This PublishPress Planner feature allows you to create custom post statuses such as “In Progress” or “Assigned”. You can define statuses to match the stages of your team’s publishing workflow.

By default, WordPress provides you with a very limited set of status choices: “Draft” and “Pending Review”.

With PublishPress Planner you'll see a much wider range of options. When you first install PublishPress Planner, you'll see these extra statuses: “Pitch”, “Assigned”, and “In Progress”.

Creating your own custom status #

Go to “Planner” in the admin menu, and click the “Statuses” tab. You'll see the screen below.

On the left side of the screen, you are able to add your own new statuses.

On the right side of the screen, you'll see the current statuses. You can drag-and-drop statuses to set the best order for your workflow. By default, “Pitch” comes first, followed by “Assigned”, then “In Progress”, then “Draft” and finally “Pending Review”.

Click the “Options” tab and you can choose to use PublishPress only for certain post types. In the image below, the BBPress plugin has created 3 more post types: “Forums”, “Topics” and “Replies” – you can use statuses for those post types.

Custom statuses in other areas of WordPress #

Custom statuses are fully integrated into the rest of PublishPress Planner and the WordPress admin. On the calendar and content overview screens you can filter your view to see only posts of a specific status. You can also see the statuses on the default Posts and Pages screens inside WordPress:

statuses on the default Posts and Pages screens

Here are your custom statuses inside the Quick Edit option of the default Pages screen:

custom statuses inside the Quick Edit option

Notifications based on statuses #

You can send email notifications to selected users or user groups when a post changes status. Click here to read more about notifications.