Schedule Or Backdate a Blog Post

By Courtney

In WordPress you have the ability to schedule posts for the future, but you can also backdate them as well. The backdate feature is very handy if you are starting a new blog and adding a lot of content at once. You can backdate the posts so that they don’t appear to all be published on the same day.

Below are 3 tutorials – one using the classic editor (WordPress 4.9 and under), another using the latest version of WordPress with the Gutenberg editor (WordPress 5.0 and higher), and one changing the date from the posts menu page.

Change the Post Date in the Editor

  1. Create or edit a blog post

Classic Editor

  1. Under the Publish menu on the right side, click on the “Edit” link under the Published on: line.
  1. Change the date to the one of your choosing and click on the Update button.

Gutenberg Editor

  1. Under the Publish menu on the right side, click on the current date shown.
  1. Change the date to the one of your choosing and click on the Update button.
  1. Save your changes

Change the Post Date From the Post Menu

  1. From the “Posts” menu find the blog post you want to edit the date for
  2. Click on the “Quick Edit” under the blog title
  3. Update the date and time to your choosing.
  4. Click the update button to save your changes.

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