I’m beyond excited to be able to write up this blog post. It’s been a long time coming on multiple fronts. First off, if it’s not obvious, the Post Promoter Pro website has gotten a facelift. The old site was drab, gray, and didn’t convey a strong message. After some extremely deep efforts from my friend Andrew (Sumobi) Munro, Post Promoter Pro has an actual ‘brand’. I cannot thank him enough for helping me out with this and really ushering in the next phase of Post Promoter Pro.
Some of you may have noticed an update available in your WordPress admin as well. Version 2.3 was released at the same time as the rebranding. It contains a number of bug fixes and some pretty awesome features that also open things up for great things in the near future. To address the elephant in the room (if you’ve been watching the development of version 2.3 on Twitter), no the ‘calendar view’ didn’t make it into this release. There were a number of bugs and user interface decisions that need to be made before I think it’s ready for you all to use. It’s still on the roadmap, but it has to be done with absolute intent as to make sure it performs as well as it possibly can for you.
So what’s in Version 2.3?
Scheduling Facebook and LinkedIn posts is here!
Now, when composting your shares for the two networks, you’ll have the options to share the item on publish, share it after it’s published, or not share it at all.
Twitter ‘archived’ view.
As you use Post Promoter Pro to continue scheduling Tweets, the list can sometimes get long and cause a you to scroll quite a bit. Now, as soon as a Tweet is sent, it’s “archived”. You can easily view past Tweets (and hide them again) with the ‘Toggle Past Tweets’ button that will appear.
Updated social media image sizes.
Things change, quite often in the social media world. The recommended image sizes were increased recently, so this has been updated in Post Promoter Pro as well.
Some other changes you may notice:
- The re-authentication messages for Facebook and LinkedIn are now dismissible.
- Fixed a bug where the ‘days remaining’ to re-authenticate Facebook and LinkedIn would just keep increasing
- Put in a throttle so if WP_Cron is missed by more than an hour, anything older than an hour won’t send (this prevents Post Promoter Pro from ever sending out a bunch of items at once due to a failed WP_Cron)
- Fixed the Twitter Description meta tag from requiring the post_excerpt
- Fixed a weird bug in the Twitter character counts that caused them to be incorrectly colored for error and warning
- Fixed a bug where shares that were deleted could re-schedule themselves
A couple of things you won’t see, at least in the obvious sense:
- Improved the updater so that it’s better on performance
- Added new API response logging system. This stores the response from the social media APIs, allowing for a better debugging, but ultimately lays the foundation to be able to access statistics and historical data.
So there you have it! It’s a big day for Post Promoter Pro. I’m very proud of what it’s become and where it’s heading, and I cannot thank my customer’s enough for all the feedback you’ve been providing me.