Google+Blog for WordPress is riding off into the sunset
It has been almost 3 years (wow!) since the announcement of Google+Blog for WordPress and the uptake was much more than I ever expected it to be. Thousands of people explored the concept of using their Google+ content as a way to spice up their blogs, to keep their own off-site version of their posts, or to simply share content with those that aren't on G+. Given the ease of creating long form, media rich posts, who wouldn't want to use G+ as their content management platform?
But as software is updated over time it can get a little clunky and less efficient. I was never happy about the requirement of an API key and there have been many requests for more flexible templating. So with the plugin begging for a major update it has received one, as well as a rebranding. [Existing supporters receive a free upgrade, check your email or message me]
Social Media 2 WordPress for Google+ has arrived
This plugin has been rewritten from the ground up, promising to be faster and easier to use. A little feature rundown as follows:
* Import posts from multiple G+ profiles or pages
* Transfer comments from G+ into your WordPress blog (with author attribution)
* Complete customisation of how posts are presented with templates
* Support for feature images
* Filter imports by hashtag (inclusive or exclusive)
* Customisable scheduling of imports
* Updates from within WordPress
* and much more...
More details about the plugin and Free / Paid ($19.99) versions are available on the website @ sm2wp.com
Support and feature requests provided via G+ Community @ goo.gl/nAsuYy
This is just the beginning for the new suite of plugins, with support for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Blogger to follow.
The plugin has been recommended by +Guy Kawasaki, +Peg Fitzpatrick, +Vic Gundotra and +Robert Scoble. Used by photographers like +Colby Brown and +Brian Matiash. Written about by +Nancy Messieh (@ +The Next Web/+MakeUseOf), +James Brandon (@ +Digital Photography School - dPS) and many more of you on your profiles and personal blogs. Thank you again for all your support, I hope that it continues into the future.
If there is anything I can do to help you, please don't hesitate to let me know. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback.
Daniel Treadwell is a Developer, Amateur Photographer and Founder of Fotostat, a central hub where photographers can easily manage their online presence.