Plan All Your Content Inside WordPress

A few months ago, I was talking with a PublishPress customer. They use our plugins, but also rely on an external service to plan their content.

That's not unusual.

We've heard from WordPress people who use Google Docs, ClickUp, Notion, and other tools. In most cases, the feedback was that the WordPress interface was too old-fashioned and inflexible.

Our team decided to fix that with the PublishPress Planner plugin.

Our goal with PublishPress Planner is to convince your team to do your content planning inside WordPress.

This week, we started moving towards that goal with an update to the Content Overview screen. At the end of this post, I've shared details of the next steps.

Stop paying for all these SaaS services. Use WordPress instead!


A Video Intro to Content Overview


Introducing the Content Overview Screen

This screen has been in Planner for a long time, but this month it got a major update. Now, when you open the Content Overview screen, you'll see 5 default filters and 6 default columns:

  • Default filters: Date, Post Status, Categories, Author, Post Type
  • Default columns: Title, Status, Post Type, Author, Post Date, Last Modified

You can customize the columns and filters that are used on this screen. Here is our guide to custom columns and here is our guide to custom filters.

Content Overview screen in PublishPress Planner
Content Overview Screen

There is a “Me Mode” available on this screen. When you enable the Me Mode, you will only see posts where you are the author.

Me Mode in PublishPress Planner
Content Overview Metadata

There is also a “Print” button available so you can print a copy of all your scheduled content.

Print button for Content Overview screen

How to Add Data from Other Plugins

The Content Overview screen allows you to add custom columns. These columns can use any metadata stored on your site by WordPress plugins.

  • Click the “Customize Columns” button.
  • Click the “Add New” button.
Adding a new custom column
  • Enter a “Column Title”.
  • Click the “Select Metakey” option.
  • In this screenshot below, we are selecting the “_yoast_wpseo_focuskw” option. This will show the keyword from the Yoast SEO plugin.
  • Click “Add Column”.
  • Click “Apply Changes”.
Selecting a metakey in the Content Overview screen

You will now see the “Yoast Keyword” column has been added to the screen, as in this screenshot below:

new columns on the Content Overview screen

What's Next for PublishPress Planner?

In future versions, we want to integrate with popular SaaS services, such as SEO tools. This will allow you to see even more useful data without leaving WordPress.

However, the next step towards building a planning tool inside WordPress will be a kanban board. This will be part of the Planner and allow you to drag-and-drop content between statuses. It will integrate with the PublishPress Statuses plugin for the custom statuses. The overall design will look similar to this screenshot below:

Kanban board
  • 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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