After innumerable hours of tinkering, I’m happy to finally throw Edit Hub out into the wild.
Edit Hub started out as a teeny, tiny spark in my brain as I sat in Kristina Halvorson’s workshop at An Event Apart last year. Even though content strategy has exploded as a discipline recently, the tools that we use to do CS work are still rather unremarkable.
And while there seems to be more and more apps in development that aim to help with up-front content strategy work—GatherContent (private beta) and Page Trawler (alpha) come to mind—there’s not much out there yet for people who want to manage an editorial calendar, develop and host various iterations of content, and collaborate with other content creators all at the same time.
Over years of trafficking and juggling Word docs, text files, images, videos, and emails with all kinds of content pasted in and attached to them, this deficit has become very apparent to me. Whether for print publications or digital media, I would have loved to have a centralized place for internal content sharing, subsequent revising, and discussion.
So instead of waiting for someone else to build a web app that would make all of my wildest content wrangling dreams come true, I decided to try building something myself on WordPress.
[insert screeching record sound effect]
Huh!? WordPress? Ultimately, I had a few excellent reasons for building Edit Hub as a WP theme, not the least of which include that WordPress is self-hosted, it’s extendible, and its user interface keeps getting better and better (but I digress…).
My big idea with Edit Hub is to turn WordPress into a centralized web-based app that allows you to:
- organize your content and related media assets
- facilitate collaborative content development
- maintain an editorial calendar
- export content into a variety of useful formats
I designed Edit Hub with communications professionals of all stripes in mind, but business owners, project managers, and just about anyone faced with the prospect of creating, refining, and publishing content will find it helpful—especially when developing this content requires collaboration with others.
All you need to get Edit Hub up and running is a fresh installation of WordPress. Oh, and did I mention that Edit Hub (like WordPress) is 100% free?
Peaked your interest yet? Visit the Edit Hub page to learn more about its rockin’ features, view screenshots, check out a demo site, and download a copy of the WP theme zip.
A small disclaimer
As far as back-end web development is concerned, I’m mostly a hobbyist and Edit Hub v1.0 is very beta.
I do welcome any and all feedback from those brave souls who give it a try. I built Edit Hub based on my own experience coordinating collaborative content production for both print and web, so I’d love to hear what features fellow content workers would like to see implemented in future releases.
So what are you waiting for? Go check it out.