Have you ever wondered if you can back date your posts in WordPress? Maybe you are moving a blog from one domain to another and want to back date all your posts. This is possible and it’s actually very easy to do within your WordPress dashboard.
Back Dating a Post
The first thing you will need to do is log into WordPress. Then, go to the post edit screen to either create a new post or to edit an older post.
After you have found the post you want to back date, you will need to access the “Publish” section.
From here, you will need to click on the “edit” link next to Publish Immediately. Here you will be able to adjust the date and time for the post. Once you have chosen the date and time you prefer, just click the “Update” or “Publish” button.
This will cause the post to be placed at an earlier date, which will drop it down the list of posts. When you try to access this post, it will move to the date you chose on the list.
You can use this type of option to publish a post without it showing up on the front page. Since you will be publishing it with an older date, it will not appear on the front page, but instead later in the order of your archives.
Showing the Last Date a Post was Updated
You may think it’s a good idea to remove the date altogether. However, this isn’t a good idea and won’t help you with the search engines. Some try to use it to trick the search engines, but it’s never a good idea and won’t help your SEO.
Instead, you can show the last updated date for the post by adding a simple piece of code not your loop.php or single.php file. Just locate the code showing the date of the post and replace it with:
Now you can back date posts on any WordPress website. This will help you get the most out of your posts and keep anything off the front page you don’t want to display on it.