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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

Version 5.5: Optimized network and user management

Update your Blog2Social to version 5.5 to make managing a blog or website with multiple users and social networks easier than ever.

Advanced Network Management (Business)

Do you manage a blog or website with multiple users and social network accounts? Whether you share your blog with multiple contributors, work with a blogging or social media team, or with a social media agency - working as a team is now easier with Blog2Social.

Create network collections and move network connections

With a Blog2Social Business version, you can now easily bundle selected social media connections into network collections. If you want to add a network connection to a per-defined network collection, you do not need to re-create the connection. Simply move your existing connection to the network collection.

>> Learn how to create and save network selections

Share network connections (Business)

With Blog2Social 5.5 we make sure that the setup and management of social networks for  multiple  users is easier with the help of shared connection. 

When you share a Blog2Social license with multiple users, you can now assign social media connections to other users to enable these users to manage and post on these network accounts, without each user having to create the network connection themselves. You are able to update and delete the assigned connections as well as select forums (for XING groups) and pinboards (for Pinterest).

This saves time for the setup, while at the same time protecting  persona accounts or accounts with sensible login data as there is no need to share your login data anymore.

Users can still set and save their own best time settings for the assigned connections and share and schedule posts. Of course they can also still use their own social media connections which is especially important for networks like XING or LinkedIn.

Assigned social networks connections enable multiple users and social media teams to share the work of crosspromotion: Writers can create blogposts and your social media team can share them on different networks. Both users are able to see shared social media connections and their status in their network overview.

Activate other users for Blog2Social Premium (all Versions)

You are now able to manage the licenses for other blog users in your WordPress backend. This way you can activate and manage license keys for all blog users, without the need to disclose license key information and have users activate their accounts themselves.

>> Learn how to manage license keys and network connections for other users

Additional Updates and Optimizations

  • Hashtags can now be automatically generated from WP tags for WooCommerce product post types
  • Featured images are now automatically updated in the calendar preview when posting multiple identical posts with changed URLs
  • External Links without Link preview can now also be shared with Content Curation
2019-06-27 15:09

Version 5.4.1

Update your Blog2Social to version 5.4.1 to benefit from usability updates for a better user experience with Facebook, LinkedIn, generated hashtags and the auto-poster.

Changes:

  • When posting with Facebook Instant Sharing in the photo post format, your link will now automatically added to your quote.
  • You can now choose your post format for LinkedIn posts.
  • Special characters (punctuation, apostrophe) are now automatically removed when generating hashtags.
  • Fix: Hashtags are now correctly generated for auto-posting.
  • Expired Facebook connections are now shown in the networks overview.
  • You can now choose your best times in the auto-poster drop down menü.
  • Process "delete networks" adjusted.
  • Cononical links are set when they are handed over to blog networks.
2019-05-21 15:26

Version 5.4: New Content Curation features and Debugger Tool

Update your Blog2Social to version 5.4 to save your curated content as drafts and analyze your blog posts for social-media-readiness with the new Debugger Tool.

Content Curation: Save your curated content as drafts

"Content is king" and Content Curation helps you to collect and post the best content from any source on your social media accounts. We're constantly working on new features to make Content Curation easier for you with Blog2Social.

You can now collect and prepare posts for your Content Curation campaigns, save them as drafts and edit or share them at a later date.

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

Share or save your curated content links as drafts with the Browser Extension

Did you find an interesting article in your browser? With Blog2Social version 5.4 you can share the article immediately or save it as a draft for your content curation campaigns with the Blog2Social Browser Extension!

To share it directly with your followers and fans just click on the Blog2Social icon in your browser and share interesting content the moment you discover it. Add a comment, to make your message more personal and engaging.

Blog2Social now also saves the link as a draft in the Content Curation feature of your Blog2Social WordPress dashboard.

Are your blog posts social-media-ready? Analyze your blog post’s shareability with the new Sharing Debugger

Debugger tools help to test programs and websites for troubleshooting. They analyze the source code step by step at runtime and control its flow. Sharing debuggers let you preview how your content will look when it's shared to debug any issues with your Open Graph tags. Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn offer their own debugging tools.

To make this process easier for you we have included all available sharing debugger tools directly into your Blog2Social dashboard. Use the Debugger link preview to see how your blog posts are displayed on social media and to get clues what you can edit to give your blogs posts a better social media look.

Update to Blog2Social 5.4 to use the integrated debugger tools in your WordPress backend. You find these on the Help & Support page in the new tab "Sharing Debugger". On this page, you can enter the URL of your post in the provided text field and use the debugging tools of Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn to find out if your blog posts are social-media-ready.

Additional Updates and Optimizations

  • Settings for “Schedule Recurrent Post” are now saved  in your "Load best times"-settings 
  • Content Curation: Increased compatibility for special characters in link URLs
  • Updated Pinterest authorization process: Please re-connect your Pinterest accounts to post on Pinterest.
2019-05-06 16:40