Schedule Posts In WordPress

Wordpress post schedulingTame the rollercoaster. Do you create a flurry of articles as you nurture your creative process? Some of us must have the time and focus to sit down and develop a series of articles, optimized for our websites and totally congruent with our overall message.

Although many writers discipline themselves to write an article on Tuesday and Friday mornings, the norm seems to be the creative rollercoaster. You can tame the rollercoaster by scheduling your articles to post using the WordPress post scheduling. Here’s how:

pub1If you use the native WordPress posts authoring interface, select the “Edit” link next to “Publish Immediately” It will open to a dialog to give you the option to post in the future. Select the date and time to publish and then select “OK”. Hit the "Publish" button when you have completed the post to publish at the desired time and date.

You can also change the publish date to a date in the past to back-date posts. Change the settings to the desired time and date and select “OK”.

If you use a local client like Microsoft’s Live Writer to create and post your articles, select “Set post date” to schedule. That’s all there is to it.

Paying It Forward With WordPress MU

If you arrived here from pumprecord.com, you are at the right place. Please read on. Several months ago, WordPress MU, most famous for being the power behind wordpress.com and a host of other premium websites on the web, became my software choice for a multi user, multi site product offering designed for me to give back something to an industry that I grew up in.

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I love the WordPress “Freemium” model used to capture an amazingly large user base at wordpress.com, so much so that I used the model for pumprecord.com, a multi user site devoted to offering free web space to owners and managers of concrete pumping equipment. The intention was to provide a mechanism to store documents

My value proposition although simple and clearly stated on the main page of the site, apparently was no match for the current state of the construction industry in the US and other parts of the world.

“pumprecord.com makes insurance, sales and equipment records easily available to your present and future customers by providing a Secure Documents Site, where your customers can download your documents. Not only is our service free, but you also control the look, feel, location and security of your unique site. If you were to add secure document sharing to your own website, you would spend thousands of dollars on new website development and increased hosting charges.

My motivation for building the enterprise was to promote safety and transparency in the concrete pumping industry. I was hopeful to gain enough advertising income to cover the investment of time and resources into the project. However, I had no illusions about the difficulty of obtaining advertisers.

I’m thankful for the the support of  Todd Bullis, the pioneer of the “webification” of concrete pumping, who graciously offered to provide some exposure for pumprecord.com early on. To be fair, there was quite a bit of interest, primarily from the UK and Australia; but, I did not anticipate the terrible toll that the economic crisis was and still is taking on the very people that might use pumprecord.com

So, I’m reallocating my resources. However, if you found your way here from pumprecord.com. please know that the offer still stands. I am interested in helping out anyone that wants to make their records available online to their customers and potential customers, without charge. Just contact me and we can talk.

If you are considering a similar endeavor, look no further than WordPress MU. It operated flawlessly. I would not hesitate to use WordPress MU in my next multi site project. And now a screenshot for old times sake.

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Secure WordPress With Proactive Upgrade Management

Frank Corso wrote an excellent plugin called Quote Master. It adds a widget that displays random quotes, as well as others features, which I’ve used to display "Murphy’s Law" on my sidebar for some time now. With a bit of a hack, I added my "Murphy’s Law" tidbits by replacing Frank’s quotes.

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With Frank’s latest plugin release, his architecture completely changed, so I’ve removed "Murphy’s Law" from my site for a while. This situation got me to thinking about my view of WordPress security and the necessity to proactively perform upgrades.

Once upon a time, the upgrading ordeal consumed much of my time. Today, thanks to Matt and team, upgrading is a breeze. My favorite quote from Matt’s article, "How to Keep WordPress Secure" reads like this:

“A stitch in time saves nine. Upgrading is a known quantity of work, and one that the WordPress community has tried its darndest to make as easy as possible with one-click upgrades. Fixing a hacked blog, on the other hand, is quite hard. Upgrading is taking your vitamins; fixing a hack is open heart surgery. (This is true of cost, as well.)”

I use "Upgrade Notification by Email" By Konrad Karpieszuk  to send me a daily notification if any of my WordPress installations are out of date. I believe in proactively upgrading the WordPress core as well as plugins and themes, so much so that I will loose functionality such as Murphy’s Law, for a brief time.

If I manage your WordPress installations, you can rest assured that your WordPress will be up to date and secure. If I don’t manage your WordPress installations, contact me.