What is an editorial task?

Writing high-quality content and running a successful website is not easy. There’s a lot of work involved—you need to decide the topics you’ll cover in your web and which posts will further elaborate those topics, think about how you’ll promote your content, look for resources, link those resources, get in touch with other authors and build a community, search images to depict your ideas…

Editorial tasks are a simple tool that help you organize all the activities related to crafting posts. In essence, they are tasks or activities that someone (either you or a member in your team) has to get done before its due date.

Editorial Task List
Screenshot of the editorial task box. It contains a list with all the tasks (completed, pending, and overdue) that are related to the current post.

In order to create a task, you may:

  • Create a task whilst editing a post. Tasks created whilst editing a post will be implicitly related to that post. They are extremely helpful for tracking all writing and promoting activities related to the post. Some example includes «Looking for a featured image» or «Translate the post to Spanish».
  • Create a task in Nelio’s Editorial Calendar. These tasks are not related to any post. Therefore, they are intended to help you cope with general activities, such as «Assign posts to John and Mary» or «Check what’s new in WordPress 5.0 and schedule two posts to discuss it». Follow the steps here to create tasks in the calendar.