WordPress is the most popular blogging platform out there for a lot of reasons. However, one thing I don’t like about it is that when I schedule a post, I have to look at a separate calendar to see the actual day of the week, since only the month, date, and time show from within the post.
This can get confusing, and it’s easy to end up scheduling two posts for the same day, or publishing a post on Monday when you really meant to publish it on Tuesday.
The good news is, there are some excellent WordPress editorial calendar plugins that can help you keep everything straight!
Here Are My Favorite WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugins
1. The simply named, “Editorial Calendar” plugin is one of the most popular ones, for good reason. It’s no frills, but has what a single blogger blog needs to keep up with posts and is what I use on my personal business blog.
Posts can be easily moved around from one date to the next, and you can, at a glance, see which days you have posts planned for, and whether they are in draft mode, scheduled, or published.
This plugin is free and is a great one to start with, and may be all you need even as your blog grows, assuming that your blog doesn’t have multiple authors that you need to manage.
2. Edit Flow is one of the best free WordPress editorial calendar plugins for multi-author blogs. Features such as editorial comments, notifications, custom status, and user groups them make it easy for a blog owner or manager to collaborate with other team members.
For instance, the editorial comments feature provides an opportunity for team members who work on a specific posts (the writer, editor and so on) to communicate about the post from within the dashboard of that specific post. This cuts down on back and forth emails and keeps all conversations about a specific post in one place.
Custom statuses help you to see at a glance where things stand for each post. For instance, if you have an editor on your team, she can filter the posts by the “Needs Edit” status and find only the posts that need editing. As the name implies, these statuses can be customized to fit with whatever blogging workflow you create.
Edit Flow is also a free WordPress editorial calendar plugin.
3. CoSchedule is a premium, WordPress editorial calendar plugin that runs $10 per month. As is to be expected, it has more bells and whistles than the two free plugins written about above.
The thing that makes this plugin different from the others is that in addition to being able to leave notes for other team members, you can actually add tasks to each post and assign them to team members. The tasks can be anything you want them to be, so they can ran the gamut from research to creating images to anything else not necessarily specific to the actual writing and editing of the post.
In addition to that, you can create and schedule social media posts while you write your post so you don’t forget to do them later. This can help you to be more consistent with your social media presence, and can lead to more social media referral traffic to your blog.
If you’re just starting out, this plugin may be more than you need, but it is worthwhile even for a single blogger blog due to the social media scheduling option.