The Internet doesn’t sleep so while you may blogging under the North Star your readers may be blogging under the Southern Cross, and reaching your blog audience is all about timely communication.
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A blog is a website that showcases regularly published articles by displaying them in reverse chronological order on the front page. If your blog posts are not displaying in reverse chronological order the issue is likely to be a timezone (date) issue or a sticky posts issue.
Setting Your Timezone
The default timezone for WordPress blogs is Universal Coordinated Universal Time, UTC. You can reset your blog’s timezone here > Settings > General. Select the closest city to you in the same timezone in the drop-down menu you see there and then click “save changes”.
Setting Your date and Time Format
On all free hosted WordPress.com blogs the date of publication is embedded in each post URL and there is no ability to change permanent structure on your blog. However, whether or not the date and time are additionally display next to post titles or in metadata varies from theme to theme.
Eliminating Date and/or Time Display
Posts, which are always associated with a date, are what make your blog a blog. They’re servings of content that are listed in reverse chronological order (newest to oldest) on your blog’s front page.
If you choose to have a page based website then you may wish to hide any datestamps and timestamps that your theme is designed to display. If that’s the case then you have not one but three choices.
1. Switch to using a theme that is not designed to display a datestamp and/or timestamp.
2. Continue to use the theme designed to display a datestamp and/or timestamp but purchase an annually renewable custom design upgrade and use CSS editing to hide the datestamp and/or timestamp.
3. Continue to use the theme but replace the datestamp and/or timestamp with a decorative element. Note that although this post refers to eliminating the time stamp display but you can use it to eliminate date stamp display too.
Special note: If your theme does not provide a timestamp and you do want one to display you may be able to compel one to appear.
Scheduled Post Publication
WordPress blogs also have a scheduled posts feature that provides you with the ability to create posts in advance and have them automatically publish on future dates. The same feature can also be used to backdate posts which can be useful if you are publishing a historical blog.Watch the “Publishing your post at a later date” video from WordPress.tv.
Time setting for a scheduled post is a 24 hour clock setting so keep that in mind when you enter your selections. Note also that scheduled post publication is triggered by the first visitor clicking into your blog after the date and time your post was scheduled for. The notation on the post will still state it was posted on the time and date that you specify, but it will not actually publish until a visitor to your blog triggers publication.