WordPress has opened doors to numerous innovations in the world of websites. Whether its about submitting a picture or a well thought out blog/article, there are visitors who are looking forward to contribute to different WordPress websites. The current times have witnessed an incredible increase in the count of websites that are willing to accept content submitted by the registered/non-registered users.
Well, as a WordPress website administrator, in order to enable users to submit their content via the front-end, you need to install the right WordPress plugin. In this blog, I walk you through 5 of these incredibly effective WordPress plugins that will let you do this in a convenient and hassle-free way.
WordPress Plugin No.1-Frontend Publishing
Frontend Publishing is a lightweight WordPress plugin that allows you to accept articles and guest posts from registered users(visitors need to be logged in) of the website. Equipped with a variety of helpful controls, this plugin can be used for setting minimum and maximum words counts on article/blog titles, body content, number of tags and words in the author bio.
Moreover, you can use this plugin even for setting the maximum number of links in the article/blog body content and the author bio section. With this plugin installed and activated for your blog, all the posts submitted by the users will be automatically filtered out as per the submission guidelines.
WordPress Plugin No.2-Really Simple Guest Post Plugin
As the name suggests, Really Simple Guest Post Plugin is a simple user submission plugin that lets visitors submit an article/blog via the site’s front-end panel. The upside of this plugin is that it enables even the non registered visitors to submit posts. All the articles/guest posts received from the users are saved into the WordPress database and further shown up in the admin dashboard with a ‘pending’ status and a Title, Category, Description and Tags.
WordPress Plugin No.3-User Submitted Posts
User Submitted Posts is yet another simple and intuitive WordPress plugin that lets your website visitors submit text and photos in a hassle-free way. All the submitted posts go into the post quest with the status saved as “Pending”. As the website administrator, you can then take any action(publish, edit or delete) for these posts. In addition to this, the back-end offers you a number of options that enable you to assign the submitted content to a specific category, letting the posts get published automatically and controlling the fields available within the submission form.
WordPress Plugin No.4- WP User Frontend
WP User Frontend plugin offers you a wide array of options for allowing users to post content on the front end. As the website administrator, you can easily control the type of content(body copy, titles, tags, attachments etc.) that the users are allowed to submit. Moreover, you can also allow the users to create a new post, edit an existing one, view the pages in the front-end custom dashboard, receive email notifications on new posts etc.
WordPress Plugin No.5-Frontend Uploader
Frontend Uploader is a plugin that allows you to accept submission even from the non-registered users of the website. Equipped with several shortcodes, you can use this plugin for determining as to where the submitted content has gone. The set of in-built shortcodes enables you to create highly customizable submission forms for your blog posts and pages. Once a user submits an article/blog, it is headed for moderation and published only after you approve the same.
With Frontend Uploader plugin, you can easily modify the submission form as and when needed. You can apply this plugin to posts, pages and custom post types by enabling the Setting–> Frontend Uploader Settings. In addition to this, the plugin also supports uploading of Microsoft Office files, Adobe files, video and audio files. For this feature, you’ll need to enable the file types using Settings-> Frontend Uploader Settings. To top it all, this plugin allows you to upload all the filetypes that have been white-listed in WordPress.
Now that you’re well familiar with these 5 stunning WordPress plugins, I’m sure you’ll definitely proceed ahead with enabling the content submission facility for your WordPress powered website. So, go ahead and choose a plugin that will suite your requirements and let you get closer to your website visitors.
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Liza Williams is a web developer by profession and a writer by hobby and works for WordPrax Ltd. a WordPress development company. She loves sharing information regarding WordPress customization tips & tricks. If you are looking for PSD to WordPress services then get in touch with her at Facebook, Twitter & Google+.