Have you ever read one of your old posts and thought something was different? Maybe a few words were changed, the formatting was different, or an entire paragraph was missing. You poured your heart and soul into the post and didn’t know someone changed it after you hit publish. If this sounds familiar, you probably have a multi-author blog.
Today we’re launching a feature called Email Post Changes to help blogs with multiple authors collaborate better on the same posts and pages. If you turn it on, we’ll instantly notify you by email whenever a change is made to a post on your site. You’ll recognize the format of the email is the same as post revisions, making it easy to see exactly what has changed.
More than 460,000 WordPress.com sites have multiple authors, with one site having 641 users, so we think this will be a great feature for a lot of you. We’ve been using the email notifications at Automattic for a while and hope it will be as useful for you as it has been for us. If you have an interesting usage, let us know in the comments.
For more details and configuration help, head over to the Email Post Changes support document.
The Email Post Changes plugin has been updated for self-hosted WordPress.org users.
Sep 11th at 6:47 pm
Just in time. I´m thiking to call friends to blog with me
Sep 11th at 9:23 pm
Another useful feature. Well done wordpress.
Sep 11th at 10:45 pm
I guess the problems this new feature addresses show the up side to blogging on your own
Sep 12th at 12:01 am
Great new feature. Thanks, wordpress!
Sep 12th at 1:52 am
excellent idea for those who have writers submitting articles for the editors to preview and change where nessecsary. It can show the writers where changes were made and why, as well as how the changes have enhanced their work.
Only other addition to the UI would be to add ‘Pending” access from the drop-down menue that allows access to the Drafts, New post etc in the upper right menue, as well as access from other areas in the side menue area. As it is now, the Pendings is several clicks away, rather than one click from the menues.
That would be a great help guys/gals. As it’s an area editors have to access a great deal when placing the items in there prior to publication so that they are separate from those in ‘Drafts’ (ie – works in progress)
Sep 12th at 2:22 am
Wow – cool! I don’t have any collaborators, but this is SUCH a cool feature!!
Sep 12th at 2:24 am
Great for those who need this feature. Six hundred forty one users is a lot!
Sep 12th at 3:30 am
I tested this with someone else several thousand kms. away.
It would be even better if the blogger administrator had the choice to check off only certain articles that team collaborators needed email alerts on changes to a post or page.
Sep 12th at 6:06 am
One site has 641 users? Wow! I can certainly see a website such as that needing a feature like this to keep the quality high and errors minimal.
Sep 12th at 6:10 am
That’s awesome! Now I don’t have to worry about post changes anymore! My blog has jus one author (me), but it’ll help me know if anyone or anything edits my blog. I once had a spambot edit my blog (I have no idea how it got a hold of my password, but it did), but now I’ll know if any changes are made before anyone notices them.
Sep 12th at 6:24 am
I’ll invite some people to my blog to make use of it – anyone interested?
Sep 12th at 7:36 am
I have a Q?
If a site has multiple authors, and you enable each authors email contact details, do they get every alteration from any post, or only the alteration to THEIR post, otherwise you’d have numerious authors getting emails about other authors posts that have nothing to do with them.
So am I correct in assuming that the alteration to a specific post only notifies the author of said post, rather than every author that has been selected in the ‘Notify’ section – would that be correct??
Thanks . . . .
Sep 12th at 7:41 am
I’m far too anal to allow anyone to post on my blog (lol)… but still wanted to let you know how much I appreciate how much attention and time is put into improving the options available to WordPress.com users. You folks are some of my favorite people in the whole fraccing world!
Sep 12th at 8:50 am
although i dont have a multiuser blog, that is very usefull. thumps up
Sep 12th at 9:51 am
Looks cool. I’ll be surely going to use it on our teamblog.. as soon as we get one set up
Sep 12th at 11:08 am
A perfect update….
Now i can start a multi-author blog without much tension.Now,I’ll try to make a 3 to 5/6 people team after some months. Keep it up, as you’ll bring new every time
Sep 12th at 1:29 pm
This is a nice feature that is available elsewhere, so I’m glad to see it at WordPress, too.
Sep 12th at 3:16 pm
excellent!!! i don’t know if this applies to me [im sure it will take long enough for me to find out] but it sounds like a good idea for those who do need it. Peace of mind all the way around on this site huh!!!
Sep 12th at 3:34 pm
This is very nice, thank you! So much more efficient than emailing changes back and forth between writers. Sweet!
Sep 12th at 5:02 pm
So what happened to the “It’s 3am, Where Are Your Posts?” post, which you guys posted yesterday?
Sep 12th at 5:54 pm
I might be adding people on my site as well, that would be a useful feature.
Sep 12th at 9:46 pm
Bravo, I am on two sites with multiple authors. I can only imagine how helpful, this could be.
Sep 12th at 10:25 pm
It’s something useful to have, but I currently I don’t have any intention to share posting with others.
Sep 12th at 11:30 pm
I might add people to my site! This could help a lot!
Sep 13th at 12:53 am
Thanks! I look forward to giving it a try.
Sep 13th at 7:17 am
Thanks!! Another cool feature. What are you guys thinking of next??? Keep ‘em coming
Sep 13th at 4:26 pm
Great! I don’t actually have a multi-user blog. But I’d like to set one up.
Sep 14th at 5:32 am
This will really help for small to medium organisation who are leveraging the WordPress to promote their objectives, thoughts and products.
Sep 14th at 2:31 pm
Thanks, it will help me a lot.
Sep 14th at 9:44 pm
Yea, this will be a big help.
Sep 15th at 12:28 am
This will be great if my co-blogger ever jumps in and actually contributes!
Sep 15th at 5:59 am
This will be a great aid. Another useful feature. Thanx WordPress.
Sep 15th at 7:26 pm
Wow! I’m the sole author of my current blog, but if I ever create a multi-user blog, this feature will be extremely helpful.
You guys never cease to amaze me. Thanks WordPress!
Sep 16th at 1:13 am
That is a great feature. I could add another person to write on my blog without worries.
Sep 16th at 3:45 am
Short and right to the point. Great info.
Sep 16th at 4:12 pm
Thanks for the good stuff. This is really useful for me…
Sep 16th at 10:55 pm
Wow! Thanks! I mean, it’s not like I don’t trust my trusty co-authors, but still. It’s a good precaution.
On another note, isn’t there some way to make your co-authors not be able to edit your posts though?
Sep 17th at 11:46 am
Great! I have been waiting for this feature, can wait to use it
Sep 18th at 8:11 pm
This will be a great help for my school’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at alphapialpha.wordpress.com. Thanks, guys!
Sep 19th at 7:07 am
nice feature…Keep up the good work
Sep 19th at 8:41 pm
This is awesome I would definitely use this feature as my friend and I might work on some posts together
Sep 20th at 4:54 pm
This is a great feature! My blog hasn’t exactly started off yet, but if other people post or make changes to my post, I would most definitely want to be informed.
Thanks so much!
Sep 20th at 6:45 pm
Good feature. Thanks!
Sep 21st at 9:15 am
No way. This is a one man show.
Sep 21st at 9:28 am
Good stuff. A friend and I have been planning to start a blog together and this could be really helpful for both of us. THanks!
Sep 22nd at 12:24 am
Thanks for this good stuff, I have not use multiple authors on my blog. Will come to that when I’m ready
Sep 22nd at 4:09 am
It’s great feature I’ve been wondering so far if it was available, as I’m planning to have my blog pals as co-author. It could be helpful for us.
Sep 22nd at 9:08 am
Still trying to get familiar with WP, and loving it every moment!
Sep 23rd at 2:03 pm
Wow it ‘d be more beneficial for viewers. Now they can read multi-authors opinions in the same blog and issues.
Sep 23rd at 3:44 pm
With my blog – average 100 persons a day – only one blogger – it’s quite impossible to change the content of my posts … unless is another ME ? Or drunk ME:)
Sep 23rd at 7:35 pm
Sep 24th at 9:33 am
I was hoping this blog was raising some sort of philosophical question, but I like the idea of the feature regardless.
Sep 25th at 3:13 am
We only have 3 users on our L3gaci.com blog, just starting out, but it seems like a nifty feature to have!
Sep 25th at 8:44 am
This is great. Opens up a whole new opportunity to expand blogs. Thanks!