10 Plugins to Make Managing WordPress Content Easier
Managing content is one of the most important jobs you have. After all, that’s what visitors typically come to your site for.
If you can make that easier, then it can only lead to good things.
Below we’ve collected 10 useful plugins (actually more) that can help manage your content better.
Let us know in the comments if you have other plugins you’d recommend.
I’ll start this list with the Editorial Calendar plugin, as I know it fairly well. We use it ourselves here at WPMU DEV.
I can tell you from firsthand experience that it’s great for getting an overview of what’s on tap in terms of upcoming content.
But that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. You can create new posts right from the calendar. You can set their status and the time for their publishing. And then you can drag them all around, and things will be updated automatically.
In addition, making a change in the post’s Write/Edit screen automatically updates the calendar as well.
It even lets you write content for the post from the calendar page. And while I doubt anyone would want to write a full post that way, it can be nice for jotting down notes that will be sitting there in your editor when you do get around to writing the post.
One small thing that it doesn’t do is let you set or change the category from the calendar. Still, this plugin works well, and it’s definitely worth checking out.
Next up is Edit Flow. This is somewhat similar to the Editorial Calendar plugin above, but they aren’t exactly the same, so we’ll include both here.
The calendar aspect of the Editorial Calendar plugin above seems a little stronger. It not only gives you what seems like a more attractive layout (it seems to give you more space for each day), it also gives you access to Quick Edit features, which allows you to do things like schedule the exact time of your post.
That said, Edit Flow’s calendar is nice as well, and if you didn’t want to double up, it would certainly do.
One of the strongest aspects of Edit Flow, and something the other plugin doesn’t offer, is the ability to create your own stages for a post. This is especially handy for sites that have editors overseeing work of others.
So you might, for example, have something set up like the following:
- Stage 1: Assigned (editor assigns a topic to a writer)
- Stage 2: Draft (writer picks up assignment and starts drafting)
- Stage 3: Review (writer finishes draft and hands it to editor for review)
- Stage 4: Proofreading (after discussion or getting the go-ahead, the editor hands it off to a copy editor for final clean up and additions)
- Stage 5: Scheduled/Published (the copy editor schedules or publishes the post)
This plugin also allows for editorial comments and other meta data. It can also send out notifications about content you’re following.
If you like collaboration, this is collaboration on steroids. The Post Forking plugin lets collaborators create alternative versions of a post. Those with permission can then decide whether to incorporate parts of the new version into the original, or of course, just go with the new version completely.
If you have a situation where you’re collaborating heavily or possibly even editing heavily, then this plugin should definitely come in handy.
The Custom Post Order Category plugin lets your order the posts in your categories. This is important because it lets you control what posts go on top of the heap. In other words, it provides you with another opportunity to get your very best posts in front of your site visitors.
Most people aren’t going to dig deep into your category pages. And even if they did, they wouldn’t know which posts were best just from looking at the titles. You can curate your posts in each category with this plugin.
This plugin lets you easily assign your media to categories or tag your media with tags.
If you reuse your media a fair amount, then you can probably guess how much easier this will make things for you.
If you currently don’t reuse your media much, then looking at what this plugin does can do might inspire you to start.
We recently did a post on this, so you can see that for more info on you might use it to help you do things like build galleries from your existing media.
The plugin linked to above is an improved version of the original plugin here.
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The improved version will allow you to move media into categories in bulk – very important if you already have a lot of media on your site.
This plugins shows the featured image for all your posts in the All Posts view in the backend. (Posts > All Posts)
This comes in handy for seeing which featured images really pop out at you. Those posts might deserve extra attention on the site simply because of their images. As any Facebook advertiser will tell you, it’s the image that attracts people’s attention most.
This is a very useful plugin for designers and developers. It installs a system that lets you set up content for a client’s approval on your site. Through the system itself, you can then email the client to let them know that the content (such as a design idea for a website) is ready for their consideration.
The client then goes to the private page and either approves or disapproves the content.
In addition, the client is asked to provide a digital signature. This seems like an especially useful feature for those dealing with lots of clients, especially ones that like to constantly change their minds.
Take a look at an overview video provided by the developers. There is also a more in-depth tutorial video on the plugin page.
Not long ago we did a rundown on 10 scheduled posts plugins.
If you do much scheduling of posts, that list is definitely worth checking out.
There are a number of plugins you may be interested in there, but we’ll go ahead and list one of them in the link above, the Scheduled Content Actions plugin.
This plugin lets you schedule other actions potentially associated with a post, such as setting it as a sticky (or unsticking it), opening comments on it (or closing comments), and unpublishing the post.
But be sure to check out the other plugins too. They do all sorts of things from bumping multiple posts in a schedule to auto-scheduling posts to giving you a calendar in your admin area of all your scheduled posts.
As you can probably imagine, this plugin lets you easily organize posts into a series. It lets you easily show connected posts in a little table of contents that sits up in the corner of your post. It also gives you a full archive type page (like a category page) with all the posts in a series.
And finally we’ll mention WPMU DEV’s own Autoblog plugin.
The Autoblog plugin lets you pull in posts from RSS feeds and turn them into posts on your own site.
There’s lots you can do with the Autoblog plugin. We’ve gone over a few possibilities before, such as building a magazine style homepage for a Multisite network or setting up a curated news site.
But you’re only limited by your imagination with Autoblog. Lots of our members use it for all sorts of jobs.
If you start thinking about it, you may very well find a good use for it too.