PublishPress Checklists Now Has a Free Version on

Do you care about creating great content with WordPress? Now there's a plugin that allows you to ensure all your content meets your high standards.

We've released a free version of the PublishPress Checklists plugin. You can get the free version on

PublishPress Checklists is the best way to make sure that your content is ready to go live. This plugin enables you to choose pre-publishing requirements for your content. For example, you can require that all posts have a minimum number of words, or that they all have a featured image.

PublishPress Checklists banner from

This plugin was previously available only in a Pro version called “Content Checklist”.

Next week, we're going to release a standalone Pro version. This means that you will no longer need to install other plugins to use it.

What is PublishPress Checklists?

Using PublishPress Checklists, you can define tasks that must be complete before content is published.

For example, you can make sure your posts have a minimum or maximum number of words. Or you can ensure that all your posts have a featured image. Or you can force authors to use a specific number of Tags or Categories.

This image below shows a Checklist inside a WordPress post:

PublishPress Checklists in a WordPress posts

PublishPress Checklists also supports the pre-publish panel in Gutenberg. So if you click “Publish”, you will see the requirements before you publish:

PublishPress Checklists in the pre-publish panel in WordPress

Inside the Checklists > Settings menu link, you can choose your requirements. Here are the default requirements.

  • Check that the Excerpt has text
  • Require a maximum or minimum number of categories
  • Require a maximum or minimum number of tags
  • Require a maximum or minimum number of words
  • Require a featured image
PublishPress Checklists settings

Every task has 4 different options:

  • Disabled
  • Recommended: show only in the sidebar
  • Recommended: show in the sidebar and before publishing
  • Required

If you choose the “Required” option, it will be impossible to publish without completing the task.

PublishPress Checklists disabled, recommended or required

It's possible to create new items for the checklists by clicking the “Add custom item” link. For example, you can require authors to get a green Yoast sign, or force them to run a spell-check before publishing.

Also, I'll note that you can create different checklists for different post types. So your checklist for Posts can look very different from your checklist for Pages.

What's next for PublishPress?

We're working towards completing our 2019 roadmap.

  • Checklist Pro (coming next week)
  • PublishPress Pro (this integrates the existing add-ons such as Slack and Reminders)
  • Capability Manager Enhanced Pro
  • Multiple Authors Free

When this roadmap is complete (hopefully before the end of this year), our product line up will look like this:

Each plugin will have a Free and Pro version. Every Free version will be on and every Pro version will be behind the paywall for PublishPress members.

There was a small name change for the PublishPress Checklists plugin. Previously, it was called “Content Checklist”.

We are planning three other name changes. The goal is to create a product lineup that is consistent and easy to understand:


Hopefully those changes are more helpful than confusing.

Once those releases are complete, our focus will be to improve these six plugins. Our 2020 roadmap is “Integrate and Improve”. All our plugins will integrate smoothly. You will have a consistent and trustworthy experience, no matter which PublishPress plugins you use.

I hope this helps you understand what you can expect from your PublishPress membership. We truly believe this roadmap will provide you with a suite of powerful publishing plugins for WordPress.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments or email us.

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