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How to Allow Readers to Submit Blog Posts in WordPress

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Guest posting is one of the best options to improve your traffic, social media presence, and user engagements. It will help you to connect with fellow bloggers and build a strong relationship with them.

If you are not comfortable in any subject in your niche, you can ask others to cover the topic in exchange for backlinks or others. Add a page or sidebar widget on your blog to inform readers about guest posting opportunities and ways to submit contents.

There are many ways to accept guest posts on your blog. Share your preferred contact method on about us, contact us pages and other sections through which users can send their articles to you.

In this post, we’ll tell you how to allow readers to submit blog posts from the front end of your site.

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Sign into your WordPress website and click Plugins > Add New from the left pane of the dashboard.

Search for ‘user submitted posts’, install and activate the plugin. It will add a new sub-level menu under the settings where you can configure the plugin.

User Submitted Posts allows you to add all required fields like username, email, post title, category, tags, content, images, and CAPTCHA in the submission form. Open plugin settings to enable or disable the fields. You can also the set what should happen to the posts submitted. Send it to drafts, pending and automatically publish the contents if the user has a certain number of approved posts. It is a nice option to reduce the length of your moderation queue and let your trusted users automatically publish the posts on a trending topic.

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The plugin is customizable and you can set a redirect URL, success message, error message etc for the form submissions to deliver a user-friendly experience to the visitors. It also allows you to specify a minimum or a maximum number of images authors can upload with the posts.

The post-submission form can be shown on any single post, page, and widgets using a shortcode or a template tag. Login form is another feature of the plugin through which users can log in and register to your blog and submit contents.

User Submitted Posts is a simple and secure plugin that allows your visitors to submit posts without leaving the site. It is highly customizable and gives you full control over the guest articles.

Read How Guest Blogging Can Help You Grow Your Small Business