Why we renamed Border Control to Content Flow

You spoke... we listened. Introducing a renamed plugin: Content Flow.
Image of the Content Flow plugin patch by SMILE. A blue crest shape with the title and wave shapes to demonstrate flow

At SMILE, we’ve been designing and building websites for the education sector for over a decade. That decade has taught us a lot. Recent years have seen our experience develop into a suite of education-specific products and plugins. Until now those developments have largely been kept under wraps. Internally, we’ve been using them, learning from them and refining them. Now we’re ready to release them to the world. 

Previously, we released a plugin called Border Control – a content governance workflow plugin for WordPress. It is engineered to offer greater control over the creation and management of content. But there was a problem:

Not keen on the name…

WPCampus Community Member

And this person wasn’t alone. Something about the name was off. So we decided to revisit the names. The last thing we want to do is turn people off! We reached out to the community and floated some ideas and we got some ideas for new ones too. And then we landed on one that we thought captured it best.

Introducing… Content Flow!
The revised Border Control.
(And we squashed some bugs too)

It will take some time to move all of our internal naming conventions over, but we’ve changed all of our branding, and most references to the new name. We think this name change is more inclusive and will open the door to a few more people to try it out. You download Content Flow from GitHub today.

Content Flow removes risk. Customisable role controls give you back the confidence to share the load across teams. In a typical Content Flow workflow, content has a designated owner as well as editors and publishers. Content can be written and modified by editors, but only published by a publisher. 

Streamlining the initial creation stage is one benefit. But a good website maintains a high turnover of content. Distributing content management across your institution helps with this too. Gone are the days of all requests going through a single, small, and overworked team. 

You can read more here. Got questions? No problem, reach out to our team here.

We’re readying more plugins for public release so keep an eye out for more updates soon. Make sure you sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date!

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Elliott Barnicle
Lead Designer