Everyone makes mistakes when writing blog posts. That’s why most successful bloggers use some kind of blogging checklist to make sure their articles are in perfect condition. In this article, we will show you how to create a blogging checklist in WordPress to avoid mistakes and speed up your editorial process.
Why You Need a Blogging Checklist in WordPress?
As a blogger, you would soon develop a regular workflow for all articles you publish. If you are working alone, then you are solely responsible for catching all the mistakes before an article goes online.
It becomes even more important when working on a multi-author site. There is always a chance that someone would forget to add something.
You would need to check spelling and grammar mistakes, add featured image, utilize SEO features, schedule post and so on.
As your site grows, you will be adding more pre-publish tasks to the process.
This is where a blogging checklist comes in handy. It allows you to go through all the items that you need to check before publishing a post. This is not only useful for catching mistakes, but it will also allow you to work faster and more efficiently.
Let’s see how to easily create your own blog post checklist in WordPress for a better editorial workflow.
Adding a Pre-Publish Blog Post Checklist in WordPress
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Good Writer Checkify plugin.
Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Good Writer Checkify page to create your checklist.
First, you need to check the box next to ‘Show Checkbox in Post/Page-editing’ option.
After that, you can add your checklist item one by one. You can add up to 25 items on your checklist.
Once done, click on the save changes button to store your changes.
Now create a new post in WordPress. On the post edit screen, you will see your checklist below the post editor.
You can check or uncheck items in the list. Make sure that you review the checklist before publishing a post.
The plugin does not stop users from publishing a post. However, it does provide a nice on-screen reminder of all the items that you need to check before publishing a post.
What Should You Add in Your Blogging Checklist?
The answer really depends on your own editorial workflow and process. However, there are some common tasks that are almost essential to any blogger’s pre-publishing checklist.
Our founder, Syed Balkhi, shared his own 14-Point blog post checklist that you can use as a resource for creating your own.
We hope this article helped you add a blogging checklist in WordPress.