Our clients would like to schedule changes made to a given page (for instance by displaying the link to register to an event).

Typically, the same page (/registration) should display (before the registration opening): "The registrations will be open by ..."

Once the time comes, the same page should display: "Registrer by clicking on this link..."

I tried to follow the below procedure, but it doesn't help: https://en.support.wordpress.com/schedule-a-page/

Is there a way to have 2 versions (or revision - one published and one as draft) where the draft version would become published automatically?

Or a way to have two different pages sharing the same url (one being published until a given date and the other one getting published right after the first gets unpublished)?

Preferably, this procedure should not involve a developer every time a bit of text is changed on a page.

Thanks in advance

3 Answers 3


you can do this with a shortcode like this

add_shortcode("custom_text_se282078", function ($attr, $content, $tag) {

    $result = "";

    if (date_i18n("H") > $attr["time"]) {
        $result = $attr["text_after"];
    } else {
        $result = $attr["text_before"];

    return $result;


with that you just have to put that in the page :

[custom_text_se282078 time="10" text_before="text before 10 h" text_after="texte after 10 h"]

  • it actually does the trick, but requires a developer to code and deploy the new short code, which is not "user friendly"
    – E. Jaep
    Oct 6, 2017 at 14:13
  • you don't explain what is "user friendly" in your inital question. can you give more details ?
    – mmm
    Oct 7, 2017 at 9:12
  • you are right, I'll edit de question. I meant without having to involve a developer every time we need to change a piece of text in the page.
    – E. Jaep
    Oct 9, 2017 at 9:27
  • 1
    Make it [display_between_time start="2017-10-09 15:00:00" start="2017-10-09 16:00:00"]Register now![/display_between_time] and check those dates against the current time to give full control to users. Just have multiple of those if you want to hide some and show other content.
    – janh
    Oct 9, 2017 at 10:05
  • I edit my answer, you can use parameters in the shortcode. in this parameters you can put links, post ID or other data.
    – mmm
    Oct 9, 2017 at 10:06

Based on @mmm answer, my code look like this:

    'start' => ''
), $attributes));

    'end' => ''
), $attributes));

if (($start_timestamp = strtotime($start)) === false) {
    $error = new WP_Error('unable to parse', 'Unable to parse start timestamp', $start);
    return '';

if (($end_timestamp = strtotime($end)) === false) {
    $error = new WP_Error('unable to parse', 'Unable to parse end timestamp', $end);
    return '';

$now = strtotime("now");

if($now>=$start_timestamp && $now<=$end_timestamp){
    return $content;
    return '';

If you want a non-shortcode based solution, the free Revisionary Plugin offers this functionality: https://wordpress.org/plugins/revisionary/

One important note: The plugin hasn't been updated in several years. I have used it in the past and it has worked well in the past. However, I don't know if it is still under active development.

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