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:
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.