The other day we received an invitation to be Beta testers for a new plugin called CoSchedule by Todaymade.
We’re always excited to give new technology a test drive so we hopped on the opportunity, especially if it has the potential to serious up our content development, organization, and automation.
Heck, we have a hard enough time managing all the content that we’ve got going on – we’ll take a stab at anything that might level us up!
But is it ready for prime time?
Before we dive in let me be clear, I understand that this is a Beta, I promise I understand this. But I ran into an issue right away. The calendar on the homepage, “the place that helps us schedule and automate blog posts, email campaigns and social media messages” isn’t running yet.
Everything get’s output to a Google calendar as of now.
I don’t understand why they’d go to Beta if the calendar, which I believe is supposed to be the backbone, isn’t up and running.
On the bright side, signing up and installing the plugin were both very easy. Bonus! They even provided easy to follow instructions to make the process as smooth as possible, love this.
Once I got CoSchedule all set up, which only took a few minutes, I started poking around. I set it up with my Twitter account, which was a piece of cake and then headed over to my WordPress blog to take a look at the plugin interface.
Essentially, it seems, that CoSchedule offers the ability to share your blog posts via social media from the admin dashboard. The calendar which isn’t up yet lets you see an overview of your posts and related social media content.
I feel like I’ve only got a tiny glimpse of what this really does because the calendar portion isn’t up and running yet. But since I’m a good kid I am going to follow the instructions that said to “give CoSchedule 1-2 weeks to put it through it’s paces”. I’m hoping the calendar service will be up and running by then since that seems to be the backbone of this whole operation.
I’ll report back after I’ve vetted this plugin and let you know my findings.
If any of you are using the Beta versions of CoSchedule be sure to share your findings in the comments section. I’d love to know your thoughts and experiences with it!
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