Scheduling and planning out blog posts is an important aspect of any blogger’s routine. A well-thought out schedule provides a certain level of balance and organization. Additionally, it also enables easier management, especially when it comes to launching certain blog series or prepping your readers for a scheduled product launch.
While your regular organizers, diaries and planners are great ways to plan ahead, some people prefer a more technological approach, one that, if possible, could already be integrated into your WordPress dashboard and admin panel. The great thing about having a schedule live on your computer screen is that it’s easily accessible. Plus, if you forget you left your organizer in another roomâ€”or worse, lost itâ€”you still have a digital map of your scheduled posts.
Now add the idea of being able to move around your scheduled posts easily and efficientlyâ€”by dragging them onto the certain dates on your calendar that you want them published, then having a pen-and-paper planner seems less versatile, doesn’t it?
This form of planning and scheduling is a function that Editorial Calendar can do for you.
What Is Editorial Calendar?
Basically, Editorial Calendar is a WordPress plugin that displays your published, as well as your up and coming posts in a visually-stunning calendar view. It’s a way of visualizing the flow of your blog posting schedule and getting a more organized picture of what article goes live, and when.
How Does It Help You?
Besides giving you a visualization of the times and dates of each of your posts, Editorial Calendar also displays other aspects and data regarding your posts so that viewing them is much easier on the eyes. Clicking on the â€œScreen Optionsâ€ button gives you options for customizing the appearance of your calendar, including how many weeks to show all at once (ranges from 1-8).
Better Than the Regular â€œPostsâ€ Tab
There are several features that make Editorial Calendar such a pleasure to use, much different from when you view the â€œPostsâ€ tab and get an enumeration of all your published and unpublished posts all in the form of a list. Editorial Calendar let’s you do everything that the â€œPostsâ€ tab, but in a much more amazing way.
1. Create a New Post
Creating a new post couldn’t be easier on Editorial Calendar. Simply hover the mouse cursor over a date on the calendar, and a â€œNew Postâ€ link will appear. Click on it will allow you to create a draft preset to 10AM on your selected date, and also allows you to enter both title and content. You can also change a post’s status (draft, pending, review, or scheduled).
2. Edit Your Posts
Of course, if you’re able to add a new post, editing should also be an option. Editorial Calendar allows you to easily find any posts that you want to edit. Clicking on the link will direct you to the regular blog post editor. A â€œQuick Editâ€ option, on the other hand, lets you change a post’s scheduling details.
3. Rearranging Your Schedule
Probably the feature that is most fun in Editorial Calendar is the ability for you to drag and drop posts and drafts to any date. This makes it easier than simply clicking on the â€œQuick Editâ€ option, and actually makes it more fun. Try to do that with any regular planner or organizer.