WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) version 3.3 has been released — The latest version of this Social SEO plugin includes several new features, and extensive code changes to support WordPress taxonomies (categories and tags). The custom Social Settings metabox is now available on all built-in and custom taxonomy editing pages (WooCommerce product categories, for example) — and previously-missing Image Dimensions options have been added to the Social Settings metabox on user editing / profile pages as well.
WPSSO’s Social Settings metabox enables an author to define a custom title and descriptions for Facebook / Open Graph, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, and Google Search — along with an optional, customized image and video for Facebook / Open Graph and Pinterest. The Social Settings metabox includes several useful tabsin both the Free and Pro versions — the Social Preview tab allows you to preview what a typical share might look like, the Head Tags tab shows all generated meta tags, and the Validate tab provides several links to popular validation tools and services (Facebook debugger, Twitter Card validator, etc.).
NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) version 8.3 has been released — It includes many new features and extensive code changes to support WordPress taxonomies (categories and tags). The custom Social Settings metabox is now available on taxonomy pages, and Image Dimensions options have been added to the custom Social Settings metabox on user editing pages as well. Developers will find several new filters have been added to this version, allowing you to hook individual meta tags in the webpage header.
A new website for the WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) plugin and its extensions is now available. All WPSSO related documentation, plugin and extension pages on SurniaUlula.com will automatically redirect to this new website. The home page on WPSSO.com should (hopefully) highlight the most important features and advantages of the plugin, in a format that is less detailed and technical than the full WPSSO plugin description page.
When sharing a URL on LinkedIn, you may find that the share box does not display the Open Graph image and text as it should — simply showing a grey image with the website’s domain name instead. It appears that LinkedIn’s crawler is unable to connect to the shared URL, so this may be a network issue with LinkedIn, their network provider, and/or a bug in their crawler. LinkedIn is aware of the issue and their response on 2015/03/16 was:
I heard back from my research team and they were able to isolate the issue. Our engineering team is working on it but there’s no estimate as to how long that might take. We’ll do our best to keep you posted.
NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) version 8.0 and WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) version 3.0 have been released — These are major version releases and include many new features and improvements. If you use the Free version, you’ll notice several (36) new options on the General settings page. These options were previously only available to Pro users, but my hope is to provide more functionality to Free version users, while still maintaining an attractive feature set for Pro version users (3rd-party plugin integration, Twitter Cards, custom Social Settings, and Advanced plugin settings).
What’s the difference between NGFB and WPSSO?
WPSSO is a fork (aka child) of NextGEN Facebook (NGFB). They have the same author, many of the same excellent features, but WPSSO is distributed without the sharing buttons and their related features. As a result, WPSSO is 25% smaller and is often preferred for websites that already have (or don’t need) a set of sharing buttons.
The previous versions of NGFB and WPSSO offered a Basic Options View on settings pages by default — with a button as the only way to switch to an alternate All Options View. The current versions now include an additional link under the settings metaboxes to “unhide / show all” the options when using the Basic Options View. This should make the Basic Options View more usable for advanced users that also prefer a cleaner / simpler settings page.