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How to Schedule Your Posts in WordPress (Step by Step)

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Did you know that WordPress has the ability to schedule your posts to be published at a future time? This extremely useful feature is slightly hidden, which is why many beginners don’t even notice it.

By scheduling your posts, you never have to worry about publishing your articles at a specific time. You can finish writing and prepare them to go live on the day and time you choose.

In this article, we will show you how to easily schedule WordPress posts step by step and share some bonus tips to use WordPress scheduled posts like a Pro.

Schedule posts in WordPress

Why Schedule Posts in WordPress?

To create a successful blog, the best strategy is to plan your editorial calendar and publish articles on a regular basis.

That’s where the schedule posts feature comes in handy. You can write your articles at your own pace and get ahead on your editorial calendar. Once you finish writing, you can schedule the post to be published at a specific date and time.

Another reason to schedule your posts is to benefit from peak traffic hours. There is a certain time in a day when each website gets the peak of its users. By publishing at that time, you can leverage existing traffic to increase your page views.

If you live in a different time zone than your readers, then it can be a problem. Imagine having your peak time as 3 a.m. where you live. Scheduling posts can be very handy for this.

Scheduling posts also comes in handy when you are going on vacation. You can simply schedule your blog posts and enjoy your holidays without worrying about writing and publishing content.

Now that you understand the benefits, let’s take a look at how to actually schedule your blog posts in WordPress.

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How Do You Schedule a Post in WordPress?

It is easy to schedule WordPress posts if you know where to look, but the option to schedule blog posts is not easy to find.

Once you have finished writing your blog post, you need to look under the ‘Post’ tab in the right column of the edit screen.

Under the ‘Summary’ panel, you need to click on the ‘Immediately’ link next to the ‘Publish’ option.

Publish option

This will show you a date and time picker.

You can now select the date and time when you want to publish this post.

Choose date and time to schedule the post

You can select a future date and time to schedule your article in WordPress.

You can also select a past date using the same tool to backdate your blog post.

When you select a future date, you will notice that the Publish button at the top will change to ‘Schedule…’.

Schedule post

Simply click on the ‘Schedule’ button, and WordPress will schedule your post.

The scheduled post will be automatically published on the date and time you choose.

How to Schedule WordPress Posts in the Classic Editor

If you are using the classic WordPress editor, then we highly recommend you start using the WordPress block editor.

The block editor is speedy, modern, intuitive, and helps you create better content for your blog.

However, if you still want to use the older classic editor, then here is how you schedule posts in WordPress.

Once you are done writing your post, look under the ‘Publish’ meta box in the right column of the edit screen and click on the ‘Edit’ link next to the ‘Publish immediately’ option.

Change when to publish a post in WordPress

It will now show you the date and time options.

Go ahead and enter the date and time when you want to publish your blog post, and click on the ‘OK’ button.

Select schedule date and time in classic editor

You will notice that the blue ‘Publish’ button will now change to ‘Schedule’. Go ahead and click on the ‘Schedule’ button to save your changes.

WordPress will now publish your blog post on the date and time you entered.

Troubleshooting WordPress Scheduled Posts

As your website grows, you will be regularly managing and scheduling WordPress posts. Here are some handy tips that will help you efficiently manage your scheduled posts in WordPress.

How do I use my own timezone in WordPress?

You need to change the WordPress timezone settings so that your website uses your preferred timezone to publish scheduled posts.

How to view all scheduled posts in WordPress?

Simply go to the Posts » All Posts page in your WordPress admin and then click on the ‘Scheduled’ link above the posts table. It will show all scheduled WordPress posts in the queue.

What to do if WordPress scheduled posts missed the schedule?

To run scheduled tasks, WordPress uses a system called WP Cron. If the cron is unable to run due to a misconfiguration on your WordPress hosting server, then your scheduled posts will miss the schedule and won’t be published.

If you notice that your blog is affected by this, then you can install the Missed Scheduled Posts Publisher plugin.

To learn more, you can see our article on how to fix the missed schedule post error in WordPress.

How to unschedule a WordPress post?

You can unschedule a WordPress post by editing the post and changing its status from ‘Scheduled’ to ‘Draft’.

In the new default WordPress editor, you will find the option to switch to draft at the top.

Switch to draft

Clicking on it will unschedule the post and save it as a draft.

On the other hand, if you are using the old classic editor, you will find the Draft option in the Publish meta box.

Switch to draft in classic editor

After you have changed a scheduled post to a draft, you can continue working on it, or you can publish it right away if you want.

Can I also schedule WordPress pages?

Yes, you can schedule a WordPress page just like you would schedule a normal blog post.

Can I schedule changes to a published post or page in WordPress?

By default, you cannot schedule changes to a post or page that you have already published. Any changes you make to a published post will become live as soon as you save it.

However, you can use the PublishPress Revisions plugin to make scheduled content updates.

For more details, please see our tutorial on how to schedule content updates in WordPress.

Once you get used to scheduling posts for your website, you may want to explore other areas of your website tasks that you can automate.

We have compiled a detailed guide on creating automated workflows in WordPress that will teach you how to save time on routine website tasks with automation.

We hope this article helped you learn how to easily schedule your blog posts in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to do keyword research to find blog post ideas and get more traffic or our expert picks for the best WordPress SEO plugins to grow your website.

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  2. Jiří Vaněk says

    Am I correct in assuming that scheduled articles are run by WordPress’s own CRON? Will this work even if I have WordPress internal CRON turned off and call the WordPress CRON URL using the internal CRON on the server every 5 minutes?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Normally posts would use the WordPress CRON but if you have set up your CRON to use a different tool then it should still post using your other CRON service.


  3. Christoph says

    Thank you for this great tutorial.
    I have a category of 10 posts and want one of them published while every 9 others are unpublished. After a week another one will go live and the last one get unpublished. Is there a scheduler which can do this?

  4. Dennis Str says

    Hi !
    Can I publish a post in a loop? For example, a post that will be shown every 20th of June every year.
    I want to make a history category where the user will see each day of the year (365) the article of that day automatically.

    Thank you

    • WPBeginner Support says

      That is a personal preference and availability question. The answer changes by person and time they have available :)


  5. Perfect Lussa says

    Good news I always think how will I do to schedule my post. But I wasn’t able to know that. But thank you very much. I got something this will help me

  6. Jackie says

    Thank you SO much for this post! I am not a beginner to WordPress, having started a site in 2009. I did, however, feel like a complete beginner with the new editor! (Which I at first groaned over the change, but now find it quite nice.) I am making a commitment to blog once a week at the same time and wanted to schedule my post in advance. The tabs are NOT intuitive, like, if you want to “schedule” a post, why would you click on a link that says, “immediately”??? Very confusing. I already messed up by hitting Publish and had to trash and redo the post because once published, you can’t unpublish. I have saved this article to reference until I have mastered it. By then, I’m sure they will change things again! In the world of technology, we will always be beginners. With major gratitude! Jackie

  7. Rex says

    Hello. Your articles are always so helpful. Thanks.

    I am looking for a way to set an individual post (or possibly posts in a designated category) to republish regularly (such as weekly, on Sundays, every 10 days or similar). This would operate independently of any other global republishing schemes. Nothing is coming up on google.

    Thanks for your help.

  8. locloc says

    I posted a product and when I updated that product it automatically scheduled for me three days later. I do not know what’s going on. If you help me!

  9. Sanjay Sajeev says

    Hi, It is a great and simple schedule tip you have share here.
    But I have a doubt. WIll it affect my blog, if I scheduled more than 5 posts to be published a day? Will it affect my blog’s SEO performance?

  10. helal says

    Hi every body!
    Is there a way to set a default time for all posts? I want all my posts be published at a certain time of the day , i wil only set the date one by one

  11. maggie says

    I scheduled a post and it has posted three times on my home page. I only wanted it to post once but now I have now clue what I did to make it post three times:( Any help?

  12. Drew says

    It seems that the “schedule” button is broken in the current version of wordpress.. 4.9+

    In our version, 6 wordpress sites now all of them do not show the “schedule” button. Even after changing the schedule post date, the “Publish” button does not revert to “Schedule” as it previously did…


  13. Patrick says

    I’m totally unable to schedule posts. I can’t even click the button! Nothing happens. Some help would be great… I’m going on holiday soon and need to do some scheduling. Many thanks.

  14. Irina says

    I can’t see the calendar button anymore. :-( Why is that? It was there a few days ago, yesterday it disappeared and now can’t find it anymore. I can only publish on the spot, but no way to schedule it anymore.

  15. Nicki Brunton says

    I have a page that i update daily, is there any way i can schedule say a weeks worth of updates for the one page? Rather than having to update it daily…..

    • Chris Klosowski says

      You could check out h Revisionary plugin if you haven’t already.

      It might get you closer to what you are looking for.

  16. Hà Duy Tuân says

    Hi Wpbeginner..!
    I want to everyone can see Schedule posts at my site..
    What can i do now??
    thanks for support :)

  17. Amelia says

    Question, My scheduled posts are working just fine, but on my blog on the home page where you have a list of the various blog posts and a “read more” option for each one, there is this random circle on all the scheduled blog posts.
    I dont really want everyone to know which ones were scheduled and which were posted live. Is there any way to remove this?

  18. Edmond says

    Hello, I just scheduled my post but when the day and time arrive, Nothing is happening. Only publish today i see even if the time have passed.

  19. Aqsa Tariq says

    Hi, my scheduled posts are giving an error on both websites I am maintaining – how do I check for any errors? I already have too many plugins installed and don’t want to add another for this.. just wondering why the error is there and what I can do to fix it?


  20. Lisa Braithwaite says

    I don’t see an option for scheduling at a.m. or p.m. In my settings, I’m using a 12-hour clock, not a 24-hour clock, but it looks like I have to use 24-hour time here. Or am I missing something?

  21. Mark says

    Thanks for the info on this. Everything seems to go ok at first. I make a change to a page that I don’t want to be visible for another couple days. I pick my date/time and hit schedule. The problem is that for the next couple days anytime I go to the page I get an oops page not found error. Once the scheduled time arrives, then the change goes through and everything works fine again. Please help this is driving me bonkers!


    • WPBeginner Support says

      The page will not appear until the time it is scheduled to be published. If you want to take a look at the page before it is published, then you need to login to your WordPress dashboard. Go to Posts or Pages and locate the post/page you scheduled. You will find a preview link below the post/page title.


  22. Kori Miller says

    Hi. On one of my blogs, scheduling isn’t working. After I hit edit and ok, the schedule button doesn’t appear. Any ideas why this might be happening on one site, but not the others? They’re all updated to the most recent WP version. Thank you!

  23. Nathan Pierce says

    I don’t understand how the time my visitors coming relates to the time I should post.

    If they come on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. (while they’re waiting for their work week to end), shouldn’t I post any time before Friday at 4:30 p.m.? I want to be sure the content is already there when they come. If I publish at 4:30 p.m. and someone comes a little early at 4:27 p.m., they’ll miss my post. Even if I publish as early as Thursday, or last month, the content will be there waiting for them when they come this Friday at 4:30 p.m.

    What am I missing?

    • Anders Riise Koch says

      I use scheduling more to free up my own time. If I have a week of scheduled posts I don’t have to sit down every day, think of what to write, write the post and publish immediately. It lets you have a day off without your blog being neglected.

  24. Twiford Ministries says

    Thank you! We travel extensively. This is perfect! We also want to have about 10 posts scheduled before we actually go public with our site so we’re not so pressured – we newbies at this!

  25. Mike says

    Thanks for posting. Didn’t even know this feature existed. Good to learn something new everyday!

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