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How to Schedule a Revision to Go Live in WordPress

One OSTraining user asked us this week if it was possible to schedule a revision to go live in the future. This would be very helpful if you need to automatically update a Post on a future date.

This is possible in WordPress thanks to a plugin called "Revisionary". Revisionary is the plugin for managing WordPress revisions and this is one of it's most useful features.

  • Install Revisionary from WordPress.org.
  • Go to Settings > Revisionary.
  • On this screen, make sure that the “Scheduled Revisions” box is checked.

Now that's done, you're ready to create a scheduled revision. Please note that you can only do this with content that is marked as “Published” status. 

Video guide to Scheduling Revisions

Text and Image Guide to Scheduling Revisions

  • Make some changes to your post. This will the content for your scheduled revision.
  • In the right sidebar of your post, look for the “Publish” date. Currently this shows you when the post was published.

change publish date

Now you change this option to a date in the future. This is when your revision will go live:

change publish date 1

  • After you change the date successfully, the blue “Update” button will change to read “Schedule Revision”. Click this blue button.

Scheduled revision saved

  • You willl now see the message, “Your modification was saved as a Scheduled Revision.”

revision saved

  • On the main “Posts” screen, you will be able to see both the current version and the future revision. The future revision will be marked as “(revision)” and as “Scheduled. After the revision goes live, you will go back to seeing only one version of the post.

scheduled revision

More on Revisionary

If you like the look of Revisionary, check out our post, "How to moderate and schedule revisions in WordPress".

About the author

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.