Plan Ahead With A WordPress Scheduling Plugin

WordPress Scheduling Plugin

If you own or write for a blog, you might have discovered and probably even used the WordPress scheduling feature. Although it is a great way to prepare your posts ahead and have them published at a certain time, it lacks somewhat in the overview what post is scheduled for what time. This is exactly the place where a WordPress scheduling plugin comes into the game.

Why to schedule WordPress posts?

It might be that you want to go for a vacation, enjoy a long weekend, going for a seminar or probably you have your own product launch coming up. This means you just don’t find the time to post as regularly as you would need to and as your readers are used to. It is good to plan ahead for this period of time, get your posts ready and put them on schedule for later publishing.

Why shall I post while I am away?

Probably you think that it is ok to just not post for a couple of days while you are away and get your next post published as soon as you are back. But let me tell you, that regular publication is one of the major keys to success for an online business. Just recently I read that according to a study the statistics show that a business which publishes new content at least 20 times a month receives 5 times more traffic than a business with less than 4 updates.

Why a WordPress scheduling plugin?

Especially if you are preparing more than a few posts at once to publish on a later date, you will find that getting and overview on when your posts are scheduled is not really comfortable. Also you need to edit every single post in the case you want to re-schedule something.

But then I came recently across a WordPress plugin called Editorial Calendar, as I read a post about the Top 60 WordPress Plugins of 2014. This plugin offers exactly what I was looking for. It shows all scheduled posts in a calendar overview and changes on post dates can be easily done by dragging and dropping.

WordPress scheduling plugin

The WordPress scheduling plugin Editorial Calendar is available for free in the WordPress plugin directory.

Are you planning your posts in advance and make use of the WordPress scheduling feature? Let me know in the comments and if you liked this post, please share it with your friends.

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13 Comments

  • Ron Dowell

    Reply Reply March 9, 2014

    Hi Torsten.
    I know that this works great for me. I don’t always have time so set aside to write post so I do it when I get a chance and then schedule the post as needed.

    • Torsten

      Reply Reply March 10, 2014

      Hi Ron,

      thanks for your comment.
      It is always a good idea to have some posts prepared in advance for the days that you just don’t find the time to write, so that you have always fresh content ready to be posted.

      Cheers
      Torsten

  • Dan Newman

    Reply Reply March 12, 2014

    Hi Torsten,

    This is a great scheduling plugin. I’ve never really liked the existing built in one. It’s a bit basic. With this new plugin it gives you the ability to view posts on a calendar, drag and drop them to a new day and even view posts you haven’t scheduled yet. Thanks for the Torsten! This will save me so much time!
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    • Torsten

      Reply Reply March 14, 2014

      Hi Dan,

      thanks for commenting.
      Glad you liked the plugin. It gives a much better overview and makes planning the posts ahead much easier and hassle free.

      Cheers
      Torsten

  • Joy Healey

    Reply Reply March 13, 2014

    Thanks Torsten,

    That was a new plug-in to me. I was only the other day trying to plan my posts ahead and finding it something of a struggle. I’m sure the plugin you suggest will help.

    Joy
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    • Torsten

      Reply Reply March 14, 2014

      I am glad you found it useful, Joy.
      The nice calendar type overview of this plugin really makes it easy to schedule posts or rearrange them if needed. Just dragging and dropping rather than editing the dates in all affected posts will make our life a bit easier.

      Cheers
      Torsten

  • Karen Thomson

    Reply Reply March 13, 2014

    What a great find Torsten – thanks very much for this. I reckon this is something I’m going to try out and I’ll let you know how it goes.
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    • Torsten

      Reply Reply March 14, 2014

      Hi Karen,

      thanks for your comment.
      I am sure you will like the plugin too as it makes scheduling wordpress posts really hassle free. Let me know how it works out for you.

      Cheers
      Torsten

  • Kim

    Reply Reply June 12, 2014

    This looks a nifty little tool, thanks for the share

    Kim
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    • Torsten

      Reply Reply June 13, 2014

      A pleasure, Kim.

      The WordPress Editorial Calendar is a nice little plugin that makes planning your posting schedule a breeze.

      Glad you like it.

      Cheers,
      Torsten
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  • Joseph Montes

    Reply Reply June 22, 2014

    Hey Hey Torsten! Thanks for the great article! I think I’ll try it out 🙂

    Have an AWESOME Sunday,
    Joseph
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