Highlighting draft articles so editors know which ones are ready for editing

  1. bigvibes

    For websites that employ a number of writers and editors the backend can get cluttered with articles that are in various draft stages. There's no way to know if an article a writer saved as a draft is ready for editing or if it's still being worked on.

    So a handy feature on the Posts list page (and integrated into the post editor) would be a multi-coloured flag that the writer or editor can click to highlight what editorial stage the article is at. Eg:

    Red: unfinished first draft, not ready for editing
    Yellow: finished first draft, ready for editing
    Green: edited draft, ready for publication

    On its simplest level, those three colours would satisfy most users' needs. Some users may have a lengthier editorial process (e.g. draft goes to substantive editor, then to copy editor, then to proofreader/poster) or they may want to flag articles that are unfinished for specific reasons (e.g. writing is unfinished, no photo, haven't received rights to use photo yet, etc.), so it may be helpful to offer a whole palette of colours for users to choose from.


    The Mindful Word

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  2. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    Sounds like http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/edit-flow/ would fit this bill.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  3. Mark Root-Wiley


    Note that there's a "Pending Review" status that I think is exactly what you're describing, it's just not color coded (which could be a plugin).

    Edit Flow is great if you want a huge amount of editorial control beyond the default WP structures.

    I also wrote a plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/post-status-menu-items/ that makes these statuses a little faster to get to in the admin.

    Posted: 6 years ago #

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