Scheduling your blog posts to go live automatically is a real time saver if you don’t have time every day to write the next day’s post. Use the plugin WordPress Editorial Calendar, and you get a great visual understanding of what posts you have scheduled. Nicole turned me on to this plugin, and it’s great! Whenever you get time to write, you can schedule out a week or month’s worth of posts, and see them on the calendar.
But what happens if those blogs never get posted?
This happened to me the other day. I had a post all set and ready to go live at 5 A.M. and my MailPoet newsletter was scheduled to send new posts to my subscribers at 6 A.M. However, WordPress slept through the alarm clock and never posted. My newsletter never went out because there was no new content. You never got to experience my creative genius that day. Bummer, right?
This isn’t a new problem; the Missed Schedule error has been around for years. I could link all kinds of technical mumbo-jumbo about cron jobs and scheduling, but it’s really not necessary. Not to mention, if you’ve had this happen to you before, I’m sure you really just want to know how to fix it. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, I suggest being proactive and installing this plugin if you intend on scheduling posts. Just to be safe.
The Fix: This little plugin will check your posting schedule every 5 minutes, every day, to make sure WordPress didn’t miss the bus. You won’t even know it’s there.