NGFB and WPSSO Plugin News for October 24, 2016

The NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) and WPSSO plugins are updated every 1-2 weeks to enhance performance, improve existing features and add new functionality — all plugins and extensions have been updated at least once this past month. Don’t forget to install the latest NGFB and WPSSO updates from your WordPress dashboard. ;-)

NextGEN Facebook

  • NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) on October 23rd, 2016.
  • NextGEN Facebook Pro Update Manager on October 23rd, 2016.

WordPress Social Sharing Optimization

  • WPSSO on October 23rd, 2016.
  • WPSSO Mobile App Meta on October 22nd, 2016.
  • WPSSO Organization Markup on September 10th, 2016.
  • WPSSO Place / Location and Local Business Meta on October 22nd, 2016.
  • WPSSO Pro Update Manager on October 23rd, 2016.
  • WPSSO Ridiculously Responsive Social Sharing Buttons on October 22nd, 2016.
  • WPSSO Schema JSON-LD Markup on October 22nd, 2016.
  • WPSSO Social Sharing Buttons on October 22nd, 2016.
  • WPSSO Strip Schema Microdata on October 17th, 2016.

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New Plugin — WPSSO Strip Schema Microdata


If you’re using the WPSSO Schema JSON-LD Markup (WPSSO JSON) extension (and if not, you really should), you may have noticed that Google’s Schema validation tools can pickup additional incomplete / inaccurate Schema markup from your theme templates. WPSSO JSON defines its JSON-LD markup as the “main entity” for the webpage — so Google will prefer this markup over any other found in the webpage — but you may still want to cleanup that incomplete / inaccurate Schema Microdata from your theme templates. The new WPSSO Strip Schema Microdata (WPSSO SSM) extension is a Free plugin that removes Schema Microdata markup from the webpage body section automatically, leaving the Schema JSON-LD markup as the only Schema markup in the webpage.

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New Plugin — JSM’s Show Post Meta


JSM’s Show Post Meta version 1.0.4-1 has been released.

Wondering about the post meta your theme and/or plugins might be creating?

Want to find the name of a specific post meta key?

Need some help debugging your post meta?

The JSM’s Show Post Meta plugin displays all post meta (aka custom fields) keys and their unserialized values in a metabox at the bottom of post editing pages.

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WPSSO JSON Update — Google & Pinterest Recipe Markup


WPSSO Schema JSON-LD Markup (WPSSO JSON) version 1.10.0-1 has been released, and includes several improvements for Pinterest and the Schema Recipe markup.

Although previous versions of WPSSO JSON included basic support for the Schema Recipe markup, finding an elegant way to manage ingredients — without duplicating existing theme and/or 3rd party ingredient management — was still on the To-Do list. Thanks to the helpful suggestions of a customer with a recipe website, I was able to include recipe integration features in this version.

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WPSSO Update — Extend The Events Calendar Schema


WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) version 3.33.1-1 has been released, along with updates for the WPSSO JSON, WPSSO ORG, and WPSSO PLM extensions.

One of the big features for this new release is the added support for the Schema type and its sub-types (DanceEvent, MusicEvent, etc.), along with integration of The Events Calendar plugin. The Events Calendar plugin already includes basic JSON-LD support, but the WPSSO Organization Markup (WPSSO ORG) and WPSSO Place / Location and Local Business Meta (WPSSO PLM) extensions allow you to include much more detail about the organizer (as an actual Organization instead of a Person), select a performer for the event, along with WPSSO’s standard support for images, videos, etc. The combination of WPSSO Pro and all three Pro extensions can provide extensive Schema markup about your event — see the following Schema JSON-LD markup for an example.

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PHP Code to Clear the WPSSO Cache


If you use a caching plugin, you may have an option to include custom PHP code when flushing the cache manually — for example, Comet Cache has an “Evaluate Custom PHP Code when Clearing the Cache?” option where you can enter additional PHP code to execute when clearing the cache manually. Adding the following code will also clear the WPSSO object cache when clearing the webpage cache:

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WPSSO Update – Adds Support for Co-Authors Plus


WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) version 3.31.0-1 has been released, and includes several interesting changes — The display of Free / Pro version features in the settings pages sidebar has been improved by adding icons and grouping similar features. And the big change for this version is the support of post / page co-authors and guest authors using the Co-Authors Plus plugin. WPSSO Pro will extend the list of Contact Info under the Guest Author profile page, and include co-authors and guest authors (name, description / bio, image, and all contact URLs) in post / page meta tags. The WPSSO Schema JSON-LD Markup extension has also been updated to add co-authors and guest authors to all Schema types that include author information (Article, NewsArticle, TechArticle, BlogPosting, WebPage, etc.).

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PHP – Print a Prettier Array


I often want to output an array for debugging purposes, but using var_dump() or print_r() on an array that includes true / false values and class objects can be problematic — false values appear empty, and class objects can include too much information. I wrote the following recursive static method (presented here as a function) to pre-filter an array for readability when using print_r() or var_dump().

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WPSSO Update – AMP Support and Several Core Changes


WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) version 3.28.1 was released this morning. This latest version includes many core changes, which require an update to all WPSSO extensions as well (except for the WPSSO Pro Update Manager). Please make sure you update all your installed / active WPSSO extensions along with this update. The following extensions have been released with WPSSO v3.28.1:

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