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How to Create a Blogging Checklist in WordPress

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How to Create a Blogging Checklist in WordPress

Whether you have a multi-author blog or a single-author blog, a checklist is something that everyone needs. When writing we often make careless mistakes. Often we go live with those changes and have our users point out the errors. Sometimes the error in the post goes uncaught for weeks. Well that is when you need a checklist can come handy. Checklist can serve as a list of reminders that you set for yourself before you publish a post. Most folks just create a PDF checklist for their authors and send it to them via email. Some utilize services like Google Docs or even a project management platform. In this article, we will show you how to create a blogging checklist in WordPress.

First you need to install and activate the plugin called Blogging Checklist. Upon activation, a new menu “Blogging Checklist” will appear under the Settings tab.

Blogging Checklist Settings

You can add whatever you like in to your checklist. There are examples to copy and paste on the checklist screen. Once you click save changes, then your checklist will be visible on the post write page.

Blogging Checklist

One of the downside of this plugin is that it does not store any of the checklist data. So lets say you did 3 out of 5 things on the checklist and you reload the page, it will reset all boxes. It would be great if this plugin can actually store the data and not let the user hit publish until all boxes are checked.

Download Blogging Checklist


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  • Jac Brey

    Good plugin idea – but dropping the data renders it useless. Why? Because very few items are written, edited and posted in one session. I’d guess that the author doesn’t write any posts, or s/he’d have picked this up straight away!

    However, I found a more capable plugin ‘Content Audit’ at

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/content-audit/

    It currently has an issue awaiting update but when this is fixed, would be really useful.

    Footnote: The WordPress repository seems to be infested with plugins that either don’t work, partly work, are a security hazard – or have weird functionality.

    No problem if you’re a hobbyist and have time on your hands – but if a client asks us to find a way to do something more easily we would test some plugins for them and find the best one.

    The only issue is, clients no longer pay for time spent dillying around, so no more hobby plugins for us.

  • LauraMonroe

    @peterfletcher right, as well as automatically adding it to every post once its set up..I’ll give it a whirl ;)

  • http://rynoweb.com/ chuckreynolds

    This plugin would be great IF it hindered posting until all boxes were checked… Would be great for those clients constantly talking about good seo but whom fail to fill in the seo metaboxes. It’s a start…

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ wpbeginner

      @chuckreynolds Yup .. agreed totally.

  • Jason Bradley

    Thanks for posting this. I was seriously looking for something like this to help as a reminder for everything on my wife’s blog (http://sweatersandsweets.com) for her. Since we both post on the site, I wanted to create a checklist for both of us to make sure we took care of everything before publishing. Thanks!