By default WordPress allows you to schedule your posts to be published later. But we’ve often seen people forgetting to schedule their posts. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a to automatically schedule WordPress posts? In this article, we will show you how to auto-schedule social sharing for your WordPress posts.
Why Auto-Schedule WordPress Posts?
Most bloggers schedule posts to be published at a fixed time. However, sometimes you may forget to schedule them.
One way to deal with this situation is to use an editorial calendar that shows you when you have posts scheduled to be published.
We use Edit Flow on our websites to manage our editorial workflow.
But wouldn’t it be great if you could just setup an automatic system that can schedule blog posts for you? Think of a feature like Buffer or HootSuite auto-schedule for your social media.
Publish to schedule is a WordPress plugin that can automatically schedule your posts.
Let’s see how you can set it up and configure it.
Setting up Publish to Schedule
First thing you need to do is install and activate the Publish to Schedule plugin. Upon activation, simply go to Settings » Publish to Schedule to configure plugin settings.
First you need to choose the number of posts to publish on each day. Enter 0 for the days when you don’t want to publish any posts.
After that you need to choose the time interval. By default this schedule is set to 24 hours, but you can change it based on your needs.
The plugin will automatically do the scheduling. You can see when your post will be scheduled to appear, or you can choose not to see it. Select all information or just do the magic under the information section.
Don’t forget to click on the save all changes button to store your settings.
Writing Posts with Publish to Schedule Plugin
Create a new WordPress post or edit an existing draft. You will notice some changes under the publish metabox.
The most obvious different is the replacement of publish button with Pub. to Schedule button.
If you selected to show information in the plugin settings, then you will see when your post will be scheduled as you press the publish to schedule button.
Remember, you can always override this schedule by defining your own schedule like you would normally do.
That’s all, we hope this article helped you auto-schedule your WordPress blog posts. You may also want to see our tips on mastering the WordPress visual editor.