calendar.

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In addition, you can also move the scheduled post on various dates from the scheduled calendar.

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You will notice the New Draft button on the left side. Once you click on this button, it allows you to add new posts without a specified date and time.

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Moreover, there are still a lot of advanced features such as auto and manual scheduler, missed scheduler handler, if you upgrade to the pro version.

Some tips to manage your scheduled posts effectively

Set Timezone to Scheduled Post

Once you schedule your posts in WordPress, the future date and time need to follow a particular timezone. By default, WordPress automatically sets the timezone to UTC+0.

In order to change the timezone, simply go to Settings > General. At the Timezone option, you can click on the arrow symbol to set the timezone.

Finally, don’t forget to click on “Save changes” to finish the process.

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View all scheduled posts in WordPress

It is very simple to keep track of all scheduled posts in WordPress by going to the Posts > All Posts page. Then click on the “Scheduled” link. This will display all scheduled posts in the queue.

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Unschedule a WordPress post

Once you want to unscheduled any WordPress post, simply click on the scheduled post to open the WordPress editor.

If you are running the Block editor, let’s click on the “Switch to draft” button displayed next to the “Preview button to cancel automatically publishing the post. Then keep clicking the “Publish” button for this blog to publish it right away.

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On the other hand, if you are using the Classic editor, simply click the “Edit” button next to Status under the Publish meta box. Then, click on Scheduled and choose the “Draft” option from the drop-down menu and click on the “Ok” button.

Finally, don’t forget to click on the Update button to store your changes.

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The bottom lines

Which is your favorite method? If you manage your scheduled posts effectively, you can use mentioned way with the plugin. In contrast, if you don’t want to add install any additional plugins, you can use the first method. In that case, you need our assistance, please write a comment in the box below.

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