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How to Use the WordPress Timestamp Feature

Keep reading for an update to the newer look of the WordPress timestamp feature
One of the frustrating parts about blogging is sometimes finding inspiration on topics to write about. One of the more frustrating parts of blogging is matching your moments of inspiration with spreading out your blog posts to allow for a relatively even amount of postings. A lot of blogs that I read make it seem like all the writer does all day long is sit around behind the screen, banging away on the keyboard.

This is where the WordPress Timestamp feature can pay huge dividends to your blogging efforts.

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The WordPress Timestamp feature can save you a lot of time when it comes to creating and publishing your posts. Lets say that you have a day where you are really feeling inspired about several topics, your writing is really flowing and you have some great ideas for posts. You have written 3 or 4 posts, but you would like to spread them out because you are getting ready to go on vacation, or have that looming deadline for a project at work that you must complete.

Using the Timestamp feature will help you to spread your posts out over a few days and publish them for you.

Here’s how it works.

  1. Take a post that you have written and are ready to publish, including proper tagging, images, etc.
  2. Go to the “Post Timestamp” on your post page and expand it.
  3. Select the “Edit timestamp” by clicking on it, there should now be a checkmark in the box.
  4. Edit and select the date and time that you want your post published.

Now there is one important step left in editing your post for future publication.

You now need to click on the “Publish” button. If you don’t do this and just click on “Save”, it will save your post as a draft and not publish it when you have specified.

This feature has saved me quite a bit of time and frustration of trying to write posts when I have lots of other things going on. I hope this helps you in your moments of inspiration and blogging!

Updated:

Hey, I realized that some things have changed, not in function but appearance on the WordPress dashboard that has caused some confusion about how the timestamp works. So here is a new screenshot of what it looks like when you click on the “Edit” link to expand the “Published on” section:

The wordpress timestamp function

Now, after you select the date and time that you want your post published on, you will need to click the “Ok” button. This will then change the “Publish” button to a “Schedule” button, which means basically the same thing.

9 Responses to “How to Use the WordPress Timestamp Feature”

  1. The timestamp feature is one of my favourite parts of WordPress. I use it on every post. 🙂

  2. elliott says:

    It is a timesaver! I had that day of inspiration where everything was just flowing, and I knew I was going to be busy later, so it really works and saves time!

  3. Sounds cool…I will try for the next post (not right now since nothing is flowing out of my pen right now 😀

  4. I appreciate understanding how to use that feature. I like the plug in you have used for share this article! Can you direct me to where I can download it? I am going to share this article on Propeller right now, thanks for this information too.

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  5. elliott says:

    Edward, it is the social bookmarking reloaded plugin. You can find it here: http://www.valent-blog.eu/social-bookmarking-reloaded/

  6. This was exactly what I was looking for, and it was already there and I didn’t even know 🙂

    Thanks!!

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  7. Renter says:

    I have a problem with the Post Timestamp utlity. Once used to a post the Time is staying the same even when you make changes on the post. On other post where the timestamp was not used the day and time of the post are changed on every save. This appear also in the Sitemap. I think this is important and I am wondering how to change the date on the post with timestamp originaly.

  8. bbrian017 says:

    Thanks I’m going to start doing this!

    What a great idea!

  9. Michael says:

    Great article…. Just started my own blog and actualy never thought of this, but as i read this article it was like a lightbulb popping up. Just great… thx for sharing this pro tip 😉

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