Facebook’s Instant Articles

We’re always looking for ways to make it easier for publishers to share their content on Facebook. One way we do this is by offering the free WordPress plugin for Instant Articles, which simplifies the process of generating and publishing Instant Articles from WordPress. If you own a site or blog powered by WordPress, you can easily start creating Instant Articles.

Learn more here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/instant-articles/wordpress-quickstart

Apple News

Features include:

  • Convert Your WordPress content into Apple News Format content.
  • Configure Your Apple News Channel Credentials for Upload.
  • Automatically or Manually Publish Posts from WP to Apple News.
  • Control Individual Posts with Options to Publish, Update, or Delete.
  • Use Bulk Publishing Controls.
  • Handle Banners and Image Galleries.
  • Toggle Advertisements On or Off.

To enable content from your WordPress site to be published to your Apple News channel, you must obtain and enter Apple News API credentials from Apple.

Please see the Apple Developer and Apple News Publisher documentation and terms on Apple’s website for complete information.

Configuration

Information in this section are not a complete walkthrough of the plugin’s configuration. For the complete overview of configuration, please refer to the plugin’s README.md.

Automatically Publish to Apple News

Please note that the “Automatically Publish to Apple News” option, applies to administrators only (more specifically to users with manage_options capability) by default.

All posts published or updated by other users (editors, authors, and custom roles without manage_options capability) don’t get published automatically. Administrator, or any other user with manage_options capability, has to publish those manually from Apple News listing screen ( /wp-admin/admin.php?page=apple_news_index ).

In case you’d like the auto-publish feature being applied to other users as well, take advantage of the apple_news_publish_capability filter and select an appropriate capability.

/**
 * Apple News: allow authors and above to automatically
 * publish their posts on Apple News.
 */
add_filter( 'apple_news_publish_capability', function() {
    return 'publish_posts';
}, 10, 0 );

Allow editors to view Apple News listing screen

Similar to auto-publish feature, the Apple News listing screen( /wp-admin/admin.php?page=apple_news_index ) is available for administrators only by default.

In order to allow other users to see the status of posts and publish those to your Apple News channel, you have to take advantage of apple_news_list_capability filter:

/**
 * Apple News: allow editors and above to see the Apple News
 * listing screen.
 *
 * Users with this capability will be able to push any posts
 * to the Apple News channel
 */
add_filter( 'apple_news_list_capability', function(){
    return 'edit_others_posts';
}, 10, 0 );

Please note that the capability does not apply to viewing the listing only, but also allows users with given capability to publish any posts listed on the screen to your Apple News channel.

Blimply

Blimply allows you to send push notifications to your mobile users utilizing Urban Airship API. It sports a post meta box and a dashboard widgets. You have the ability to broadcast pushes, and to push to specific Urban Airship tags as well.

You will need an Urban Airship account in order to be able to use this plugin. The plugin features the ability to send push notifications for posts/pages/custom post types, and a handy Dashboard widget.

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