Backdating posts by email
I post almost exclusively by email, and I often can’t email for a few days after the date I would like my posts to be timestamped for. This means until I can get to a computer and adjust the timestamp in the dashboard, my posts are mis-dated or even out of order. I like all the shortcodes wordpress has for posting by email, but it would be wonderful if you could add a timestamp one (i.e. [timestamp date=”mmddyyy” time=”hhmm”] or something like that).
I’ve seen the [delay] shortcode, but I haven’t had much luck getting it to accept negative values for backdating (i.e. [delay -1 day] )?
The blog I need help with is pctforpeace.wordpress.com.
Is this the blog in question? http://pctforpeace.wordpress.com
I’ll cut to the chase and tell you this.The permalink structure includes the date of publication. Changing it means you render the original URL which will have been indexed by the Google bots as a 404 (page not found) dead, b0rked, broken link. this is a self-defeating approach for any blogger to take as it will kill your blog traffic, reduce any possibility of backlinks from other bloggers, and render your blog’s ability to achieve a PageRank as “crippled”.
Please tell me why you are doing this so we can find a better approach to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve than this one.
Hmm, that’s a consequence I hadn’t considered. My situation is this: I’m hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and post by email, but often don’t get into a service area until several days after I’ve crafted my post. I want my posts to reflect the date the text is talking about, but as I said above, I can’t figure out how to set the correct timestamp via email.
PageRank isn’t *that* important to me (although I am fundraising so I suppose it’s not good if I have a bunch of dead links).
Why not edit the posts and insert a date at the very beginning of the post and leave the URLs alone?
I’m not quite sure what you mean — just include the date in the text? No offense, but that seems like kind of a clunky workaround. There really is no solution to this?
I’m sorry but I don’t have any other suggestions to make.
Thanks anyway… guess I’ll ask support =)
Best wishes for finding a solution for changing date stamps in URLs that doesn’t create 404’s – I’m sorry but I don’t know of any.
I’m not sure if this resolves the permalink issue, but I’ve found a solution. The [delay] code WILL accept negative values in the form of [delay x y ago] where ‘x’ is a number and ‘y’ is a unit of time (hour/days/weeks etc.) This requires some mental calculation, as the timestamp seems to be based on GMT, but it works.
Since this method is done simultaneous with publication, maybe it doesn’t mess up the permalink/generate a 404?
I found this handy guide to strtotime values (which the [delay] code uses) at the following link if anyone else is interested in this problem:
I believe that WOULD be a successful workaround. I’m teaching someone this afternoon who’s going on a journey to India and will need to know this. Thanks for figuring it out!
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