MetaSlider is Now Part of the PublishPress Family

I'm delighted to say that the MetaSlider plugin is now part of PublishPress.

The PublishPress team's mission is to help WordPress publishers succeed. We believe that maintaining and improving the MetaSlider plugin will enable us to help more publishers.

MetaSlider is one of the most popular slideshow plugins for WordPress, with over 700,000 installs and a history dating back almost ten years. We view MetaSlider as a platform for us to build a suite of image tools. In addition to the main slider features, MetaSlider has a lightbox plugin and a photo gallery that's in a “Beta” version. There will be more to come.

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PublishPress Pro Has a New Slack Integration

Pro Slack Update

The PublishPress Pro plugin allows you to send notifications about content changes via Slack.

Recently, Slack has made some changes to how integrations worked. So we have had to update the Slack integration in PublishPress Pro.

If you are using PublishPress Pro, you don't have to update immediately. However, at some point, the old system will stop working. This guide shows how to update this plugin to use this new Slack connection.

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PublishPress Capabilities Can Hide Metaboxes, and Any Editor Feature

Hide Metaboxes

Back in June, we released “Editor Features” in the PublishPress Capabilities plugin. This allowed you to hide almost any feature on the post editing screen.

Why do I say “almost”? Because the first release of Editor Features could not hide metaboxes.

I'm happy to say that you can now use PublishPress Capabilities to hide metaboxes. This means that when users are writing a post, you can hide ANYTHING that you don't want them to see.

Why would you want to hide features from your users? Some people do this so that the post editing screen is cleaner and less confusing. Other people do this for security and to prevent users from changing some key settings.

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PublishPress Has a New and Faster Editorial Calendar

New Calendar

PublishPress 3.4 is available now, and it has a completely new editorial calendar.

The old calendar had been around for many years and was starting to show its age. The old version used PHP for 80% of the codebase and only relied on Javascript for the drag-and-drop actions. This legacy code meant that the calendar was slow to load, slow to refresh, and difficult for us to update.

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PublishPress Blocks Pro is Now Available

Blocks Pro

PublishPress Blocks is a plugin that adds over 20 extra blocks to the Gutenberg interface, along with custom layouts, CSS styles, and permissions for blocks.

There are many Gutenberg plugins available, but PublishPress Blocks is different. This plugin has a strong focus on being useful for publishers and content creators.

If you want to see an example of this content focus, check out the Content Display block. This really is the best way to show your content in a block.

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The Post Expirator Plugin is Joining PublishPress

Post Expirator Header

The Post Expirator plugin allows you to choose an “expire” date for WordPress posts. 

When your post is automatically unpublished, you can delete the post, change the status, or update the post categories. The plugin has over 100,000 users and has been working reliably for years.

We're delighted to say that Post Expirator is now part of PublishPress.

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PublishPress 3.0 is Now Available With Improved Notifications

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Version 3.0 of the PublishPress plugin is now available.

This release focuses on improving the Notifications feature. You'll find that the Notifications are now more stable, and the Notifications Log is more useful.

There is an extra reason that we labeled this as “3.0” rather than simply continuing to “2.5”. There are some relatively minor breaking changes in this version.

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How to Create a Content Schedule in WordPress

Content Schedule

If you're running a busy website, it's important to get a clear understanding of what content is being published.

The PublishPress plugin does offer a Calendar view where you can see all your content in a week-by-week layout. However, a Calendar view must inevitably hide some information or else it would become unbearably crowded.

For a clean view of all the key data for all your WordPress content, try the Content Overview screen in the PublishPress plugin.

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How to Use Different Statuses for Different WordPress Post Types

Statuses Per Post Type

One PublishPress user asked us if it was possible to have different statuses for different WordPress post types.

This user wanted to have a customized workflow for each post type. For example, this is a possible approach they could use:

  • Posts can move between these statuses: Draft, Pitch, Assigned, Approved, Published.
  • Pages can move between these statuses: Pitch, In Progress, Published.

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How to See Your Draft Posts in WordPress

By default, WordPress does not allow you to see a list of your own draft posts.

This can be frustrating if you want to see your work in progress.

The image below shows the filters on top of the “Posts” screen in WordPress. As you can see, there are a lot of available filters. However, you can't use more than one of the top row of filters. You can either click “Mine” or you can click “Draft” … you can't choose both at the same time.

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