Industry Reviews for WPSSO

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Several websites have reviewed WPSSO in the past few months, and the reviews are all very positive…

If you want to get the most out of the social shares your content receives, and ensure your content stands out when it is posted on the various social networks, and listed in the search engines, then this plugin is a great choice that covers all the bases.” — wpmayor.com

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WPSSO v2.5.5 – New ‘G+ / Schema Description’ Setting

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WPSSO version 2.5 includes two new features -- a 'Social Settings' metabox for the user profile page, and a new Author Gravatar addon for author index pages. The 'Social Settings' metabox on the profile page allows users and admins to specify different descriptions for each social context (an alternative to the profile biography value), along with choosing a different image, either by entering an image ID or URL. The new Author Gravatar addon also pre-populates the Image URL field with the user's Gravatar image (if one exists).

Version 2.5.2 introduces a new 'Welcome' dashboard page, displayed once when the plugin or options are updated.

Version 2.5.3 adds a new 'Image Dimensions' option on the Pinterest publisher settings tab.

Version 2.5.4 simplifies the settings pages by adding a new 'Plugin Settings to Display' option on the SSO Advanced settings page, and updates the admin-side CSS to improve the layout. The 'Plugin Settings to Display' value is set to 'Basic Plugin Options' by default, so if you find that some options have disappeared, you can change that option to 'All Plugin Options'.

Version 2.5.5 fixes the Basic / All Option switching not being saved, a missing schema itemtype value for the webpage, and adds a new 'G+ / Schema Description' field in the Social Settings metabox.

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NGFB v7.5.5 – New ‘G+ / Schema Description’ Setting

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NGFB version 7.5 includes two new features -- a 'Social Settings' metabox for the user profile page, and a new Author Gravatar addon for author index pages. The 'Social Settings' metabox on the profile page allows users and admins to specify different descriptions for each social context (an alternative to the profile biography value), along with choosing a different image, either by entering an image ID or URL. The new Author Gravatar addon also pre-populates the Image URL field with the user's Gravatar image (if one exists). Support for HTTPS URLs has also been added to the Reddit, ManageWP, and Tumblr buttons.

Version 7.5.2 introduces a new 'Welcome' dashboard page, displayed once when the plugin or options are updated.

Version 7.5.3 adds a new 'Image Dimensions' option on the Pinterest publisher settings tab, along with a 'Shortcode Preset' option on the Buttons settings page.

Version 7.5.4 simplifies the settings pages by adding a new 'Plugin Settings to Display' option on the NGFB Advanced settings page, and updates the admin-side CSS to improve the layout. The 'Plugin Settings to Display' value is set to 'Basic Plugin Options' by default, so if you find that some options have disappeared, you can change that option to 'All Plugin Options'.

Version 7.5.5 fixes the Basic / All Option switching not being saved, a missing schema itemtype value for the webpage, and adds a new 'G+ / Schema Description' field in the Social Settings metabox.

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Developer Special – Buy one, Get one Free

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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.

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How Fast is WPSSO Compared to Other Plugins?

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There is a huge variety of available plugins for WordPress — 30,326 plugins as of today — and if you’ve tried more than a few, you’ll have noticed a marked difference in their quality as well (functionality, user interface, stability, etc.). If you know your way around PHP, you should take a moment to browse the source code of a plugin before installing it. You’ll notice quite a difference there as well. ;-) You can view WPSSO’s source code directly from WordPress.org’s SVN repository. If you do, please excuse the lack of comments — it’s on my To-Do list. ;-)

I started developing the NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) plugin about a year ago, when I broke my foot and was stuck in bed / on the couch for much of the day. NGFB is the foundation for WPSSO, minus the sharing buttons and their related features (shortcodes, widgets, stylesheets, javascript caching, and url shortening). WPSSO has 25% less code, is 0.0070 secs faster per page load, and is often preferred for websites that already have (or don’t need) a set of sharing buttons.

I’ve always kept an eye on performance, and used WordPress’s object and transient caches when possible, along with disk based caching when appropriate. NGFB and WPSSO are fast, but until recently, I’d never compared their performance to other plugins. As I prepare WPSSO v2.4.4 for release later this week, I took some time to double-check its performance and that of a few other plugins as well.

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