PublishPress Supports the New Pre-Publish Panel in Gutenberg

The new Gutenberg editor brings many interesting changes to WordPress. It takes away some features and adds some new improvements.

In the case of PublishPress, Gutenberg did take away custom statuses (we hope to have a fix for that very soon). But, it also offered ways to make PublishPress better.

Today, we've updated the Content Checklist to support the new pre-publish panel in Gutenberg. To the best of my knowledge, we're the first plugin to use this cool new feature.

If you haven't used it before, the Content Checklist allows you to specify that WordPress content meets certain requirements before it's published:

The Content Checklist requirements will appear in the right sidebar when you're writing content. This image shows how the Content Checklist requirements appear in Gutenberg:

The big improvements happen when you are ready to publish. With the previous “Classic Editor”, we had to show the Content Checklist in a pop-up box. As you can see in this image below, a pop-up wasn't a natural part of the WordPress experience:

Fortunately, things are better with Gutenberg. This new Gutenberg editor has a sidebar panel that allows you to double-check all the details before your post goes live. The checklist now appears in this panel:

We think this is a real improvement. Thanks to Gutenberg, the Content Checklist fits much more naturally into the WordPress workflow.

If you want to make sure all the content on your site meets certain requirements, then give the Content Checklist a try!

PublishPress is now fully compatible with Gutenberg. Hopefully we'll find more of these new features to take advantage of.


  • Steve Burge

    Steve is the founder of PublishPress. He's been working with open source software for over 20 years. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. This profile is generated by the PublishPress Authors plugin.

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  1. Will authors be able to see this even if they don’t have the right to publish posts? i.e. in order to hit the “submit for review” button (assuming that still exists in Gutenberg) they’ll have to complete the checklist?

  2. Is there a way for authors to see the checklist and hit publish but it go into a queue for higher level approval first? I really want to use the checklist but I don’t want my writers to have publish permission.

  3. Is it possible to add these checklists for contributers. These checklists are working on my admin panel while posting, but I want to limit the post-conditions on the frontend post submissions. I have allowed users to register and add new posts on my website, but this checklist feature is not showing to them, it’s only showing when im editing them from admin panel.

    Please help in this.

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