How to Create a Content Calendar (The Easy Way)

Developing a content calendar for your blog is easier than you think.

But why is it important to have a content calendar? Having a calendar helps you keep your blog organized and make sure you always fresh posts scheduled in advance.

It also gives you a better idea of what you have coming up in the near future. And even more, you can easily look back and see what ground you’ve covered.

Are you planning a long series of connected posts? You’ll get lost without a calendar. But good news, we’re going to show you the fastest, easiest way to create your content calendar.

For this tutorial, we’re going to be using our optimized WordPress Hosting to make sure we’re giving our users a fast and user-friendly WordPress experience.

Why WordPress Hosting?

If you have a WordPress blog, WordPress Hosting is your best bet because you get an optimized WordPress experience with unnecessary addons stripped away. And yet, you get all the great things any other hosting account would give you: like email accounts, FTP, shell access, MySQL, and much more.

Creating Your Content Calendar

In the example below we’re going to use a spreadsheet. Whether you like Google Sheets or Excel, the columns and rows will be the same.

Title Edit URL Release Date Status
How to Create a New Message in Roundcube https://www.example.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=100&action=edit 11-1-19 Published
How to Set Up New Email Account https://www.example.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=102&action=edit 11-7-19 Scheduled
How to Create a Content Calendar https://www.example.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=105&action=edit 11-14-19 Draft
How to Log into WordPress https://www.example.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=109&action=edit 11-21-19 Draft
How to Log into cPanel https://www.example.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=110&action=edit 11-28-19 Draft

What are these columns all about?

  • Title: This is the title of blog post.
  • Edit URL: This is a direct link to the post in the WordPress Dashboard, so you can easily edit the file right from your spreadsheet.
  • Release Date: The due date or scheduled date for the post.
  • Status: The current status of the post, so you know what’s left to done. Can be “Draft”, “Scheduled”, or “Published”.

If you need an extra column for different data, just create one. For example, you may also want to include a column for keyword phrases or an assigned author. Whatever kind of data you want to keep track of, a spreadsheet lets you do it easily.

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Christopher Maiorana Content Writer II

Christopher Maiorana joined the InMotion community team in 2015 and regularly dispenses tips and tricks in the Support Center, Community Q&A, and the InMotion Hosting Blog.

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