I’ve been camping on horse farm in Halifax NS for the past few weeks, which has given me time to work on a new WPSSO extension plugin (to be released soon), and fine-tune some NGFB, WPSSO, and WPSSO SSB features. I try and maintain a schedule of 1-2 weeks between releases, but the recent pace of development has pushed that to every 3-5 days. The release schedule should get back to normal once I leave the farm and start travelling again.
The NGFB and WPSSO plugins have been updated with minor changes. The ‘Header Tags’ tab in the Social Settings metabox has been renamed / changed for new ‘Title and Description’ and ‘Image and Video’ tabs. The ‘Google+ / Schema Description’ option is now hidden when using the “Basic Options” settings view. These new versions also include a small fix to retain hidden / excluded options from the Social Settings metabox.
The NGFB and WPSSO SSB plugins include a new filter (‘ngfb_buttons_cache_salt’ or ‘wpsso_buttons_cache_salt’) to allow developers to modify the buttons cache salt string.
The NGFB and WPSSO plugins have been updated with additional features — three new methods have been added to the
SucomUtil class to process special inline variables. The
%%sharing_url%% variables can be used within any settings value, and will be expanded when the header meta tag array is generated. The handling of content and excerpt text has also been improved to strip encoded HTML tags, which WooCommerce can save in its excerpt (aka Short Description) text.
The NGFB and WPSSO SSB plugins also include a small fix to add the blog ID to the CSS stylesheet file name, allowing multiple blogs to share the same cache folder.
Plugins that add social sharing buttons should be fairly light and fast — they generally don’t need to fetch much information about a page, like an SEO or SMO / SSO plugin does. Here are some example “execution time” metrics from the P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) plugin, using WP Test Data, and several popular social sharing plugins (along with the WordPress Core and Twenty Fourteen theme for reference). The plugins were configured to include the Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest sharing buttons at the bottom of single posts and pages.
Several websites have reviewed WPSSO in the past few months, and the reviews are all very positive…
“If you want to make every tweet, like, share, pin, and +1 count, then you should definitely start using WPSSO on your WordPress site.” — indexwp.com
The WPSSO and NGFB plugins for WordPress are licensed based on the WordPress Site Address. Typically, a Development, Staging, and Production website – for example – would require 3 licenses. In the spirit of helping our fellow developers, we are offering a free license for every license purchased – on all past and future purchases. So, for example, if you purchased a license for example.com (or www.example.com), you can also register dev.example.com using the same Authentication ID. This allows developers to purchase a license, develop a customer’s website, and then change the Site Address upon delivery, without having to purchase an additional license for the production website.