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  • Gene

    My blog theme allows featured photos. I’m using the “User Submitted Posts” plugin but when someone uploads a photo(s) along with their post I haven’t been able to locate it (them). All that I am seeing is the pending post in my Post file. I’ve also been checking my Media files and my email but there are no photos being sent there either. Where should I be looking?

  • WPBeginner Staff

    No you are at the right place. The only major change since this article was first published is that WordPress admin interface is changed. However, you will find most widgets, settings, and menus exactly as we have shown in the video.

  • WPBeginner Staff

    You will find them in your posts with the status Pending Review

  • Mike Mike

    I would like to ask you that does it work well with hide my wp plugin? Now I upload images via user submitted plug in but I couldn’t find the images. So where could I find it? please kindly give me any solution..Thanks.. Mike Mike

  • WPBeginner Staff

    Yes you can do this by creating a custom user role. Checkout our guide on adding or removing capabilities to user roles in WordPress. Once you have created a user role with your desired capabilities. You can then go to Settings and under Any One Can Register field, select your custom user role as the default role.

  • Arosh Khan

    Can i change the page or can i make a new form Where to show the submitted posts instead of showing it to the default wordpress recent page?

  • Jason

    Do I need a plugin if I want to add a “new post” button and an “update by email” button that will direct visitors to where they can register or log in, if they haven’t already done so?

    • WPBeginner Support

      You can just add a link to register/login page and use CSS to style those links as buttons.

  • younes

    i created a custom theme …
    after install User Submitted Posts plugin, its rich text editor not show…
    but in other theme show

    (please look bottom of home page in my web site )

    my site address :

    pls help me

    • WPBeginner Support

      Younes it seems like someother plugin or some functionality in your WordPress theme is causing a conflict with user submitted posts plugin. Please test by switching to a default theme and by deactivating all plugins except user submitted posts. If it starts working correctly, then turn on your plugins one by one until you find the one that is causing the conflict. If no plugin is causing the conflict, then switch to your current theme. This way you can troubleshoot the issue. Let us know if this resolves your issue.

      • younes

        tanx for answer…
        I’ve disabled all plugins except user submitted post… and switch to defult theme… the plugin fully working and then swich my theme but dont work…
        i think my theme functionality is incomplate….

        can i send my theme to your email for troubleshoot that.

        please help me…

  • Manish

    Is there any WP plugin which allow user to register as author and Post airtcle from frontend.What i need is no other user can see post of another expect admin and post should appear on website only after admin approve post.

  • david

    Hi, I’m in the process of setting up a wordpress site for people to publish natural cures that worked for them (in the form of a post) , and make those posts accessible to others that are looking for a cure. One of the requirements is that only the author of the post (and the site admin) can edit their content, but other users of the site can view and comment on the post.
    I would like adding/editing a post to be a user friendly experience where the author just has to register/login to add/edit a post – without having to access the admin area.
    I would also like to collect the post content in a mysql table. Is this possible? Or can you suggest another way I do this?
    Thanks for your help

    • WPBeginner Support

      We think that the methods described above should work for you. All your posts are already stored in a MySQL table for posts in your WordPress database. You can export just a single table using phpMyAdmin and then import it in a different database or as a different table.

  • Meret

    Thanks for the article. I’m working on a project and wish for people to post their experience on my blog. Therefore I do not want to invest too much money for now. Can I use Contact Form 7 instead? Or perhaps another reliable free plug-in?
    Thank you.

    • WPBeginner Support

      user submitted posts is a free plugin. :)

      • Meret

        Yes, it is :-) Thank you. And it works fine. Now I am trying to find a way to make some adjustments such as language & css. Wish me luck!

  • kamal

    hi i m beginner of word press, i want a user to post in my site, according to i follow all steps but in between short code , that means after option for image uploads , my wordpress showing short code and template tag its final option anf after than restore and save settings option there. i need a user to post on my site..

  • Grzegorz

    Why featured image doesn’t display in post? How to fix it?

    • WPBeginner Support

      Does your theme supports featured images? make sure you have the_post_thumbnail() template tag in your theme’s single.php or relevant template file. If this does not help, then please contact the plugin support.

  • Grant

    Hi I recently got an email saying that I received a new user submitted post, I went in to my /wp-admin to check and there were no new posts in the Posts section. Does anyone know where the post might be? Thank you ver much!

    • WPBeginner Support

      By default the posts should appear as draft. If it does not then test your plugin settings by adding a couple of dummy posts.

  • Luke Bamford

    If I have got Gravity forms do I need to do any of the settings describes on this page above the gravity form section to get the form to submit a post?

    • WPBeginner Support

      No you don’t need to do any steps before the Gravity forms section.

      • Luke Bamford

        I have got the form working thanks very much, but the post always goes to draft and I have to approve it, is there any way of changing this please so as soon as someone fills in the form the post goes live on the site?

        Thanks Luke

  • Jonny

    Is there a way to set up the User Submitted Posts to work with registered users only (instead of using the default WordPress admin interface)? Also, could these registered users edit the posts they’ve uploaded?

    Any help would be appreciated.


    • WPBeginner Support

      It is possible though User Submitted Posts is probably not ideal for that. No users can not edit the posts they have submitted unless they have author or editor privileges on your site and can access the admin area.

      • Jonny

        Thanks for the reply.

        What would you recommend as an ideal solution for users to register in order to upload and edit their posts (but allowing admin to moderate these uploaded posts and whenever they edit them)? It seems like the best solution would be WP User Frontend, although I’m not sure if the admin can moderate a post if it’s been edited.

        Thanks in advance for any feedback.

  • Zack

    Hy, the plug in is great but is it possible to put user content to
    a different page (not the blog one that wp is doing automatically ).

    • WPBeginner Support

      Currently it only supports posts.

  • Arslan

    Thanks for the post.

    I heard that hosting a wordpress based site makes the hosting server pretty slow. Kindly let me know if that’s true and are there any special settings to make sure that users have a smooth experience while browsing.

    • WPBeginner Support

      No it does not make the hosting server slow. However to make sure that a WordPress site is properly utilizing server resources you can use a caching plugin such as W3 Total Cache

      • Arslan

        Thanks for the reply. I will look in to this plugin.

  • Todd

    Thanks so much.

  • Jakub

    you’re a genius,I so need this right now.I was desperatedly looking for this guide for about a month now.Thank you,thanks million times thanks :)

  • Nounou

    thank you, a fantastic post, really was needing such an information

  • Zimbrul

    Great article again from WP Beginner. I was wondering the other day how to allow people to submit articles and news to one of my sites and this article comes very handy.

  • Niall Burke

    I’ve been thinking about implementing something similar to this for some time now. The User Submitted Posts features more functionality than I was aware of – very helpful overview!