Leave Private Notes
For Yourself or Colleagues
Have you ever been working on a post/page in WordPress and wished there were a way to leave notes to yourself?
I’ve been known to abuse the meta data boxes to do this (don’t do that!) but I knew there had to be a better way!
Or what if you have a multi-author blog, with the new post locking and author transition tools in WordPress that are so hot, and you want to have a way to let collaborators on a post leave notes for each other?
Recently, I’ve been working on a small ecommerce site (my services pages), and was running out of brainspace to keep track of all of the little bits of info that belong to individual services. Sure, I could list them in Evernote, but then things are in 2 different places. Why not keep them together?
Peter’s Post Notes
Now you can easily leave notes in your WordPress Post/Page editor, using the free GPL plugin “Peter’s Post Notes“. This plugin has been around for nearly 5 years and is still current and well supported.
Search for the plugin in the WordPress repository, install and activate it as normal.
There’s a whole bunch of (optional) settings including how many notes to allow to show and which user groups in your dashboard can see the notes. If your blog is a single author blog that does not use authors/contributors, you can simply leave these settings alone.
When you create (or open) a WordPress Post or Page… in the Post/Page Editor you will now see a small light blue note box under the publish button.
Below that (or above it in some versions) you will see the existing notes. Hover over one to light up the little delete/edit button if you need to change one. Really simple.
There are also 2 widgets that show up in your log in dashboard… “collaborator notes” and “general notes”. The first shows you notes by your colleagues on various posts/pages and the other shows notes that you’ve left for each other on the dashboard itself. These are really handy but if you do not need them you can go into “Screen Options” and hide them.
This is a really simple little plugin that saved me having to do a lot of cross referencing with Evernote and kept all of my little snippets of notes to myself right at my fingertips. It’s not good for keeping big chunks of data in (use Evernote!) but for little notes to self or notes to colleagues, it’s great!
(Often, we review a guest blog post, and make recommendations for the guest to correct stuff. This would be a nice little place to leave notes about what needs fixed before the post qualifies to be ran.)
I don’t personally have a need/reason to run this on my main blog – but I will totally be using this when I am developing site and leaving notes to myself about what items need to yet go in what pages. It’s saving me lots of headache in the set up of this little ecommerce site.
You can learn more here: http://wordpress.org/plugins/peters-post-notes/
~ Kim ~
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