If you read any of the larger news or blog websites on the internet, chances are you’ve noticed that they have a huge amount of different authors – this isn’t a case of a company employing hundreds, or even thousands of writers, in fact, a lot of the content is user submitted – or guest posts.

Handling hundreds of emails from users sending you articles, and then posting the “good” and binning the “bad” can be a lot of work, but if you run a WordPress website, you can take the majority of the work out of it.

Of course, WordPress blogs have user-submitted content as standard (Comments) but that’s not quite what we’re talking about here – we’re talking about user submitted <i>posts</i>.

There’s no need to let the public have access to your admin backend, you can let users submit posts directly from the front-end, and you can choose whether or not you want those users to register before they submit a post, or allow them to submit as an anonymous user.

Allowing guest posting is an excellent way to build up fresh, new content on your website, not only regularly, but quickly, and with very little effort from yourself.

Users can submit guest blogs to your site, including images, video embeds and anything else you can place n a new post, meaning the content will look at home on your site.

The how.

The simplest way to do this, without adding any form of overheads via plugins, is to allow users to register to your website and submit posts. You can set the role users are given using the “User Roles” section of your WordPress admin, and this will allow you to run a true, multiple author basd WordPress blog/website.

The steps, in short are;

From within Settings->General, enable user registration, and set the default user role.

Users will now be able to register, and log in to your WordPress backend – albeit a watered down version.

This will allow users to “submit” posts – you can set these posts to go straight to a draft status and will require an admin member to approve, and post the article.

You can use this as a form of moderation queue to ensure the article is suitable for your website, and meets any guidelines you have set, such as 1 link maximum, or a maximum of 3 images.

It’s entirely up to you! If you’re running a large news blog and not tapping into this free content resorce, you’re missing a trick!