Undoubtedly this particular feature of WordPress is the thing that made me decide to switch over because I like to write things ahead of time. By the end of November I already had the first 3 weeks of the December Song For Today posts pre-published.
However I don’t just use it for that – I use publish in the future as a tool to check I got everything looking the way I want it in my post. Every post I write – including this one – will be set to publish 10 or 20 minutes after the time I hit the publish button. That means I can take a quick look at the post before it goes live and just double check it the formatting and the spelling for one last time.
So here is what I wrote down and have stuck to the side of my screen for easy reference. Write this down.
To publish in future –
- Check edit timestamp box
- Set date in future
- Post status to published
- Hit publish
And now you get a version with screenshots. :)
To Publish In Future –
Here’s a picture of the Write Post screen.
Tick the edit timestamp box and change the time to be the time you want the post to go live on your blog.
Change the post status from draft to published.
Hit the publish button.
And you’re done. Seriously!
But Just Remember –
If you forget to change the date and hit publish, everyone will see what you posted *now*. So be careful. ;)