Scheduling updates to posts?

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  • #1001014

    Is it possible to schedule updates to a post to come into effect at a certain time? I’m hoping to post a feature in five instalments tomorrow. I’ve scheduled the first one, but I want to make updates at two-hourly intervals during the day. Can I schedule these, too, or do I have to put them in manually?
    Blog url: http://nickywellsklippert.wordpress.com/

    The blog I need help with is nickywellsklippert.wordpress.com.

    #1001113

    timethief
    Member

    Scheduled posts http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/schedule-a-post/ don’t actually appear until someone visits the blog after the scheduled time of publication. For an explanation see what Staff (macmanx) has said here > https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/scheduled-posts-not-working?replies=16#post-612910

    #1001115

    That’s interesting, I didn’t realise that: thank you! But that’s not my question. My question is: Assume a post is scheduled and gets triggered and therefore publishes, asn macmanx rightly says is likely to happen.

    I would like to schedule an UPDATE to that post to come live about two hours later (when someone visits, I understand) and another one to come live two hours after that, and so on. I’m writing an evolutionary piece and don’t want to give it all away at once. :-)

    #1001116

    timethief
    Member

    Yes, you can schedule multiple individual posts to follow that are updates to the original post.

    #1001122

    So how does that work, and what does that look like? Is it all going to be in one single post in the end, or will I have five separate posts? Thank you so much for your patience, I am still learning this (even after a year) X

    #1001129

    timethief
    Member

    It will be five separate posts. However, as I don’t use this feature any more I have flagged this thread for a Staff response to your queries.

    #1001137

    Thank you for taking the time to talk me through this. I’d rather not have it as five separate posts so it looks like my best option is to ‘manually’ update the post throughout the day… unless the Staff response has another solution. x

    #1001138

    timethief
    Member

    I agree that manually updating the post is probably sounds as if it’s more attractive. However, the email to subscribers is only sent when we originally publish a post, not when we update it.

    #1001139

    That’s fine, I’ll ‘signpost’ the updates and I’ve got the tweets in hand. There’s no limit to how often and how extensively I can ‘manually’ update a post, is there?

    #1001140

    raincoaster
    Member

    No, none.

    #1001143

    Thanks!!! Actually, one last question. What happens to the post while I’m in it, editing and updating? Will it be offline, or will visitors see the ‘old’ version until I’m done, even while I’m working on it?

    #1001146

    raincoaster
    Member

    Visitors see the old version until the new one is actually posted.

    #1001148

    timethief
    Member

    @raincoaster
    Thanks for wading in here. I removed the flagging for Staff.

    #1001150

    Thank you both. I think I’m all set. Book launch day tomorrow… whoot. You’ve been a great help. :-)

    #1001151

    timethief
    Member

    You’re welcome and best wishes with your launch. :)

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