WordPress – How to Set Random Dates on Posts

Maybe you’re new to blogging and have created a lot of initial content. Therefore, you’ve uploaded hundreds of posts during a week. However, you want to give your readers the impression that you’ve been feeding your blog for several months.

For that, you can change the dates in your posts one by one in WordPress. But that’s going to take you a lot of time because you would need to

  • Open a post
  • Edit its date
  • Click on Update
  • Close that post
  • Open another post
  • Edit its date
  • Click on Update
  • And so on.

That sounds really boring and tedious!

Fortunately, we can show you how to set random dates on your WordPress posts in less than five minutes. No matter if you have thousands of posts, the Posts, Pages, and Custom Post Types Spreadsheet plugin will set random dates on all of them with just some clicks and steps.

This plugin displays all your posts on a spreadsheet for you to edit any of the fields in your posts. It contains a Search and a Bulk Edit tools to help you filter and edit thousands of posts.

Once you install the plugin, go to Sheet Editor > Edit Posts to open the spreadsheet.

Now just follow these simple steps.

1- Open the Bulk Edit tool

The Bulk Edit tool allows you to apply changes on thousands of posts. You just need to play with some simple fields. Open it by clicking on Bulk Edit on the plugin’s toolbar.

2- Filter the posts you’ll edit

You can filter your posts in different ways. For example, we’ll show you how to filter your posts by Keyword. For this, you need to select the I want to search rows to update option in the Select the rows that you want to update dropdown.

Once you open the Search tool, enter the keyword in the Contains keyword field and click on Run search. This will filter your posts and take you back to the bulk edit tool.

3- Set random dates on your filtered posts

After filtering your posts, you need to select these values to set the random dates on all of them.

  • Select the rows that you want to update: I want to search rows to update
  • What field do you want to update: Date
  • Select type of edit: Set value
  • Replace existing value with this value: $random_date$
  • Click on Execute now to apply the changes.


That’s it. Now all your posts will have new different dates. That way, your readers will get the impression that you’ve been updating your posts at different dates.

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