How to schedule post publishing in WordPress

This article describes how to schedule when WordPress publishes a post. Using this feature, you can set a post to be published automatically in the future.

This article assumes that you have already set up a cron job for your WordPress site. For information about how to do this, please see this article.

Scheduling the publishing date and time for a post

To schedule when WordPress publishes a new post, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to WordPress.
  2. Under Dashboard, click Posts, and then click Add New.
  3. Write your post.
  4. Under Publish, next to Publish immediately, click Edit. Boxes with the current date and time appear.
  5. Select the date and time when you want WordPress to publish the article automatically, and then click OK.
  6. Click Schedule. The post does not appear on your site until the date and time you specified in step 5.
    More precisely, the post appears on your site the first time the cron job runs after the specified date and time. For example, if your WordPress cron job is set to run every 30 minutes at the top and bottom of the hour, and you schedule a post to be published at 15 minutes past the hour, it will not appear on your site until 30 minutes past the hour when the cron job runs.
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