Understanding the Publishing Dates on a User-Submitted Guest Article in WordPress

As a WordPress admin with guest authors, it is important to understand how to manage submitted articles. There are several dates and databases involved in this process. By learning how these administrator functions work, you can invite other bloggers and writers to publish articles on your website.

First, you need to know how to find the submitted articles. This is very easy. Just log in with your admin account and click on “Posts.” On the next page, you will see a “Pending” link. These are the articles that have been submitted that you have not yet approved. When clicking on that, you will get a list of only those unapproved (unreviewed) articles. You can then click on “Edit” on each article, change as desired, and press the “Publish” button to put that article online.

For each user-submitted guest article, you will see a date to the right and the message “Last Modified.” Once the article is published, then that “Last Modified” message will say “Published On” to let you know when you approved it to go online. These dates are going to be different unless you get and approve a submitted article on the same day. Also note that that “Last Modified” date is going to disappear when the article (blog entry) is noved to the  other lists. As an example, once you publish a guest article, it will appear in the “All” list, which shows every type of article either published or submitted on your blog.

Note that the individual writers that you invite should be listed as a “contributor” if you want to preview and approve their posts. If it is someone you totally trust, then you can give him or her the role of an “Author,” which allows that user to publish the article without your approval. Do not give someone the “Author” role unless you completely trust that person. Manage user roles by going to the “Users” section, finding the user, and selecting “Edit.” You will see the role drop-down menu on the next page along with the user’s other information.

So there you have it. You can now invite other writers to your blog and track the dates of their article-submission activities and the dates of your approval activities.