How to grow your wordpress empire with freelance writers
WordPress initially released as a free blogging tool has now matured into a full-fledged content management system (CMS). WordPress is gaining over a vast traffic from bloggers , publishers and webmasters alike; especially suited to organizations that have a limited number of content contributors. As per Wikipedia, more than 13% of the top 1 million websites use WordPress.
The two strengths of WordPress have always been described as its flexibility and ease of use. But this also has come with the cost of limitation in its core functionality in implementing an efficient editorial workflow.
Hence, publishers and marketers even with small teams who manage content from a large pool of sources have struggled in effectively streamlining the editorial process and allowing their writers and editors to retain focus on content, not on administrative tasks.
Being a WordPress publisher, who has handled over 20 publications and a content team of over 100 members at a time, I have always looked for the ways and means to refine my content production workflow so that I can devote more and more time in producing top notch content. I have selected few of the WordPress plugins which have helped me to a great extent.
1. Content Cloud: Betaout’s ContentCloud is a beautiful, highly intuitive, user-friendly and cloud-based service that allows publishers to manage and refine their editorial workflows. Editors can create and edit assignments for their team, track their changes, send feedback, manage deadlines and set-up their own custom workflows. Once editors are happy with their content, they can publish assignments directly to their WordPress sites thanks to a seamless integration between Betaout and WordPress platform.
You can plugin multiple WordPress sites for a single Betaout account, and create team members with different user roles. Editors can easily follow assignments as they move from one desk to another, and can collaborate effectively within the interface. Some of the features includes custom workflows, resource sharing, editorial calendar, team analytics, activity feed and team management.
2. Multisite User Management: Multisite User Management is a popular plugin that helps the publisher to create or delete user with their necessary authentication without any kind of manual back-end configuration. This plugin allows the admin to add more parallel users to a single WordPress Blog or Website.
Users can also be assigned different roles such as authors or editors designation who can posts contents or review incoming articles. This plugin solves the problem of multiple user management thus ensuring a constructive user panel who can maintain the workflow.
3. Document Revisions: Document Revision plugin allows multiple editors to work collaboratively on a single project without creating any synchronization issues. This plugin can handle any numbers of editorial panel or admin to review multiple of single project at a same point of time.
This plugin actually saves the time of multi-layered approval forwarding and preserve the positive workflow.
4. User Permission: User Permission WordPress plugin is one of the most post specific plugin used in various multiple author team functions. The plugin increases the workflow functionality by allowing post specific permissions for various users and readers. The plugin while allowing the administrator to post different permissions for different posts, it also allows restriction in reading or writing of any page or specific post according to the user’s defined role. User Permission suits those websites that want to block non registered users to read any post or specific content.
5.Post Forking: Post Forking plugin is based on a technique, where each and every post edits creates a parallel version of the original published content, so that unapproved editing cannot affect the site before editors or admin approves the change. This system creates an alternative copy of the actual content in the back end database and notifies the approval team to review the change.
Wordpress is a great CMS for small team bloggers, and with above mentioned awesome plugins it can be easily converted into a full fledged editorial newsroom capable CMS, answering all the needs of the medium to big teams using WordPress as their CMS.