We all know that WordPress is a great blog platform, but collaboration too? You bet! Building a private site on WordPress.com and installing the P2 theme gives you a delightful platform for managing a society newsletter, organizing an event, writing project or just providing family members a private social network. It’s easy to build and costs you nothing.
The P2 theme presents the blog’s content in a sort of enhanced Twitter style with posting right on the page. There are status update, blog post, quotation and link entry types – all of which include commenting to create conversation threads. Team members can subscribe to the blog’s feed and have updates delivered to their newsreader. Unlike round-robin emails, each “conversation” is presented in the order it happened so a quick glance will bring any team member up-to-date. Add the Meebo widget to the blog and you have a realtime chat room in the site’s sidebar. The box.net widget lets you upload files to your box.net account [1GB storage free] and make them available on the blog. If you need to select event flyers or peer-review a newsletter article, this is a great way to do it.
The site administrator controls each team member’s access level. For example, a user with editor rights can edit and delete any content item on the site. Users with contributor rights can only work on their own content. Everyone can reply to any post.
Over at The Next Web, they’ve got complete step-by-step instructions on how to build your own collaboration site at no cost in less that 5 minutes. It’s definitely worth a look.