Last year, we showed you how to schedule your posts in WordPress. We wanted to help you save time in the blogging process.

Then something happened.

WordPress upgraded to version 3.5. Authors were left scrambling, trying to figure out how to use the new system.


For the most part, things were the same. But then I started getting emails from authors who couldn’t find the new “Schedule post” section.

Here’s how to schedule your posts in WordPress 3.5

1. Find the publishing box on the right side of the text box. 

Notice that there aren’t any drop down boxes, just buttons. This is what many authors are finding confusing.

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2. Save as a draft or save as pending review.

This first example is how to save a draft as “pending review.”

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Under the “publish” section on the right hand side is the “save draft” button. Underneath that is the “edit” button. You’ll want to click that. A drop-down menu will appear and you will see the “pending review.”

The “pending review” posts are ones that are done but need a second look before you publish them. It’s always a good idea to keep this folder stocked. You never know when live will happen and you won’t be able to get around to writing what’s on your editorial calendar.


  • Bam! I just learned how to schedule my @WordPress posts. Vacation, here I come! – Click to tweet.
  • My productivity just spiked. Thanks, @AuthorMedia. – Click to tweet.
  • The “pending review” folder is going to be my new best friend. – Click to tweet.
  • Scheduling ahead is smart. Life happens. Be prepared. – Click to tweet.
  • Spend some time getting to know @WordPress. – Click to tweet.

3. Schedule ahead.

Once you have your pending posts polished, schedule them for publication. Try saying that fast five times!

Click the “edit” button next to the publish section. This will reveal a calendar.

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It’s important that you check the dates carefully. It’s easy to mix them up. One person  at our office (it may have been me) wrote a blog post and accidentally back-dated it by two years. Yes, those kind of mistakes happen, even with the professionals.

Spend time getting to know WordPress 3.5. You don’t need a lot of editorial plug-ins to make it work. The platform is powerful out of the box, which is why most professional author websites are powered by WordPress.

We have websites that will fit your needs – whatever stage you are at in the writing journey. Here’s what some of our clients have to say about their websites. Ready to get your own professional author website? Let us know. We’d love to help.

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