Day 10: 3 Ways to Let Visitors Submit Guest Posts
Guest Posts is a wonderful way to provide your visitors with a fresh and new way of looking at things. It is also a great way to let up on the work load of running a blog and writing new content.
Here are three techniques to make it easier to get guest posts submitted by users.
Setting user signups to be Contributors
Granting users the “Contributor” level upon signing up grants them non-destructive access to your WordPress site and allows them to submit posts for the approval of an Admin. Many people would argue this to be the best method, but spammers could cause problems.
Simply go to Settings > General and set the “New User Default Role” to Contributor.
Gravity Forms Lets Users Submit Posts
Gravity Forms (which we talked about yesterday) has a wonderful set of advanced fields that let users submit a contact form, but it goes straight into a draft post for approval by an admin. And since Gravity Forms has some great anti-spam features, spam would be more manageable.
User Submitted Posts WordPress Plugin
If you want to get serious about user submitted posts, then check out Perishable Press’ User Submitted Posts WordPress Plugin. User Submitted Posts has a great many customizable features, albeit an interface that is a little more difficult to use than Gravity Forms.
Don’t know how to install WordPress plugins? Check out our video tutorial showing how to use WordPress plugins.
There is no definitive “right” way to setup ways for users to submit posts to your WordPress blog. These three methods just scratch the surface on such techniques. Pick whichever best fits your needs.
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