Is there a way to backdate posts on WordPress?

The reason is that I am migrating content over from another site and want to keep their original publishing dates.


The content is being migrated manually from a non-wordpress website

  • You've written a comment in both places saying you can't set a publish date to 2011. Why not? That's a standard feature of WordPress ... so are you getting an error? Or is there another reason? Both answers are sufficient for a typical WP installation, so without more info on why they don't work for you, there's not much more we can offer.
    – EAMann
    Jan 31, 2012 at 18:49
  • I have just reinstalled WordPress, and the year area is now there. No wonder I was confused about how to do it. Jan 31, 2012 at 21:35

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To manually edit publish date, click the Edit link in the Publish box when editing a post and set the date to whatever you'd like.

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  • Doesn't WordPress preserve publish dates when using the import tool? Jan 31, 2012 at 16:37
  • @StephenHarris - I imagine it would, though I have no experience with it personally. It wasn't clear how the content was being migrated.
    – Milo
    Jan 31, 2012 at 16:45
  • @Milo edited question for clarity. I cannot backdate posts to 2011 in the WordPress publish menu Jan 31, 2012 at 16:47
  • @Graeme Hutchison - what happens when you try, does the date not update? can you change month and day, just not year?
    – Milo
    Jan 31, 2012 at 16:53
  • There's a difference between modification and creation date.
    – kaiser
    Jan 31, 2012 at 17:52

You can set the date of any post to any time (setting it to the future will publish the post in the future at the date you set!) Here's what I mean:

If you go to edit a post, you should see this, and here is what to do as well:

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  • I cannot set the date to a date in the past. Jan 31, 2012 at 16:47

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