How Do I Manage a Multi-Author WordPress Blog?

by GuestBlogStar on October 24, 2012

In the business world, there are a variety of tasks that are best managed solo.  However, other tasks are better executed by a team.  Blog content writing is one of those responsibilities that is often enhanced by the influence of multiple people.

For example, each department in your company has a different specialty.  As such, those different departments can add a lot of variety and insight to your blog.  Other industry experts can add valuable opinions as guest authors.

If just one person is responsible for a blog, management, promotion and control is pretty easy.  However, once multiple contributors are involved, the task becomes infinitely more challenging. 

Luckily, there are several WordPress plugins to make the job effortless.  Check out these simple ways to make your blog more effective and easier to manage.

Writer Recognition

By default, WordPress users can log in and post articles under their own name.  However, there are a variety of reasons why it is beneficial to include additional information about each author.  For example, readers might want to connect with the author on a social network.  Guest authors might be interested in a link building campaign.  Or one of your company’s departments might want to draw attention to other similar topics they’ve posted in the past.  Here are tips for adding helpful author information to your blog:

  • WP Biographia is a useful tool that inserts additional fields of information (like social network profiles) on the user-profile page.
  • Biographia also includes a User Photo plugin.  By default, WordPress doesn’t include photographs or images for each author.  With this plugin, your authors can have a name and face!
  • If you are interested in additional author bio plugins, check out Author Exposed and Cool Author Box.
  • Another way to aid a reader’s experience is to add a list of writers (with links to their posts) in the sidebar.  Try the List Author widget.

Content Organization

There are definite perks of featuring multiple authors on a blog.  However, there are cons that come with the pros.  Managing a workflow and posting schedule when several different people are contributing is quite the undertaking.  You need to be able to control when people post and what they are posting about.  Here are some ways you can regain control of your blog once you’ve admitted multiple authors:

  • WordPress has varying levels of access.  For example, a “subscriber” and a “contributor” will be able to perform different tasks and have different privileges.  If you have a trusted group of authors, you’ll want to give them permission to post images (a privilege denied by default).  To do this, check out the User Role Editor.
  • The Editorial Calendar is a great way to schedule your posts.  Whether you are busy doing other tasks or away from the office, rest assured that blog posts will be made in your absence.  This plugin makes scheduling easy – simply drag a draft to the desired date of publication and you are done!
  • If managing a blog is just one of your many tasks, you’ll need all the help you can get.  Status Notifier is an absolute must.  You’ll receive an email every time an author submits a post for review.

Does your blog have multiple authors?  Do you know of any WordPress plugins we left off the list?  Let us know!       

In addition to writing guest posts for other sites, author Brandon Greiman runs several of his own blogs.  Brandon also acts as a consultant for other bloggers.  He is in the process of turning the Tampa, Florida hair transplant blog for Haarklinikken into a multi-author blog.

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