[Plugin: Editorial Calendar] Doesn’t handle ‘pending review’ posts
I absolutely love this plugin with one exception. I run a multi-author blog and when I choose ‘quick edit’ on a post with the ‘pending review’ status, the popup menu (where you switch between draft and scheduled) is not selectable.
Thanks for your help,
Thank you for using the calendar. I am compiling a list of blogs that use the calendar, may I add yours?
You are totally right about the way we handling posts that are pending review. I’ve just added support for this the same way we support draft posts. It will be there in the next release.
Keep that feedback coming.
More feedback? OK 😉
I edited the css to make drafts / pending posts appear in different colors so I know which posts need my attention. Would be great if those were both configurable in the admin area.
I would also love an option to include the author’s username on the calendar. That would really help as on one of my sites I have about a dozen authors.
If drafts and pending posts could be placed in an area at the top of the page instead of in the calendar on the day they were created, that would really help me see at a glance how many posts I need to schedule.
Pie in the sky: I put up posts at specific times every day, and if each day on the calendar had configurable time slots I could drag and drop posts into, that would be amazing!
If you want to add tryhandmade.com to your list, that would be great.
Looking forward to the new release – I haven’t been this excited about a plugin in a long time!
> I edited the css to make drafts / pending posts appear in different colors
> so I know which posts need my attention. Would be great if those were both
> configurable in the admin area.
We used to use colors for posts and took them out. Colors are difficult because they never mean the same thing to different people. Most people use red for stop and green for go, but figuring out the right color for pending posts vs. draft posts is tough. I’m curious what colors you used.
> I would also love an option to include the author’s username on the calendar.
> That would really help as on one of my sites I have about a dozen authors.
We keep going back and forth on this. There is a tension between wanting to show as many posts as possible in the calendar and wanting to show more data. How many posts do you normally have on a single day and how many weeks do you normally show in the calendar?
> If drafts and pending posts could be placed in an area at the top of the page
> instead of in the calendar on the day they were created, that would really
> help me see at a glance how many posts I need to schedule.
I’ve never thought about using the calendar this way. It is an interesting idea. I need to think about it a little more.
> Pie in the sky: I put up posts at specific times every day, and if each day
> on the calendar had configurable time slots I could drag and drop posts into,
> that would be amazing!
How many time slots would you have in a day? Is it always the same times for every day, or do they change?
> Looking forward to the new release – I haven’t been this excited about a
> plugin in a long time!
Thank you so much for the feedback. I know how I use WordPress, but it is such a flexible tool that I need other perspectives. I’ll keep thinking about these changes.
By the way, this plugin is open source. If your interested in getting more involved let me know.
The colors I use depend on the blog. I have one blog where I am the only author and I post multiple times per day. I tend to stockpile drafts (using scribefire) and then mass-schedule them. For that site, drafts are red.
Another site I have has multiple posts per day written by about a dozen authors including myself. For this site I made pending posts red. Ideally I could make my own drafts red too, but it’s easy enough to just remember which ones are mine. The reason I don’t make all drafts red is that I don’t want to schedule another person’s post before they’ve declared it ready to go.
This second blog is the one where I noticed I couldn’t schedule pending posts, but that’s actually not a problem for me (although I’m glad you have a fix). What I do instead is schedule all the pending posts, but leave them as pending. I have to review all the pending posts before publication anyway, so once I’ve done that on the edit post screen, I just click schedule and it falls into place.
Putting drafts and pending posts outside the calendar until they are dragged in is my number one request. That way I know how many I have to work with and don’t accidentally miss one because it is listed under a bunch of scheduled posts on a busy day.
On both blogs I typically have 3-5 posts per day, and I think I’ve missed the option to set the number of weeks shown so I’m using the default and just scrolling around.
Thanks for the offer of working on the code. While I certainly tinker with and riff on a lot of plugins, I’ve had a look at yours and it is over my head 🙂
Oh, and you might want to communicate with the author of ‘Peter’s Collaboration E-mails’ plugin (http://www.theblog.ca/wordpress-collaboration-emails) because when I move a pending post (written by someone else) around on the calendar, I get email from that plugin saying that there is a new post to review and that I have written it.
I’ve checked and you’re not resetting the author to me, but there’s some issue between your plugin and the collaboration one.
Thank you so much for the great feedback Erica. I’ve added the ability to see post authors and we are actively thinking of ways to integrate color. I’m also doing some initial design on the drafts feature.
I have two more question about that feature. How many drafts are you typically managing at one time? How long do they typically stay drafts before you publish them?
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