Edit Flow 0.8 scope begins coming together

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Edit Flow website

Development has begun on the next version of Edit Flow, the editorial management plugin and big inspiration for one of the major advances coming to WordPress 3.6. The plugin, whose lead developer is Automattic’s Daniel Bachhuber, is lauded by many (including myself) as one of the best ways to organize an editorial team with WordPress.

Among the planned additions to next version, Edit Flow 0.8, are quick post creation, iCal support for the calendar, and dashboard widget for editorial comments. That on its own would make for a killer update, but those are just a few of what’s planned.

Bachhuber says the 0.8 release coincide with WordPress 3.6, which wouldn’t hurt because Edit Flow will likely be linked up by anyone writing about the new WordPress release. So if you’re a user of the plugin keep an eye out around April 22. And if you’re a heavy user, or a developer, run over to the Edit Flow Development blog and see about contributing to its development.

A question for the comments: is it accurate to see Edit Flow in a similar light as the BuddyPress and bbPress projects? At least in the sense of usefulness and depth of a project built on top of WordPress I’d say it’s comparable — certainly not as a blessed sister project to WordPress in quite the same way. What do you think?

Make the P2 theme even more useful with plugins built for it

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The version 1.4 release of the P2 theme brought one intriguing feature: the ability to add to-do items into update messages by starting a line with an “x” (for a checked item) and an “o” for an open item. While crazy useful in and of itself, it got me thinking about plugins made specifically for the P2 theme again.

P2 theme, if you haven’t checked it out before, is a theme from the folks at Automattic made specifically for collaboration and team communication. It’s a bit like a private Twitter, really.

It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone, really, that I’m a big fan of plugins made just for a certain theme. Plugins are the most natural way to expand upon WordPress itself, and it shouldn’t be any different for WordPress themes too. Below I’ve put together a small (but hopefully growing!) list of plugins made specifically for P2, as well as a few non-P2-specific plugins that I find particularly useful when used along with the theme.

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Related posts after taking a quiz

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Neat idea from Daniel Bachhuber:

It would be neat if you could include a quiz widget within the article. The reader could take the quiz which would test their knowledge and then suggest content based on their responses. The news organization would collect useful demographic data to refine their editorial planning.

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P2 Resolved Posts plugin

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Plugins for the P2 theme are some of my favorite WordPress plugins, sort of by default. Daniel Bachhuber has released a simple GTD plugin for one of the best collaborative WordPress themes available:

Mark a thread as “unresolved” when the topic needs resolution, and mark it as “resolved” when you’ve achieved that state. There are also sidebar widgets to let you see all unresolved posts, optionally filtered to a specific tag.

Edit Flow 0.7 now available, brings modular architecture and various improvements

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Automattician and Edit Flow lead developer Daniel Bachhuber announced the launch of version 0.7 of Edit Flow this afternoon. In a few words, Edit Flow is a WordPress plugin that gives more control over the editorial workflow within WordPress. In a few more words, if you’ve ever wanted a more nuanced approach than Draft, Pending Review and Published, this is likely the plugin for you.

This update brings a number of overall improvements to Edit Flow, but particularly highlighted in the announcement is the new modular architecture that allows users to enable or disable individual elements of the plugin for specific custom post types. It’s reminiscent of the Jetpack plugin configuration screen, really. Additionally, Daniel says, new features can now be more easily developed, contributed, and added to Edit Flow as components.

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