The Content Audit Plugin allows Forge administrators to create a content inventory of all their pages/posts in WordPress as well as assign ‘ownership’ and set expiration dates designating when pages/posts should be reviewed or updated. This can be useful in determining who is responsible for maintaining the accuracy of website content and ensuring that content is reviewed on a regular basis.

Enabling the Content Audit Plugin

  1. From the Dashboard of your Forge site, click Plugins
  2. Click “Activate” next to the Content Audit plugin

Content Audit Settings

To adjust the default settings for the plugin, go to Settings > Content Audit from the Dashboard.

Content Audit Options

  • Audited content types: determine what can be audited (e.g., pages, posts)
  • Users allowed to audit: determine what user roles can use the plugin (e.g., admins, editors)
  • Outdated content: Set content to be automatically marked as “outdated” if it has not been modified in a specified amount of time
  • Email notifications: Control whether or not content owners are notified that their content is outdated and the frequency of those notifications
  • Front end display: Choose whether or not content status and ownership is displayed with authenticated users are displaying content
  • Content attributes: Customize the list of content audit options by creating custom categories or sub-categories

Using Content Audit

The Content Audit blocks are displayed on the right-hand side for pages and/or posts when in the editing interface and consists of three blocks:

  • Content Audit Attributes: set a audit attribute for the page/post (e.g., audited, needs review) or create a new attribute category
  • Content Owner: choose from the list of users on the site a designated ‘owner’ of the page/post (see Adding Users to a WordPress Site if you need to add additional people)
  • Expiration Date: set an expiration date for content to be designated ‘outdated’, this will trigger email notifications to the page/post owner if enabled in the Content Audit settings

Content Audit Report

The Content Audit plugin also allows site admins to generate a report of all pages/posts on their site and the current status of those pages/posts. To view the Content Audit Overview, click Content Audit Overview in the Dashboard.

Red arrow pointing at Content Audit Overview in WordPress dashboard

From here, you can see a list of Content Owners, the number of pages/posts they own, and a breakdown of the audit attributes. To download a report, click [Download as CSV] from the top of the screen.

View Audit Attributes in WordPress

To view all pages/posts designated with a specific Audit Attribute, navigate to the Posts or Pages main page in the Dashboard, select the desired attribute in the “Show all statuses” drop-down, and click [Filter].

Red box around "Show all statuses" drop-down filter on the Posts overview page

You can also choose to filter by Content Owner or a combination of status and owner.

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