It’s quite challenging to find a content calendar plugin for WordPress. Strive is one of the few options of this plugin type. It allows you to stay on track with your editorial schedules. As a result, you can achieve your goals regarding content production punctually. Strive is a great content scheduling tool whether you are a solo blogger or a content manager responsible of managing some authors. With Strive, you can make the entire process of content creation on your website be more structured. Read on the learn more about the plugin.
Let’s start with a question, “do you really need a content calendar plugin?”
Say you are a blogger. Content creation is your main job as a blogger if you want to be successful with your blog. Content creation itself involves several steps. From conducting research, creating the outline, etc. In other words, you need to plan everything before you execute the content. Planning is the keyword here.
Imagine you have conducted research for new content and found some promising topics. After making the outlines of each topic, you are ready to proceed with the real content creation. What will happen then if you don’t make schedules to write the content? Chances are, you will leave a half-finished content and switch to another topic without even finishing the one you left.
Let’s take another example.
You have a blog that you manage with your team. In this case, you play a role as a content manager. As a content manager, your job is to assign tasks to your author team in terms of content creation. In such as a case, what tool you use to manage the content creation schedule of your team?
Strive is a great answer to the question.
What is Strive?
There are a bunch of WordPress plugins you can find on wordpress.org or marketplaces like CodeCanyon and Divi Market Place. However, as we stated in the opening section, it’s quite challenging to find a plugin developed specifically for scheduling content creation like Strive.
With Strive, you can schedule the content creation on your blog to make sure you don’t miss any content idea you plan to write. More importantly, it allows you to get your content done more punctually by sticking to what have been scheduled. Strive comes with handy features such as calendar view, color-coded editorial status, pipeline, and so on.
Strive is especially a great plugin if you have a blog with multiple authors whereby you are the content manager. You can use it to schedule content and assign each content to your author team. When assigning a content creation schedule, you can add pre-defined parameters like post category and post tag.
1. Content Creation Scheduling
Content creation scheduling is the main feature offered by Strive. You can use the feature to make the schedules of content creation. Not just default content (blog posts), but you can also schedule the content creation of custom post types — which is great if you have other content types on your website (e.g., listing items). When adding a new content schedule, you can insert an existing draft or create a blank content schedule.
The elements you can add to your schedule are:
- Post title
- Post category
- Post tag
You can also set who will write the content by picking an author from the existing authors list.
Want to change schedule of a certain content? Strive has made it extremely easy to do so. You can simply drag and drop a schedule item to reschedule it.
2. Color-Coded Editorial Status
You can view all the content creation schedules you have made in a calendar view on the Strive main screen. Each schedule has its own color according to its status. Posts that have been completed have a green color code, while the posts that haven’t started have a red color code. Here are the color codes of the editorial status:
- Red: Not started yet
- Orange: Being written
- Yellow: Being edited
- Green: Done
Every new schedule you add has a red as the default color. To change the color (status), you can tick one of the options on the post settings panel on the Gutenberg editor — right beneath the Author field. You will see these options after installing and activating the Strive plugin.
3. Pipeline View
As a blogger with lots of posts to write, you may sometimes leave a half-finished post when you have no idea what to write next. If you often do this, you will definitely have a pile of unfinished posts. If the posts have potential keywords or topics, it will be a huge lost. The Pipeline View feature of Strive allows you to view the list of unfinished posts on your website, as well as the scheduled posts. The feature is great to dig up old (unfinished content) as Calendar View shows only the scheduled and published content.
4. Post Checklists
Planning is crucial in content creation. Before creating the content (e.g., blog posts), there are several steps you need to do. From conducting research to find the potential keywords, conducting research to find references, and so on. And when it’s time to write the content, you also need to make sure that you don’t miss any step such as optimizing the keyword, adding featured image, adding internal links, checking the grammatical errors, and so on. Without an assistant, it’s easy to forget a certain step when you write new content.
Strive comes with a writing assistant — Post Checklists — to make sure you have completed all the necessary steps before hitting the publish button.
After installing Strive, you will find a new icon on the menu icon bar on the Gutenberg editor. When you click it, you will see checklist items consisting of steps you need to complete before you publish your content.
These checklist items are pre-defined by Strive. You can edit them from the settings page of Strive. If you need to add more items (tasks), you can also do so. You can even create your own checklists if you want to.
While checklist items help you and your writer team to make sure they don’t miss a thing, they can also be used to track the progress of the content creation. From Calendar View, you can check the number of checklist items that have been checked on each post.
Not only Post Checklists works on Gutenberg (block editor), but it also works on Classic Editor in case you still you use.
To make your content keep relevant to your readers, you can simply update it when you find a certain content is outdated. Strive makes it easier for you to schedule the editing of old content by offering a Revisions feature.
When you go to Posts -> All Posts on your WordPress dashboard to check the list of the published posts, you will see a new item clickable link called Create Revision. Clicking the link will take you to the Gutenberg editor whereby you can schedule the editing.
All published content that has been scheduled to edit is still accessible by your visitors. You can check the editorial status from both Calendar View and Pipeline View.
Strive Pricing and Where to Get It
Strive is a paid plugin marketed via Freemius. To use the plugin, you need to allocate a $7 monthly budget. Before being charged, you have a chance to give Strive a try for 30 days for free (providing card info is not required during the trial period).
The 30-day trial period allows you to use all the Strive features without exception. If you enjoy using Strive and want to subscribe, you can click the Upgrade Now menu within the Strive settings screen inside your WordPress dashboard. You have two billing cycle options: monthly and yearly. The yearly option gives you a 16% discount. Want to get Strive with a one-time payment instead? There is also an option for it.
The prices on the table above are for a Single Site license. Meaning that you can only install Strive on one website. There are five license types offered by Strive:
- Single Site: $7/month
- 3 Sites: $10/month
- 5 Sites: $13/month
- 10 Sites: $20/month
- Unlimited Sites: $30/month
How to Get and Install Strive
As said above, Strive is a paid plugin marketed via Freemius so won’t find it on wordpress.org. To download Strive, you can visit its pricing page and click the Start Your 30-Day Free Trial button.
Clicking the button above will open a form where you need to enter your name and email address. Click the Start Trial button after filling out the fields. Strive will send the ZIP file of the plugin to your email address. Simply download it.
Once the ZIP file is downloaded, go to Plugins -> Add New on your WordPress dashboard to install the plugin. Activate it right away once installed. On the activation process, you will be asked to enter the license key which is included on the email sent to you. Simply paste the license code and click the Agree & Activate License button to start using Strive.
The Bottom Line – Strive Review
You can easily find a caching plugin, a security plugin, or a page builder plugin for WordPress. But is not the case for content calendar plugin. Having a content calendar on your WordPress site is crucial enough to booth your productivity. Strive is one of the rare options in the content calendar segment.
Strive is especially a great plugin if you manage a WordPress blog with multiple authors whereby you play a role as the content manager. You can make use of it to schedule the posts to execute by your authors team. Strive offers a modern way to schedule content creation right from your WordPress dashboard. What’s more important is that you can track the progress of the content creation thanks to its Post Status feature. Strive is definitely a must have plugin for a WordPress blog with multiple authors.
If you are a solo blogger, Strive will help you to stay on track with your editorial timeline. Its Posts Checklists feature can help you to make sure you don’t miss any step when creating new content.