Today we will look at the Edit Flow plugin.
Edit Flowis a modular WordPress plugin targeted mainly at editorial teams, but you can also use it to add some powerful features to your personal blog. These are the features that the module offers:[more…]
- Calendar: Displays upcoming content in a calendar, you can choose a date range to display, filter by status, see details of the posts and even move the posts around to change their publication date.
- Custom Statuses: Allows to create custom post statuses, very useful if the default statuses (“Draft” and “Pending Review”) are not sufficient for your needs.
- Dashboard Widgets: Displays the two dashboard widgets Post Status Widget (a table with how many posts are in which status) and Posts I’m Following (an overview of the posts that the logged in user is following).
- Editorial Comments: Allows to add private, editorial comments to your posts, which can then be shared with other editors of the blog.
- Editorial metadata: Allows to log details about the assignments of a given post, you can freely configure the fields that can be added as metadata (e.g. when the first draft needs to be ready, how long the posts needs to be, etc.) using different field types (like Checkbox, Date, Location, Text, User, etc.).
- Notifications: Sends notifications about status changes and comments to users that are subscribed to a given post.
- Story Budget: Displays upcoming content in a story budget view, the displayed content can be filtered and the story budget can be printed out, you can even view editorial metadata together with the content if you wish.
- User Groups: Allows to create user groups in order to reflect your organizational structure or simply have a better overview of your editors, reporters, photographers, etc.
Each of these features is well explained in the configuration page, can be enabled / disabled separately and most of them offer quite good customization possibilities. I recommend you to give it a try. Even if you have a personal blog and most of the features may seem useless, you will surely find a feature that comes in handy sooner or later.