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Are Your WordPress Blogs Publishing Future-Dated Posts Correctly?

By Gary Nugent

I have a number of blogs that contain future-dated posts. This means I can set and forget the blog in the knowledge that WordPress will publish the posts on their specified dates.

Until, that is, WordPress 2.9.x arrived on the scene…

Suddenly, some of the posts in my blogs started showing up as ‘Missed Schedule’ instead of ‘Published’. Now, if you’ve not heard of this, it’s an incredibly annoying problem with WordPress where posts that are scheduled to be published don’t actually get published and instead get put into the ‘Missed Schedule’ status.

Helpful as ever, WordPress possesses no quick way of converting posts in such a status into their correct ‘Published’ status. No, you have to do a Quick Edit on every affected post and manually change its status to ‘Published’. This isn’t too much of an issue if you only have a few posts that need to be fixed. However, if you have a lot of posts on a lot of blogs, it would take forever to update them all.

The future-dated blogs I had on my Webhost4SEO account were affected. One excellent feature of their accounts is that they provide you with multiple Class C IP addresses (having multiple IP addresses means you can spread your sites around so if Google takes a dislike to one of them, they aren’t all tarred with the same brush). I also host blogs on Hostgator and, disappointingly, I found that they too were impaired by the ‘Missed Schedule’ problem.

A bit of research has shown that the ‘Missed Schedule’ posts problem affect more bloggers than I would have imagined. The first reports of it appearing were just after WordPress 2.7 was made available. If seems that in the rush to get WP 2.9.0 out, some bugs crept into the cron code. Supposedly, these were corrected in WP 2.9.1, yet people continue to suffer from the bug.

Ok, there must be a fix for this, mustn’t there?

Don’t expect a fix from the Wordress developers who appear to be oblivious to the issue. Fixes have only been provided by the blogging community themselves.

Several fixes have been made available over the last year. However, everyone’s case seems to be different. All the fixes I tried have worked for someone but not all fixes work for everyone. You’ll need to try several fixes to find the one that works for you. And your setup depends on what version of WordPress you’re using, what webhosting company you’re with, what kind of hosting package you have, and the capabilities of the webserver you’ve been assigned.

So prepare to get down and dirty with WordPress to fix blogs affected by ‘Missed Schedule’ posts!

You can find out what solutions I tried to fix the WordPress Missed Schedule posts issue on my future-dated blogs.

Gary Nugent has been making a full-time living online since 2004. In that time, he’s launched a number of products. He continues to help people by providing tips and advice on his blog.

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Nugent, Gary "Are Your WordPress Blogs Publishing Future-Dated Posts Correctly?." Are Your WordPress Blogs Publishing Future-Dated Posts Correctly?. 22 Jun. 2010. 1 Aug 2014 <>.

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