Here’s the scenario – you’ve published a couple of posts a week on your WordPress powered blog and your hard work is starting to pay off. Your site is getting more traffic which is in turn leading to more enquiries and more sales. You’ve kept your publishing days to Tuesday and Thursday as you read somewhere that being consistent is good practice.
However, during the next few weeks you have a very busy schedule and a you will be taking a few days off. You don’t want to lose the momentum your blog is gathering, but you know you just won’t have enough time to write and publish blog posts at your usual rate. Moderating comments only takes a few minutes, so that isn’t a problem, you could do that from your smartphone.
But what about the posts? Do you take a break? Could you ask somebody else to take over for a while? Possibly, but there is another solution – write your posts and schedule them to publish in the future.
It might mean a bit of cramming and a few extra hours in front of the screen, but at least you are still publishing new content and keeping your readers’ happy.
Scheduling a post to publish in the future is really simple.
The first step is to make sure your blog’s time-zone is set correctly. Navigate to Settings > General and from the drop down menu, choose a city that is in the same time-zone as you.
Now compose the post.
When the post is ready to go, instead of hitting the publish button, hit the Edit link next to Publish Immediately:
Now change the date and time to the intended publication date, click OK to confirm and then click Schedule:
That’s all you have to do.
Unfortunately this isn’t fail-safe – WordPress can and does miss scheduled posts, so it’s always best to check, or get somebody to check for you, as soon as possible after the intended publication date and time. If it does fail, all you have to is do is click the publish button and the post goes live.