WordPress Project Management Update
Maybe I need to elaborate on a couple of things. At most we have maybe 3 or 4 people on a project, or sometimes it’s just the two of us, so standard project management software is too excessive for our needs. All I need to do is create a post, write a to do list, add the initials after each item for the person who’s dealing with it, and that’s it. Then we can just make comments on the post with questions and/or updates about the work. The comments are timestamped which obviously helps, and I’ll get an email for every comment. You can also subscribe to the comment feed for each post, so all everyone else will need is a lightweight feedreader and they can just add the comment feed for current work posts to keep up with the discussion.
It’s simple, but that’s all we need. Somewhere for me to list the work needing to be done that we can all access, and somewhere to share the discussion, where the discussion is logged for future reference.
Today I decided to try out a plugin called Allow Categories which allows you to restrict any non Admin to only see posts from specific categories. This isn’t to try and hide our work from the freelancers that we employ, but more to simply reduce what they need to wade through really. The restriction/hiding of posts works fine, however all categories were still being displayed in the category list in the sidebar, so after various attempts I’ve managed to use a function to override the wp_list_categories() output, and remove the specific categories that shouldn’t be displayed.
I’ve added my first actual project post for a new site that needs to be sorted out over the next couple of weeks. It took me all of a couple of minutes to type up what needed doing plus leave a comment with an update of what we were still waiting for from the client and what could be started.
Besides adding the other projects that are currently on, I just need to work out how I want the front page to work and look. So far so good 🙂