I have a lot of posts everyday to publish. Now, I am thinking to schedule all those posts which I saved them as drafts. So, I tried to make a custom post scheduler. Here is what I tried,

$time = strtotime('+5 min');  

$args = array('post_type' => 'post','post_status' => 'draft');                  
$draft_posts = get_posts( $args );

foreach($draft_posts as $posts) {
$my_post = array(
      'ID'           => $posts->ID,
      'post_date'    => date('Y-m-d H:i:s', $time),
      'post_status'  => 'future');
$my_post->edit_date = true;
wp_update_post( $my_post );
$time += 5400;                                   // every 1.5 hr

As soon as I run this, all drafts are published instantly at same time, rather than an interval of 1.5 hr. Can anyone please tell where is the problem?

  • There is option on post at the backend wordpress dashboard from where you can publish posts the option is publish on there you can set the date and time for the post to publish – Vikas Gautam Sep 17 '13 at 11:46
  • I have around 100-125 posts, so it would be difficult for all to perform what you told. – busyjax Sep 17 '13 at 11:48
  • you need to use jquery to show posts after some time gape but that is other way to delay the post post will publish at same time this way but not display on front end before the given time by jquery. – Vikas Gautam Sep 17 '13 at 11:52
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    @Vickey you can schedule posts in this way. By setting a future date WordPress will label it 'scheduled' and it will be published after that date. busyjax, however, WordPress' "cron job" handling is not precise, and so batches of posts may be published together rather than every 90 minutes. That can be fixed using a genuine cron-job. – Stephen Harris Sep 17 '13 at 11:57

You're treating $my_post as an array, and then an object. Try moving 'edit_date' into the array.

Also keep in mind that 'post_date' should be in your blog's timezone. date will give the date-time in UTC timezone. See date_i18n() (codex: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/date_i18n).

From what I can see, everything else is corret.

  • Thanks Stephen, after playing, I found that same you pointed about edit date. – busyjax Sep 17 '13 at 13:19

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