Pending Status is a super-simple solution for WordPress sites that need very basic workflow functionality. It’s easy to set up and doesn’t overload your site with unnecessary features.
If you have Contributors who can create, but not publish, their own content on your site, Pending Status notifies you of any pending posts that are ready to review. By default, all users with the Administrator or Editor role will see a Pending Status box on the Dashboard, showing the counts of pending posts, with a convenient link to the list of pending posts for that post type.
Optionally, you can also identify one or more Administrators/Editors to receive email notifications whenever a post is saved with “pending” status. The subject and message of the email are fully editable, and a direct edit link for the post is included in the body of the email.
Pending Status works with all publicly queryable post types: Posts, Pages, and even Custom Post Types created by third party plugins (e.g. WooCommerce, The Events Calendar, etc.), or your own custom code.
How do I set up email notifications?
By default the plugin displays a “Pending Status” widget on the admin Dashboard, but does not automatically send email notifications. To set up email notifications, navigate to Settings > Pending Status and check the boxes next to the administrators or editors who should receive an email notification. Here you can also customize the text of the email message.
I’ve set up email notifications, but I’m not receiving them. Why not?
Pending Status uses the built-in WordPress email functions to send notifications. Some web hosts do not allow websites to send email. We recommend using the Check & Log Email plugin to test whether or not you can send email from your WordPress site. If your host does not allow sending mail directly from the web server, we recommend using the WP Mail SMTP plugin to configure your site to route email through the mail server of your choice.
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1.0.1 – 2022.05.11
- Fixed minor text issue on admin page.
- Bumped “Tested up to” to 6.0.
1.0.0 – 2022.02.28
- Original version.