A steady stream of updates is a great way to keep your site’s audience engaged and to keep your search engine “friends” paying attention to your ever-growing collection of quality site content. But creativity and opportunity aren’t always constant commodities for the aspiring blogger. One common tactic is to use those productive periods to write articles in advance (either in part or in whole) and then release them later, either through Scheduling or manually. These posts aren’t available or visible to the public until the appointed time, however, making their existence kind of a mystery… but they don’t have to be.
Did you know you can create a teaser preview of your future posts using some simple code in WordPress?
The following code can be inserted directly into a template file, directly into the sidebar.php file or even use it to create a widget which you can then position just like any other widget in the WordPress Appearances.
<span class=”datetime”><?php the_time(‘j. F Y’); ?></span></p>
<?php endwhile; else: ?><p>There are no future posts currently scheduled.</p><?php endif; ?>
In the first line you can define the maximum number of posts to retrieve and you can modify it to suit your needs.
Readers will be able to see the title of the post as well as the date it will be published, but they will not be able to click on it or view the pending post in any way. If you are an authorized administrator, editor, etc of the WordPress site, you will also see an editing link which will allow you to access the pending post and modify it as desired without going back through the WordPress Dashboard.
You can further customize this code using HTML/CSS to make it match your site.
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