How to Publish Future Posts

One of the most exciting feelings that a new WordPress user can experience is publishing their first post. That first post is then succeeded by many others, each being released onto the internet with a press of that lovely blue “Publish” button. There will be times, however, when you may need to schedule when your posts will be published.

Future Publishing? Why?

WordPress provides many convenient ways for you to manage your blog. The ability to publish future posts is a tool that can be useful to you as a blogger. However, why would you need to publish future posts? Aren’t you perfectly capable of doing it yourself immediately? Some of the reasons why having the ability to post future content would very useful to you are:

  • Your visitors like it when you post content regularly. Future posts allow you to post everything at just the right time, every time.
  • You can publish content at just the right time for your audience to see it, even if it’s at a time when you’re not online.
  • If you want to take a short vacation, you can still have your posts published regularly.

How Do I Publish a Future Post?

The process for scheduling a post to publish in the future is almost as simple as publishing any other post.

WordPress publishing module.
Step 1
In the Publish module, click the blue “Edit” link next to the words “Publish immediately.”

Step 2
WordPress publishing module. Once you have clicked “Edit”, you can select the date and time you want the post to be published. You will need to use the 24 hour clock if you want to schedule a post to be published in the afternoon or evening. After you have selected when you want the post to publish, click “OK”.

Step 3
WordPress publishing module with scheduled time. The blue “Publish” button will change to a blue “Schedule” button. Press the “Schedule” button to schedule your post to be published.

What If I Want to Change or Cancel the Scheduled Time?

Change or cancel the scheduled post in the same way you scheduled it in the first place. In the Publish module click on the blue “Edit” link next to the words “Scheduled for: (whenever you have it scheduled)”. From there you will be able to change the time you have scheduled. If you want to publish the post immediately, change the post time to today’s date and time.


You can backdate a post using the same method as you would to schedule it to publish in the future. In the Publish module, change the date and time to whenever you want to backdate the post to. You might want to backdate posts if you were gone on a long trip and want to be able to publish posts from the time you were gone. Also, if you wanted to change the chronological order your posts were published in, you can backdate your posts to put them in the order you want.

That’s It!

You now have all the information you need to publish future posts. You can use this new skill to interact better with your viewers and be a more successful blogger.

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