WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugin
Helps Make Sense of the Madness!
A simple easy way to visualize what posts are scheduled for when in WordPress!
The default WordPress posts/pages listing does a pretty nice job of showing when posts are scheduled for… but there are times and situations it’s just not enough!
While I was only blogging only 3-5x/week and not scheduling more than a half-dozen posts in advance, the default view and a simple notepad file on my computer were all I needed to keep track of my content plans.
But recently, when I temporarily moved to more of a tumblog style micro-blogging method, with a even higher post frequency, that system was just not enough!
Once you understand how much content your site needs to succeed, having an editorial calendar of some form (even if it’s just as a notepad file) is a very important part of success in blogging. Editorial Calendar planning is covered as a early and important lesson in ProBlogger’s 31 Days To Build A Better Blog (aff) training course.
Meet the WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugin!
Fortunately, the WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin came to the rescue and gave me an easy way to visualize, sort, drag-and-drop, posts around in a easy to use calendar view!
Once installed, you will find the “Calendar” option at the bottom of your “Posts” drop-down. There are no other settings.
The editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. You can drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog.
- See all of your posts and when they’ll be posted.
- Drag and drop to change your post dates.
- Quickedit post titles, contents, and times.
- Publish posts or manage drafts.
- Easily see the status of your posts.
- Manage posts from multiple authors.
Here you can see how after hovering over a post title in the calendar and selecting quick-edit, you can easily change the timing of a particular post in that day.
How do I navigate in the calendar?
You can move around in the calendar using the arrows next to the months at the top or your mouse wheel. You can also move using your keyboard:
- Move 1 week into the past – Up Arrow
- Move 1 week into the future – Down Arrow
- Jump multiple weeks into the past – Page Up or Ctrl+Up Arrow
- Jump multiple weeks into the future – Page Down or Ctrl+Down Arrow
- Get lost? Use the “Show Today” button near the top right of the calendar.
Tip – In “Screen Options” you can select the number of weeks to show at one time. It defaults to 3 weeks which is good for smaller screens but odd if you want to see the whole month at once. However, you can always use your arrow keys to move around.
This plugin has a very solid background and is generally well regarded in both usefulness and stability. I don’t however consider it important for every blogger to have as keeping plugin load low is important as well. Because it supports multi-author posts, it can be useful for those maintaining a guest blog too.
In the future, should I switch back to a lower post volume I likely will not keep this plugin but at the moment I absolutely can’t live without it! I’d give this a 5 out of 5 stars, but only if you NEED it.
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