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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 "PublishPress Revisions". 

PublishPress Revisions is the plugin for managing WordPress revisions and this is one of its most useful features.

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

 enable scheduled revisions

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. 


Guide to Scheduling Revisions

  • Find a post that is currently published.
  • Make some changes to your post. This will be 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 (Jan 28, 2018).

 current revision

  • Change this "Publish" option to a date in the future. This is when your revision will go live:

2020 revision

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

schedule revisiob button

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

scheduled revision

On the main “Revisions” screen, you will be able to see your revision:

  • The "Status" column is marked as "Scheduled".
  • The "Schedule" column has the date when your revision will go live.

revisions queue


More about PublishPress Revisions

PublishPress Revisions is a great plugin for people who want to approve content changes on their site.

You can get the Free version on WordPress.org. There's also a Pro version available on PublishPress.com.


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.