WordPress has become one of the best personal publishing platform; all thanks to the blog’s easy and reliable content management ability. This ability really makes the task of writing new posts, editing content and managing comments (good or bad) a breeze.
The great content management system however lacks some useful editorial features. For instance, only few statuses such as ‘Scheduled’ or ‘Published’ are available to inform you at what stage of the editorial process a particular post is.
There appears to be no other statuses wherein an editor can add his notes on the post and suggest some necessary corrections. Edit Flow a powerful plug-in for WordPress beats this problem.
The ingenious plug-in adds multiple editorial features like editorial comments, user groups, custom story, etc.
You can create custom statuses in addition to default statuses such as ‘Pitch’, ‘Assigned’, ‘In Progress’, ‘Needs edit’ and ‘Ready to publish’ which earlier were restricted to either ‘Drafts’ or ‘Pending’.
In a way, it helps an author determine the precise stage of his post, right from the dashboard. Check out the screen-shot below.
Edit Flow Calendar, on the other hand, lets you view and drag and drop i.e. add posts on a weekly or monthly basis. If you are an editor of a blog and would like to view upcoming posts by an author simply filter the calendar by a specific author and all the required information becomes available to you.
Now, if you want to add any editorial comments to a post you can do so by making use of ‘Editorial Comments’ feature/module. Doing so may help you to privately leave feedback and discuss with other editor what needs to be done in a post before publishing.
The last item of the Edit Flow is superbly flexible ‘Editorial Metadata’ panel. It resides at the bottom of the post right sidebar and is the place to mention deadline for a post, required word count, etc. This meta-data is not published with the post, but can be viewed in the WordPress admin and displayed on the calendar.
It is particularly noteworthy to mention here that the open source project is led by 3 people, first being the lead developer and other 2 as contributors.
- Daniel Bachhuber
- Mo Jangda
- Scott Bressler
Each of the plugin’s eight modules shown in the screen-shot below, referred as features in the post can easily be customized or disabled. To do this, visit the ‘Edit Flow Settings’ page.
Edit Flow is simple, flexible and most important of all, free! To know more about it, visit Edit Flow.