WordPress gives you all you need to set up a guest blogging system on your site. You can allow users to sign up, and give each user a default editorial role to limit their access on your site. The problem is that you now have possibly hundreds of user accounts on your WordPress site who are still able to login. If you don’t want your guest bloggers to be able to access your site anymore, then you can use the User Locker WordPress plugin to cancel their access without deleting their accounts.
Why User Locker is Better than Deleting Accounts
You might be tempted to delete a user account that you don’t want to allow posting privileges to. The problem is that you would then have to sign all of their posts to a different user. By using User Locker – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/user-locker/, you have a way to disable their posting privileges while leaving their user accounts intact. After activating the plug-in, the settings page for every user will have a new access control center:
To disable a user’s account:
- Click the checkbox “User account is locked for security reasons”.
- For “Lock reason”, you can enter a message here that will show up to the user on the login screen.
These same two options are also available if you wish to disable an account instead of locking it. For most webmasters, the lock setting will be what they want.
User Locker can also be used to remind your users of overdue invoices.
If a client owes you money, you can lock them out of their account and give them a custom message. Include a link to their overdue invoice in the lockout message to give them an incentive to pay off what they owe you. This can also work if you run a “pay to guest blog” service.
WP User Frontend
Someone pointed out another option for allowing guest posts on your blog: WP User Frontend. WP User Frontend has a very sophisticated custom fields editor that will make your guest users feel right at home on your site. You can add custom fields that allow your guest posters to customize their user profiles as well as include images and other rich data with their posts. The plugin gives you plenty of options for accepting payments: you can have them Paypal you a single submission at your set price or offer a discount to users who subscribe for a submission package. For example, a high PR news agency type of site could offer people press release coverage for an ongoing subscription. Prices start at $49 and the features are best described by showing you a video of WP User Frontend’s features: