A few months back, we took a look at WP Scheduled Posts, a convenient tool that lets you manage all of your WordPress posts from a great-looking calendar view.
It lets you use drag-and-drop to rearrange your content as needed. And you can also create or edit content right from the calendar view.
Since our first post in July, the team behind WP Scheduled Posts has been working on new features, like a social media auto-poster to help you share your content on Facebook and Twitter.
In this post, we’re going to take a fresh look at WP Scheduled Posts with an eye specifically on those new features.
If you like what you see, WP Scheduled Posts has a great AppSumo deal running for a limited time, which is definitely worth checking out. You can get lifetime access for use on up to 5 sites for just $39 or use on limited sites for $117.
WP Scheduled Posts: What the Plugin Does
In case you missed our previous look at WP Scheduled Posts, we covered the core features in its initial release:
- A calendar view dashboard where you can view all your posts and use drag-and-drop to rearrange them.
- A dashboard widget that lists all of your upcoming posts in the main Dashboard area.
- An auto-scheduling tool to automatically suggest scheduling dates/times based on your preferences. For example, you can say you want “2 posts on Monday between 12 pm and 8 pm” and WP Scheduled Posts will handle it for you in a way that makes sense.
- A “missed schedule” handler to fix situations where WP cron might make you miss a post’s scheduled time. Basically, WP cron only fires when you have a visitor. So if you don’t have a visitor around the scheduled time, WordPress won’t be able to publish the post by default.
All those features are still there. But in this post, we’re going to focus on the “new” stuff, which includes…
- Social media auto-posting. You can automatically share new content on Facebook and/or Twitter and configure the template that WP Scheduled Posts uses.
- The ability to schedule content from multiple post types, which is great if your WordPress site relies on custom post types. For example, if you have a WooCommerce store, you can publish products to go live at specific times.
- A new setup wizard to help you configure all the plugin’s settings.
Let’s take a look at the new features…
A New Helpful Setup Wizard
In the latest version of WP Scheduled Posts, the plugin will launch a getting started wizard as soon as you activate it.
This wizard helps you configure all the important basics for how the plugin functions.
First, you can choose whether or not to display information from the plugin in various areas, like the WordPress toolbar and main dashboard area:
Next, you can choose which post types the plugin supports. Again, the ability to support multiple post types is a new addition and one that’s really convenient.
For example, depending on how your site is set up, you could use your calendar to manage the schedules for…
- eCommerce products
- Job posts
The real-world applications of this are really neat.
Beyond supporting custom post types, you can also choose which categories to show and which user roles have access to the plugin. For example, you could give your editors access to help them manage your content efforts:
Next up, you can choose your preferred scheduling approach from two options:
- Auto Scheduler – enter how many posts you want for each day of the week plus a time range and let WP Scheduled Posts handle the rest. WP Scheduled Posts will automatically suggest schedules that match your preference. For example, you want one post on weekdays between 12 pm and 6 pm.
- Manual Scheduler – enter the specific days and times to publish content. For example, you want a post every single Tuesday at exactly noon.
Here’s what the Auto Scheduler looks like. Note how you can enter a unique number of posts for each day and set the time range for when posts can be published:
And with the Manual Scheduler, you can enter the exact time(s) of day for each day of the week:
If you go with the Manual Scheduler, you can also enable the Missed Schedule tool, which helps make sure your content still gets published if WordPress misses the publish date for some reason. For example, your site not getting a visit to trigger WP Cron.
Finally, you can set up social integration, which I’ll save for its own dedicated section because it’s one of the biggest new features:
And that’s it for the scheduler! Let’s take a look at some other new features.
A Brand New Calendar View
It still shows the same information as previous versions, but I think the interface is a little nicer:
As before, you can still:
- See all of your past and upcoming content for the month on the calendar.
- View a list of unscheduled drafts (it’s on the left side now).
- Use drag-and-drop to rearrange content on the calendar or drag content to/from the unscheduled list.
- Quickly edit or create content right from the calendar view.
For example, here’s what it looks like to “quick edit” or create a piece of content from the calendar view.
Social Media Autoposting on Facebook and Twitter
One of the biggest new features is the ability to automatically share newly-published posts on Facebook or Twitter.
To enable this functionality, you’ll need to create a Facebook and/or Twitter app, which was what you saw in the setup wizard above.
Once you’ve set up your app, you can then go to Scheduled Posts → Social Templates to configure the share template for both Facebook and Twitter.
Using variables, you can dynamically include a piece of content’s…
You can also include a piece of content’s category with the tags:
Currently, WP Scheduled Posts shares your content on social media as soon as it’s published.
Support for Custom Post Types
I showed you this during the setup wizard, but another neat new feature is the ability to schedule content from custom post types.
For example, you can see that I’ve added Product as a supported post type at my WooCommerce store:
Now, when I create a new product, WP Scheduled Posts will suggest a schedule date:
WP Scheduled Posts will also add a new “Calendar” sub-menu to that custom post type where you can manage the schedule for just that post type.
For example, I can now go to Products → Calendar to manage the publishing calendar for just my WooCommerce products:
Similarly, to manage the calendar for just your blog posts, you could go to Posts → Calendar and so on.
Get Started With WP Scheduled Posts Today
As you can see, the WP Scheduled Posts developers haven’t been resting on their laurels and are continuously improving the product.
Overall, it’s a really neat tool that can be helpful for anyone with a busy WordPress site.
The addition of custom post type support also makes WP Scheduled Posts helpful beyond just blogs and I believe there are lots of custom content WordPress sites who could benefit from this.
If you want to get started with WP Scheduled Posts, there’s a limited free version at WordPress.org that gets you access to the calendar and manual scheduling.
Then, if you want access to the auto-scheduler, social media auto-posting, and custom post type support, you’ll need to go Pro:
- 1 site – $39
- 5 sites – $59
- 25 sites – $149
- 100 sites – $299
Each plan comes with one year of support and updates. You can also get a 25% discount when you renew your license.
Limited Time Offer with AppSumo!
For a limited time, WP Scheduled Posts also has an AppSumo deal running that gets you lifetime access to the plugin with the following pricing:
- 5 sites – $39
- 10 sites – $78
- Unlimited sites – $117
If you’re interested in the premium version, that AppSumo deal is obviously pretty dang attractive! Not only is it cheaper per site, but you also get a lifetime license vs a one-year license with the normal pricing.
If you’re interested in getting started, grab the AppSumo deal now! (Again, the AppSumo deal is only available for a limited time.)