How to Track and Schedule your WordPress Blog Posts

Editorial calendars have been used for centuries in the publishing world. They are a great way to keep track of your blogging schedule and blog post ideas. If you look at your posts in your WordPress site, it does show you the status and date of the posts. The problem is a lot of bloggers have a schedule where they post on specific days of the week. Although WordPress does show the date that the post is scheduled, it’s not easy to tell which day of the week that is.
WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugin

WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugin

WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin

Now you why the WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin is so useful. It allows you to view all of your posts in an actual calendar, so you can see what day of the week they’re scheduled for, in addition to the date and the post status.

How to use the WordPress editorial calendar plugin

First up, you need to install the plugin and you do that the same way you install any other plugin in WordPress. From your WordPress Dashboard, go to Plugins, Add New. Do a search for Editorial calendar and you should see this editorial calendar plugin in the results. Click Install Now. When WordPress asks if you’re sure you want to install the plugin, click OK. And then click Activate Plugin.

So now if you hover over Posts in the left navigation menu, you’ll see the plugin has added a new sub-menu item called Calendar, and that is where your WordPress Editorial Calendar lives.

Click on Calendar and here you can see your blog’s editorial calendar. The editorial calendar shows you all of the posts that are scheduled for the month, whether they’re drafts, pending review, anything that’s scheduled.

Posts Calender

Posts Calender

Click on Screen Options at the top right of the page. And here you can decide what is shown and not shown, and how many weeks are shown at a time. Showing the author is really useful if you have multiple people submitting posts to your blog. That way you can keep track of who wrote it, when it’s going to be published and the status of the post. Status tells you if the post is scheduled, if it’s still a draft, or if it’s pending review. And the time of day obviously shows you the time of day the post is scheduled to be published.

Show in calender Cell

Show in Calendar Cell

If you want to view your Editorial calendar more or fewer weeks you can just change the number there. You can pick and choose from those screen options depending on what you want to see. Once you’ve chosen your screen options, click Apply to save your changes.

You can change the date that a post is scheduled by simply dragging and dropping it. This is a lot faster than going to the edit post screen and manually changing the date. You can just drag and drop posts around to different days to change when they’re published. If there’s a whole in the calendar that you need to fill, you can simply hover over the date on the calendar and click New Post.

Add New Post

Add New Post

You can type in a post title, start typing in the post text itself in the content box, and then set the time and status of the post. Obviously, you’ll probably need to go into the full post edit screen to add your categories and tags, but it’s a nice way to at least get the post started and get it on your editorial calendar. You can edit posts directly from the editorial calendar as well.

Best Features of Editorial Calender

Editorial Calender gives you the option to edit the title, the post content, the time and the post status. One of the favorite features of this plugin is the ability to see all of your unscheduled drafts. These are drafts of posts that haven’t yet been scheduled to be published. If you click Show Unscheduled Drafts in the top right, it brings up a list of all of those unscheduled posts. And from there you can simply drag and drop the posts from that unscheduled list over to your editorial calendar. And it will schedule the post to be published on that particular day.

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