If you’re running a WordPress blog having multiple contributors who contribute posts frequently, you may want to allow them to submit the post directly from the front-end. Luckily, WordPress offers many custom options to allow post authors to perform front-end publishing, however, using these options can be a tedious and time-consuming process.
What’s more? Users who are new to the workings of WordPress will require training and support for publishing posts from the front-end; this might make you bear extra overheads. So, if you don’t want to be overburdened with the task of providing support to all new multiple post authors, a workable solution is to make use of plugins that enable you to accomplish the same objective in a quick and easy manner.
Let us now look at 5 of the best plugins you can consider to allow users submit posts from the front-end:
Want your guests, logged-in and non logged-in users to be able to submit a post from the front-end? In that case, AccessPress Anonymous Post best fit your needs. This plugin embeds a responsive HTML5 form in your site, using which your site visitors can submit standard WordPress posts (even the ones including featured image).
The submitted posts are displayed in the admin dashboard as Pending posts, you can control what the users are allowed to enter as status: title, description, category, etc. Besides this, you can use the plugin options page to allows users to customize settings.
Plugin-weakness: Users need to access the Media library to format image included in the submitted posts.
Providing novice users a simple HTML5 form is a remarkably useful and easy way to perform post-submission. This is where User Submitted Posts plugin come in handy. This plugin lets your website visitors to submit posts and upload images via a basic form.
It comes with an easy to use admin settings page, giving you the ability to save submitted content to any specific category, or publish it instantly, and more.
Plugin-weakness: This plugin does not come with an option to make users become registered members.
If you want to allow registered users to submit guest posts or articles, without giving them the access to the WordPress dashboard, then Frontend Publishing is the right plugin for you.
The best part about this plugin is that it automatically filter out the posts submitted by members that doesn’t meet your submission guidelines. And thus, this plugin can help save a lot of your time as well as relieve you from the burden associated with choosing only the correct posts. It boasts plenty of controls, allowing set number of tags, links in author bio and body content, etc.
Plugin-weakness: In order to submit the posts your visitors needs to be logged-in to the site.
DJD Site Post help you save from going through the hassle of logging-in into your website admin section, to add a responsive form for allowing post submission. It allows visitors (anonymous or guest authors) to submit posts via a form.
The form can be added on your site using a shortcode or a widget (i.e. included in the sidebar). The best aspect about this plugin is that it is translation ready.
Plugin-weakness: Still a lot of features needs to be added to this plugin including Captcha, ability to edit/delete existing posts, and more.
As the name implies, this plugin simplifies the task of allowing visitors (guest authors or non logged-in users) to submit the posts with help of a form. You can embed the form on the front-end, simply by placing a simple shortcode and you’ll be able to accept guest posts.
All the submitted posts are automatically saved as drafts. You can decide to do all – publish a post or reject it.
Plugin-weakness: This plugin does not contain the options, allowing you to add or delete text of your form.
All of the aforementioned plugins are pretty easy to work with, however, it is recommended that you should carefully go through each of the plugins and look at what they can do and problems associated with them. Doing so, will definitely help you make an informed and the right decision.