PublishPress Future: Schedule Changes to WordPress Posts


The PublishPress Future plugin allows you to make automatic changes to posts, pages and other content types. On a date you choose, PublishPress Future can delete your post, change the status, or update the post categories, or make other changes.

Here’s an overview of what you can do with PublishPress Future:

  • Choose unpublish dates for your posts.
  • Modify, remove or completely delete content when the expiry date arrives.
  • Add or remove categories.
  • Modify expiry dates using “Quick Edit” and “Bulk Edit”.
  • Receive email notifications when your content expires.
  • Show expiry dates in your content, automatically or with shortcodes.
  • Control post changes via integrations with Advanced Custom Fields and other plugins (available in the Pro version).
  • Import changes via plugin such as WP All Import (available in the Pro version).

PublishPress Future Pro

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This plugin is the free version of the PublishPress Future plugin. The Pro version comes with all the features you need to schedule changes to your WordPress content. Click here to purchase the best plugin for scheduling WordPress content updates!

Options for Future Actions on Posts

With PublishPress Future, you can configure actions that will happen automatically to your content. Here are the changes you can choose for your posts:

  • Change the status to “Draft”.
  • Delete the post.
  • Send the post to the Trash.
  • Change the status to “Private”.
  • Enable the “Stick to the top of the blog” option.
  • Disable the “Stick to the top of the blog” option.
  • Remove all existing categories, and add new categories.
  • Keep all existing categories, and add new categories.
  • Keep all existing categories, except for those specified in this change.
  • Move the post to a custom status (Pro version)

Click here for more details on scheduling post changes.

Display the Action Date in Your Content

PublishPress Future allows you to place automatically show the expiry or action date inside your articles. The date will be added at the bottom of your post.

Click here to see the Footer Display options.

You can use shortcodes to show the expiration date inside your posts. You can customize the shortcode output with several formatting options.

Click here to see the shortcode options.

Expiry Defaults for Post Types

PublishPress Future can support any post type in WordPress. Go to Settings > PublishPress Future > Defaults and you can choose default expiry options for each post type.

Click here to see the default options.

PublishPress Future Email Notifications

The PublishPress Future plugin can send you email notifications when your content is changed. You can control the emails by going to Settings > PublishPress Future > General Settings.

Click here to see the notification options.

Integrations With Other Plugins

In PublishPress Future Pro it is possible to schedule changes to your posts based on metadata. This makes it possible to integrate PublishPress Future with other plugins. For example, you can create a date field in the Advanced Custom Fields plugin and use that to control the date for Future Actions.

When you are using an integration, there are five types of data that you can update in PublishPress Future:

  • Action Status: This field specifies if the action should be enabled.
  • Action Date: This field stores the scheduled date for the action.
  • Action Type: This field stores the type of action that will be executed.
  • Taxonomy Name: The taxonomy name for being used when selecting terms.
  • Taxonomy Terms: A list of term’s IDs for being used by the action.

Click here to see how to integrate Future with other plugins.

Import the Future Actions

PublishPress Future Pro supports imports from external data sources. You can import posts and automatically create Future Actions associated with those posts.

The best approach is to use the Metadata Scheduling feature. If you’re using a plugin such as WP All Import, you can match up the import tables with the fields you have selected in the Metadata Scheduling feature.

Click here to see how to import data for Future Actions.

Details on How Post Changes Works

For each expiration event, a custom cron job is scheduled. This can help reduce server overhead for busy sites. This plugin REQUIRES that WP-CRON is setup and functional on your webhost. Some hosts do not support this, so please check and confirm if you run into issues using the plugin.

Click here to see the technical details for this plugin.

Logs for All Your Post Changes

PublishPress Future Pro allows you to keep a detailed record of all the changes that happen to your posts. PublishPress Future records several key data points for all actions:

  • The post that the action was performed on.
  • Details of the change made to the post.
  • When the change was made to the post.

Click here to see more about the logs feature.

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The Pro versions of the PublishPress plugins are well worth your investment. The Pro versions have extra features and faster support. Click here to join PublishPress.

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Together, these plugins are a suite of powerful publishing tools for WordPress. If you need to create a professional workflow in WordPress, with moderation, revisions, permissions and more… then you should try PublishPress.

Bug Reports

Bug reports for PublishPress Future are welcomed in our repository on GitHub. Please note that GitHub is not a support forum, and that issues that are not properly qualified as bugs will be closed.


  • You can select future action dates in the right sidebar when you are editing a post. This works with Gutenberg, the Classic Editor, and most page builder plugins.
  • You can modify action dates using the “Quick Edit” and “Bulk Edit” modes. This enables you to quickly add automatic actions to as many posts as you need.
  • PublishPress Future allows you to modify, remove or completely delete content when the scheduled date arrives.
  • The PublishPress Future plugin can send you email notifications when automatic actions happen on your content.
  • PublishPress Future allows you to choose action dates for post, pages, WooCommerce products, LearnDash classes, or any other custom post types.
  • PublishPress Future allows you to automatically show the scheduled date inside your articles. The action date will be added at the bottom of your post. You can also use shortcodes to show the action date and customize the output.
  • The PublishPress Future plugin creates a log of all the modified posts. This allows you to have a detailed record of all the automatic actions for your posts.
  • PublishPress Future Pro supports custom statuses such as those provided by WooCommerce. This means that Pro users can set their content to move to any status in WordPress.


This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working.

  1. Unzip the plugin contents to the /wp-content/plugins/post-expirator/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


Can I schedule changes to WooCommerce Products?

Yes, the PublishPress Future plugin allows you to schedule automatic changes to posts, pages and other content types including WooCommerce products. To enable this feature, go to Future > Post Types. Check the “Active” box in the “Product” area.

Click here for more details on WooCommerce changes

Can I schedule changes to Elementor posts?

Yes, the PublishPress Future plugin allows you to schedule automatic changes to posts, pages and other content types including WooCommerce products. To enable this feature, go to Future > Post Types. Check the “Active” box for the post type you’re using with Elementor.

Click here for more details on Elementor post changes


ഫെബ്രുവരി 29, 2024 1 reply
Works very good for me ! In addition, the support is very responsive even for free users. I had once trouble to display posts and pages lists in backend but it was my mistake as I used a delay time written in French where it is documented to use only English (Always properly read the friendly doc).
ഫെബ്രുവരി 15, 2024 1 reply
Perfecto. Cumple con su función, es facil de configurar. Gracias por el aporte!!
ഫെബ്രുവരി 8, 2024 1 reply
In addition to the functionality of this plugin, I'd like to highlight the responsiveness and efficiency of the PublishPress team in fixing a small bug very quickly. Well done to them.
ഡിസംബർ 14, 2023 1 reply
This plugin really fills a need. Been using it for years. Glad to see they're quick to address support issues.
സെപ്റ്റംബർ 13, 2023 1 reply
yes, it is an excellent plugin and recommended to download. it needs one thing. to redirect to another page or post. thank you for saving our time.
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Contributors & Developers

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[3.3.0] – 28 Fev, 2024

  • ADDED: Add new filter for filtering the list of post types supported by the plugin: publishpressfuture_supported_post_types, #677;
  • ADDED: Add new filter for choosing to hide or not the Future Action in the post editors: publishpressfuture_hide_metabox, #69;
  • ADDED: Add new filter for filtering the post metakeys in the post model: publishpressfuture_action_meta_key, #69;
  • ADDED: Add new method medataExists to the PublishPress\Future\Framework\WordPress\Models\PostModel class;
  • ADDED: Add support to a hash in the the post meta pp_future_metadata_hash, to identify if the future action’s post meta has changed or was scheduled by metadata (fully availale only on PRO);
  • CHANGED: Deprecated the filter postexpirator_unset_post_types in favor of the new filter publishpressfuture_supported_post_types, allowing not only remove, but add new post types to the list of supported post types, #677;
  • CHANGED: The list of post types in the settings page now also shows the non-public post types that are not built in on WordPress, #677;
  • CHANGED: Remove the X and Facebook icons from the footer in the admin pages, #667;
  • CHANGED: Updated the URLs on the plugin’s footer, #667;
  • CHANGED: Minor change in the description of the setting that controls the activation/deactivation future action for the post type;
  • CHANGED: The metadata _expiration-date-status now can be specified as 1 or '1' and not only 'saved', #69;
  • CHANGED: The action publishpress_future/run_workflow is now depreacated in favor of publishpressfuture_run_workflow;
  • FIXED: Fix language files for ES, IT, FR, #665;
  • FIXED: Fix error when a term does not exists, #675;
  • FIXED: Add new interface for NoticeFacade: NoticeInterface;
  • REMOVED: Remove the legacy action postExpiratorExpire. This action will not trigger the future actions anymore;
  • REMOVED: Remove the legacy action publishpressfuture_expire. This action will not trigger the future actions anymore;

[3.2.0] – 25 Jan, 2024

  • ADDED: Add the possibility to use non hierarchical taxonomies, #285;
  • ADDED: Add new future action to remove all taxonomy terms of a post, #652;
  • ADDED: Add new action hook publishpressfuture_saved_all_post_types_settings to allow developers to trigger an action when the Post Types settings are saved;
  • CHANGED: Deprecate the constant PublishPress\Future\Modules\Settings\SettingsFacade::DEFAULT_CUSTOM_DATE and replaced it with ::DEFAULT_CUSTOM_DATE_OFFSET;
  • CHANGED: Moved the date and time format settings fields to the Display tab, #605;
  • CHANGED: Added description to the taxonomy setting field in the Post Types tab, #641;
  • CHANGED: Moved the Post Types settings tab to the first position, #619;
  • CHANGED: Simplify the name of actions on taxonomy related actions, adding the actual name of the taxonomy, #294;
  • CHANGED: Change the text on the Status column in the Future Actions list, from “Pending” to “Scheduled”, #661;
  • CHANGED: Fixed typos and improved the text in the Post Types settings tab, #659;
  • CHANGED: The list of supported post types in the settings page only shows public post types, and non-public that are built-in and show the UI;
  • FIXED: Fix consistency on radio buttons alignment on the settings page;
  • FIXED: Hides the legacy cron event field from Diagnostics and Tools settings tab if no legacy cron event is found;
  • FIXED: Fix the “Change Status to Trash action” on custom post types, #655;
  • FIXED: Added back support for reusable blocks, #200;
  • FIXED: Updated the language files, #653;
  • FIXED: Fix error 404 when activating future action on a post type that has no taxonomy registered, #662;

[3.1.7] – 04 Jan, 2024

  • FIXED: Fix compatibility with plugins like “Hide Categories and Products for Woocommerce”, making sure terms are not hidden in the taxonomy field, #639;
  • FIXED: Fix the terms select field in the settings page, expanding it on focus, #638;
  • FIXED: Fix the fatal error when hook add_meta_boxes didn’t receive a WP_Post instance as parameter, #640;
  • FIXED: Fix issue with the “NaN” categories in the classic editor, #647;
  • FIXED: Fix issue with accents on the taxonomy field in the settings, #642;

[3.1.6] – 20 Dec, 2023

  • ADDED: Add a new setting to select the time format in the date picker component, #626;
  • CHANGED: Stick the library woocommerce/action-scheduler on version 3.7.0, so we don’t force WP min to 6.2;
  • CHANGED: Min WP version is now 6.1, #627;
  • CHANGED: The field to select terms now expands when the user focus on it, not requiring to type a search text, #633;
  • CHANGED: Increase the limit of items displayed i nthe the field to select terms. It shows up to 1000 items now, #633;
  • FIXED: Fix support for WP between 6.1 and 6.4, #625;
  • FIXED: Fix the search of posts in the posts lists, #620;
  • FIXED: Fix classic meta box when using Classic Editor plugin with the classic editor as default, #624;
  • FIXED: Fix default date for new posts, #623;
  • FIXED: Fix the quick edit form and future action column for pages, #618;
  • FIXED: Fix support to custom taxonomies that are not showed in the Rest API, #629;

[3.1.5] – 14 Dec, 2023

  • FIXED: Fix array_map(): Argument must be of type array, string given, #606;
  • FIXED: Remove broken and invalid setting to use classic metabox, #604;
  • FIXED: Prevent a PHP warning in the posts screen if the selected term do not exists anymore, #612;
  • FIXED: Update the ES, IT and FR translations, #609;

[3.1.4] – 13 Dec, 2023

  • ADDED: Taxonomy term field now supports adding a new term by typing a new value;
  • ADDED: Add a button to toggle the calendar on the future action panels. Quick/Bulk edit are collapsed by default, #583;
  • ADDED: Display the taxonomy name in the future action panels instead of showing “Taxonomy”, #584;
  • CHANGED: Refactor all the future action panels to use the same React components, fixing the inconsistency between the panels, #572;
  • CHANGED: Removed external dependency of the React Select library, using now the WordPress internal library;
  • CHANGED: In the Action field on Post Type settings, the taxonomy related actions are only displayed if the post type has any term registered;
  • CHANGED: Change the order of fields in the future action panels, moving action and taxonomy at the beginning
  • CHANGED: The method ExpirationScheduler::schedule now automatically converts the date to UTC before scheduling the action;
  • CHANGED: The action publishpressfuture_schedule_expiration now receives the date in the local site timezone;
  • CHANGED: Update the library woocommerce/action-scheduler from 3.6.4 to 3.7.0;
  • CHANGED: Future action data stored in the args column on the table _ppfuture_action_args is now camelCase;
  • CHANGED: Change the Database Schema check to verify and display multiple errors at once. The Fix Database should fix them all;
  • DEPRECATED: Deprecate the calss Walker_PostExpirator_Category_Checklist;
  • DEPRECATED: Deprecate the function postexpirator_get_post_types, moving the logic to the model PostTypesModel;
  • FIXED: Fix fatal error when clicking on “Post Types” tab in the settings when using PT-Br language, #567;
  • FIXED: Stop hardcoding the DB engine when creating the table for action arguments, #565 [Thanks to @dave-p];
  • FIXED: Simple quotes were not being removed from the future action date offset setting, #566;
  • FIXED: Update Spanish, Franch and Italian translations, #551;
  • FIXED: Improved data sanitization on the plugin, #571;
  • FIXED: Fix consistency on data saved on post meta from different editors, quick-edit and bulk-edit. Specially related to the post meta “_expiration-date-options”, #573;
  • FIXED: Strange years value in the date selection, #568;
  • FIXED: Fix the action “Remove selected term” for authors role, #550;
  • FIXED: Fix the post type settings page not loading the saved settings after a page refresh triggered by the save button, #576;
  • FIXED: Fix PHP warning: Creation of dynamic property $hooks in NoticeFacade.php, #580;
  • FIXED: Fix call to undefined function …Expirator\Adapters\as_has_scheduled_action, #574
  • FIXED: Fix PHP warning: Class …Expirator\Models\DefaultDataModel not found in …legacy/deprecated.php, #582;
  • FIXED: Update the X/Twitter icon on the footer of admin pages, #583;
  • FIXED: Fix the use of custom taxonomies on the future action panels, #585;
  • FIXED: Fix call to the method `manageUpgrade on …Core\Plugin;
  • FIXED: Fix action for deleting posts without sending to trash, #593;
  • FIXED: Fix action that sends a port to trash, to trigger the expected actions, #597;
  • FIXED: Fix empty cells on Actions table when Pro plugin is uninstalled and Free is activated, #595;
  • REMOVED: Internal function postexpirator_add_footer was removed, and the footer is now handled in the ContentController class;
  • REMOVED: Internal function postexpirator_get_footer_text was removed;

[3.1.3] – 09 Nov, 2023

  • FIXED: Fix JS error Cannot read properties of undefined (reading ‘length’) on the block editor, #561;

[3.1.2] – 07 Nov, 2023

  • CHANGED: Update the library woocommerce/action-scheduler from 3.6.3 to 3.6.4;
  • FIXED: Fix compatibility with WP 6.4 removing dependency of lodash, #555;

[3.1.1] – 11 Oct, 2023

  • ADDED: Add new bulk action for posts to update future action scheduler based on post’s metadata, #538;
  • DEPRECATED: Deprecate class PublishPress\Future\Core\DI\ContainerNotInitializedException;
  • DEPRECATED: Deprecate …