Giving Access to Guest Bloggers in WordPress

Giving Access to Guest Bloggers in WordPress

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Giving Access to Guest Bloggers in WordPressAs a Brand Manager and Social Media Marketer, I often assist clients with guest blogging. Having others write content for your blog audience is a great way to keep your site fresh and also gain additional exposure by attracting the guest bloggers’ audience as well.

The best way to acknowledge guest bloggers as authors on your WordPress site is to give them a user profile and the designate them as the Author of the post. This can be great for driving traffic, particularly if the guest blogger has Google Authorship set up.  However, many website owners don’t want to give an occasional guest blogger permission to access the back end of their website. Today I want to talk about how you can use WordPress roles to allow guest bloggers to post drafts without opening access to your entire website.

 

Choosing A WordPress User Role

Many website owners simply do not have the time to be hands-on every step of the way when they decide to include others in their content creating. For that reason, they will assign an individual writer a role. That role defines how active that person can be on the back end of the website. The two roles most often appointed to guest bloggers are of Contributor and Author.
There is no right or wrong way to choose your role assignments. Each website owner must do what is best for their situation. I’m going to point out the differences between the two roles in order to help you make informed decisions when assigning.
Note: All WordPress roles have predefined capabilities.
If you assign someone the role of “contributor” they will be able to upload their post into drafts, edit the post and delete the post. Contributors cannot upload images. They cannot publish their post nor can they edit or delete theirs or any other posts once they are published.
If you assign someone the role of “author” they will be able to upload their posts into drafts, add images, edit, publish and delete their post both before and after publication. In addition, “authors” can change their assigned password and edit their profile. Authors cannot modify any posts other than their own. Authors also cannot create, delete or modify website pages.

 

User Role Plugins

Website owners use a plugin that allows authors to create an author bio, complete with links to their social media profiles and their own website. There are also plugins and workarounds that allow the website owner to change predefined capabilities of each role in order to expand the role or reduce the functionality of the role. However, I am not qualified to speak in detail about plugins so I will leave that to the WP Plugin Coach.

 

WordPress Plugin AssistI have had great luck with the User Role Editor plugin by Vladimir Garagulya. It will allow you to modify and assign access not just for WordPress core, but also for installed plugins that are coded properly. ~ Kelly

 

 

I hope this information helped to shed a little light on ways to manage your guest bloggers and others who help create content for your site. I look forward to any comments or questions.

Michele Lawson

Michele Lawson is a freelancer who has turned her dream of becoming an entrepreneur into a reality.

With a passion for content writing, social media marketing and brand managing, Michele works with a wide variety of clients including non-profits, start-ups and established businesses that need a face-lift.Although the majority of her clients are solopreneurs, Michele has also pleasure of providing consultations and social media analysis for major nationwide companies.

Energetic and down-to-earth, Michele loves showing small business owners how to put together the puzzle pieces of social media in order to create a positive online presence with consistent messaging that addresses the needs of their target market.As a public speaker, she speaks on many social media topics and branding topics including her latest presentation, “Five Branding Mistakes of Small Business.”

Michele is a monthly contributor for Solopreneur Marketing Magazine.

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Michele Lawson is a freelancer who has turned her dream of becoming an entrepreneur into a reality. With a passion for content writing, social media marketing and brand managing, Michele works with a wide variety of clients including non-profits, start-ups and established businesses that need a face-lift. Although the majority of her clients are solopreneurs, Michele has also pleasure of providing consultations and social media analysis for major nationwide companies. Energetic and down-to-earth, Michele loves showing small business owners how to put together the puzzle pieces of social media in order to create a positive online presence with consistent messaging that addresses the needs of their target market. As a public speaker, she speaks on many social media topics and branding topics including her latest presentation, “Five Branding Mistakes of Small Business.” Michele is a monthly contributor for Solopreneur Marketing Magazine.