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Before WordPress, when I was on vacation, each day I had to find a place that I could get online to update my website. During the days of dial-up, that was a challenge. Even now, depending on where I’m at, it can be difficult to get online.
But with WordPress, I can pre-write my articles and set them to post in the future. It’s a feature that is handy even when you aren’t on vacation. I know many bloggers who write many posts at one time, and then set them to publish over the course of several days or weeks.
Setting your WordPress blog post to publish in the future is easy.
1) Write your post as you normally would including categories and tags.
2) Under “Publish” on the right side of the publishing desktop, click on “Edit” next to where it says “Publish Immediately”.
3. Set the month, day, year and time you’d like the blog to post. Click “Okay”.
4. Click on the blue button that says “Schedule” to set the blog to post on the day indicated.
That’s it. Now you can spend your time doing something else, and WordPress will post the blog on the date and time you indicated.
Extra Tip: If you want to schedule many blog posts, it might be helpful to have a calendar plugin so you can spread out your post dates. A plugin like Future Posts Calendar will show you a calendar above the publish box so you can see what dates already have an article scheduled.
To add Future Posts Calendar to your WordPress blog, click on “Plugins” in your Dashboard navigation. Click on “Add New” and search for “Future Posts Calendar”. Download and click “Activate”.