This is probably old news to most, but it is a feature that I find extremely useful and have used for about a year.
WordPress blogs can be scheduled to be published later, but I don’t like the online editor. Firstly they have two editors, the old one that’s stable, and the new one (which has ironically been around for some time) that you get via the Edit link at the bottom of posts. The new one is not so stable, to say the least. (For example, the first time I click it for any post, the entire post is shown in a text control that isn’t even the height of these first two paragraphs, with a scroll bar. The second click results in a larger editor control. Bizarre.)
Getting back to the topic of this post, to set a post date with Windows Live Writer, my blog editor of choice for a few years now, you just click the date dropdown in the top right-hand corner and then change the date accordingly. This one:
When setting a post date, you can set it to be either:
- In the past – the post will publish immediately, but reflect a post date in the past.
- In the future – the post will be scheduled to publish on WordPress. In this case, you can access it via the WP Admin portal, and you can edit it online, but the post will only publish and be accessible to readers at the date and time that you specify.
You can see the post date in this blog just below the title. It displays as a link showing the post date, but when you hover your cursor over it, the time is displayed.
Publishing posts in the past is not very useful, although nice to have, but I use the scheduled posting functionality all the time. It allows me to prepublish drafts so that they are online but will only go live the next day. Also maybe it’s just my obsessive nature, but I like to keep an eye on the blog statistics and I prefer if most of my posts are published at the start of every day.
In the case of this post, I’ve deliberately set the date in the future (tomorrow), at a time when I am busy working and don’t have time to write blog posts.