If you’re a serious blogger and would like to keep your readers engaged with your posts, then you should focus on publishing new blog posts frequently. When it comes to creating blog pages or a full-fledged blogging website, WordPress is one name that most of the bloggers rely on to accomplish such a need. After all, it was primarily designed as a blogging platform, and thus comes with everything that you may require streamlining the process of creating a blog.
WordPress come with several hidden features that enable you to schedule your blog posts – that needs to get published later. Scheduling blog posts ensure that your readers will get to read fresh content. But, often site owners tend to forget to schedule their posts. Wouldn’t it be great if you can schedule your publishing your posts automatically? Through this post, I’ll make learn about the process as to how you can auto-schedule your posts in WordPress.
Understanding the Need to Auto-Schedule WordPress Posts
There is a certain time in a day when your website may receive heavy traffic. But, in case you live in a time zone other than your readers, then there is a greater likelihood that you might not be able to publish fresh posts.
Moreover, you may even forget to publish your posts on a fixed schedule while handling other important aspects that are essential for running a blog successfully.
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No matter whatever the reason may be, not being able to publish your blog posts at regular intervals might make you lose potential readers. But, getting your posts published automatically can help overcome such a problem.
How Can You Auto-Schedule Your Posts?
One excellent strategy that will make sure that your posts are being published on your site automatically is to make use of the Publish to Schedule plugin. Using this plugin, all you have to concentrate is on writing unique and relevant posts and let the Publish to Schedule plugin do the heavy lifting of publishing the posts on fixed schedule.
The plugin help schedules WordPress posts to publish automatically. The best part is that you don’t have to pick a date for publishing your posts manually. Rather, once you have completed configuring the plugin, simply clicking on “Publish” option provided by the plugin will help schedule your posts.
So, let us now see how you can set the ‘Publish to Schedule’ plugin and configure it. To do so, follow these simple steps:
To install the ‘Publish to Schedule’ plugin, login into your website admin panel. From your admin dashboard screen, move towards Settings → Plugins as you scroll the navigation menu on the left side of your dashboard. Click on “Add New” option placed under the Plugins menu.
And then, search for the ‘Publish to Schedule’ plugin. This will open up the following window:
Click on the “Install Now” button and your Publish to Schedule will get installed on your website.
Next, again click on the Settings menu from your dashboard navigation bar, and you’ll see Publish to Schedule plugin will be added to it. Simply, click on that plugin so as to configure its settings. This is how the plugin’s settings page will look like:
You can see that the settings page that helps choose when you would want your posts to get published on each day. In case, you don’t wish to publish any posts yet, simply enter ‘0’ in the first fields. You can also for how much time you would want your posts to be visible on your site.
So, now the Publish to Schedule plugin will schedule your posts to be published automatically. And, you can choose to see when exactly your blog posts are scheduled to get published (this is optional). Finally, select any one of the two options from the image shown below:
Lastly, make sure to hit the “Save” button to store the plugin’s settings.
Get Started: With Writing Posts Using the Publish to Schedule Plugin
Let’s test how the Publish to Schedule plugin works. First of all, create a new post or choose any existing post that you would want to edit. Now, when you go to the “Publish” section of the post, you will notice a few changes under the publish metabox as you can see in this image:
In case, you’ve chosen to display any information regarding scheduling the post in the plugin settings, then as soon as you will click on the “Pub. to Schedule” button the details of the scheduled post will appear in it.
Here’s hoping that this post will provide useful insight on how you can schedule your blog posts to be published automatically on your WordPress site.
About the author: Sophia Phillips is a PSD to responsive WordPress conversion expert with a hands-on experience in developing front-end for websites. Currently, she is employed with WordPrax Ltd.- a leading WordPress development company. Sophia has written a remarkable number of articles on WordPress tricks and tip. You can follow her on Twitter via @wordprax.