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Betaout ContentCloud

Manage all your WordPress sites and Editorial team from a single interface

3 reviews
Average Rating
2 stars
2.5 out of 5 stars
5 stars
Awesome content collaboration system built on WordPress
By , for WP 3.5

I was very impressed by some of the functionalities offered by Content Cloud platform. I have been strugling with multitudes of softwares and plugins to implement a functional workflow for my newsroom. But with Betaout you get everything in one place and it also syncs beautifully with WordPress. Me and my team has been wasting numerous hours copying and pasting finished content from various softwares into WordPress, but not anymore.

Pros

  1. Editorial Calender that syncs with Google calender.
  2. Reusable content templates.
  3. Idearoom for pitching ideas and stories.
  4. Beautiful drag and drop interface to create custom workflows.
  5. Text editor with Google docs style comments that also works in my iPad.

Cons

  1. $29 per user per month is bit steep.
  2. Not useful if your team size is very small.
5 stars
Interesting
By , for WP 3.5.1

It seems like an interesting idea. Though why can't users be at once different roles for creating content - this is firstly.

And then price - it's kinda strange. Ucoz system charges 3$. But they have a huge system and 3$ for all users of site.

And here you must produce loads of content tso to be in profit.

At least charging for resources.

At large idea is quite interesting - such extra comfort and non-wordpress panel - not bad.

4 stars
Not what I need now, but I can see the potential
By , for WP 3.5.1

I spent a few days with Betaout, working my way through its features. It's not really a good fit for my current team, because we're just too small to benefit from many of the features, but for a larger, more traditionally-structured editorial team, I can definitely see how it would streamline the workflow and keep the team organized. If the day ever comes when I can primarily be an editor and have others fill the additional roles, I will come back to it.

Its disadvantage for smaller teams is that it is constrained by the "one role per user" limitation of WordPress. So, if you are both the editor and one of the writers for your site, you have to pretend to be two or more people. However, even though it pulls the user accounts from WP, it does not tie itself to the log-in state. You can be signed into the Newsroom as the editor, and the Workbench with the writer account at the same time.

The only other issue I ran into is that it is unable to ignore certain custom post types that may be added by other plugins. For example, I use an admin to-do list plugin that utilizes a custom post type to store the entries in the database. Betaout sees these as published posts, even though they actually only show up in WP admin.

I emailed Betaout inquiring about the latter issue, and ended up having a wonderful email exchange. The people there seem very interested in what users actually need and why their product doesn't fit that need. Even if I don't end up needing Betaout in the future, that is enough to make me keep an eye on their future offerings.

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