You have just written an outstanding blog post or a unique landing page to house information regarding your services and now comes the matter of when you would like that information to be released to the public.
Even though we do not possess the great cosmic powers of time travel, WordPress allows us to manipulate the date of when certain posts or pages can be published.
Once you are logged into WordPress, click within any page or blog post.
Whether you are creating a new page from scratch, revising a draft, or editing a live page, gravitate your eyes towards the Publish box (typically located in the right top-hand corner of the page).
This section is responsible for when any type of content can be seen by the public. There is Status, Visibility, and Publish.
For this tutorial, we are solely going to focus on Publish.
By clicking on the blue Publish button, the content is timestamped, pushed live immediately, and can be viewed publicly by anyone who has access to the link directly (or if it’s linked anywhere on the site).
Once you have clicked on the blue Publish button, the button text changes to Update. Think of the update button as a save button.
The transition is an indication that the page/post has been published and any further changes that are applied will require the content to be updated or “saved”.
In order manipulate the publication date and set it for some time in the past, simply click on the Edit link within the Publish row, set the time, and then click on the OK button.
Make sure that you click on the blue Update button to finalize the date selection.
This method works the same way as setting the date to the past, except now it’s the future!
You’ll notice that once you click on the OK button to set the future date, the blue button will say Schedule instead of publish or update.
This notion informs WordPress and yourself that this page is scheduled to publish itself at the time it is set to go live.
Congratulations! You have successfully manipulated the publication dates of your content.
Stay tuned as we discuss the visibility and status of pages and posts in our upcoming tutorials. In the meantime, check out some of our other WordPress articles and see what else WordPress has to offer.
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