Starting a new blog is not difficult at all, WordPress the most popular and widely used Content Management System made it simple and easy for everyone to start and manage blogs.
Installing WordPress was not difficult at all for experienced developers but One-Click installers made installation process much simple and easier for novice users as well.
After starting a blog, you need to publish content on your blog, Some people create and publish content theirselves and some outsource talented writers.
A lot of blogs also accept guest posts from willing contributors. People love to write for blogs that have a good audience and publish great content on regular basis. Guest posting help writers/bloggers to find new audience.
In this article, I am going to share some most popular WordPress plugins to manage multi-author blogs, with these plugins, you can manage guest authors very easily.
Before sharing a list if plugins, lets learn about Content Marketing and editorial calendar.
What is an Editorial Calendar
An editorial calendar is used by bloggers, publishers, businesses, and groups to control publication of content across different media, for example, newspaper, magazine, blog, email newsletters, and social media outlets. WikiPedia
An editorial calendar can be the perfect solution for bloggers that struggle with consistency and find it difficult to publish new awesome content on regular basis.
Even if you are not using an editorial calendar on your blog just give it a try, it will boost improve your work-flow.
What is Content Marketing
“Any marketing format that involves the creation and sharing of media and publishing content in order to acquire customers. This information can be presented in a variety of formats, including news, video, white papers, e-books, infographics, case studies, how-to guides, question and answer articles, photos, etc.” Wikipedia: content marketing is:
Best Plugins for MultiAuthor Blogs
1. Post Status Notifier Price: $25
If you have multiple authors/contributors on your blog and you want to be notified when one of your contributors submitted a new post for revision or an editor published one? Vice versa you want to notify your contributors when their posts got published? Post Status Notifier should be your first choice.
This is one of the best and most popular free plugin. At the time of writing this article, Editorial Calendar For WordPress has 50000+ installations.
Did you remember to write a post for next Tuesday? What about the Tuesday after that? WordPress doesn’t make it easy to see when your posts are scheduled.
The editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. You can drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog. WordPress.org :
With this plugin, you can see all your post with dates when they will be published. You will be able to change post dates with the drag and drop feature. Other features includes Quickedit post titles, contents, and times.
3. Edit Flow
Edit Flow makes it simple and easy for you to collaborate with your editorial team inside WordPress. The calendar features gives to an overview of month-by-month look at your content.
Editorial Comments features for the threaded commenting in the WordPress dashboard for private discussion between writers and editors. other features are as follows:
- Editorial Metadata – Keep track of the important details.
- Notifications – Receive timely updates on the content you’re following.
- Story Budget – View your upcoming content budget.
- User Groups – Keep your users organized by department or function.
This is one of the best plugin to manage guest authors, We are using this plugin at JustLearnWP to manage our guest authors. You can integrate this plugin into your WordPress theme.
This plugin is created by WordPress.com developers. It does not offer advanced features. You can assign multiple bylines to posts, pages, and custom post types via a search-as-you-type input box.
Co Author-Plus gives you the ability to add new guest authors as bylines without creating WordPress new user accounts. Simply create a guest author profile for the writer and assign the byline as you normally would.
The Post Status Notifications plugin provides an easy way to notify Administrators when their Contributors submit a post for review.
Additionally, when an administrator publishes the post, the original author will be notified via email that they can see their post live on the site.
You can also write custom email notification headers, subject and messages. This free plugin also supports custom posts types.
WordPress easily let users manage multiple users and different users can have different users roles but sometimes default users roles are not enough.
Editorial Access Manager lets you set which users or roles have access to specific posts on your blog.
Editorial Access Manager is a new but up-to-date plugin and works with the latest version of WordPress.
CoSchedule has a free plugin for WordPress users and a 14 day free trail is available but service is not free. You will have to create an account at coschedule.com to get started.
Plans are starting from $30-$1600/month. With SOLO MARKETING includes 1 User Account and 10 Social Profiles.
8. Author Chat
Author Chat plugin is an internal chat system for WordPress that let your authors to chat with each other.
This plugin stores all the chat data in database. You have the full ability to configure how many days chat history should be stored in database.
Content Progress plugin for WordPress helps you manage your content editing work flow. After activating this plugin, you will see icons on your content listings (Posts, Pages, and custom post types) that indicate the current needs for that post.
The Content Progress plug-in auto-detects empty posts or documents with very small amounts of content but also allows you to flag documents specifically.
You can flag any document as incomplete or needing review, or create custom content flags suitable to your needs, such as “Needs Research”, “Add Media” or “Needs Scheduling”.
There are also four shortcodes available for generating front-facing lists of pages:
[needs_review], which will produce appropriate unordered lists of documents. Each shortcode accepts an argument for the post type: e.g.
As I said earlier, We accept guest posts, anyone can write for us and we give full credit to our contributors. If you are also accepting guest-posts on your blog, you need a way to give Guest bloggers credit for their content.
Guest blogging is a win-win situation, you get awesome content for your blogs and bloggers get more exposure.
Molongui Authorship plugin allows you to give credit to any author who writes in your blog, whether it has a registered user on your WordPress installation or not (guest author).
We have listed only 10 plugins but there are many other free and premium plugins also available. These plugins are enough to manage editrial calendar and guest authors. Which plugin is your favorite. Add your comments below.