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Scheduling Publication


A key part of a Content Management System (CMS), is its ability to do just that - manage content. Joomla! provides an easy way for you to deliver your content to who you want and when you want by setting publishing start and finish dates and times for your articles.

Joomla also allows you to set start and end times and dates for featured articles. For example you could create an article about a type of dog that is available via the dogs link in your menu and set the article as featured to appear on your home page for a set period of time.

How Scheduling Works

By default articles are set as Published as soon as they are saved. The initial saving of the article creates the Created Date and Start Publishing timestamps.

Scheduling an article involves manually setting a Start Publishing date and time to delay publishing. You can also set dates and times to Finish Publishing.

Note: For scheduling to work the article Status must be set to Published.

Priot to the Start Publishing date articles are regarded as Pending and after the End Publishing date they are regarded as Expired. Despite the article itself being set to published, Joomla uses the start and finish settings to override the default published state.

Scheduling the Publishing of an Article

Under most circumstances you would normally schedule an article when you create it. If you are scheduling an existing article:

  • Select Articles From the Home Dashboard Site Panel. Or...
  • Select Content → Articles from the Administrator menu. Then...
  • Find and select the article you want to schedule.
  • Select the article's Publishing tab.

article publishing tab

To schedule the article there are four options:

Start Publishing: Use this field to schedule a future publishing date and time of your choosing. If you only set this field the article will be published on the date you set and then remain published.

Finish Publishing: Use this field to schedule a date to unpublish (expire) the article. Note that in the Article List the article will show as Expired but if you opened the article from the Article List it's status would still show as published - this is normal.

Start Featured: Use this field to schedule a date and time for an article to appear as a featured one. Note that the article must be set as a featured article to use this field.

Finish Featured: Setting a date and time in this field will remove (expire) it as a featured article. Note that in the Article List the article will show as Expired in the Featured Column when the date and time is reached.

In the following screenshot we set a future publishing date for the article:

article publishing date start selection

At the end of the Start Publishing field select the calendar icon.

The calendar lets you move between months and years using forward or backward arrows. The Today button sets the current date. The Clear button clears the date and time.

  • Select the date you require.
  • Set the time using the drop down boxes.
  • Select Close when you have set the date and time.

To set the Finish Publishing field the process is the same. The Start Featured and Finished Featured fields work the same but to use these fields the article must be set to Featured using the toggle in the article settings. If not, when you save the article, the dates you entered will be cleared.

Once you have scheduled the article as required select Save & Close in the Toolbar.

articles list status pending icon

In the Article List you will see that the article you have scheduled shows an exclamation mark (!) in the Status column. If you hover over the exclamation mark the scheduling details will be displayed showing the article is Pending. When the scheduled date and time is reached, the exclamation mark will be replaced with a tick showing the article is Published and Current.

If an article has been scheduled to finish, when it does the Published and Current tick will be replaced with the Expired icon as below.

article list status expired icon

Featured articles will show as pending or expired in the Featured column.

Quick Tips

  • You can schedule the publishing of articles from the front end too.
  • It is also possible to schedule via the menu item for the article.
  • Scheduling is also available for Contacts and Modules.