Online publishing platform WordPress.com is getting a bunch of much needed updates.
Most of the additions are aimed at the social media side of things. With this update, you can say goodbye to all those social media sharing plugins you’ve been using. Because now, you can do it all from the convenience of your dashboard.
Called “Advanced Social Media” the feature(s) lets you schedule Tweets, Facebook or LinkedIn posts directly from the admin interface.
With this update you can:
- Resurface older “evergreen” posts to share them to your newer followers.
- Plan your social media posts in bulk to save time.
- Craft messages specifically to fit the profile or network where you are posting.
- Preview upcoming tweets, Facebook posts, or LinkedIn updates.
- See the previous shares of the post.
All of this comes with a catch. The update is only available for Premium or Business users. Meaning if you’re on the free or Personal package, you’ll have to sit this one out. It also works with the Jetpack plugin if you’re using Premium or Business packages.
Scheduling helps a lot in that it can let you share multiple posts over the course of a day to make it look like there’s always some activity on your social media accounts.
How to Use it
To access the above-mentioned features select the “Share” button under a post in the posts list:
You can then share the post then and there or schedule it for a later date/time:
To make sure you got everything right, you can preview your post as well. Here you can make sure your message and featured image aren’t out of place:
A Life Saver
WordPress has had social media sharing for a long time now but all you could do was connect your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn profiles with your WordPress account. It would then send a tweet or an update as soon as you published a post.
It would also use the same old message in every tweet or update and there was no way to schedule a post or share it multiple times.
The new feature was announced by artpi on WordPress.com yesterday. He said,
We wanted to make it easier for WordPress.com users to create great content on their websites — and share it across different social media networks.