Before few days we shared with you about the pros and cons of having a multi-author blog. According to me having multi-author WordPress blog is good but the only thing which you need to remember is to manage it properly.
Many bloggers prefer to receive articles from writers through emails, but what if you miss any of their mails or forgot about their drafted post?
How about knowing what others are doing inside your dashboard? What if an editor has gone rogue and been changing settings? Don’t you want to know all this and have complete control of your WordPress blog?
Well, this is where these multi-authors WordPress plugins come into the picture. I have carefully picked some of the best from the thousands of available plugin to compile this list.
In fact, this list is more of my requirement as ShoutMeLoud is also a multi-author blog. Depending on how you are using WordPress, pick one of all of the below-listed plugins to improve your work flow and run a hassle-free multi-author blog on WordPress.
- Also see: Status Notifier Plugin
So without further delay, let’s learn about some of the newest and helpful plugins in a multi-user scenario.
Top Multi-Author WordPress Plugin for Faster and Better workflow:
WordPress Activity log plugin:
This is the first and foremost category of the plugin that you should be using. Depending upon what kind of WordPress site you have and features you want to monitor, you can pick from any of the available options. Here is what I use in the different scenario:
- Ayro activity log plugin: This is a completely free WordPress plugin which is good when you have limited users. I use it on one of my WordPress site where only three members are working on it.
- User activity log pro: This is what I use here at ShoutMeLoud. The pro version cost me $69 which is definitely not cheap, but it’s worth it. One of the reasons I opted for pro version is its integration with Easy digital downloads plugin. The pro version comes with features that any individual or agency using WordPress will love it.
How often do you need to update your old posts? Are you able to do it all by yourself?
I believe most of you would be answering this as NO!
I have been in the similar situation where I have a long list of old blog posts that need to be revised. The only solution is to take help of freelance writers. Now comes the next big challenge, how do I give them access to the live post?
Well, this is where Revisionize plugin comes into the picture.
This plugin creates a copy of your existing post as a draft and you or your team of authors can edit it to make it perfect. And once you are ready, you can publish that post.
When the revision is published, your content changes will be copied back to the original post. This is one of the coolest plugins that any blog with multi-author capability could find.
The plugin also offers two paid add-ons and In my use case, I have found the “Contributors can” plugin to be really helpful. You can grab these add-ons from plugin settings panel inside the WordPress dashboard.
Price: Free| More information
This is a popular free plugin for managing the roles and capabilities of your registered users on WordPress. You also have the option to create a custom role and allow certain capabilities according to your need. This one plugin is a must-have for every multi-author WordPress blogs.
Allow contributor role to upload image/Media:
Majority of the time I need to use a role editor plugin in WordPress, as I need to give media upload access to contributor role. This plugin “Enable contributors upload” enables this setting and you don’t need to use a heavyweight plugin for this little change.
Price: Free| More information
Email users plugin:
This plugin is useful if you ever want to send email to all registered users in your WordPress dashboard. This plugin also enables the option for users to email each other which can be enabled/disabled according to your requirement.
Price: Free | More information
An alternative to this plugin is WP Email users which is equally good and offers more modern interface.
Edit Flow takes cares of all editorial workflow, keep track of all the Meta data. The best part of this plugin is that you can assign five default statuses to the post, such as “Assigned,” “Draft,” “Pending Review,” “Pitch” and “Waiting for feedback.” You or writers can also add additional custom status.
Price: Free | More Information
Custom User Avatar plugin:
When you are dealing with a limit number of contributors on your WordPress blog, you can easily ask them to signup for Gravatar to configure the profile picture.
However, it’s not the same when you are dealing with a lot of users. For example, here at ShoutMeLoud, we have about 600+ guest contributors, and that created the requirement to have a custom user Avatar WordPress plugin.
This plugin will let others upload a profile image from their computer, and it saves a lot of time for many.
You can use WP user Avatar plugin to let your WordPress users set a custom profile picture for themselves.
Price: Free| Download Plugin
Over to you: Suggest another WordPress plugin for multiple authors
As WordPress ecosystem is vibrant, I’m expecting to see more plugins for multi-author and collaborative blogs in the days to come. I feel as the blogging and content marketing has become mainstream, there is a lot of need for such high-quality collaborative or team-based WordPress plugins.
I will keep updating this list with new plugins as I discover something worth sharing. If you also run a multi-author blog like ShoutMeLoud, do bookmark this page and recheck every couple of months to discover new plugins.
For now, it’s your turn to let me know if you know any useful multi-author WordPress plugin that I should check out? And do share this post on Twitter and with your team.
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