Front-end WordPress editing and posting capabilities make life much easier for those who are not familiar with the WordPress dashboard. Many users find it confusing and will often give up on posting content. Therefore, operating a website that depends heavily on user-generated content, such as reviews or community news, can be a formidable challenge. I’ve put together a list of plugins that will help to virtually eliminate this problem.
Post From Site
This plugin allows posting directly from the front-end. It creates a link on your website which, when clicked, will bring up a simple text-box. Users can enter a post title, content, add categories and tags, and upload images.
The Front-end Editor plugin allows you to make changes to your content by double-clicking on the front-end. It’s compatible with any theme out of the box and will allow you to edit posts and pages, comments, authors, terms, widgets, theme images, and options.
TDO Mini Forms
This plugin allows you to add highly customisable forms that work with your WordPress theme to your website that allows non-registered users and/or subscribers (also configurable) to submit and edit posts and pages. New posts are kept in “draft” until an admin can publish them. The plugin provides an extensive moderation view so administrators and editors can see posts and edits awaiting approval and publish or delete them.
Quick Post Widget
This plugin provides a widget to post directly from the front of your site without going into the backend. It also offers visual editing in a popup window while posting from the frontend, with many features, including media uploading, spellchecking, preview, and more.
This plugin adds the capacity to edit your content from the front end of your WordPress blog using the styling of your blog. It uses the excellent and lightweight NicEdit WYSIWYG editor component to give you full control over the look. The main advantages over editing this way over the traditional method is that you can see your content exactly how it will appear using all the styles and formatting of your WordPress template.
One Quick Post
This plugin allows users to write posts from the frontend using a shortcode in a page/post. Guest posting can be enabled, and it’s compatible with BuddyPress. It uses built-in WordPress Roles & Capabilities, so you can choose if a user can publish a post, edit it once published, delete posts, etc.
FE Editor Inline
This plugin is similar to the Front-end Editor plugin. It fixes the editing window above in your browser’s left corner so that it’s always available. Above the edit panel you have an edit button that will take you to the backend editor in case you need more functionality.
This plugin allows users to automatically create a post, among many other things. When added to a form, the post fields create a post when the form is submitted. It’s great for user-submitted stories, job postings, directories, etc. and comes with professional support.
Combine a front-end posting plugin with a front-end editing plugin and the average user will never need to visit the dashboard at all! WordPress is a powerful CMS. Don’t let the confusing backend dashboard keep you from selecting it for your website. Grab a couple of these plugins and put your users at ease.