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Version 5.9 Change the Image for Link Posts & Use Post Templates for XING

Update Blog2Social to version 5.9 to change the image of your link posts for LinkedIn, XING, Twitter, and Facebook, and pre-format your posts with post templates.

Change the Image for Link Posts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and XING (Premium Pro)

Select individual images for your link posts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or XING with Blog2Social. To change the image for link posts, Blog2Social will automatically set the image you choose as the new Open Graph image tag (og:image) in your blog post meta data.

>>What are open graph tags and what do I use them for?

Please note:
Open Graph (og) tags are written into the source code of your website. All networks that support the link post format (except Twitter, as it will preferably use Twitter Card tags) will read the same Open Graph tags to display the link preview. If you make any changes to the og tags, these changes will be altered in your source code, which means the changes apply to every network that displays link previews based on og tags.

New Format Options for Post Templates & Post Templates  for XING (Pages & Groups) (Premium Pro)

Just like punctuation, formatting often seems unnecessary in times of text messages and chats. If you try to read a bigger paragraph, however, missing punctuation or formatting, resulting in a so-called wall of text, can make this task unnecessarily difficult.

One of the main reasons we use social media is to spread a message and reach as many people as possible, which is why we should make sure our message is easily digestible. A few line breaks can make a huge difference!

Use post templates to pre-format your social media posts for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and XING and save valuable time while scheduling. With Blog2Social 5.9, you can now add line breaks directly to your post templates to further customize the formatting style of your message.

You want to start with your hashtags, then a line break and then your post content? Sure!  You want more space between your title and content and even more line breaks before your hashtags at the end? You can absolutely do this.  Pre format your social media posts with post templates however you like.

Furthermore, version 5.9 also adds post templates for XING pages and groups!
>>Learn how to use post templates for your social media posts.

More Improvements and Tweaks:

  • Troubleshooting tool improved: additional plugins will now be checked.
  • WooCommerce compatibility improved: WooCommerce hook for deleted products added to Blog2Social so scheduled social media posts for products that get deleted are also deleted automatically.
  • You can now use animated GIFs for your social media posts.
2019-11-05 12:44

Version 5.8.1 Bug fixed for user rights

Update Blog2Social to version 5.8.1 to make sure that your user rights are unrestricted.

2019-10-02 10:06

Version 5.8: Google My Business Auto Posting for Imported Posts and Easier Draft Management

Update Blog2Social to version 5.8 to auto post your imported posts to Google My Business, to manage your drafts more easily, and more.

Google My Business Auto Posting for imported posts (Pro & Business)

Importing posts is a great way to automate and optimize your content creation and distribution process and save valuable time and resources.
With Blog2Social Premium you can auto-post your imported posts. Blog2Social 5.8. now adds Google My Business to the auto poster for imported posts. The new feature is available for Premium Pro and Premium Business.

Your Google My Business listing is your digital business card and can be a primary touchpoint when clients and prospects search for your company. As soon as someone searches for your company on Google, your Google My Business listing appears in the top right-hand side of the search results and is in the focus of attention. Presenting your latest posts directly on your Google My Business listing, allows you to draw attention to your business before people even visit your site.

Use Blog2Social to keep your Google business listing up to date by auto-posting your imported posts automatically.

>>Learn how to connect Google My Business to Blog2Social

>>Learn how to automatically share imported blog posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Google My Business

Please note: You can share up to 10 imported posts per day on Google My Business. The latest 3 posts will be prominently displayed on your business listing for 7 days Older posts can be accessed via the post carousel and will be stored in the post archive after 7 days.

Read our Google My Business Guide to see how Google My Business can help you gain more visibility and reach for your business with Google Posts.

Manage your drafts directly in the post overview section

Saving your customized social media posts as drafts makes it easier for you to save your work whenever you need to take a break and continue at a later time. Or, to use your drafts for repurposing your social media posts.

Blog2Social 5.8. makes it easier for you to see whether you already have a draft for the social media post you want to share. You can now see and access your drafts in the “Posts & Sharing” -> “Draft” tab, as well as in the tab “Posts & Sharing” -> “All blog posts”. If you have a saved draft for a blog post, the “load draft” button will appear next to the post. If you don’t see this button next to a post, there is no saved draft yet.

>>Learn how to save your posts as drafts

More Improvements and Tweaks:

  • You can now share your posts on LinkedIn in the image post format with or without a link in your post.
  • Pinterest login process improved.
  • Security updates.
  • Improved Multisite Support: For multisite websites, the social media calendar is now displayed separately for each website. This allows you to only see the posts relevant for your current website.
  • Content Curation: The comment text will now be correctly displayed in the comment text field.
  • Manage user rights for Blog2Social (Business): You can now streamline user rights you have assigned in other plugins or WP applications.
2019-09-23 15:26

Version 5.7.2 - Technical adaptations and performance improvements

Due to recent updates in the WordPress system and database, we have streamlined the technical structure of Blog2Social . 

Update Blog2Social to version 5.7.2 to benefit from our optimized adaptations to the Wordpress solutions to make Blog2Social even more reliable and safe.

Updates

  • Update of the Javascript libraries to the latest versions.
  • Switch of the input / output data to Wordpress' own functions.
  • Pinterest login: passwords extended by special characters
2019-09-10 08:24

Version 5.7.1 Security Update

Update Blog2Social to version 5.7.1 to benefit from security updates, improved German translations and an improved news widget image display.

Updates

  • Security Update for drafts: PHP Object Injection Vulnerability fixed
  • German Translation improved and updated
  • Improved image display in the dashboard news widget
2019-09-06 09:35

Version 5.7: Save your social media posts as drafts

Update your Blog2Social to version 5.7 to save your customized social media posts as drafts. This makes it easier for you to save and edit your current customizing work to continue at a later time. Or, use your drafts for repurposing your social media posts.

Save your customizing work as drafts

Save your work

There are times when you simply need to be able to save the customized social media posts you have prepared so far and continue at a later time. Blog2Social helps you save your work, even if you need to stop right in the middle of your customizing and scheduling process.With the introduction of drafts, you can now save your customized social media post in Blog2Social whenever you like and easily continue, edit or share your customizations at a later time.

This way you can easily create different posts with different texts, images, hashtags and formats for each network and save them for later. You can also save your scheduling dates or recurring scheduling in the draft.

Save time by re-using your posts

Time is the most important resource in our daily lives. Re-purposing your evergreen content will extend your reach and the lifetime of your content. By saving your customizing work as drafts, you can simply re-use customized social media posts to create more variations much easier and faster. This saves time that you can spend on other things (like creating valuable content or engaging with your community). Just save your customized and scheduled social media posts as drafts and re-use these drafts again at a later time.

As often as you like!

>>> Learn how to save your social media posts as drafts with Blog2Social

Content curation: Delete old content drafts you don’t want to curate any more

Bulk saving articles to curate? Collecting interesting articles is fun and can easily be done using the Blog2Social: Social Media Poster Extension for Chrome or Firefox while browsing the web. This can easily lead to hundreds of articles that might be interesting for your followers. But when it’s time to schedule your content curation, many of them might not make the cut. 

 With Blog2Social 5.7 you are now able to delete the posts you once planned to curate but  changed your mind. This helps you to “clean up“ and keep the best possible overview of your content drafts that you have saved for curating.

>>> Here is how to share content from any sources with Blog2Social

Additional Updates and Optimizations

  • Hashtags from WordPress tags are now correctly added for posts created with the autoposter.
  • Excerpts from WordPress posts that were created with the Gutenberg Editor are now correctly transferred to social media with the autoposter.
  • Network connection with scheduled posts can now be deleted correctly.
  • Instagram posts that were posted without text can now be found in the notifications tab.
  • When users change their connections while refreshing them, the new connection name will now be displayed correctly. For example: Changing the connection for page A to page B, the name of the connection will now be correctly displayed as “page B”.
  • For the profile on the Business Network Xing you can now choose between link post and image post.

More information: How can I save my social media posts as drafts?
2019-09-06 09:34

Update Version 5.6.1: More options to customize your social media post templates

Update your Blog2Social to version 5.6.1 to benefit from the improved setting options for your social media post templates. The new social media post templates allow you to customize the general structure of your social media posts and save your preferred settings as default settings for each network. You can now also define your preferred character limit individually for your variables to optimize the individual structure of your social media posts. 

For defining your character limit settings for a specific social network, click on the “Edit Post Format” Button on the Blog2Social “Networks” panel. 

Define the character limit for the variables “Excerpt” and “Content” individually.

 

Your text will be shortened after the last comma, period, or space character within your character limit.

An “Excerpt” will only be added to your social media post if you have added a manual excerpt in the excerpt editing box of the Gutenberg side menu (document settings) of your post. 

“Titles” and “Hashtags” are not shortened. If you select the “Title” and “Hashtags” variables for your social media posts, the character limit you define for the “Excerpt” and/or “Content” variables will be applied within the remaining available character limit of the social network. 

You can customize your character limit in addition to customizing your post layout for each network.

>> Learn how to customize and apply post templates for your social media posts.

2019-07-30 15:48

Version 5.6: New post templates for smarter social media posts

Update your Blog2Social to version 5.6 to benefit from new post templates to individualize your social media post automatically with your favorite settings.

Post templates: Customize your post layout for each network (Premium)

Blog2Social 5.6 provides you now in addition to the default tailoring of your posts with new post templates to define your favorite settings your individual post layout on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. You can now save your individual layout settings as default and select your settings to share your social media posts faster with individually tailored posts on each social network. 

For defining your default settings for a specific social network, click on the “Edit Post Format” Button on the Blog2Social “Networks” panel. 

>> Learn how to customize and apply post templates for your social media posts.

Usability Update: check the sharing status of your posts

For checking which of your blog posts have already been shared or are currently scheduled on social media and which of them have not been shared as yet, you can now simply sort your posts by status (never shared, already shared or currently scheduled). This makes it easier for you to detect and select posts that have not been shared yet and start sharing or scheduling them right away.

Additional Updates and Optimizations

  • Expired authentication status of your Facebook connection will now be displayed in your Networks panel.
  • When you change the publication date of a scheduled  blog post, the Auto-Poster will adjust your social media scheduling  accordingly.
  • The time settings of the Auto-Poster are now compatible with the Gutenberg date notation.
  • Fix: Connection with Pinterest will work smoothly again. 
2019-07-22 13:20