• As a satisfied long-time user of NGFB Pro I am totally disgusted with WPSSO. It may be a quality product as its predecessor product was but one has to ask why and what benefit do users such as I get from this “forced” move other than the opportunity for Morrisset to replenish his wallet with his customers $$$$. From a simple straight forward plugin to a “core” plugin that does nothing much unless additional plugins (the ones needed for it to provide the same functionality as NGFB are not free, including the Core Pro) are installed. Documentation is less than useless, none of the settings for the multitude of social media are explained or even mentioned (the user is supposed to be the expert in these, obtaining this information from where, who knows,) installation instructions, especially for NGFB users, is lacking in useful guidance on steps to take to remove NGFB and whether settings will be lost when WPSSO is installed. The simplest of questions submitted to support receive curt, unhelpful, dismissive responses.

    In short, WPSSO seems to be a solution in search of a problem with no discernible benefit to the user. If you are a NGFB user and happy with it, don’t waste your money on WPSSO. Recommend looking for another plugin.

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  • Plugin Author JS Morisset

    (@jsmoriss)

    WPSSO Core is not the NextGEN Facebook plugin. WordPress.org removed that plugin from their site after it was deprecated. I understand your desire to vent your frustration – I asked WordPress.org to re-activate the NextGEN Facebook plugin several months ago, for this very reason, but my request was declined.

    WPSSO Core is one option to replace NextGEN Facebook, but so is Yoast SEO, The SEO Framework, and many, many others. The Free version of WPSSO Core offers a wealth of features, and in no way requires anyone to purchase the Pro version – this is pretty much the case for all plugins with Free and Pro / Premium versions.

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    Plugin Author JS Morisset

    (@jsmoriss)

    what benefit do users such as I get from this “forced” move

    As explained in the deprecation notice, and in the support thread you started at https://wordpress.org/support/topic/nextgen-facebook-pro/, you are not required to install WPSSO Core or any other plugin – you can continue to use NextGEN Facebook. It was deprecated in 2015 and development as stopped, so NextGEN Facebook may have some issues with the new editor in WordPress v5.0, as explained in the deprecation notice.

    From a simple straight forward plugin to a “core” plugin that does nothing much unless additional plugins (the ones needed for it to provide the same functionality as NGFB are not free)

    WPSSO Core is not the same plugin as NextGEN Facebook – it is one alternative to replace NextGEN Facebook. It includes all of the features of NextGEN Facebook, minus the share buttons. There are two Free add-ons available to add share buttons, or you could use any other share buttons plugin. Share buttons are not required for meta tags or Schema markup.

    The simplest of questions submitted to support receive curt, unhelpful, dismissive responses.

    All responses were direct and informative, as is this one. The deprecation notice displayed in NextGEN Facebook is also informative and much of the information I provided is already available in the deprecation notice. I’m not sure what more you where hoping for.

    WPSSO seems to be a solution in search of a problem with no discernible benefit to the user.

    WPSSO Core provides extensive and comprehensive meta tags and Schema markup for social sites and search engines. If this does not solve problem for you, then WPSSO Core probably would not benefit you.

    If you are a NGFB user and happy with it, don’t waste your money on WPSSO. Recommend looking for another plugin.

    Since NextGEN Facebook is not 100% compatible with Gutenberg and WordPress v5.0, yes, I totally agree – it would be best to find a suitable alternative to NextGEN Facebook since that plugin was deprecated many years ago.

    WPSSO Core was forked from NextGEN Facebook back in 2014 and NextGEN Facebook was deprecated in 2015 (WordPress.org removed it in April of 2018). I understand your desire to rate WPSSO Core based on the old NextGEN Facebook code, but they really are not the same plugins at all – I would estimate that they share only about 5-10% of the same code (mostly old generic libraries).

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    Plugin Author JS Morisset

    (@jsmoriss)

    Charles,

    I was a bit confused by your review since it seems largely based on another plugin. Looking into this further, I see that you are now using WPSSO Core Pro and several Free add-ons on http://deaconscorner.org/ that provide functionality way beyond what NextGEN Facebook ever could – so I’m totally confused by your review…

    I’m also a bit concerned by your apparent opinion that somehow the purchase of WPSSO Core Pro licenses is not a choice – I can assure you that we offer a Pro version for users that are happy to make that choice – I do not wish anyone to purchase the Pro version if they are not completely happy and satisfied with that choice. It seems obvious to me (and anyone reading your review, lol) that you are not happy or satisfied with your purchase, so hopefully you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the refund I provided for your Pro version purchase. 🙂

    After removing the WPSSO Core Pro plugin and its add-ons, I would suggest looking at the Yoast SEO and The SEO Framework plugins as good alternatives to NextGEN Facebook.

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    So hopefully you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the refund I provided for your Pro version purchase. After removing the WPSSO Core Pro plugin and its add-ons, I would suggest looking at the Yoast SEO and The SEO Framework plugins as good alternatives to NextGEN Facebook.

    So, you cancelled his pro license & refunded him because he left a poor review; even though he purchased it. Very professional.

    Plugin Author JS Morisset

    (@jsmoriss)

    So, you cancelled his pro license & refunded him because he left a poor review; even though he purchased it. Very professional.

    Yes, and the customer appears to be happy with his choice of The SEO Framework, so it all works out. I’m certainly not going to force anyone to purchase anything they’re not happy with.

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    awpu

    (@awpu)

    Wow, just wow. I was reading the reviews to compare SEO options, and am absolutely shocked by what I read here.

    So, you went out of your way to hurt someone’s working site out of spite? They didn’t ask for a refund, but you decided to go ahead and cancel their already implemented purchase because you didn’t like their review? It would be totally foolish to risk doing business with you.

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    Plugin Author JS Morisset

    (@jsmoriss)

    That would be an incorrect assumption – yes, the customer was refunded, but not for any kind of review – another product was better suited for them. I quoted too much of the original text, lol – I was agreeing to the refund part. 🙂

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    awpu

    (@awpu)

    OK, thank you for the clarification. If he requested the refund, then it’s not an issue.

    Plugin Author JS Morisset

    (@jsmoriss)

    It’s a bit of a weird situation – the customer in question was using an old plugin and was upset to learn that the old plugin was discontinued and no longer available on wordpress.org etc. He was also under the impression that he had to purchase a Pro license, which is definitely not the case – he chose to use another plugin and I was happy to provide a refund. Both The SEO Framework and Yoast SEO are good alternatives, with Pro / Premium versions and add-ons available from them as well. WPSSO Core Pro also includes integration modules for those two SEO plugins (and a few others), to provide even more SEO, social, and Schema options. 🙂

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