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[resolved] Broadcast MU vs. Multipost MU (39 posts)

  1. Sebastian Cork
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi,

    I'm in search of a plugin that would allow the submission of a global post that spans across all blogs within a WPMU installation. There were two which I found that provide this function: Broadcast MU and Multipost MU respectively.

    After reading the FAQ of each it came to mind that each lacked a "valuable" feature of the other. With Broadcast MU a user is able to choose which sub-blogs the post will display on, whereas with Multipost MU the user cannot. Vice-versa, Multipost MU allows a user to modify or delete a post from all sub-blogs simultaneously, and such is not possible using Broadcast MU.

    My concern is with the option to have one of these plugins adopt the lacking feature of the other so as to receive the best of both in features. I understand that each is maintained by a different author...thus, it could require permission - if not collaboration to implement the code structures from whichever.

    I'd be grateful to receive feedback from the authors of these the two plugins in question, if possible.

    Thanks.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/broadcast-mu/
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multipost-mu/

  2. It's GPL. You can take both & merge them yourself. :D All you really need to do is make sure you list the original devs.

    Otherwise, you are free to do what you like with it.

  3. Warren Harrison
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    As the developer of multipost-mu, I may actually add the category choice to multipost-mu as it does seems like a handy feature.

  4. Sebastian Cork
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks to you both for the replies. Yes, I do believe it is a handy feature to have, even if just as toggle option.

  5. Warren Harrison
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Cool. It's on my list.

    If you're waiting, though, and have the skills, feel free to modify the code and I'll roll it back in to the plugin. Not sure when I'll get to it.

  6. Warren Harrison
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    OK... no waiting required. I just uploaded multipost-mu version 1.6.

    1.6: Added the ability to choose to which sub-blogs your master post is also posted.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multipost-mu/

    Enjoy and let me know here if you run into any troubles... it's still fresh. ;)

  7. Tom Lynch
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I am the Broadcast MU dev, I loved the idea of Multipost MU and I had been looking for a similar plugin for ages but never found it, the problem was exactly this that it had no selective posting. I am so glad to see this added and to be honest I would like to work with the Multipost MU dev to try and add a few improvements to his as I think it could be made even better....

    Screenshot: http://dropbox.unknowndomain.co.uk/broadcast-mu-and-multipost-mu-feature-merge.png

    I have made a few changes on my own version which I would like to share.

    1. Move the settings page to Site Admin
    2. Remove 'MU' from the title of the post page meta box - it will be more user friendly this way
    3. Change the wording of 'Post to the following blogs:' to 'Post to:'
    4. Alphabetise the blog list
    5. Improve the layout of the blog list
    6. Move the check all feature down just to keep it tidy (I admit this may be bad on a big list?
    7. Remove italics and brackets from the check feature

    I also would like to make a few suggestions to improvements which could be made...

    1. Select all is a great feature but have an option to set the default to off or on - half way there just needs the options page setting.
    2. There is no need to have the 'Enable Multipost MU?' and it doesn't seem to do anything for me
    3. Make Multipost MU work from sub blogs as well as the main blog.
    4. Ensure the settings are stored site wide, i think they are?

    Also there is a bug which I have reported to the forum, it seems to be resultant of this new feature you added and probably down to the fact that the plugin is designed to post from the top level blog and I was posting from a sub blog.

    I wonder if we could 'merge' the two some how, and by merge I really mean add the cool features of mine to the cool features of yours and put a redirect on my one?

    Also a problem I noted when I was developing Broadcast MU was that uses or the sunrise hack for allowing multiple domains for some reason were not getting the blog name, so I added a fall back to put a url there if there was no blog title which was a hacky patch but made the guy happy.

    Let me know what you think to this epic-post as I am aware you may not want my help or merge etc...

    Messy code merge: http://dropbox.unknowndomain.co.uk/broadcast-mu-and-multipost-mu-feature-merge.txt

  8. Warren Harrison
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    This is great @ctsttom. All great suggestions. I'd be very happy to collaborate on a much better plugin. I've not had a lot of time to dedicate to working on this in the past so it's mostly been quick patch jobs (hence the bug you found).

    If there is a way to add you as admin to the existing Multipost MU page/SVN account, I'd be happy to just do that.

    Thoughts?

  9. Tom Lynch
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I think we need to get in-touch with the svn admins, I will try and do this, for reference my personal email address is me@unknowndomain.co.uk, my name is Tom and I live in the UK.

  10. Sebastian Cork
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I'm very happy to see this taking placing between you two - and quite eager to see what comes forth from your future development on this project. :)

  11. redsoxmaniac
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I have one question about both of these plugins:

    1. Do these plugins make duplicate content on blogs ( either with permalinks or with the same content )? If so, is there a way that any non-source blog could add a canonical tag along with it to separate it from the master content?

    Just making sure this isn't copying creating duplicate content.

  12. Warren Harrison
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    WordPress MU does indeed make duplicate posts in each blog. This allows you to make individual edits to the duplicated posts, if desired.

  13. Tom Lynch
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Whats the deal here, I haven't heard anything?

  14. kevinpowertv
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It would also be cool to allow you to choose which categories post to in each blog.

  15. Warren Harrison
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @ctsttom: Interested in picking up the lead on the plugin? I can grant you check-in access. I have no time to address issues and add features right now.

  16. kevinpowertv
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Yes please, someone pick up the lead on this project. I'm very interested it seeing it further developed. I would do so myself, but I'm a graphics guy unfortunately.

  17. afino
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi guys,
    Really glad to head you're going to join forces on this.

    I'm developing a community news website and using Multipost to syndicate content out to all the blogs / town websites. It's really excellent.

    I do have one feature request though. Any chance this could somehow tie in with the Blog Types plugin? I'd really like to be able to easily syndicate content to specific blogs i.e. in a specific county. Blog types lets me categorise them but I haven't figured a way to tie with Multipost.

    Any suggestions, ideas or (please please) allow for this in your next round of dev. Cheers!

  18. afino
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Oops, double posted. Sorry :)

  19. edward mindreantre
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    My plugin could probably be added to the mix.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/threewp-broadcast/

  20. rescatista
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I wish the ThreeWP could broadcast pages also.

  21. jumust
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,
    I'd like to merge the plugins so I can post on multiple sites and have all post content, I mean thumbnail and custom fields too. Right now I can post on multiple sites and grab only Title, Cat, Content.

    I think with the new WP3 Network is necessary have a multipost option which post all the content of a single post. Otherwise it doesn't make sense if you have to rewrite custom fields and add thumbnail for each post. I could rewrite title, content and cat as well without use these plugins...

    Let me know if you guys found a solution that works.

    I'm working on a project with more than 10 sites and so many posts so you can understand my need.

  22. arpitap
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi jumust,

    I also need this same functionality.
    I am using ThreeWP Broadcast plugin and it allows me to broadcast posts to particular blogs, but when it broadcast the post, it doesn't broadcast the custom fields content and i am using more fields plugin for extra custom fields so I need to have that custom fields content.

    I also tried Multipost-MU plugin, which broadcast all custom fields except fetured images. So it doesn't display featured image in sub-blogs.

    Have you found any solution for that? If yes, then please write the solution here.

    Thanks in advance,
    Arpita

  23. jumust
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi arpitap,
    I'm really in trouble because I can't find a solution for that...that's crazy because WP3 Multisite is a new feature to use WP as CMS and post on multi-sites, but finally it doesn't work at all, and you still need to create manually all the posts for the other sub-blogs.

    Hopefully anyone build a plugin for that! Thanks

    Please let me know any progress so we can help each other.

    Cheers

  24. Warren Harrison
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I hope to add the attachment (featured image, etc) functionality to multipost-mu soon. I just need to carve some time to work on it.

  25. that's crazy because WP3 Multisite is a new feature to use WP as CMS and post on multi-sites

    No, it is not.

    Multisite is not a new feature 0 it is a merge of the wordpressmu codebase into core. It shared over 95% of the same wordpress code.

    It's purpose was to have multiple separate blogs - like wordpress.com, as this is what they use.

  26. Warren Harrison
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The more requests I get for the multipost plugin (just got an odd one this morning), the more I wonder if folks are just using it to pump out spammy blogs. Most unfortunate, if this is the case, as this was NOT to intent of the plugin.

  27. jumust
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    My purpose is definitely to have separate blogs and not use this plugin for spam.
    I'm building a websites community for a US State. They want to post all of the stuff happens in each single city within each single city-blog. But definitely there are events or shops, or etc... that need to be published on more than one city-site: EX. it's like if you are from Seattle but you are pretty interested in what's going on in Vancouver, so the concert is coming up, must be published on Vancouver site and obviously on Seattle site, too.
    Hope it makes sense and let you understand why I need to broadcast posts with their custom fields.

    Thanks

  28. jumust
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    My purpose is definitely to have separate blogs and not use this plugin for spam.
    I'm building a websites community for a US State. They want to post all of the stuff happens in each single city within each single city-blog. But definitely there are events or shops, or etc... that need to be published on more than one city-site: EX. it's like if you are from Seattle but you are pretty interested in what's going on in Vancouver, so the concert is coming up, must be published on Vancouver site and obviously on Seattle site, too.
    Hope it makes sense and let you understand why I need to broadcast posts with their custom fields.

    Thanks

  29. Warren Harrison
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for sharing your usage of the plugin. This is exactly the type of use I created it for in the first place.

    FYI: Custom fields should already be working. What is missing is featured images and other attachments.

    Thanks for reassuring me this is being used for good and not eville! ;)

  30. jumust
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Ok, I hope you can edit your plugin and grab featured images too.
    Thanks

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