The WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugin

I’m thrilled to welcome book reviewer and blogger Casee Marie, who is here to tell us all about how to use the WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin!

First of all, a big thanks to Molly for the opportunity to appear on her fabulous blog! In reading her book Blog It! I found myself being educated on some points while nodding along to experiences that were all too familiar. One of the many tips Molly mentions is using the Editorial Calendar Plugin for a self-hosted WordPress site (aka, and that’s why I’m here.

An editorial calendar is at the apex of a blogger’s sanity. If you find yourself plotting out blog posts and appropriate posting times in your head, you’re already working on an editorial calendar. Taking it to the next level by mapping it out visually will be tremendously helpful in planning your blogging endeavors. Some of us like the traditional pen-and-paper while others are keen on the more technical options, and for the tech-enthusiasts the Editorial Calendar Plugin just makes life complete. I mix my mediums a bit, using pen and paper for the seedlings of ideas, but the core of my blogging work goes on right inside the Editorial Calendar. For starters, we’ll look at how you can add the plugin to your WordPress site:

  • From your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins in the left sidebar, then Add New.
  • Type in Editorial Calendar and look for the version created by Colin Vernon and company.
  • Click Install Now.
  • When WordPress makes the option available, click Activate.

Note: You can also download the plugin and upload in Add New > Upload.

In seconds, you’ve made your blogging experience so much easier. Now under Posts you’ll find a snazzy new section called Calendar. This brings us to the really fun part: what it actually looks like!

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I’m using my calendar at Literary Inklings as an example. This is what the first three weeks of April looked like. In the top-right corner, the Screen Options button will give you options for customizing the appearance of your calendar, such as how many weeks to show at once (1-8) and whether or not to display the post’s Author (terrific if you have lots of contributors), Status (“DRAFT” or “Scheduled”), and Time of Day. Under the Screen Options button is Show/Hide Unscheduled Drafts, which allows you to browse every unscheduled draft you’ve created so you can better map out your content. The calendar also works with your General WordPress settings (see Settings > General in the sidebar) which allows you to customize the order in which the days of the week appear. For example, I only blog on weekdays so my settings dictate that the week begins on Monday; thus, my editorial calendar starts on Monday. The default, and most likely the general preference, is Sunday-to-Saturday.

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Now that we know what it looks like, let’s talk about how to actually use the thing. Whenever I begin with a blog post, I start in the calendar. Mousing over any of the days’ boxes will generate a New Post link, and with a click WordPress will set up a new draft post for you, preset to 10am on your selected date. Here’s an example of selecting a New Post for Tuesday, July 2. It allows me to enter my title and content, customize the time the post will go live, and change its status (Draft, Pending Review, or Scheduled). I always go for Draft, leave the time at 10am (you can change it later), and enter just the title of the post. This works as a placeholder for the post, and I can fill in the content whenever I’m ready.

When I mouse over my draft post, I’ve got a few different options. Edit will open the draft in my regular blog post editor, which is usually where I go to actually compose the blog post. Quick Edit will again open the small screen I was given when I first created the draft, which is great for changing the post’s scheduling details. Delete is kind of obvious, and View will open the blog post as viewers will see it, either in a preview if it’s a draft or on the actual post’s page if it’s already been published. I’m personally not fond of the View option because it doesn’t open in a new window, though one could easily do that manually (right click, “open in new tab”).

Another fun feature (and something I didn’t even know about until I read Molly’s book) is the option to drag-and-drop your drafts. I’ve been using the plugin for years and I had no idea that trick was in there! You can literally click and drag your drafts to different days and WordPress will update its settings to 10am (or whatever time you’ve chosen) on the new day. All in all, it’s a wonderful little plugin that, in my opinion, makes the WordPress experience overall a bit more visually organized. You can find a world of information, including more screenshots and a video from creator Zack Grossbart, and even a link to a testable version on the Editorial Calendar Plugin page at Happy blogging!

Casee MarieCasee Marie is a Connecticut-based book reviewer and blogger. She spent five years contributing to a website for aspiring writers before launching The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower, a lifestyle blog with a European twist.  She began writing book reviews in 2011 before creating Literary Inklings where she shares book reviews, adaptation criticisms, and essays on the books and authors that have shaped generations of writers. In addition, join her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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24 Responses to The WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugin

  1. Molly Greene July 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Casee Marie, thank you so much for the wonderful post! It’s tough to stay organized when you’re blogging, promoting books, managing social media platforms and trying to have a life all at the same time. This resource is a welcome addition to my toolbox, and I want to thank you sincerely for sharing this with us!

    • Casee Marie July 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

      Many, many thanks for the opportunity to share this, Molly! It was absolutely my pleasure, and I’m so glad if I was able to give some useful insight. The blogging and social media components keep me on my toes as it is – I can only imagine the full variety of juggling that goes on for authors. (Maybe one day I won’t “only imagine”, in which case I’ll be industriously bombarding your inbox with queries about the magic that gets everything done!)

      • Molly Greene July 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

        I can’t wait until your book is out! The great news is that you already know how to juggle the blogging and social media component. Adding in book promotion will be a cake walk. I’m jealous!

  2. Liliana July 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Molly, I read your book and loved it. I’m sure this exemplified information about getting organized will really help me take the next step and start blogging! 😉

    • Molly Greene July 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      Thank you so much Liliana! Blogging seems overwhelming but with with tools like this plugin and a plan, it’s manageable. You’ll love it!

    • Casee Marie July 8, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

      I’m glad the information was helpful, Liliana, and best of luck with blogging. Molly’s book is an indispensable tool – I wish I’d had it when I first got started!

  3. Tasha Turner July 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Sounds like this is the tool I need. I’ve installed. Now to go through book reviews I owe and schedule those & then set up my weekly social media/writing post to get me back on track. Thanks for the great post.

    • Molly Greene July 8, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      Tasha, you sound so “on track” already! Now if we could only get the plugin to ping us with a little alarm as a reminder to write. I’d pay for that.

      • Tasha Turner July 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

        I’m good at sounding together. But reality is since January I’ve posted 6 posts total instead of the 2 a week. I have a plan. I have lots of partly written post. But recovery from the March 2012 car accident still has me tire easily and dropped my writing and reading speed. The last month I’ve been feeling a bit better but we are still playing medication dosage roulette.

        On the positive side I’ve read tons of great blogs and books and am starting to put together ideas for doing blog posts that are links to great stuff written by others with comments from me. On the book side I’m starting to work on writing individual blog posts for entire series.

        I’m hoping the plug-in can help prioritize the reviews based on release dates and with the social media I’ve started iPad notebook pages with ideas and links.

        • Molly Greene July 9, 2013 at 7:52 am #

          Tasha, I’m so sorry for your trouble but the good news is you’ve had some time to formulate a really great plan, and that will make the upcoming work all that much easier. We all wish you the best!

          • Tasha Turner July 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

            Thanks. I did find out what a wonderful support community I have. And they say what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger…

    • Casee Marie July 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

      Fabulous! It sounds like you’re on a roll, and hopefully the plugin makes life a little easier. I just love getting to see the organization visualized right on WordPress. Enjoy, and best of luck!

      • Tasha Turner July 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

        Thanks I’m hoping seeing goals and feeling organized will help me with motivation and energy.

  4. Rinelle Grey July 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    I LOVE the sound of this plugin. I’ve been planning out my posts just in a word document, as I needed to see the month visually, but this will stop me from having to open that extra draft all the time! Thanks.

    • Casee Marie July 9, 2013 at 6:26 am #

      So glad the plugin will be helpful! I used to do the same thing – I would try to organize posts in lists on Word, and then I finally started drawing out calendars in a notepad. The plugin is the best of both worlds for me, plus it simplifies and cuts time. Can’t ask for much more than that!

  5. Victoria Grefer July 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    This was a great post, Casee Marie! If I ever switch to (I’m at .com right now) it’s something I will definitely look into! I had never thought too much about this, but the editorial calendar simplifies everything so much!

  6. Lynne Favreau July 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Nice post, I really appreciate you sharing what plug-ins you are using, tips on how to use them. I don’t blog often but have wanted to find a way to motivate myself to be bit more organized about it. Thank you both!

    • Molly Greene July 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

      Our pleasure, Lynne, we wish you all the best as you build your blog!

  7. Jeri July 10, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    I first read about this plugin in Molly’s book as well, and I remember her stating how the items on the calendar could be moved. I’ve been using a large desk calendar, but no more. I just downloaded this plugin.

    • Molly Greene July 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

      Yaaay! Thanks Jeri, hope it helps!

  8. Rochelle July 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Thank you Casee! The timing of this post is serendipitous! i just sat down to create my editorial calendar and now I have a sweet plug-in that will be so much better than what I planned on using! Love it! My favorite plug-in? So far it’s Click to Tweet. I’m still finding plug-ins and am always on the search for some goodies!

    • Molly Greene July 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

      Hi Rochelle! I’ve read about Click to Tweet a couple times and I need to look into it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Julie November 14, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Great post, Casee! I’d used the Editorial Calendar plugin myself for quite a while. WordPress bloggers might also want to check out CoSchedule. It is a built-in editorial calendar for WordPress that also lets you schedule social media with your posts. We built it because we needed it ourselves, and have found it to be so helpful not only for our blogs, but also for how we plan and schedule our social media content.

    • Molly Greene November 14, 2013 at 8:53 am #

      Thanks for the heads up, Julie!