What’s Going on With Gutenberg Phase 3?

If you haven’t read it, Sarah Gooding did an awesome job summarizing what’s going on with Phase 3 of the Gutenberg editor. That’s the collaboration phase with real-time co-editing of posts as you get with Google Docs.

Here’s a quote from Matt Mullenweg about Phase 3:

Phase 3 is Workflow. This is basically where we’re going to take real-time co-editing into WordPress, much like Google docs or something else. When you log in to edit a page or your sites or a template or something, if someone else is in there at the same time, you’ll be able to see them moving around. Of course, we want to make sure we have version control built in like we do for posts and pages, into as many parts of WP as possible, so if someone makes a mistake or an edit to the site, you will be able to roll it back easily, which I think is really key for giving people confidence.

Click here to read Sarah’s full post.

Click here for PublishPress’ overview of Gutenberg Phase 3.

Click here for an overview of why collaborative editing is difficult.

The Rural News Network Covers 60 Local Newspapers

One of the main ideas behind KinshiPress is that there’s lot of new WordPress-based publishers popping-up.

This map from the Institute for Nonprofit News is a good way to see many of these start-up publishers …. the “Rural News Network” is getting ready to launch later this year. If you’re in the US, there’s probably a new local publisher in your state.

Click here to see the map.

You can find good WordPress-based examples in this group at The Daily Yonder and Investigate Midwest.

Click here for why PublishPress thinks WordPress is part of the renaissance in local news.

Introduction to the PublishPress Calendar for WordPress Publishers

A key requirement for publishers is an editorial calendar so that your team can schedule content releases.

For WordPress users, the best editorial calendar is probably the PublishPress Calendar plugin.

In this guide, I’ll introduce you to the PublishPress Calendar and how it can work for your content team.

This image below shows a preview of the main Calendar screen. The upcoming WordPress posts are organized according to their scheduled publishing date. You can re-schedule the posts by dragging and dropping the post title in a new date box. On the top of the screen are filters. You can use these filters to drill down on your calendar and look for specific categories, post statuses, authors, and more.

On this calendar screen, you can click on a post title to see more details. This image below shows more details on a specific post. At the bottom of the pop-up you can see “Edit”, “Trash”, “Preview” and other key links.

You can also create content via the Calendar screen. The steps are quite easy. Start by opening the calendar, then click on a specific date. A pop-up will appear as shown below.

The PublishPress Calendar is part of the suite of publishing plugins from PublishPress. These plugins are all designed for teams who are focused on high-quality content management.

You can purchase the Pro version at the PublishPress website and you will get more adanced features such as Slack integration, reminder notifications, and more.

Export WordPress Newspapers to inDesign with Eight Day Week

I was talking with a friend this morning about WordPress sites and Adobe inDesign, so I thought it would be a good day to share “Eight Day Week“. It’s a very cool plugin for publishers who print.

When an issue of your magazine or newspaper is ready to go, you can move it from WordPress into inDesign for final page layout and print production. You do this by exporting an XML-based from the Eight Day Week plugin. This plugin is developed by the 10Up agency.

One key feature of the Eight Day Week plugin is the ability to organize posts into issues that can then be exported. For organizing issues, also check out the PublishPress Series plugin.

Eight Day Week WordPress plugin

Advice on Selling WordPress Subscriptions That Disable Ads

Over at LeakyPaywall, Peter Ericson has a great article on whether you should offer a subscription level that hides ads. His main example is Samsnytt, a WordPress-based publisher from Sweden.

Samsnytt tries to upsell users to a special plan with an “ad-free experience”.

Pete says this a way to essentially earn more revenue for your subscriptions without having to do anything: you don’t have to produce more content, it won’t make your ad displays suffer. It’s almost like free money.

Click here to read Peter’s article. You can also watch the video below: