I’m happy to announce that Version 2.0 of Post Promoter Pro is now live. This release has been quite the update in the making, with a fully refactored codebase that makes it more extensible and easier to add features. We’ve added quite a few features including featured images, WP.me shortlink support, LinkedIn support, and a more user friendly UI. Here’s some breakdown of the changes and how they look.

LinkedIn Support

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You can now connect a LinkedIn account with Post Promoter Pro to share your posts with your connections. Posts get shared and can include the featured images if attached. Here’s an example of what your content will look like on LinkedIn.

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For the time being, posting to LinkedIn is limited to the initial publishing. In researching this network, we found that content does not cycle quick enough for there to be posts to the same links day after day. We’re not saying we’ll never allowing scheduled LinkedIn posts, just for now.

Featured Image Support

If you attach featured images to your posts, Post Promoter Pro can now make your Social Media content stand out. We’ve made custom thumbnail sizes for both Twitter and LinkedIn, allowing your images to look great on both platforms. Here’s an example of a post to Twitter with the featured image attached.

You have to option to include this featured image on any Twitter post you want, and it will always be included on your LinkedIn posts if a featured image is set.

WP.me Shortlinks

Don’t use Bit.ly? That’s ok, we’ve got you covered. If you have Jetpack installed, and the wp.me shortlink enabled, then you can choose to have your Tweets and LinkedIn posts use the WP.me shortlinks. There’s no settings, just enable it in the URL Shortener dropdown.

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Refactored for Extensibility

It’s a tough one to show, but will make developers happy. Post Promoter Pro 2.0 is completely driven by hooks and filters. Even the Twitter, LinkedIn, Bit.ly, and WP.me features use them, giving developers a great guide on how to extend and get the most out of Post Promoter Pro.

That’s a bit about the major improvements, but here’s a full changelog for you:

  • NEW: LinkedIn Support
  • NEW: WP.me Shortlink Support
  • NEW: Featured Image Support
  • TWEAK: Allow a ‘None’ option for link tracking
  • TWEAK: Better code organization for easier debugging
  • TWEAK: Fixing a slight bit of padding on the Twitter Meta Box content
  • FIX: Correcting an issue with some hosting environments where HTML entities are not decoded
  • FIX: Bit.ly auth AJAX not working on Network Sites
  • FIX: Unscheduling already scheduled posts when post is updated to unschedule posts

While my beta testers and I have been over this code extensively, if you find any issues please submit a support ticket.

Written by Chris Klosowski

Hey, my name is Chris Klosowski, a WordPress plugin developer based out of Queen Creek, Arizona, and the developer of Post Promoter Pro. I am also a Lead Developer for Easy Digital Downloads, a complete eCommerce plugin for selling digital products through WordPress, as well as a WordPress core contributor. I focus mainly on eCommerce and social media-based plugins, but love building small utility plugins when the need arises.

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