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Schedule WordPress Posts to Expire With Post Expirator Plugin

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One of the issues with running a blog is that you end up having a lot of posts that are no longer relevant.  You may write a post about an event, or a news tidbit, that simply becomes worthless after a period of time.  Having these worthless posts is a pain from a maintenance standpoint because you still have to back them up, and monitor their comments.  More importantly is can cause usability issues when people perform searches on your site.  Someone may be interested in your opinion about next years CES, but when the do a search for “CES” they get pages of posts from 2012.

I have found a nice little WordPress Plugin called Post Expirator.  this simple plugin gives you a menu box on the right side of your posts when you edit them that gives you the option to set a date and time to expire a post, and then what to do with it when it expires.  You can simply set the post back to Draft, or you can Delete it, you can even change the category of the post.

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When you’re first building your WordPress site it may seem inconceivable that you would ever want to get rid of a post you have written, but once you have a few hundred, or thousand posts, being able to prune out the old garbage can be incredibly valuable.

I have been using the plugin for awhile and love it.  You can find it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/post-expirator/

Author

Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of GeekBrainDump.com and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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  1. Jim Hodges June 14, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I will download and put this to use immediately. This is definitely something I can use .. I teach a programming language that is constantly being modified to where functions and syntax are constantly needing updated.. this will be a way of making my older posts on the older syntax and language expire…Thanks Eli.

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