Default Post Date and Time


When you create a new post in WordPress, the publish date is set to ‘immediately’, this plugin allows you more control over this behaviour and set a date or time of your choosing.

For example, you can choose to have new posts scheduled for:

  • first Tuesday of next month at 5:30pm
  • next Monday at 09:00
  • Friday at 19:30

Any format that PHP’s (strtotime)[] function can understand can be used.

Settings are on a per user basis, just go to your profile page!

This code is released under the GPL v2, see license.txt for details.


  • A screenshot of the admin settings page.
  • A screenshot of the user settings page.


  1. Extract the archive file into your plugins directory in the default-post-datetime folder.
  2. Activate the plugin in the Plugin options.
  3. Customize the settings from the the Your Profile page, if desired.


I’m formatting a date/time that seems to be valid and works but when I hit the validate button it says its wrong?

The validate button uses JavaScript to do it’s work and JavaScript does not have a strtotime() function and so not all cases may be supported. If the configuration you have set is working as you expect you can safely ignore the validation errors.

Can I use non-English words in the date/time fields?

No, strtotime() does not support internationalization and therefore neither does this plugin.


September 3, 2016
Great little plugin – when I had to publish lots of back-dated posts, this saved me from the mind-numbing job of changing the publish date every time. Couldn’t be easier to use.
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Contributors & Developers

“Default Post Date and Time” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Release date: October 5, 2015
  • Added load_plugin_textdomain() call


  • Release date: October 2, 2015
  • Added translation. domain.
  • Fixed WP_Debug warning on profile screen.


  • Release date: May 15, 2015
  • Fixed WP_Debug warning on profile screen.
  • Fixed user id bug on profile screen.
  • Fixed user profile only displays if the user has edit privileges.


  • Release date: October 3, 2014
  • Fixed PHP warning when no post types had been excluded on new post creation.


  • Release date: October 3, 2014
  • Added some colour to the validation icons.
  • Added support for using the latest scheduled post to calculate the date from.
  • Added rate/review and page links to the plugin list.
  • Added exclusion for post types.
  • Fixed button styling on the profile page.


  • Release date: October 2, 2014
  • Initial release.