WordPress to Buffer

Description

WordPress to Buffer is a plugin for WordPress that sends updates to your Buffer (bufferapp.com) account for scheduled publishing to social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+, when you publish and/or update WordPress Pages, Posts and/or Custom Post Types.

WordPress to Buffer Pro

WordPress to Buffer Pro provides additional functionality:

  • Pinterest and Instagram: Post to your Pinterest boards, and receive Instagram notifications to post to Instagram on your mobile device
  • Separate Options per Social Network: Define different statuses for each Post Type and Social Network
  • Post, Author and Custom Meta Tags: Dynamically build status updates with Post, Author and Meta tags
  • Featured Images: Choose to display WordPress Featured Images with your status updates
  • Unlimited Statuses per Profile: Send your publish/update statuses any number of times
  • Individual Settings per Status: Each status update can have its own unique settings
  • Powerful Scheduling: Each status update can be added to the start/end of your Buffer queue, posted immediately or scheduled at a specific time
  • Conditional Publishing: Require taxonomy term(s) to be present for Posts to publish to Buffer
  • Individual Post Settings: Each Post can have its own Buffer settings
  • Bulk Publish Old Posts: Publish evergreen WordPress content and revive old posts with the Bulk Publish option.
  • Detailed Logging: Logging can be enabled to troubleshoot occasional issues
  • WP-Cron: Optionally enable WP-Cron to send status updates via Cron, speeding up UI performance
  • Support: Access to one on one email support
  • Documentation: Detailed documentation on how to install and configure the plugin
  • Updates: Receive one click update notifications, right within your WordPress Adminstration panel
  • Seamless Upgrade: Retain all current settings when upgrading to Pro

Upgrade to WordPress to Buffer Pro

Support

We will do our best to provide support through the WordPress forums. However, please understand that this is a free plugin,
so support will be limited. Please read this article on how to properly ask for WordPress support and get it.

If you require one to one email support, please consider upgrading to the Pro version.

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Screenshots

  • Settings Panel when plugin is first installed.
  • Settings Panel when Buffer Access Token is entered.
  • Settings Panel showing available options for Posts, Pages and any Custom Post Types when the plugin is authenticated with Buffer.
  • Post level settings meta box.

Installation

  1. Upload the wp-to-buffer folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Active the WordPress to Buffer plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Configure the plugin by going to the WordPress to Buffer menu that appears in your admin menu

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Upload the wp-to-buffer folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Active the WordPress to Buffer plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Configure the plugin by going to the WordPress to Buffer menu that appears in your admin menu

Reviews

Unclear Setup and Not Fully Functional

I was excited to install this plugin because linking to Buffer would allow me to keep all of my social accounts in a single place (instead of spread all over) and post to all of them. Unfortunately, when you install the plugin there are some additional steps (that should be automated) before you can actually post to Buffer. I found that my posts weren’t being sent to Buffer and then learned that I had to enable every. single. account. Why wasn’t this the default? Why do I have to ADD the accounts? I should have to DISABLE the accounts instead. VERY frustrating – AND I lost time on my posts not appearing on social media. #grr
The second issue is that not all of my accounts are being linked. I have several posts that I sent over to Buffer but out of the 13 accounts I’m trying to share to, only about half actually get the post. Which is pretty bogus.
Finally, there is a Logging function for debugging issues that doesn’t seem to actually do anything. There are some screenshots of some kind of log that I can’t find anywhere on any page. So that’s a bust as well.
I’m giving this 2 stars as I think the idea is great but if I have to manually add posts to Buffer to make up for the failed integration there is absolutely NO value to me. If it would work as advertised and made the setup process more streamlined – and intuitive – then I would give it more stars. The fact that it “sort of works” is why it gets 2 and not just 1.

Works very well

Provides a reliable link form WordPress to Buffer. Means you can publicise your blog posts with precision on your social media networks optimising the posts to appear at the best time to get maximum exposure. Being able to customise the text means I can automatically put the correct hashtags into Instagram tags without having to worry about it.

Great plugin

Was exactly what I was looking for, and it is even aware of the posting limits some sites set for app posting and confirms to this.

Great plugin

I tried different plugins to publish my posts. Jetpack made my site very slow. Other plugins had no: twitter, facebook, linkedin or google+. At the end I found buffer and it offers all I need and a little bit more like the time scheduler. Thanks for this great plugin!! (Suggestion: I looked for a plugin with the keywords: publish and auto post. Buffer wasn’t at the beginning of the search results of WordPress. I also had problems to install it correctly. Please give a better explanation for new users of the free version.)

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Contributors & Developers

“WordPress to Buffer” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

3.3.2

  • Added: Settings: Notice if Plugin is not authorized with Buffer
  • Added: Settings: UI indicator for each Post Type denoting if enabled
  • Added: Install: Enable on Post Publish by default for new installations
  • Fix: Settings: DatePicker UI conflict with Advanced Custom Fields

3.3.1

  • Added: Improved UI
  • Fix: Define CURLOPT_RESOLVE on fallback PHP cURL requests, when wp_remote_get() / wp_remote_post() fails, to prevent DNS name lookup errors.
  • Fix: Uncaught TypeError: Illegal constructor in admin-min.js for clipboard.js functionality

3.3.0

  • Fix: Clarified Pinterest + Instagram support; added tested with WordPress 4.8.1 flag

3.2.9

  • Fix: Set priority of 1 on wp_loaded for register_publish_hooks, to ensure Publish Hooks are fired on imports and some third party Plugins

3.2.8

  • Added: Simplified authentication process with Buffer. No need to enter Access Tokens or Register Apps any more!
  • Fix: Publish / Update: Fallback PHP cURL requests when wp_remote_get() / wp_remote_post() fail and WP_DEBUG enabled. May resolve ‘undefined’ errors on buffer.com and occasional timeouts.
  • Fix: Posts: Log: Include Buffer API error code in output for easier debugging

3.2.7

  • Fix: Always attach Featured Image to status if available (per 3.0.5 and below)

3.2.6

  • Fix: Undefined variable errors

3.2.5

  • Fix: Only display Review Helper for Super Admin and Admin

3.2.4

  • Added: Review Helper to check if the user needs help
  • Updated: Dashboard Submodule

3.2.3

  • Fix: Removed “Shorten Twitter status to 140 characters” in 3.2.1; too many bugs. Users will need to revert back to ensuring their Twitter statuses are short to avoid Buffer API errors.

3.2.2

  • Added: User-Agent to wp_remote_get and wp_remote_post on Buffer API calls, to potentially resolve timeout connection issues for one edge case.
  • Fix: Conditionally load sortable and datepicker listeners to avoid JS errors

3.2.1

  • Added: Version bump to match Pro version, using same core codebase and UI for basic features. Fixes several oustanding bugs.
  • Added: Tooltips to Profile Tabs, to show the profile service and name
  • Added: Contextual Documentation links in Tabs
  • Fix: Shorten Twitter status to 140 characters, excluding first URL, to prevent 400 errors from Buffer when a Twitter status message is too long.
  • Fix: Removed unused image library code

3.0.5

  • Fix: Changed branding from WP Cube to WP Zinc

3.0.4

  • Fix: Removed var_dump()

3.0.3

  • Fix: Changed from publish_post to transition_post_status for better detection of Post/Page Publish/Update
  • Fix: Removed sslverify = false on wp_remote_* requests

3.0.2

  • Fix: Dashboard Feed URL

3.0.1

  • Fix: Shorten links

3.0

  • Fix: WordPress 4.2 compatibility
  • Fix: Better security on form submissions

2.3.6

  • Fix: … HTML character code appearing on Facebook + Google+ status updates when no excerpt defined on a Post

2.3.5

  • Fix: Removed logging

2.3.4

  • Fix: Double posts in Buffer when a scheduled Post goes live.

2.3.3

  • Dropped html_entity_decode and apply_filters on Post Title – causing too many issues.

2.3.2

  • Fix: Settings tabs not working / all settings panels displaying at once
  • Added translation support and .pot file

2.3.1

  • Fix: Issue with characters in the title being HTML encoded

2.3

  • Fix: Uses get_the_title() when generating status updates for social networks
  • Fix: Check that at least one social media profile has been chosen before trying to update via the API

2.2.1

  • Fix: Prevent double posting when Posts with category filtering are enabled, and a Post is added via third party apps using the XML RPC API
  • Fix: Pages can be posted to Buffer via XML RPC API

2.2

  • Fix: Twitter Images attached to tweets
  • Fix: Featured Images on Facebook

2.1.8

  • Fix: Stops URLs and images being stripped from some updates to LinkedIn

2.1.7

  • Fix: Removed unused addPublishActions function

2.1.6

  • Fix: Dashboard widget
  • Fix: Some Posts not adding to Buffer due to meta key check

2.1.5

  • Fix: Don’t show success message when Post/Page not posted to Buffer
  • Fix: Removed Post to Buffer meta box, which wasn’t honouring settings / causing double postings
  • Settings: changed to tabbed interface

2.1.4

  • Fix: Dashboard: PHP fatal error

2.1.3

  • Fix: Posts with an image no longer show the image link, but instead show the Page / Post URL

2.1.2

  • Fix: Donation Form

2.1.1

  • Fix: Some assets missing from SVN checkin on 2.1

2.1

  • Fix: ‘Creating default object from empty value’ warning
  • Fix: {excerpt} tag working on Pages and Custom Post Types that do not have an Excerpt field
  • Fix: Capabilities for add_menu_page
  • Fix: Check for page $_GET variable

2.0.1

  • Fix: Removed console.log messages
  • Fix: Added Google+ icon for Buffer accounts linked to Google+ Pages

2.0

  • Fix: admin_enqueue_scripts used to prevent 3.6+ JS errors
  • Fix: Force older versions of WP to Buffer to upgrade to 2.x branch.
  • Fix: Check for Buffer accounts before outputting settings (avoids invalid argument errors).
  • Enhancement: Validation of access token to prevent several errors.
  • Enhancement: Add callback URL value (not required, but avoids user confusion).
  • Enhancement: Check the access token pasted into the settings field is potentially valid (avoids questions asking why the plugin doesn’t work,
    because the user hasn’t carefully checked the access token).

1.1

  • Enhancement: Removed spaces from categories in hashtags (thanks, Douglas!)
  • Fix: “Error creating default object from empty value” message.
  • Enhancement: Added Featured Image when posting to Buffer, if available.
  • Fix: Simplified authentication process using Access Token. Fixes many common oAuth issues.

1.03

  • Fix: Publish hooks now based on settings instead of registered post types, to ensure they hook early enough to work on custom post types.

1.02

  • Fix: Scheduled Posts now post to Buffer on scheduled publication.

1.01

  • SSL verification fix for Buffer API authentication.

1.0

  • First release.