This review is going to take a deep and critical look at the SchedulePress (a.k.a. WP Scheduled Posts) plug-in, a utility that allows you to schedule an share WordPress blog posts to social media and your website. This is a very powerful plug-in that is aimed at professional content creators, and we use it in our own blog to schedule content months in advance, and publish it to our social media when it goes live.
After using SchedulePress for the past couple of months, we wanted to offer you our thoughts and opinions on. In this review of SchedulePress we're going to take a look at the features, dashboard design, ease of use, enterprising. We will also discuss alternatives and competitors that we have used in the past , and how they stack up to the SchedulePress plug in.
Important note: The SchedulePress plugin is actually the same thing as WP Scheduled Posts Pro, The development company behind the product (WPDeveloper) it just rebranded it. All of the features, back end design, and functionalities of the plugin are the same. So, if you're looking for a WP Scheduled Posts Pro detailed review, this is it, but just be aware that the product is called SchedulePress now.
With that being said, let's get into the features of SchedulePress (a.k.a. WP Scheduled Posts), and how you can use it too boost traffic and engagement with your WordPress blog and content website.
The SchedulePress plugin comes with many features that any professional WordPress content publisher needs.
For us, the primary selling point of SchedulePress is the fact that it has a super easy to use, well designed, and fully functional scheduling calendar. Here, you get a visual representation of when your content will be published, and to what channels it will be pushed to. You can easily drag and drop it two new dates, rapidly changing the publication schedule of upcoming content. This saves you the burden of having to go into the individual post and change the schedule there.
If you're like us, and publish a ton of content, writing it in batches, the auto scheduling feature is super helpful. When our team has a bunch of great ideas, they'll typically write out several articles. Instead of publishing them all at once, we want to space it out over some time period to do this, we could spent hours going back and forth manually creating a content schedule, or we could use the auto scheduling feature , which eliminates the need of even needing to be coordinated.
Essentially, the auto schedule feature will set the time of publication for you, in relation to specific rules that you have said. For example, you could say that you only want three posts to be published per week, one on Monday and three on Wednesday. If our team writes eight articles in the beginning of the week, each of them publishing from their own WordPress user account, the first to submit will be published on Monday. The 2nd two articles that are submitted will be published on Wednesday. And the remainder of the articles will be pushed out to the next Monday and Wednesday.
This makes it so all you need to do is click the publish button, and you know you'll get put into the next available slot, instead of having to check all of the scheduled publication dates manually, and find a good time.
A feature that works in tandem with the auto scheduling feature is the social media sharing. When posts are published to your WordPress blog, they are automatically pushed to the connected social media accounts. This can be Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more. It doesn't matter what time the post goes out, but instantly after it is published, your social media will be updated with a link to the article based on a template dynamic that you have set.
After setting up this functionality by connecting to your accounts, this is completely automated. If a post is published at midnight, and you're dead asleep, the social media notification will still go out. Publishing posts to social media is very important because Google recognizes this and may rank your article higher because of it. Even if they don't, you'll be growing your reach and audience, while bringing in social traffic.
Of course, the SchedulePress plugin markets itself as a scheduling tool for WordPress content publication, but it's equally a social media sharing utility. We have used a ton of free and premium plugins aimed at publishing your WordPress content notifications on social media, and this is simply the best in the industry. You can easily set up dynamic templates that are automatically populated with data specific to the individual post, like the title, excerpt, images, and more.
The second you publish a post on your WordPress website, be it manually or automatically, all connected social platforms will have a post published to them as well. If you're looking for an easy way to notify your social media subscribers of a new blog post, this is the most robust and dependable solution on the market, free or paid.
There's also the missed schedule handler. Sometimes the WordPress Cron will miss the publication of a post. If you only write one post per week, and constantly monitor your blog, this wouldn't be an issue because you would simply catch the mistake and re publish the post. However, if you're pushing tons of content onto a WordPress website, under a strict auto schedule, you may miss the fact that a blog post that you invested time and money into writing was not published. The missed schedule handler recognizes that a post missed its publication, and will automatically reschedule it for the next available time slot.
It's also important to note that pretty much anybody who is interested in search engine optimization for their website would benefit from purchasing this plug-in. That's because Google doesn't like websites that are old and stale. What that means is if you don't actively publish content to your website, chances are your rankings will be negatively impacted. To combat this, many businesses purchase or write a bunch of content in the beginning of the year, and use Tools like this to schedule the publication of the posts over a long portion of time.
For example, many of our clients will purchase 12 articles at the beginning of the year, and we will use the SchedulePress (a.k.a. WP Scheduled Posts) plug-in to schedule the publication of 1 every month. Alongside this is the fact that you can easily set up a social notification when this post is published, so it's not only good for SEO, but it drives social traffic from potential customers to a website.
In this section of our review of the SchedulePress plug-in, we will be taking a look at the back end. Here, we’ll take a look at the ease of use, design, user experience, and more. The end goal is to figure out if this is an easy to use plugin for the features that it has to offer. That's important if you are a professional content website because you want to be devoting all of your time to creating and publishing good content, not scheduling it with a poorly designed plugin.
The good news is that this is a very easy to use plug-in, in the back end dashboard is also very easy to use. In prior versions, it was great, but it was recently redesigned and now is even better.
Here are just a few screenshots of the interface that you used to schedule and manage your scheduled posts.
It's also really easy to connect to social media platforms, with just a few clicks of a button.
Now we're going to review the pricing of the SchedulePress plug-in. Luckily, the pricing for the SchedulePress plug-in is very reasonable for the features that we just mentioned. If you run a single website, a single site license only costs $39.00 per year. The scheduling feature is worth that alone, but couple it with the robust social media notification feature, and the value is apparent.
The next pricing tier comes in at $99 per year, and allows you to install it on unlimited websites. If you run an agency, or have multiple content websites that would benefit from automatic scheduling of posts an automatic notification on social media when they are published, that's the plan for you.
Something that we absolutely love to see is a lifetime deal. What this means is that you purchased the plug-in once, and get unlimited support and updates from the company. Many developers don't do this, and when they do, it's typically out of the price range to make any sense for the customer.
The lifetime deal for the SchedulePress plug-in offers great value to somebody who has multiple websites that consistently generate income from their content. It's also great value to an agency that has many clients who would benefit from the automatic scheduling of media. For $299, you can get lifetime access, updates, and support to the plug-in. (PSSSSST!!! There's a unlimited LTD live now for $179. Not sure when it'll expire, but get it while it lasts.)
The SchedulePress plug-in operates on the freemium pricing model, as many do, meaning that there is a free version of it on the WordPress repository. Let's compare the features between the two and see if the paid version really is worth it.
The free version gives you basic integration to Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as simple scheduling of WordPress posts. We use this for about a month before deciding to upgrade to the paid version of the SchedulePress plug-in.
The paid version allows you to connect with LinkedIn and Pinterest, as well as multiple Facebook pages, posts, and profiles. The paid version also has the missed schedule handling, as well as additional features that are related to the automatic scheduling and publication of content. Missed schedule handling is incredibly important for us, because we invest a lot of time and money into our content, and due to the volume of posts that we publish, it would be kind of easy to miss one if it wasn't published.
Surprisingly, with the free plugin, missing the publication of a post does happen. So this feature is absolutely essential to getting ROI on content published. One thing that we should know is the fact that it's not the fault of the plug in that content misses the publication, it's the fall of the underlying WordPress host and/or WordPress chron missing.
Essentially, if you have a simple website where the publication of content isn't mission critical, and you're OK integrating only with a single Facebook and Twitter profile, the free version of the plugin is actually a great option. In our opinion, it offers a ton of features that should be paid.
However, if you publish a ton of content, if the content is mission critical to getting you business leads and conversions, and if you want to integrate with additional platforms such as Pinterest which can drive a surprising amount of traffic, then opting for the pro version is definitely worth it. This is especially true because it's only $39.00 per year, which is a steal of a deal . If you’re an agency, the lifetime deal may be too good to pass up as well, so be sure to check that out too.
Now, we have had a great experience with this plugin, but it's important to get a well rounded view of what other people have to think. Here are a couple of reviews that we found online that helps summarize the best selling points of the SchedulePress plugin.
This customer is a big fan because it replaces a software as a service offering called CoSchedule, which has a monthly pricing structure. The current lifetime deal on AppSumo, discussed below, means a one time payment for a very similar platform.
Something that should be noted is if you are using a social media scheduling platform like buffer to manage all of your content, this is only semi automated. The SchedulePress tool Is completely automatic, and when you hit the schedule button on the individual post, everything else is done for you.
Something else that was mentioned a Couple of times was the quality of the work that the developer behind the product outputs. We’ve used WPDeveloper products before, and definitely second this opinion. This company creates great products, and offers great support for what they make.
We like including this section in our plugin review articles because as with anything there will always be downsides to the tool.
With this tool, there's not much to hate. There's a good back end design, decent pricing structure, and it does everything as advertised and more. We use this on our blog which has multiple authors pushing content into the scheduling calendar at once, and it can handle everything with ease.
The one major thing that we're missing, and many other people have noted this too, is the integration with Google my business. However, knowing the developer, and seeing the fact that other people have this same gripe, makes us believe that the company will add it sooner or later.
The biggest competition here is the PublishPress software suite. However, the PublishPress software suite is much more expensive, as well as much more expensive then this single plug in. That tool includes an editorial calendar, scheduled posts, but also covers other areas such as publication checklists, authors, guest posting, and more. That suite is aimed towards more professional and enterprise level publications that use WordPress.
If you fall under that category, it's worth at least taking a look at the suite of six plugins that that company has to offer, but if you're simply looking for post schedule and social media notifications, the SchedulePress plugin is best in class. And, if we are comparing the usability and design to the PublishPress schedule calendar (not the whole package of 6 plugins), this plugin wins in terms of design and ease of use (we’ve used both).
If you couldn't tell from the bit in the pricing section, we are huge fans of the lifetime deal offering. Something that's even better, but for a limited time, is there offering on the popular AppSumo software platform. Here, you can get a lifetime deal for a lot less than what's available on the main website. Keep in mind, this deal may have expired by the time that you are reading this review, but it's worth checking anyway.
For a single payment of $39.00, you can get lifetime access to installations and updates on up to five websites. For a single time purchase of $78, you can get the same for 10 sites. And for $117.00, you can access WP Scheduled Posts Pro (now SchedulePress) on unlimited sites – forever.
Also, if you would like a video review of all of the features that this tool has to offer, AppSumo created a great resource doing just that. It gives you a good overview of the backend interface for SchedulePress (a.k.a. WP Scheduled Posts), and the features that you should expect. Definitely take a look:
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