Knowledge Base: Scheduling Posts

When you write a post for Ratburger and press the “Publish” button in the post composition window, the post is immediately published to the home page.  But sometimes you’d like a post to be published at some specific time in the future.  For example, if you’re writing a post for the Thought of the Day or one of our weekly series of posts, you may want the post to be published on the appointed day at a time when you might not be at the computer.

You can set a post to be published at any time and date in the future by using the “scheduled post” feature.  When you’re composing a post, in the “Publish” box to the right of the composition area (or below it on a narrow screen device such as a mobile phone or tablet), there’s an item which by default reads: “Publish immediately”.  If you press “Edit”, this expands into a set of fields which allows you to enter a date and time:

Scheduled post specification

Enter the date and time at which you’d like the post to be published and click “OK”.  The “Publish” button will change into a “Schedule” button which, when pressed, will queue the post for publication at the specified date and time.

The date and time must be specified in Universal Time (UTC), the standard used by the Internet, the Unix operating system, NATO, and Ratburger.org.  Universal time avoids social constructs such as time zones, the international date line, and silliness such as summer and winter time.  You can convert between UTC and your local time zone with this calculator.

Because the WordPress developers are utter nincompoops, you cannot schedule a Private post for publication in the future, because Private and Scheduled are different post status values, not orthogonal to one another as they would be in any sane design.

Pursuant to the Interdimensional Convention on Chronology Protection, it is not possible to schedule posts to be published in the past.

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Author: John Walker

Founder of Ratburger.org, Autodesk, Inc., and Marinchip Systems. Author of The Hacker's Diet. Creator of www.fourmilab.ch.

27 thoughts on “Knowledge Base: Scheduling Posts”

  1. On Democratic sites, I can change history why can’t I do it here and post in the past? 🙂

    I think the post scheduling function is nice to have. JJ was the first Member here to use it. It can help the site by having a more even flow of posts. If everyone publishes the same day there too much to read then there can be a dearth of new posts for days. If one schedules post for a slow day, the post has more of a chance of being read. One can be the star for that day.

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  2. 10 Cents:
    On Democratic sites, I can change history why can’t I do it here and post in the past? 🙂

    I usually complain about people being too slow. I hate you for having been *faster* than I here. The last paragraph by Mr Walker led me to the same comment you did — though I was to use global “leftist” instead of local “democratic”. 😉

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  3. Blumroch:

    10 Cents:
    On Democratic sites, I can change history why can’t I do it here and post in the past? 🙂

    I usually complain about people being too slow. I hate you for having been *faster* than I here. The last paragraph by Mr Walker led me to the same comment you did — though I was to use global “leftist” instead of local “democratic”. 😉

    I am sorry I was better than you but it is hard not to do. To be fair I waited 10 seconds to give  you a chance.

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  4. 10 Cents:

    I am sorry I was better than you but it is hard not to do. To be fair I waited 10 seconds to give  you a chance.

    “In every sock a liar” (Yet Another Garbled *The Prisoner* Quote). Was too busy reading the too many notifications you sent so I would be lost. This is unfair ! 😉 But, well, I’m neither smart nor successful (sarcasm intended), so I’ll be “beau joueur” : you were the best here. Journalists have better keyboard practice. 😉

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  5. Blumroch:

    10 Cents:

    I am sorry I was better than you but it is hard not to do. To be fair I waited 10 seconds to give  you a chance.

    “In every sock a liar” (Yet Another Garbled *The Prisoner* Quote). Was too busy reading the too many notifications you sent so I would be lost. This is unfair ! 😉 But, well, I’m neither smart nor successful (sarcasm intended), so I’ll be “beau joueur” : you were the best here. Journalists have better keyboard practice. 😉

    “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome Frenchman?”

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  6. 10 Cents:

    “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome Frenchman?”

    *Sounds* like a line written by The Bard but can’t remember it, though I may have read it aeons ago. Unfair again. Wanna me use French cryptic references in order to look clever too ? 😉

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  7. 10 Cents:

    Blumroch:

    10 Cents:

    “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome Frenchman?”

    *Sounds* like a line written by The Bard but can’t remember it, though I may have read it aeons ago. Unfair again. Wanna me use French cryptic references in order to look clever too ? 😉

    I will try to add a link in the future.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_no_one_rid_me_of_this_turbulent_priest%3F

    Here in France, critics have an easy way to spot the most clever character in an American movie : he’s always the one who quotes Shakespeare. 😉

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  8. John, Have you tried it? I just tried to schedule the next tuesday  ramu post and it showed up on the main page. I reverted to draft.

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  9. ctlaw:
    John, Have you tried it? I just tried to schedule the next tuesday  ramu post and it showed up on the main page. I reverted to draft.

    I just hit the “Schedule” button for your post, ctlaw. After you fill in a schedule it the “Publish” button turns to “Schedule”. I have used this function a few times.

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  10. ctlaw:
    John, Have you tried it? I just tried to schedule the next tuesday  ramu post and it showed up on the main page. I reverted to draft.

    I scheduled Monday’s meal post and it worked OK.  Are you sure the date was correct?  If in the past, it posts immediately.

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  11. 10 Cents:

    ctlaw:
    John, Have you tried it? I just tried to schedule the next tuesday  ramu post and it showed up on the main page. I reverted to draft.

    I just hit the “Schedule” button for your post, ctlaw. After you fill in a schedule it the “Publish” button turns to “Schedule”. I have used this function a few times.

    The private function might have caused problems.

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  12. John Walker:

    ctlaw:
    John, Have you tried it? I just tried to schedule the next tuesday  ramu post and it showed up on the main page. I reverted to draft.

    I scheduled Monday’s meal post and it worked OK.  Are you sure the date was correct?  If in the past, it posts immediately.

    I tried scheduling a “private” post and it published right away. WordPress.

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  13. Because Dime edited my 9/25 RAMU post, two things happened to it:

    1) it is now queued up as a public post;

    2) I lost rights to send to trash.

    I still have edit rights, so I edited to remove the private info.

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  14. ctlaw:
    Because Dime edited my 9/25 RAMU post, two things happened to it:

    1) it is now queued up as a public post;

    2) I lost rights to send to trash.

    I still have edit rights, so I edited to remove the private info.

    This is another strange thing. A published post can be reverted to draft but it seems not a scheduled post. A private post cannot be scheduled.

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  15. 10 Cents:

    ctlaw:
    Because Dime edited my 9/25 RAMU post, two things happened to it:

    1) it is now queued up as a public post;

    2) I lost rights to send to trash.

    I still have edit rights, so I edited to remove the private info.

    This is another strange thing. A published post can be reverted to draft but it seems not a scheduled post. A private post cannot be scheduled.

    ctlaw, you have a test post so play around and see what happens.

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  16. 10 Cents:
    This is another strange thing. A published post can be reverted to draft but it seems not a scheduled post. A private post cannot be scheduled.

    We’re makin’ a list,
    we’re countin’ each bit.

    We’re sayin’ that WordPress,
    structure is ****.

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  17. CTLaw, you can Trash or Revert to Draft the RAMU post now, right?  I don’t know what changed. Maybe there was a lock when someone was editing.

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  18. 10 Cents:
    CTLaw, you can Trash or Revert to Draft the RAMU post now, right?  I don’t know what changed. Maybe there was a lock when someone was editing.

    can’t trash

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  19. ctlaw:

    10 Cents:
    CTLaw, you can Trash or Revert to Draft the RAMU post now, right?  I don’t know what changed. Maybe there was a lock when someone was editing.

    can’t trash

    I sent you and email. Let me know what you want.

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