10 Essential WordPress Plugins for Multi-Author Blogs in 2017

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Multi-Author BlogsInitially, we were alone. Most of the blogs start with a single author. But as the traffic grows, we change the ways. We will add new authors or appoint staff to ensure the smooth and regular flow of contents.

Time has changed. Strategies have to be updated to meet the new situation. We should properly manage, guide authors on what to do and prepare a perfect plan for the content management. It is a team work. Everyone whether it is Admin or writers work for a common goal but through different paths. The mistakes may happen. How owners can make sure that they are not crossing the limits and stick to the website’s guidelines or standards?

It is not possible, manually. We need to use some plugins to efficiently manage a team and multi-author blogs. In this post, we pick 10 best WordPress plugins for doing the job. If you feel we miss any important tool, feel free to share your feedback through comments.

1. Adminimize

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Adminimize lets you redefine the privileges of a WordPress user. You can hide unwanted items from their admin area and protect critical parts of a site from unauthorized access. As the site owner, you can assign rights based on user’s role.

It provides deeper customizations and allows you to activate or deactivate any part of the dashboard menu including those of the options in posts, pages, navigation menu, theme editor, widgets, categories, comments, media and even front end. The plugin brings powerful and unimaginable opportunities in WordPress. You can restrict a user from editing post slugs, thumbnail, creating password protect pages, managing links and many more.

2. Editorial Calendar

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Do you know which post is going to be published on next Monday? Editorial Calendar is an excellent plugin to get an overview of your blog.

It will show upcoming posts in your blog in the form of a calendar. Just drag and drop them to quickly change their date. It also allows you to quickly edit post titles, contents, status and time. 

3. Cleverness To-Do List

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Prepare a to-do list for each user with a deadline. The plugin lets you create both common and private to-do lists in WordPress. A common to-do list can be viewed by all user roles, but you can assign different permission levels using capabilities. You can also set a priority level for each of the items to indicate their importance. Progress field will show how far you are from fulfilling the task.

The private to-do list is another advantage of the plugin. Website owners can assign individual tasks to each user which can be optionally viewed by that user only.

4. Co-Authors Plus

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WordPress allows only a single author on posts and pages. How will you handle those posts which are handled by multiple authors?

Co-Authors Plus lets you overcome the default core behavior with options to add multiple authors at a time. You can assign multiple bylines to posts, pages and custom post types without creating WordPress user accounts. Authors can edit posts they are associated with, but co-authors with contributor privileges can edit just unpublished posts.

5. User Role Editor

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We know about WordPress user roles and their capabilities. It creates no issue on single author blogs. But when we decide to work with multiple authors, reconstruction is needed.

User Role Editor lets you update current user roles with custom privileges or create a custom user role for the blog. Hide selected menu items for users on both front-end and back-end of the site. Block meta boxes, manage content access, clone existing user roles and more with the plugin.

6. Team Members

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Showcase your co-authors or staff anywhere on the site. It is an interesting plugin to easily add new members to your team and show their picture, position, bio, social media profiles on sidebar or content area using a shortcode.

7. Post Pay Counter

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No one will work without any benefit. Set up payment criteria for your blog and let the plugin to do the rest. It will automatically calculate payment for your authors based on various factors like pay per post, word, traffic etc.

Create custom user groups or personalize a user’s settings to apply individual payment settings for him/her. Easily view an author’s statistics along with written posts, the number of words, visits, comments and total outstanding payment. 

8. Edit Flow

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Edit Flow is an advanced plugin to improve collaboration within your editorial team in WordPress. It will display a content calendar where you can monitor upcoming posts, track progress and leave comments if needed.

Start a private discussion between authors and editors on a post by post basis and receive notifications on the contents you are following. Create user groups to organize users by department and view upcoming posts by status, category, user etc.

9. Restrict Author Posting

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Certain authors specialize in specific niches. Add restriction category to their user profile and limit them to post in that category only. Such users can view all posts in the site, but can not edit them except within the restricted category.

10. Multiple Adsense Accounts for WordPress

It is a useful plugin to share blog revenue. Add multiple AdSense accounts on your WordPress blog, personalize ad units and share monetary benefits with your co-authors.


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  • Danial Wilson

    Thanks for sharing.
    If you want to monitor and keep track of all the activities occurs on the admin side then you can try User Activity Log Pro WordPress plugin. It provides a very easy user interface to manage your site’s user roles.