Creating a quality multi-author blog can be a great idea if you have a regular contributor who can create quality blog posts on a regular basis.
If you are the only one managing your blog, it can be very tiring at times to manage all the activities related to your blog.
Creating content needs a lot of time if you wish to maintain high quality (which is extremely important), so you will not be left with any time to promote your content.
As most pro bloggers and marketers say, you need to spend more time promoting your content than writing.
Even if you try to do all the activities on your blog yourself, you will surely get burned out at some point in time.
So, the best idea is to get a few like-minded writers on board and distribute the activities. A search engine like Google likes blogs that are updated with fresh content regularly, if you have more than one writer, you will be able to push in more content.
If you look at the top content sites Techcrunch or other authority sites, they publish multiple posts a day, and they are written by different writers.
I’m sure it will not be possible for every blogger to get paid writers. However, once you start making some money from the blog, it is wise to invest that back to the business and grow it at a faster pace.
Now, to manage a multi-author blog you will need a few tools and plugins to manage all the activities on your site smoothly and there is no confusion.
Let’s have a look at some of the important WordPress plugins for multi-author blogs.
01. User Role Editor
A must-have plugin for all multi-author blogs. This plugin will help you to manage the capabilities of your authors based on their roles.
You can also select and manage the capabilities per user basis. We have been using this plugin on multiple blogs and it works perfectly.
It’s a simple free WordPress plugin that you can download from the WordPress plugin repository and use on your site.
The plugin will fetch all the different user role types that your site has and offer you a list of capabilities that you can define as per the user role type.
If you are going to allow a particular user to write on your blog, you will have to increase the capability of that user so that the user can perform a certain thing that other users can’t.
For example, a simple contributor cannot upload images or attachments on a WordPress site. However, you can make that happen with this plugin.
You can edit the capability of that user and allow them to upload files on your site.
02. Capability Manager Enhanced
A similar plugin as the User Role Editor, you can edit the capability of any user on your site using this plugin. With this plugin, you can quickly change the default user capabilities created by WordPress and make them work as per your requirement.
You can use this plugin to create custom capabilities for your website as per your business requirement.
If your business needs a custom user role, you can use this plugin to create a new role as per your need and assign different capabilities.
03. Edit Flow
Edit Flow is a very important WordPress plugin that is a must-have for every multi-author blog. With this plugin, you will be able to manage the workflow on your site without any hassle.
With this plugin, you will be able to manage the complete editing calendar for your blog. You can have private communication with your writers right from your WordPress dashboard.
04. Editorial Calendar
As the name suggests, this is a plugin to create the editorial calendar for your site. You can be proactive and create the complete plan of publishing well ahead of time with this calendar plugin.
If you are managing a multi-author site, this plugin will be very useful. You can create the editorial calendar for the month and assign the work to your authors.
05. Email Users
When you are managing a multi-author blog the communication is very important. This plugin will help you to have email communication between the registered users on your site from the WordPress dashboard.
Another advantage of this plugin is that it supports multiple languages other than English.
06. Co-Authors Plus
If you write big blog posts on your site co-authored by your partners, this plugin will help you to showcase the authors for a post easily.
You can assign multiple authors to a single post or page as per your requirement. Another advantage of this plugin is that it allows you to create guest author quickly and showcase on a post, the user doesn’t need to have a ready author profile.
07. WP User Frontend
If you want to allow users to submit content from the front-end of your site, here is the plugin you need.
This plugin offers a front-end dashboard to the users so that they are able to manage all their activities on the site.
WP User Frontend plugin comes with the drag-and-drop form builder so that you can create the post submission form as per your need.
08. Audit Trail
When you have multiple users accessing your website, it is important to keep a check on all the activities on your site so that nothing goes wrong.
This Audit Trail plugin will help you to get that done. It will keep a track of all the activities, logins, timings to make sure that you as the admin have all the updates.
It also records the content in a post or page so it will help you to restore a previous version in case any update is done to a post without your consent.
These are some of the best and must-have multi-author blog plugins that will help you to manage your day-to-day work smoothly.
If you know of any other plugin that needs to be mentioned in this list, let us know by using the comment form below.