I've read about features being shuffled off into plugins instead of keeping them as part of the main WordPress (core files) which can be downloaded and installed for free (web hosting/ domain required). The problem with features being taken out of WordPress is where they go from there.
I think WordPress is in danger of “jumping the shark”, becoming too complicated and loaded with too many features. Google has mostly forgotten all about Blogger, but it may become a better alternative for a lot of people who just want a simple business site. WordPress seems to be something for people who want to spend time and money on a fancy site with a lot of features. How many businesses really need all of that? Not many. As someone who has kept sites for many years and used WordPress most of the time, I’m not planning to use a lot of customized posts. I don’t need them. I want to focus on content, not spend a lot of time on formatting. I will add that if people are building a site to function as a web directory, job board, or any of a hundred other things – WordPress isn’t an essential element. It may even be a hindrance. WordPress is still a customized blog at heart. Note: I posted this as a comment on WPTavern. The post there was about new custom formatting for WordPress posts. It got me thinking about how WordPress is used, who uses it and whether it is really still sustainable for the general blog user - people who are not web developers and may not want to spend that kind of time or money on a site for their business, or hobby, etc. Most of us have a limited budget. How important is it to have a fancy site with a lot of features versus just having a site up and functioning? Is WordPress still a good option for putting up a site? Or, do you need to be (or pay) a web designer/ developer to work with WordPress?
Note: The original post was from 2014. Likely there is a fresher list of plugins but I like to see plugins which have been around for some trial and error. I don't run a multi-author site (but I do write for a few). Still, in my experience, Edit Flow is excellent. I did try it myself but decided it had a lot of features I didn't need (due to the fact that I'm the only one here). From the list, Post Forking, sounds like the one I'd try. But, it hasn't had an update in three years. An interesting plugin, but I decided not to try it because it's not something I'd use very often anyway. Maybe something on the list will be just what you need. Get the links and reviews from the post at WP Beginner below.
1. Capability Manager Enhanced 2. Co-Authors Plus 3. Restrict Author Posting 4. Revisionary 5. Simple Local Avatars 6. Author Avatars List 7. Edit Flow 8. Author Spotlight (Widget) 9. Post Forking 10. Require Featured Image 11. TinyMCE Spellcheck 12. Email Users 13. Adminimize 14. WP User Frontend 15. Moderator Role 16. Content Progress 17. Cimy User Extra Fields 18. User Submitted Posts 19. Error Notification 20. User Notes 21. Role Based Help NotesSource: 21 Plugins to Efficiently Manage WordPress Multi-Author Blogs
I just found this and I'm hoping it will work. There are times I would like to find something new to post about. I have seen other auto posting software but it tends to be very outdated, or not free. I've paid for Curation Suite but I don't really get as much out of it as I thought I would. This looks simpler, and that's a big plus for me. Source: WordPress Auto Poster Download
Can we have a feature to mass update JetPack's modules for all our WP sites? I have had to reinstall JetPack due to update problems and each time my modules need to be re-set. This is time consuming and a little aggravating to do for several sites. Today 6 of them need to be reset and I can't find any enthusiasm at all for the job. Could JetPack set this up as WP.com has made it work for updating plugins for all my blogs now? PS- JetPack should not be on the WP.com updates. It does not work well with others there. The time before I forgot not to update it and this last time I was optimistic and thought it would work this time... But, no. JetPack has some kind of conniption each time I update it on WP.com, especially if I have other plugins to update. Why not just have JetPack update from JetPack and keep module settings there too? Please. The multi-bloggers will love you. For a few minutes at least. I sent this request to JetPack tonight. I'm sure someone will read it but, tonight, I am still fixing/ adjusting modules cross checking between sites and wishing there was an easier way to do this.