Setting the right time on your blog

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The clocks went forward last weekend. This time phenomenon is something we have to endure twice a year, and as we go around the house changing all the clocks and timers, the last thing we think about is our blog.

And because I hadn’t made sure my blog had adapted to the new time, my scheduled posts for Monday appeared not to happen, until I realised my blog was still working on UTC+0 (coordinated universal time based on GMT, or Greenwich Mean Time). They did publish, eventually…

But if your computer and DVD player seemed to be able to change their times automatically by themselves, well, so should your blog, and here’s how:

First, go to your dashboard:

And choose Settings > General:

There under Timezone you will see which time you would have set your blog at. If this is one of the things you adjusted when you first set up your blog, you probably would have got it right, but I didn’t, and it was set at UTC+0 which seemed to work because I created my blog in the winter.

Since the timezone seems to be on a drop-down menu, click on it to open it up and select the town you want; in my case, London:

Click on the ‘Save Changes’ button on the bottom, and the blog immediately changes to the correct time:

And now it acknowledges that we’re in Daylight Saving Time which is one hour ahead, and it even shows the date when the clocks change back to GMT, which means it will adjust everything automatically.

Now when you schedule your blog posts to go out at a certain time, they will do so correctly!

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.
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