Assume a scenario where you have to publish a blog post a week later inline with your product launching time. It will be a difficult task to align your post content last minute though you have your content ready beforehand. Moreover, you may also have certain other tasks to do on that day which will put lot of pressure on you to align all your tasks at the same moment. Even you created and saved your post as draft in advance, someone needs to publish it on time to make the content online. The situation will become more difficult with multi editors updating the same post before publishing.
To overcome such situations WordPress allows you to publish posts and pages in any predefined future time automatically. The preliminary step to schedule posts in future time is to set your site’s timezone to the required timezone and then schedule the post to make content online.
Setting Your Timezone in WordPress
Navigate to “Settings > General” section in your WordPress admin interface. Select your timezone from the drop-down as shown in the below picture and save the settings.
Schedule Post in WordPress
Once the timezone is saved, create a new post with your content as normal. Click on “Edit” link showing next to “Publish Immediately” under “Publish” widget.
Publish widget is generally located besides the content in sidebar or below the content editor if you have selected single column layout in “Screen Options”.
Select month from the drop-down, enter date / time on which you want to publish your post and click on “OK” button.
You will notice the default “Publish” button is now changed to “Schedule” button and the post is ready to be scheduled on the selected date.
Click on the “Schedule” button and the post will be actually scheduled on the selected date and time. You will see a message like below similar to the one you will see when publishing a post.
Now the post status will also be changed from “Save Draft” to “Scheduled” and the “Schedule” button will be changed to “Update”. Any change in content can be updated before the scheduled date or you can modify the scheduled date any time before the post is published.
Your post will be automatically published online on the selected date and time as per your timezone settings without any need of monitoring.