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How to Manage a Multi-Author WordPress Blog

Posted By Darren Rowse 12th of November 2008 Blogging Tools and Services 25

More and more blogs seem to be transitioning to multi-author set ups and as they do I’ve been asked increasingly for information on how to manage these types of blogs.

If you have a multi-author WordPress blog then you’ll want to check out a great post at Hongkiat – 35 Tips Tricks To Manage and Handle Multi-Author Blogs.

The post is packed full of useful tools and plugins that will help make the task of managing more than one author on a blog a lot easier – enjoy.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Comments
  1. Thanks for the tips, I have a multi-author blog and sometimes working out who is posting when can be a hassle. Lots of good ideas in there.

  2. Thanks for pointing me towards Hongkiat’s post. I am trying to add more authors to my blog and this was a great starting point for me. Thanks again!

  3. These posts cover some things I’ve been looking for for a few days! Thanks :).

  4. I have never had a multi-authored blog. It can be fun to work together with someone. Team work is much better.

    Those were some really nice plugins. I plan on using them in the future.

  5. Excellent tips as usual.

    My blog at http://www.2blogpoker.com is a WordPress blog which i’ve been meaning to change to a multiauthor blog but never got round to it.

    The problem with the multi author thing is your going to get a lot of spammy posts so you’ll spend alot of time moderating.

  6. Hopefully I’ll get there soon enough so this info could come in handy, actually it’ll be a good idea to get some foreward planning in place.

  7. Thanks for sharing Darren. I’m going to be testing out the To-Do plugin.

    About 6 months ago I started my multi-author blog. I was the lone writer for the first few months, but since then we have grown to a team of 20 plus from around the world.

    A couple issues I ran into were:

    1.) Editing articles. I chose to have my authors/contributors submit articles for approval. Proved to be a wise choice since some articles needed editing and image/media formatting. However, I ended up spending all my time editing articles and lost time to write my own. I am currently in search for a co-editor.

    2.) Posting frequency. There are days when I have a large influx of articles pending approval/editing and then there are days when no one submits a single article. While I stress at least one post per day, not everyone is able to meet the quota which is understandable.

    3.) Communication. I provide all my contributors with their own email address ([email protected]). I send emails out with available stories/events/concerts to cover and keep everyone updated on the progress of the site. The results of this are 50/50. I’m looking into utilizing project management tool such as BaseCamp. Is there a wordpress plugin that can turn the publishing platform into a project management tool?

    The experience in starting RoneBreak thus far has been both rewarding and stressful. I have been very excited with the progress made but am looking to expand and grow. Revenue from direct ad sales are in the near future. With that said, anyone interested in contributing and taking on a co-editor role? Ad sales role? Help wanted!

  8. I’m getting a site not found. Do we have to start talking about a ProBlogger effect? :)

  9. One day I want to have multi authors on my blog. Kind of like how you don’t really write on digital photography school anymore. This means less work and more time with family and other projects. I would definately love this.

  10. thanks daren …for sharing the trick….I already watch…great info

  11. Great tip. I’m in the process of setting up a blog for my wife that will have multiple authors although not myself as it will be in German – I’ll just have to fix the problems :-)

  12. This is a good topic, thanks for making this post.I´m thinking of getting guest bloggers as well.New insights on a blog is always welcomed.

  13. I have one multi-authored blog.Its more beneficial of having a blog like that.Team work wins always .So Its so useful if you are maintaining such a blog

  14. I organize one multi-author blog
    (linked above).

    Each author is assigned a day.
    The biggest issue is…
    there are dependable bloggers
    and not-so-dependable bloggers.
    I’ve taken my posts out of regular rotation
    so I ‘fill in’ when a post is missed.

    I also was semi-forced to go with blogger.com
    as that is what the volunteer bloggers know.

  15. thank you for showing me those points, I don’t have this type of blog, but i will have some months later, thank you

  16. i a hogkiat reader, never thought problogger will read his blog and link this great post ^_^

  17. Now this is quite amazing. Hongkiat being featured in problogger.net

    Congrats to Honkiat. Btw, I also really like the post. Really helpful for multi-author blogs like ours too.

    Cheers.

  18. Thanks for the link Darren. Hopefully my blog will one day be large enough to actually have more than just one author, ha.

  19. Thank you very much for the link Darren. I really need to look into this.

  20. The biggest problem I had when managing multiple authors was assigning articles to specific authors.
    – when I picked an author, the author would not always get the work back in a timely manner, while someone else could’ve done it immediately
    – when authors picked the work they wanted to do from an email that I mailed out, I would sometimes get duplicates when people responded at the same time
    – assigning people to cover specific time/date looked promising, but many authors are not dependable and some are afraid of the commitment

    to solve these issues, we had a script developed for a few hundred dollars that would allow the authors to log in, see what work is available in real time and pick what they want. Whatever they pick, immediately gets removed from the “Available” list prohibiting others from picking the same topic. This simple script has improved workflow tremendously.

  21. I prefer single-author blogs…the consistency and voice are what makes them special.

    Multi-author blogs are kinda just magazines 2.0…

  22. It may harm having the same blog on different sites listed on different authors. Search engine would still give credit to the earlier and might penalize the latter. But if they are pointing to the same site, I don’t want to make some risks trying that.

  23. We are just starting a service to share revenue from Google AdSense among multiple writers of a blog.

    The nice thing is that it’s not a plugin, our servers do the ad rotation for you, so there is nothing to install on your site, it works with WordPress, Typepad, or any web editing software.

    Check us out (fairbloggers.com)!

  24. oh thank you for this! we’ve just expanded to three authors on my blog, and i really appreciate this!
    :)

  25. Thanks for the link….the world of WordPress is never ending!

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