New Plugin – WPSSO Tweet a Quote

A new extension for WPSSO called WPSSO Tweet a Quote (WPSSO TAQ) is available to include Twitter-style quotes in your content, with an easy (and optional) Tweet link for readers.

[taq]WPSSO Tweet a Quote – Easily add Tweetable quotes to your WordPress content! ;-)[/taq]

WPSSO TAQ uses your existing WPSSO settings to shorten URLs, add the Twitter Business @username, and recommend the author’s @username after sharing — and developers / advanced users will appreciate the ability to completely re-style the quote text and Tweet link. ;-)

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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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Social SEO – WordPress SEO vs WPSSO

A few years ago, most website visitors came from Google Search results. Plugins designed to optimize your content for Google Search became increasingly popular, and part of many “must have” plugin lists. Recently though, that trend has been shifting, as the percentage of visitors coming from social websites is increasing — often matching and sometimes out-pacing — the number of visitors from Google Search. Traditional Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plugins, like WordPress SEO by Yoast for example, have adapted to this change by stepping away from their core purpose, and re-using their SEO content to generate additional meta tags for social websites. But how good is an SEO plugin at addressing the needs of social websites? We compare WordPress SEO to WPSSO, a dedicated social sharing optimization plugin to find out.

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WPSSO vs NGFB

About a week ago I released a new plugin called WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO). This new plugin is a fork of NGFB, and includes many of the same features and updates, but does away with the social sharing buttons and their related features (shortcodes, widgets, stylesheets, javascript caching, url shortening, and url rewriting). There’s still some work to be done on WPSSO — to remove every last bit of code related to the social buttons — but most of the heavy-lifting is done.

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WordPress Lies About Image Sizes / Dimensions

There are a few functions available to retrieve the URL and size of an image in the WordPress Media Library, but few people know that these functions will often lie about an image’s dimensions.

As an example, let’s define a custom image size of 1000 x 1000 cropped, and use image_downsize() to retrieve the URL and size of an image ID (this example can be used with wp_get_attachment_image_src() as well). I’ll use list() in the example, instead of an array variable for the return values, to keep the code more readable. ;-)

WordPress will return a URL for the image and the values of $width / $height may be 1000 / 1000 – it all depends on several factors.

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Small Issue with ManageWP.org Button

If you use the NGFB plugin for WordPress, which supports the ManageWP.org button, please note that there’s a small incompatibility with their button and the WordPress admin bar. If you are logged in and the top admin bar is displayed, the ManageWP.org button “popup tooltip” will overlay their button, making it impossible to click the button underneath.

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What are Open Graph and Twitter Card Meta Tags?

For the past year I’ve been working on NGFB, a WordPress plugin that adds Open Graph, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and Twitter Card meta tags to webpage headers. It’s one of those things that all websites need, but few website owners actually know what meta tags are or look like. There are a lot of plugins for WordPress that add meta tags to webpages, but not all are created equal. ;-) This article will explain what meta tags are, why they are useful, and what makes one set more complete than another. But first, we need to get everyone on the same page…

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My WordPress Debug / Logging PHP Class

One of the eventual issues you have to deal with when developing a plugin for WordPress, is finding out what went wrong when someone reports a bug. You need to know what the plugin did — what decisions it took as it executed and why. There are a number of PHP / WordPress debugging tools available to developers, but you can’t really ask customers to debug your plugin with these. At most, you can ask them to click a “debug” option so you can get more info about it’s operation. And this is where my WordPress debug / logging PHP class comes in. At first, it was just a way to include a few hidden HTML comments in the webpage, so I could have some clues as to what might have went wrong and where. But the more I used it, the more useful it became. Here are a few examples…

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