Publishing posts is the process of taking a post out of preview mode and making it available to your site visitors. Learn how to publish posts on your site or on other sites associated with your WordPress.com account. Learn to use the Post by Email feature, which lets you publish posts to your blog via email. Carrie also shows you how to schedule a post to be published in the future.
- [Voiceover] We've talked about creating and editing a post, but I'd like to go into a little more detail about different post statuses and publishing options. We can get to a list of all of our posts if you're in the my site section and click on blog post. From here, we can see that we've got posts that fall into a few categories. We've got published. These posts have already been published on your site for the world to see. We've got drafts. These posts are not published and they're not visible to readers until they are published. We've got scheduled, which means these post timestamps are set to publish in the future.
Then we have trash. These are posts that have been discarded, but not permanently deleted. This is a nice overview as you can see exactly how many posts you have and what status they're currently in. Let's go and add a new post. As soon as you start writing a new post, it's considered a draft, and it'll stay a draft until you publish it. If we go back and look at our drafts list, we can see that that post is there. Let's go back into edit mode. Publishing a post is as simple as clicking the publish button once you've finished writing and are ready to make the post visible on your site.
Note that it's possible to backdate a post. For example, if you've come back from a trip and want to write a post for each day of your travel and have the post date match the actual date you were away, you could edit the date before clicking publish. In this case, let's say that I want it to look like this post was published yesterday. I can click on this calendar icon and simply select yesterday's date. With that, I'll click update, and that's the new date on the post. Going back to our post list, let's add a post. Now I wanna tell you about scheduling posts.
This is cool. You can schedule blog posts to automatically publish themselves at any time in the future. You can do this by clicking this calendar icon and selecting the future date and time you'd like the post to publish. This is a neat feature and comes in handy if you wanna make timed announcements or maybe you write a bunch of blog posts at the same time, but wanna publish each one over the course of several weeks or months. Let's take a look at using this calendar. The currently selected date is indicated. You can also see dates when other posts either have been published or are scheduled to be published.
This is a really smart little calendar. You can enter commands like next Wednesday at noon or tomorrow, and WordPress will translate that into a formatted date. A few tips for using this calendar. You've got these right and left arrows you can use to change the month. You can change the year by hovering over the year and using those arrows. To select a date, all you have to do is click it and you can adjust the time using these inputs at the bottom. Note this is a 24 hour time, so say if you wanna publish at 3 p.m., you'd enter 1500.
The publish time is based on your site's time zone setting, which WordPress automatically set to UTC plus zero when you created your account. You'll see a note here at the bottom if you are posting from a different time zone. From there, once you select the future date and time, this publish button changes to say schedule, and your post status is changed from draft to scheduled. By the way, if you've scheduled a post but change your mind and want to publish it immediately, from your post editor, you can click where it says scheduled.
That opens up a little menu. From here, we can revert the post to a draft, select today's date from the calendar and then click publish. One funny rule. WordPress won't let you schedule more than a hundred posts. If you have more than that scheduled, they won't be published. I only wish I had that much content ready to publish on my blog. We've talked about publishing, backdating, scheduling and unscheduling posts. Another possibility is republishing an old post. We'll go back to our list of blog posts and pick an older post out of the list.
So you've got two basic options here. For one, you can simply edit an already published post, like we're about to do, and schedule it for the future. When you do this, the link for the post will change to reflect the new date and the post will move from wherever it was in your archives to the top of your timeline. Note that this option will not resend notifications to your email subscribers. The second option is to republish a post. You can do this by changing the status to draft, clicking update and then publish.
Note that the link for this post doesn't change. It keeps its original publication date and time, and stays in the same position in your timeline. This option, however, will resend notifications to your email subscribers. With that, you now know the various ways you can publish and schedule content within WordPress.
- Creating a WordPress.com account
- Updating your profile
- Importing content
- Publishing posts
- Applying categories and tags to posts
- Inserting images, videos, and other media
- Creating a new page
- Customizing your site with themes and widgets
- Managing users, notifications, and comments
- Using WordPress.com apps
- The limits of WordPress.com and the benefits of self-hosting