Using Advanced Options

More options are contained in the Advanced section at the bottom of the Write Posts page, as shown in Figure 15-7.

Figure 15-7. Advanced options in Advanced Editing mode

These options work as follows:

Post Status: Just below the standard editing controls, you will find radio buttons to set the post status. These statuses—Published, Draft, and Private—correspond to the statuses resulting from clicking the Save as Draft, Save as Private, and Publish buttons, as described earlier.

Send trackbacks to: This field corresponds to the TrackBack URI described earlier.

Post slug: This strange-sounding field is the part of the permanent URI to your post used in the search engine-friendly URLs you can configure in WordPress. See the "Improving Search Engine Visibility" section later in this chapter for more details.

Post author: This drop-down list allows you to assign the authorship of a post to another author. If you don't see this field, that's because it works only if your own user level is level 7 or greater. If you do have access to it, you can assign posts only to authors of lower levels than yourself. (See the "Assigning User Permissions" section later in this chapter for more details on user levels.)

Edit timestamp/Edit time: These options allow you to edit the published timestamp of the post. As a general rule, you probably won't want to modify this. It can, however, be used to post blog entries in the future. To use this control, fill in the date and time fields as you want, and check the Edit timestamp check box. If you are editing a post that has already been published, the box will be checked for you. The date and time will be set to the original date and time the post was published. This is so that when you're making a minor correction to the post, for example, it retains the original timestamp. If you use the date (or even time) in the permanent link URI of the post, retaining the original timestamp is more important than it might seem at first. If you were to change the date, you would also change the URI. This would make the permanent link somewhat less than permanent.

Tip If you set the Edit time control to a date and time in the future, the post won't show on the main blog page until that date and time is reached. It's great for putting together an article about, say, an announcement that you cannot publicize for a few days. Or, you might use it to post a message about a coming birthday or anniversary and have it automatically show up on the correct day. Additionally, if you know you are going to be away on a particular day, you can use this feature to post stories in advance and drip-feed them to your audience while you are gone.

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