Export your calendar and get editorial notifications in your email with Nelio Content

The end of the year is coming up, but that doesn’t mean we’ve slowed down the pace of updating our plugins. In fact, last week we released version 1.4.3 of Nelio Content, which comes with new features.

We are delighted to get feedback from our customers. We study any request you make, and if it fits within Nelio Content, we always explore how to add it to our plugin. If you have any additional ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact us and tell us what you would like us to develop. Remember that you have the comments section below.

Besides, I’m quite happy to be able to say that the new features included in this new version have been developed by me (with the invaluable help and advise of David ?). As I am proud of the result, I thought it would be great to explain in detail what they consist of. Let’s get started…

Export your Nelio Content Editorial Calendar to Google Calendar and Other Tools

In case you don’t know, Nelio Content adds an editorial calendar in your WordPress where you can see at a glance all the posts or contents you have scheduled in your website. In this way, it’s very easy to control what you have scheduled at all times and then be able to keep up with your writing pace.

Some of you told us that it would be great to see this schedule we have in the editorial calendar of Nelio Content in other tools. To do this we developed an option to export the calendar in CSV format. However, we’ve continued to look at this issue in detail to make it even simpler and more useful.

Export your calendar in CSV or iCal format with Nelio Content.
Export your calendar in CSV or iCal format with Nelio Content.

In version 1.4.3 we have expanded the export options of Nelio Content‘s editorial calendar so that you can now export it in iCalendar format, which is the most common format for exchanging calendars.

Just go to Nelio Content‘s editorial calendar and click on the export icon (you have it just to the right of the month’s name, with the down arrow symbol). A dialog will open where you have the option to download a CSV file with the content of the calendar, and you will also find one or two URLs (if you have at least the Editor permissions) that you can use in other tools that support the .ics format. With one URL you export only your posts (in which you are the author) and with the other URL (which you only see if you are an editor, as I’ve already mentioned) you export them all including those posts authored by others.

The most common tool to export to is Google Calendar, where you can add a new calendar from a URL. By choosing this option, you just need to copy the URL shown in the Nelio Content dialog and paste it into Google Calendar. Once you do this, you will have the information about your future posts there, as you can see in the next screenshot:

Now we can see the calendar of posts in our blog that we manage with Nelio Content directly from Google Calendar.
Now we can see the calendar of posts in our blog that we manage with Nelio Content directly from Google Calendar.

Please note that due to Google limitations, changes you make to the Nelio Content calendar will not be reflected in Google Calendar instantly. Google Calendar refreshes the information once a day. Remember that you can always use this URL in any other tool that supports the .ics format (Apple Calendar, Outlook, etc.).

Get Notifications with the Activity of Your Blog Thanks to Nelio Content

Another functionality that has been highly requested by our customers is the possibility of learning about changes that occur in their content and the editorial activity of their website in general. We’ve always agreed to this, but finding a way to develop it so that it can be useful for most of our customers (including those using the free version) was not easy.

By studying in depth the requirements of our customers, we finally decided that Nelio would send an email notification in the following scenarios:

  • When an post or content changes its status in WordPress (because it is scheduled, published, deleted, etc.).
  • When a user writes an editorial comment.
  • When a user creates an editorial task.
  • When a user completes an editorial task.

Seems quite appropriate, doesn’t it? Now the question is to know who to send the notification to by email. To do this, we have added a new metabox to the edit view of posts as you can see below:

Nelio Content notification metabox, where you can add users interested in receiving notifications about a specific post.
In the Nelio Content Notifications metabox you can add users interested in receiving notifications about a specific post.

The Notifications metabox includes a user selector where you can add users to notify of the relevant changes mentioned above. In addition, by default we add the author of the post, so you are notified whenever someone does something with your content.

As an example, I have added David to the list of users to be notified (see above). As soon as I’ve changed the status of this post you are reading, he’s received the following email:

Example of email notification sent by Nelio Content when a post changes its status.
Example of email notification sent by Nelio Content when a post changes its status.

Just by looking at the email, David can already know that this post has gone from being an idea to being in progress. So, even if you’re not always logging into your WordPress dashboard, you can see how your colleagues’ efforts are progressing to get your content out on time with Nelio Content notifications.

To activate these two functionalities, just go to the Nelio Content Settings. In the Advanced tab you will find two checkboxes. In one you can activate notifications and in the other you can activate the option to export the calendar in iCal format. You can see it in the next screenshot:

Settings tab where you can activate the calendar export feed and the notifications in Nelio Content.
Settings tab where you can activate the calendar export feed and the notifications in Nelio Content.

We are very excited to help our users to generate better content in a simpler way. We believe that this update is one step more in the right direction. We are delighted to be able to view the calendar from Google Calendar and also to receive email notifications when there are changes in the content (especially when posts are pending for review).

I encourage you to take a look at Nelio Content if you haven’t already installed it in your WordPress. Benefit from all the features included in our plugin. And, as I told you before, if you miss anything, tell us. Your opinion is the most valuable thing we have ?

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