How to Make an Editorial Calendar inside WordPress
I want to show you an easy way to create an editorial calendar inside your WordPress site with all the features you need and you can do this by using a few WordPress plugins.In this article, I want to help you speed up your workflow and get your posts organised. So we will be going though what an editorial calendar is and what you can do with it. I find having it native to WordPress makes it easy and allows me more control & I can also make all the changes I want in place.
If we think back to physical publishing, it was all pen and paper on a pin board but now we have the luxury of all the digital and the publishing platforms. The old way still works and you know what they say if it is not broken don’t fix it. So we have different platforms that try and replicate that same editorial calendar technique, for example, co-schedule or buffer.
I find that I am more proactive writing if I don’t have to switch programmes and when posting I spend most of it in WordPress so just wanted it to be all in the same place and it made sense to build on WordPress.
so let’s get started
- The Editorial Calendar
Number one is going to be the editorial calendar plugin for WordPress. This a great plugin that enables you to see all your scheduled posts in a kind calendar view, Perfect for what we need. It also has a sidebar with your unscheduled drafts in them and you can drag them and drop them into the days you want to just like you would on any editorial calendar super easy, right. You can delete, edit, view, reschedule and see the title and time.
- Post As Menu Items
The Post Status Menu Items plugin adds shortcuts to the publishing, scheduling, drafting & pending. This a very simple plugin that just adds these menu items similar to custom post types.
Allow you to get them quickly and easily
- Social Media Auto Publish
I wanted and some social integration, a way I could schedule my posts and when you posted a social message to go out automatically to all my readers. So I found this plug-in which lets you publish posts automatically from your blog to social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The plugin supports filtering posts based on custom post types as well as categories.
- Good Writer Checkify
Most of the time I have a pre-post checklist on paper by my desk ready to do blog posts I thought how can I build this into every blog in a kind of form of pre-published post checklist. This plugin allows you to have a pre-post checklist that allows for you to stop people from publishing without ticking the boxes and some other cool features. I find it is a great way to keep the posted updated.
There is so much can do here with different plug-ins. I find that I am more proactive staying in one window. That being said I spend most of it in WordPress, so it just made sense to build on WordPress. What I have always loved about WordPress is its limitless the things you can do & how interchangeable it is.
If you have any questions on any of the plugins or you have any to add please feel free to comment.