Do you want to add document collaboration and editing to the WordPress block editor, similar to Google Docs?
Google Doc-style inline commenting can make collaboration and editing a lot easier in WordPress for multi-author blogs.
In this article, we’ll show you how to easily add Google-Doc style document collaboration and editing in WordPress block editor.
This way your team can more efficiently collaborate to create better content for your users.
That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily make collaborative editing possible in WordPress.
By default, WordPress doesn’t come with a built-in solution for teams to communicate inside the WordPress admin area, so in this tutorial we’ll be using a collaborative editing plugin.
Upon activation, you need to edit an existing WordPress post or page, or create a new one.
On the post edit screen, select any text that you want to highlight for your team members and click on the Comment button in the toolbar.
This will bring up a popup where you can leave a comment for other team members to view.
Simply type in the field and click the Comment button when you’re done.
If you want to add a particular user to the conversation, that’s easy.
Just type the @ sign and select their username from the dropdown.
You can also choose to assign a particular comment to the tagged user.
This will allow them to track any tasks and feedback assigned to them and mark them complete.
You’ll notice the comment assigned to the specific user you have tagged.
You can add comment on almost any text anywhere in the post or page.
Note: Adding the comment does not save them. Your comments will only be saved when you save the post or page you are editing.
Now, you may want to see how it would appear for other users. To do that, you can simply log in to your WordPress website with another account.
Upon login, simply edit the post, and you’ll see that the text areas where you left comments earlier are highlighted. Clicking on them will bring up the comment popup.
Go ahead and feel free to add a reply to one of the comments. Your reply will then appear below the original comment.
Once an issue is fixed, you can close that comment thread by clicking on the Resolved checkbox.
Want to view all of a post’s comments in one place?
You can view and manage all document activity and comments by clicking on the Multicollab button at the top right corner of the screen.
It will show you recent comments under the Activities tab. From here, you can directly reply to a comment or mark it as resolved.
If you don’t want to see comments while working on an article, then simply switch to the Settings tab and turn on the Hide Comments option.
The plugin also lets you see the overall summary of activities on the current document under the Summary tab.
The premium version of the plugin allows you to send email notifications for each comment.
By default, WordPress uses PHP mail() function to send emails. However, this function can be easily abused, and most WordPress hosting companies don’t have it properly configured.