NGFB / WPSSO Update – Improvements & Video Autoplay

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NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) version 8.17.0 and WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) version 3.17.0 have been released.

I’ve started work on a new auto-posting extension for WPSSO, which has led to a few improvements in NGFB and WPSSO. A new “Show Tabs in Social Settings Metabox” option allows you to remove the Social Preview, Head Tags, and Validate tabs from the Social Settings metabox. The meta tag listing under the Head Tags tab has also been improved to include additional schema and JSON-LD code blocks. A new “Force Autoplay when Possible” option has been added to force video autoplay when possible — the Vimeo and Wistia integration modules have been updated to use this option. The All In One SEO Pack and all video integration modules have also been refactored to standardize their code.

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NGFB / WPSSO Update – New “head_attributes” Filter

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NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) version 8.16.0 and WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) version 3.16.0 have been released.

Continuing work on the Schema markup improvements from the last version, the “<head> Attributes Filter Hook” theme integration option has also been improved — Previously, the Schema itemtype was added to the <html> element attributes using the standard “language_attributes” WordPress filter. This defined the Schema itemtype for the webpage as a whole, which might be ok, except that some themes also define a second itemtype later in their template. The proper location for our Schema itemtype is in the <head> element attributes, to define the itemtype only for the meta tags being added by NGFB / WPSSO. Unfortunately WordPress and most theme templates do not have a standard filter for that element. In this new version, NGFB and WPSSO will check the header.php template for a standard <head> element, and if found, will suggest updating it with a new “head_attributes” filter. As an example:

And in context, here are the first three lines found in most header.php templates:

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NGFB / WPSSO Update – Product Rating Schema

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NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) version 8.15.0 and WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) version 3.15.0 have been released.

A new “Use Meta Property Container(s)” option has been added to the Google / Schema settings tab to include additional schema properties in webpage headers (product ratings, for example). Support for WooCommerce and Yotpo Social Reviews for WooCommerce product ratings has also been added.

To take full advantage of this new Schema markup, make sure your “<head> Attributes Filter Hook” option under the Theme Integration tab is set correctly. If your theme does not offer a filter hook for the <head> element attributes, consider adding a call to the wpsso_schema_attributes() function in your theme’s header.php template instead (or ngfb_schema_attributes() if you use the NGFB plugin). Example:

Leave the “<head> Attributes Filter Hook” option value empty if you add this function to your template.

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NGFB / WPSSO Update – Pre-defined Meta Tags for CPTs

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NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) version 8.14.0 and WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) version 3.14.0 have been released.

Using WPSSO as an example, this latest version provides an easy way to connect WPSSO to Custom Post Types (CPTs). If your theme (or another plugin) uses the following CPTs, WPSSO will pre-populate its Open Graph meta tags array with standard meta tags for that type. The following CPTs are recognized:

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NGFB / WPSSO Update – Manage Social Columns

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NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) version 8.12.0 and WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) version 3.12.0 have been released.

These new versions add a Show Social Columns option on the Advanced settings page to enable / disable the the “Social Img” and “Social Desc” columns for Posts, Pages, Taxonomy, and Users list pages. NextGEN Gallery’s (NGG) image object format has changed in recent versions, breaking some filters that NGFB and WPSSO required to correctly detect NGG image IDs. The detection of NGG images in the content text has been improved in these versions by adding support for NGG’s “data-image-id” attribute. A possible undefined index error for Media Library images has also been fixed by adding a check for the full width and height attributes (which may be missing).

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