Oovvuu

Oovvuu enables publishers to embed relevant videos in every article. We are journalists, so we know newsrooms need trusted videos from verifiable sources, and a simple way to publish them.

Oovvuu’s plugin delivers 24/7 video feeds from 100+ providers integrated with a one-click embed tool within the WordPress editor.

Trusted video at the speed and scale you need

We believe the future of news-telling is video. We deliver 1,000+ videos daily from Reuters, The Associated Press, Press Association, Euronews and more, supported with unique video from the Oovvuu newsroom.

More videos, in more articles, more quickly

Video enhances articles, but finding the right video can be expensive and time-consuming. Oovvuu makes it one-click simple and our flexible business pricing reflects publishers’ needs.

Oovvuu’s videos are contextual and embed directly into articles. We typically convert page views into video views at a rate of 7%, and the video revenue we enable makes article pages 13x more valuable.

Articles deliver 80% of their page views within minutes of publication, so speed is critical, and there’s no faster way than the Oovvuu WordPress plugin.

Features include:

  • 1,000 videos a day from the most trusted providers delivered to your CMS.
  • Transform everyone in your newsroom into a video champion.
  • Discover, preview and publish the videos you need in one click.
  • Choose where they appear in the article, and create playlists on topics.
  • Real-time analytics enable users to track KPIs throughout the news day.
  • Full ad server integration is part of the service, so you make money on every view.
  • Articles enhanced with pre-roll ads on Oovvuu video are 13x more valuable.

Using the Oovvuu WordPress plugin

  1. Sign up at Oovvuu.com
  2. Install and activate the Oovvuu WordPress plugin
  3. Go to a new or existing post
  4. Click the Oovvuu button
  5. Browse, preview and publish

Not yet an Oovvuu publisher partner? Contact us for details.

WebDAM Asset Chooser

Features include:

  • No more downloading, uploading and replicating assets in multiple libraries.
  • Browse WebDAM library from WordPress.
  • Drag and drop images directly from your asset library.
  • Automatically update images with live links.

To activate the Asset Chooser Plugin:

  • On WordPress.com VIP, go to VIP / Plugins and Services in your site admin. From the VIP Featured Plugins section, click Activate Plugin on the WebDAM plugin.
  • On WordPress.com VIP Go, see the Go Plugins documentation for details.

Configure your account:

  1. In your site admin, navigate to Settings and choose WebDAM.
  2. Enter the full URL for your WebDAM account – for example, training.webdamdb.com.
  3. Click Save Changes.

Use the plugin to add assets from your WebDAM library to a post:

  1. To insert an asset, click the WebDAM icon.
  2. Log in using your WebDAM credentials.
  3. Select the assets you’d like to insert.
  4. Choose which size thumbnail you want to embed (550, 310, 220, or 100px).
  5. Click Insert.

Hidden Posts

This plugin allows you to hide/exclude up to 100 posts from the homepage of your site.

Once activated, a new “Hide Post” checkbox will appear on the post editing screen; when selected and saved, the post’s ID is added to a list of posts to hide, stored in the site’s options table.

Hidden posts are only excluded from the main query run on the site’s homepage, and only for logged-out users. Single post displays and other queries are not affected.

 

Maintenance Mode

To temporarily disable your site for maintenance we recommend using the Maintenance Mode plugin. Please note, this is plugin is meant to provide a temporary means of hiding your site. It is not intended to fully restrict access to site content.

Usage

To install and activate the plugin, you will have to follow these steps:

1. Commit the plugin to your repo. Add it to the Plugins directory, and ensure that the directory is named maintenance-mode.
2. Add the VIP_MAINTENANCE_MODE constant to vip-config/vip-config.php or in your theme and set to true.

 define( 'VIP_MAINTENANCE_MODE', true );

3. Load the plugin in client-mu-plugins/plugin-loader.php

wpcom_vip_load_plugin( 'maintenance-mode' );

Please remember to always test locally before committing your code or submitting your PR to us for review. Once this code has been committed, you can open a browser page which you are not logged-in to view the maintenance mode page.

IMPORTANT: if you’re not seeing maintenance mode enabled on the frontend of your site, check the (WordPress.com) logged-in vs. logged-out experience…they’re different, by design! In the backend, you won’t see much as this is a code-only plugin.

Custom Template

To add a custom template / messaging:

  • Add a template to your theme’s root folder called template-maintenance-mode.php.
  • This should be a simple HTML page that should include the message(s) you want to show your visitors.
  • Note: the template should include wp_head() and wp_footer() calls. You can find an example file here.

Additional Configurations

Using filters and conditionals, you can customize the behavior of the Maintenance Mode plugin based on your needs. Below are a few examples. Please note, these rely on the plugin being installed as described above.

Selectively Load Maintenance Mode
You can configure Maintenance Mode so that it will only display for a particular subsite. Note that this code would have to live in the vip-config/vip-config.php file:

$site_name = $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'];
$lockdown = false;

if ( false !== strpos( $site_name, 'url-to-enable-maintentance-mode' ) ) {
    // Set lockdown
    $lockdown = true;
}
// Set maintenance plugin
define( 'VIP_MAINTENANCE_MODE', $lockdown );

Enable WordPress REST API
You can also configure Maintenance Mode to keep the WordPress REST API enabled even though the rest of the site is not accessible. Note that this code would usually live in a file within the client-mu-plugins folder:

// Generally allow API access
add_filter( 'vip_maintenance_mode_restrict_rest_api', '__return_false' );

You can also choose to enable the REST API only in more narrow use-cases:

add_filter( 'vip_maintenance_mode_restrict_rest_api', 'x_mm_allow_api' );

function x_mm_allow_api( $default ) {
	if (my_check() ) { 
                           return false;
             }
 
	return true;
}

Simple Page Ordering

Simply drag and drop the page into the desired position. It’s that simple. No new admin menus pages, no clunky, bolted on user interfaces. Just drag and drop on the page or post-type screen.

The plug-in is “capabilities aware” – only users with the ability to edit others’ pages (editors and administrators) will be able to reorder content.

Integrated help is included: just click the “help” tab at the top right of the screen.

Getty Images

Standing out is now easier than ever.  The Getty Images WordPress.com VIP plugin lets you add photos and illustrations from Getty Images quickly and easily to your website – without ever leaving your WordPress.com VIP site.

World-class imagery

Engage, connect and inspire your readers with the world’s best visuals.  Access to over 140 million assets from Getty Images’ world-class collection, all from within WordPress.

Find the right images, faster

The Getty Images WordPress plugin is fueled by the same powerful search filters you’re used to on gettyimages.com

Streamline to save time

Seamlessly download your image and insert directly into WordPress without jumping from website to website.

Features include:

  • Sign in using your existing Getty Images account
  • Search millions of photos, vectors and illustrations, customized to your Getty Images account
  • Download and preview comp images before you post
  • Download, insert and publish any size image using your existing agreement with Getty Images
  • Licensed images are saved to your Media Library for future use

Using the plugin on VIP

  1. Activate the Getty Images plugin on your WordPress.com VIP dashboard.
  2. Go to a new or existing post.
  3. Select Getty Images above the composition area, or access Getty Images from the Media tab.

Start searching for images to add to your post. Log into your Getty Images account to download images for preview or publication, and to access your content and active agreements.

Not a Getty Images customer? Contact us for details.

Syndication

Here’s how it works:

  1. Configure which post types are “pushable”, as well as whether you’d like syndicated posts to be deleted when the master post is deleted.
  2. Register and group your sites into “Sitegroups” in settings.
  3. In the WordPress posting interface, you’ll see a new “Syndication” metabox, with all of your sitegroups listed. Select the sitegroups you want to push to and the post will be automatically syndicated to your other sites when it’s published and updated.

WordPress.com REST API

To push content using the WordPress.com REST API you need to create an application from the WordPress.com Developer Resources site — and you can also generate API tokens directly from the plugin’s settings page.

Fill in the client ID and client secret as displayed on the app page, and click the authorize button to get directed to the authorization page on WordPress.com. Select which site you’d like to push to and click “Authorize”, at which point you’ll be redirected back to your settings page–which will now display the API token, Blog ID, and Blog URL. You can now use this information to register your WordPress.com site.

Security

To store passwords securely, we recommend defining an encryption key, which will be used to encrypt credentials when saved to the database.

define('PUSH_SYNDICATE_KEY', 'this-is-a-random-key')

Pulling from RSS Feeds

Push Syndication can ingest RSS feeds into your site for you. It’s as simple as adding a site, setting the transport type to “RSS (pull)” and entering an RSS URL and title.

To add a site, go to the WordPress admin and find the “Sites” menu item, below Settings and choose “Add New”. In the settings, you’ll be able to customize the post’s type, status, comment settings, pingback settings and category.

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Using WordPress XMLRPC

Note that, if you use the XMLRPC push syndication method and you have two-factor authentication enabled on your account, you will need to create an application password to use when adding a new site. Using your regular password will not work.

You can create a new application password here.

VIP GO

For users wishing to use Push Syndication on their VIP GO sites. Please include the 2.0-wpcom branch from Git in your “plugins” folder. https://github.com/Automattic/syndication/tree/2.0-wpcom

WP Help

What does this plugin do?

WP Help lets site operators create detailed, hierarchical documentation for the site’s authors, editors, and contributors, viewable in the WordPress.com Dashboard.

The plugin is powered by Custom Post Types and gives you all the power of WordPress to create, edit, and arrange your documentation. Perfect for customized client sites. Never send another “here’s how to use your site” e-mail again!

How do I set it up?

After activating the plugin, you’ll see a new “Publishing Help” tab in your Dashboard’s sidebar menu:

Help

Click “Add New” to add a help article, “Manage” to edit existing articles, and “Settings” to choose how and where your Help articles are displayed. The Help articles will be displayed above or below your Dashboard menu, or as a Dashboard submenu:

Help menu

For more information, please see the full plugin documentation here.

What features does the plugin offer?

  • Add help articles for your site’s users, with all the same features and flexibility you have when adding posts.
  • Nest articles under parents and set default articles.
  • Customize the headlines of your help section.
  • Control where on your Dashboard your help section displays.
  • Easily sync help documents from other WordPress sites, so you need not manually recreate help sections on each of your sites.

Zone Manager (Zoninator)

What does this plugin do?

This plugin is designed to help you curate your content. It lets you assign and order stories within zones that you create, edit, and delete, and display those groupings of related stories on your site.

How do I set it up?

After activating the plugin, you’ll see a new “Zones” tab in your Dashboard’s sidebar menu:

zones

Create your zones, and easily search for and add existing posts.

Once you’ve set up your zones, use the handy API functions to retrieve and display your content in your theme. Or, for those who are a bit code-averse, go to Appearance→Widgets and add Zone Posts widgets to display your zone posts in your sidebar or footer:

zone widget

The widget will pull the posts from the chosen zone:

zone display

For more information, please see the full plugin documentation here.

What features does the plugin offer?

  • Add, edit, and delete zones.
  • Quickly add or remove posts (or any custom post type) to or from zones.
  • Order posts in any given zone.
  • Limit capabilities on who can add/edit/delete zones and who can add content to zones.
  • Avoid conflicts with a locking mechanism that allows only one user to edit a zone at a time.
  • Idle control, so people can’t keep the zoninator locked.

Art Direction Redux

What does this plugin do?

The plugin lets you edit the CSS for individual posts. Based on the original Art Direction plugin by Noel Jackson.

How do I set it up?

After activating the plugin, you’ll see a new “Art Direction Redux” module on the edit post screen:

Art Direction Redux

Styles added to the text area will be applied to the individual post:

CSS per-post

For more information, please see the full plugin documentation here.

What features does the plugin offer?

The plugin allows you to have global archive and single page per-post styles and scripts.

Edit Flow

What does this plugin do?

Edit Flow empowers you to collaborate with your editorial team from within your WordPress.com Dashboard. It provides you with custom statuses, email notifications, editorial comments, a calendar, and more. Let Edit Flow take care of organizing for you so that you and your team have time to focus on what matters most: the content.

How do I set it up?

Once you’ve activated the plugin, you’ll see a new tab for Edit Flow in the sidebar menu of your Dashboard. When you click that, you’ll see the Edit Flow modules with links to the settings for each:

Edit Flow modules

More details for each feature, screenshots and documentation can be found on the Edit Flow website.

What features does the plugin offer?

Calendar — A convenient month-by-month look at your content.

Calendar

Custom Statuses — Define the key stages to your workflow.

Statuses

Editorial Comments — Threaded commenting in the admin for private discussion between writers and editors.

Editorial Comments

Editorial Metadata — Create as many fields as you like to store information with each post, like contact details, required word count, or the location of an interview.

Metadata

Notifications — Receive timely updates on the content you’re following, and control which of your writers receives notification of each change on your site.

Story Budget — View your upcoming content budget.

Story Budget

User Groups — Keep your users organized by department or function.

The WordPress.com VIP team contributes to the development of Edit Flow. If you’d like to see new features added or want to contribute yourself, let us know!

AYS Publish

What does this plugin do?

The plugin adds a confirmation step after you click Publish, to avoid accidental posting.

How do I set it up?

Simply activate the plugin, and the next time  you click Publish, your browser will ask you to confirm.

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