When you’re blogging, you want to post as consistently as possible. If you’re on a three-days each week schedule, then you want to post on the same days each week. If you’re posting once-per-week, you really want to try to publish a post each day.
Notice I said ‘post each day’ not write each day. Of course you can write a post each day, if your life allows. But how do you take a weekend off? How do you go away for short spurts of vacation? What about getting bogged down with work and not having the time to blog?
Leave it to the developers of WordPress to have a solution for you: Post Timestamp.
Straightaway, Post Timestamp sets the date and time of each of your posts. It’s located in the Post Editor (under Write or Manage > Write Post) in the right column. Just look for the words Post Timestamp.
By default WordPress automatically writes a time and date on each of your posts when you publish them. But like with many things WordPress, there’s more. If you look closely at the Post Timestamp option window, you’ll see an ‘Edit Timestamp’ checkbox. If you select the checkbox, you can then change the publishing date and time on any of your posts. The date and time you enter will be the date and time that WordPress publishes your post.
Now, when you know you’re going to be away or busy, you can write posts beforehand and post date them using Post Timestamp. That’s it.
Two things to remember when using Post Timestamp…
- Remember to place a check in the ‘Edit Timestamp’ box. If you don’t, the date and time will not change.
- Remember to publish the post. Just saving your post will leave it as a draft. Publishing it will place it in a ‘queue’ to be published. When the time comes, WordPress will automatically publish your post.
You can select any date or time you wish – as close or far off in the future as you like. Sometimes I use Post Timestamp when I want to publish multiple posts in one day. I’ll stagger when they’re published by using the Timestamp.
How do you use it?
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