Sep 172008
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Welcome to the fifth installment of my Wonderful WordPress Wednesday series.

This week we’re going to take take our WordPress blogs into the future! Okay, not literally, but figuratively. Well, maybe not figuratively either, but. Well, just read on…

I’ve been kind of obsessed with the idea of “one-a-day” blogs of late. My original idea was “MyDailyTs” which would present a different t-shirt each day, highlighting its merits and offering direct links for its purchase. These links would, of course, be affiliate links in order to compensate me for my time and effort. Despite two false starts this concept still has not gotten off the ground. Several other ‘MyDailyWhatevers’ have followed, in concept at least.  The latest being Confirmed Celebrity Addresses (which isn’t living up to expectations) and On-Ride Videos (which isn’t even ‘officially‘ open until October 1st).

My biggest problem with these projects was that in order to make them real-world feasible I would have to write somewhere between a week’s worth and a month’s worth of posts in advance, publish them, and let WordPress actually post them to the site as their time stamp rolled around. With Z not having computer access at home and her blogging job requiring a minimum of four posts per week, spread out over that week, she’s needed to write in to the future as well.  However, when doing these we ‘future posts’ we kept running into the problem of remembering just how far into the future we had posted and what days (if any) we were missing between now and then.

I did a lot of Google searches for “increment WordPress posting date” and similar queries trying to find a WordPress plugin or hack that would automatically incremement the date of a post to the first day without an existing post on the Write > Post page, but all came to naught.  Then, entirely by accident (or was it serendipity?) yesterday I came across Aaron Harun’s Future Posts Calendar Plugin which accomplishes my goal even beter than I had imagined!  In fact, I’m using it while writing this very post as can be seen in the screenshot (above).

You see that box on the right labeled “Future Post Dates” with the calendar?  Under the “Post Timestamp”?  Well, that’s what this plugin provides.  Okay, it’s not very impressive there, but that’s because I just started using it.  What happens is that when you want to set your Timestamp to a future date you just click on the date you want your post to appear and it enters it into the Timestamp box. Not very impressive, I know.  You could just as easily type in the date yourself.  However, that’s just a simple little functionality bonus.  The REAL power comes in to play when you already have a bunch of future posts entered.

Check out this screenshot from my Amusement Park Ride Photos blog.  See those green boxes on some of the dates?  Those indicate when I already have posts scheduled for future publication.  So now, when I want to schedule the next post “in line” for my “Daily” blogs, I just have to click on the first non-green number and don’t even need to particularly worry about the date itself!  WooHoo!!

When this plugin was first released, one of the foremost authorities on WordPress, Lorelle, commented-

I’ve been looking for something like this for YEARS. This has been a feature of WordPress that has annoyed me since the beginning, forcing me to check the Manage Posts panel before hitting the Write Post panel all the time. HATE IT!

So thank you muches and I’m eager to give this a try.

Can’t ask for a much higher recommendation than that!

But Aaron wasn’t satisfied just letting the bloggers themselves peer into the future (and neither am I). No, he went on to develop the Sneak Peeks Widget which allows a blogger to promote their upcoming posts in the sidebar of their blog!  You can see this one in action by checking out my Roller Coaster Videos site and looking in the right sidebar.  While I’m not sure that I’ll be integrating that widget here at Philaahzophy, where I tend to write things off the top of my head,  it’s perfect for many of my more niche blogs where I am more prone to schedule content.  I may, however start using it here to promote the next installment in each of my weekly series.

Not only will the Sneak Peek plugin encourage readers to revisit your blog in the near future and/or increase RSS subscription numbers, but it can also help with SEO.  This is because the keyowrds in the title of the future posts will be read by the Googlebot and other search engine spiders even before the posts themselves go live, thus having them associated with your site that much earlier!

One final look into the future before closing this installment of Wonderful WordPress Wednesday. Next week’s installment will cover making your category and tag pages both more attractive and more functional for both you and your guests.  Assuming that is, that time-constraints and web hosting problems don’t, once again, get in the way.  See you in the future!

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  6 Responses to “Can Your WordPress Blog See The Future? Mine Can!”

  1. Wow. That is cool, and could definatley come in handy!

    Zairas last blog post..I MET MILEY CYRUS!!!!!!!!

  2. @Zaira: I’ve been using it less than a week and am already madly in love with it 🙂

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  5. Hey, my blog really can see the future!

    Well… as much as anything can at this point in our evolution. 🙂

    Thanks for the plugin tips… Have you found a newer plugin that does what the Sneak Peak plugin does? That’s a sweet idea, but I’m wary of comments discussing troubleshooting from 2-5 years ago. 😛

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