You've read that good website content, more than any other factor, determines the success of your website. But what determines whether you have written a good article on your personal or corporate blog?

There are many generally accepted elements that can contribute to the effectiveness of content on a website. Even if we know about them, sometimes we simply forget about them. A checklist in such a situation will effectively protect us from such situations.

But before we get into a specific solution, we'll briefly examine the anatomy of an article, or if you prefer a blog post, and then look at how to incorporate important text components into a checklist created by a special plugin that you can use every time you create content on a WordPress-based site.

Anatomy of a blog text

What should a typical blog post contain? Its structure should take into account several important elements, here they are:

This is a basic list, but depending on the topic, audience and your business goals, you may need to modify or expand it.

Now that you know what you want to do with each of your blog articles, let's try turning our entry structure into checklistto ensure that nothing important is overlooked.

Why do I need a checklist?

You may be wondering if you need a checklist related to the texts you create on your website or blog. I wondered about this too, but eventually realised that some sort of standardisation of the process would allow me to avoid many mistakes.

It has happened to me more than once, for example, that I have omitted to assign a text to the correct category, with the consequent negative impact on readers' comfort. Nhen you have the best of intentions, it is very easy to forget one or two important tasks.

Do not treat a checklist as a crutch. Yes, it requires extra commitment, but such a list structures a process that at some point can become monotonous or worse, forgotten. Using a list has many benefits that you may not feel or see at the moment. So you are left to trust me 🙂 .

Pre-Publish Checklist plugin

I used to have checklists on regular sheets of paper, later I used various programs, but I always tried to analyse what I did and what I didn't do. In principle, each form worked well, but I must admit that it was usually not particularly convenient.

Fortunately, we work with WordPress, and that means that if a need arises, sooner or later the developers will make sure it is met. This is no different in this case.

We will have a peek at the capabilities of this plugin in a moment, but what I wanted to highlight now is that it is created and developed by one of my favourite developers, who is also responsible for one of my favourite themes Astra and several other solutions.

Thanks to Pre-Publish Checklist Before you start writing, you can create your own custom checklists directly in the backend of your website. This means nothing more than that you will no longer forget the important steps you plan in the context of optimising your content!

This is a free plug-inwhich you can find in the WordPress repository. If you don't know how to install the plugin, take a look at this article to help you: How to install the plug-in.

Meanwhile, let's take a look at what its configuration looks like.

Configuration of the Pre-Publish Checklist plug-in

To go to the configuration of the add-on, look in your WordPress dashboard in the section Settings > Pre-Publish Checklist. Once in, you will see what follows:

Checklist - Plugin settings

Going one by one from the top. You have three tabs. The first with configuration, the second with a checklist, and the third with instructions on how to use the plugin.

The first tab consists of few options, but they are quite sufficient. You can configure the plugin not to allow publishing the text until the checklist is complete. The second option will allow publication, but a message will appear warning that our list contains points that we have not marked as done. We can then decide what to do next. Finally, the last one allows us to publish the article without any information about the checklist. What I suggest is to tick option number 2 so that the plugin informs you of potentially missed steps.

Finally, you can decide what type of content on your site should use the checklist. And that's all. As you can see, the configuration is extremely simple.

We create a checklist

So the time has come to create a checklist in the second tab "Checklist". By default, we already have it created with the basic steps suggested by the manufacturer of the extension, but everything can be modified to fit our specific needs.

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You can modify the name of each step, you can delete them, swap their order and add your own. Here's an example of what the list might look like after minor changes:

Revised checklist

The plug-in in action

Now that we have the checklist ready let's see how it behaves in practice. If we go to edit a selected article, page or other type of content where we use the plugin, our checklist will appear on the right. It looks like this:

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I think that what you see above does not need special discussion. The topic is extremely simple. You have a checklist with the to-do items we defined earlier. You mark the ones you have closed and continue working with the others. You also have a visible progress bar showing how far the list has been completed. In our case, we have 50% items from the list done.

If it so happens that you don't see the list in the right toolbar, check if it is active. You can do this by navigating in the Gutenberg editor to its options:

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We publish the article

If you have selected the second option in the plugin configuration, that is, a warning about the fact that there are items in the checklist that you have not marked as done, a message to this effect will appear. This will prevent you from being in a hurry to overlook elements that are important to you and your business.

warning message

In this situation, you can decide whether you want to complete the missing steps or whether the text should be published after all. It is done 🙂 .

Summary

Writing content that engages Readers, encourages them to take action and ultimately content that is search engine friendly doesn't have to be difficult if you have a checklist and use it diligently.

It is important to have a topic, a good title, headings, META data, content formatting, media, internal linking, etc... All of these will make you attract more attention from your readers and your website will have a better chance of ranking high in the search results. However, you need to take care and not forget about all these important factors and this checklist can help you with that.

I encourage you to test this plugin and share your impressions in the comments below!

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