From the moment you begin to create a post in WordPress, that post will have a status. The post status refers to the post’s current condition.
There are eight built-in post statuses:
New – The post was created less than 60 seconds earlier.
Published – The post is published and available on your site.
Future/Scheduled – The post will be automatically posted at a scheduled future time and date in the future.
Draft – The post is still being worked on and is NOT yet published.
Pending – The post is ready to publish but is awaiting permission from a user with sufficient privileges.
Trash – The post has been placed in the trash and will be permanently deleted in 30 days or less.
Auto-draft – WordPress has made an auto-save of the post while you’re working on it.
Inherit – Post is attached to a “parent” post and will inherit its status from the parent post.
In addition, “private” is a post status that refers to posts that are “published” but can only be viewed by a user with Administrator privileges or higher.
Note: If you’re a developer, it is possible to create your own post statuses.
You can adjust the status of your posts in two different ways. In the post creation window, you can click on the right-hand section where it says “Status” to choose an available post status. The other way is to click on “Posts” in the left-hand column of the administration area and then change a post’s status there.
If you want to create a lot of content at one time but then have it published over time, you can set your posts to “scheduled” by clicking on the word “edit” to the right of “Publish immediately” in the post creation window. You can then choose a date and time when you want the post to be automatically published.