Apester

Apester offers a suite of tools to easily create and embed beautiful interactive content units that allow publishers and other content creators to bolster their coverage and enhance their storytelling by making the users engage with the article they are reading.

Thanks to a superbly easy to use editor tool and a design that’s both slick and mobile friendly, many of the world’s biggest publishers are using Apester daily to add an interactive layer to any piece of content, and in return boost all important engagement metrics – from click through rates to time on site, from social shares to page views per session.

The platform, which offers a vast variety of layouts, features and tools to create the world’s most engaging polls, quizzes, personality test and more – is free for editorial use. And with a collaboration with Apester, allows also for generating revenue.

Quickly and safely sign in at app.apester.com, and you’ll be one minute away from putting the world’s largest interactive content platform into use on your content.

To activate the Apester 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 Apester plugin.
  • On WordPress.com VIP Go, see the Go Plugins documentation for details.

Enjoy!

Playbuzz

How to Create Playbuzz items in WordPress

  • Only registered Playbuzz users are able to create interactive items in WordPress. If you haven’t done so yet, open your very own Playbuzz account here.
  • In WordPress, click “Posts” and choose “Add New Story”.
  • Select a cover image or GIF for your item. When adding images to various elements, you can either upload an image from a file or a link.
  • You can choose a number of Playbuzz’s storytelling tools to make your item interactive and bring your narratives to life. Follow the instructions here.
  • To feature Playbuzz storytelling tools that are not yet included in the WordPress plugin creator, simply head to the Playbuzz create page and login to your account.
  • The engaging items you create within the plugin will also appear on your Playbuzz.com account. Any change you make to the items on either WordPress or Playbuzz.com will be automatically updated on both platforms.

How to Embed Playbuzz items in WordPress

  • You can seamlessly embed Playbuzz items you create, and public items created by others, with the Playbuzz Plugin.
  • Use Playbuzz’s instant search panel to search and browse content from the Playbuzz network. Simply find an item that you like and embed it directly in your post without leaving the editor.
  • Choose any item (or create your own!) from Playbuzz.com, copy the embed code, and paste it into your HTML editor. Then simply click over the visual editor to confirm that the item loads properly.
  • For advanced customization, the plugin supports shortcodes.

More Information

For more information, please feel free to contact Playbuzz.

CoSchedule

What does this plugin do?

This plugin syncs your WordPress content in the CoSchedule VIP application. From there, you’ll have robust tools to help you manage your content marketing editorial calendar, team workflow, and social media messages.

Essentially, CoSchedule VIP is the comprehensive planning and publishing tool for content marketers. It integrates the power of WordPress with the needs of the team—strategists, editors, writers, designers, social media managers, and the bigwigs—to complete projects on time from ideation to sharing on social media months after publishing.

CoSchedule VIP isn’t only a standalone plugin—it integrates into WordPress. Once you’re a paying user, you can access CoSchedule VIP from your WordPress Admin dashboard. You’ll also be able to use CoSchedule VIP on the Add/Edit post pages in WordPress.

Not a CoSchedule customer yet? Get started here (http://coschedule.com/enterprise).

Installation

Note: This only works for WordPress.com VIP customers who have active CoSchedule accounts.

  • Step 1: In WordPress, go to “VIP” in your left sidebar and select “Plugins & Services”
  • Step 2: Find “CoSchedule” and select “Activate”
  • Step 3: Select the new “Calendar” option in your left sidebar and log in or create your CoSchedule account

Time Zones
Set your time zone correctly to schedule according to your location. Pay extra attention to this step during the setup process.

FAQ

What is CoSchedule?
CoSchedule is a content marketing editorial calendar that syncs with your WordPress blog using a WordPress plugin. It helps you visualize and plan your blog content with drag-and-drop ease. You can create and publish customized messages for your social networks for each blog post.
When you need to move your post publish date or time, the social messages attached to those posts move with them. You can collaborate with your entire team and delegate tasks for your blog posts.

Learn more here (http://coschedule.com/enterprise).

How does CoSchedule work?

After you sign up for an account at CoSchedule.com, you can connect your WordPress blog to your CoSchedule account. You will then have access to the calendar and team features at CoSchedule.com. CoSchedule synchronizes your WordPress post, author, and category information to its servers, but all of your WordPress data remains in WordPress. CoSchedule will update that WordPress data as you direct, but the data always remains in WordPress. Social messages, tasks, comments, team members, and other data you create in CoSchedule will be stored on CoSchedule’s servers, and never in WordPress.

Will this plugin slow down my site?

No. CoSchedule is an independently operated application and relies primarily on our servers to do all the hard work. Chances are that the CoSchedule plugin is one of the most basic that you will have installed.

If CoSchedule goes down, will it affect my website?

Definitely not. CoSchedule operates as an independent service. While we sync with your WordPress blog, we are still separate entities. If CoSchedule goes down (a rare occasion) your site will be safe and secure.

What level of technical support do you offer?

We have a support team avaialable from 9am to 5pm CST Monday – Friday (except US holidays). We also provide weekend on a rotating schedule. Phone and video chat support is available as needed. VIP customers are given priority access in all support channels. You can contact us through the app. Or, you can follow us on Twitter for updates on service status and holiday support hours, and other important information. The WordPress.com VIP team is also available to help you with basic CoSchedule support.

Where is my data stored?

All WordPress content remains in WordPress. CoSchedule will update your WordPress data as you direct it, but the data will remain there. Other data, such as team collaboration and tasks, is stored on our secure CoSchedule servers. It will not be sent to, nor affect, your WordPress installation.

Why do I need CoSchedule?

Managing a team blog or planning your own blog’s content marketing is not easy inside of WordPress. CoSchedule is an all-in-one editorial calendar that makes it easier to create, move, and manage your blog posts and stay ahead of your plan. It allows for WordPress blogging team collaboration without needing extra outside tools and logins, reducing the time and unnecessary complexity required to plan your blog’s content marketing program. The lightweight plugin allows CoSchedule to work without unnecessary burden on WordPress, which is different than WordPress-oriented plugins like Edit Flow. You can read more here.

Is it really as good as they say? 

Yes, even better. Most of our users blog more, schedule more social media messages, and get more traffic because of CoSchedule. It makes you a better blogger.

Simple Reach Analytics

SimpleReach helps you identify and amplify your best content. Get started with SimpleReach and discover why we are the standard in content measurement and distribution.

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To Get started:

1. Get your Publisher ID (PID) — This plugin requires a SimpleReach PID to get started. Reach out to info@simplereach.com to request yours. We’ll also get you set up with logins.

2. Activate your plugin — Log in to your WordPress VIP Dashboard and navigate to VIP -> Plugins & Services and activate SimpleReach Analytics from your Dashboard.

3. Enter your Publisher ID — With the plugin installed and activated, navigate to Settings -> SimpleReach Analytics and enter your Publisher ID into the PID field.

4. Set optional tracking — Customize and update the iFrame and advanced settings if applicable to your site.

5. Log-in and take a peek at your dashboard!

Bit.ly

What does this plugin do?

The plugin uses the bit.ly API to generate shortened urls for your posts. It is based on TIME.com’s Bit.ly plugin.

What features does the plugin offer?

  • The plugin automatically assigns bit.ly URLs to all existing posts.
  • The bit.ly URL can be accessed using the wp_get_shortlink(); function.
  • If you’re using a custom short domain with bit.ly, it will automatically be used.

How do I set it up?

After activating the plugin, go to Settings→Bit.ly in your Dashboard’s sidebar menu:

Bit.ly login

Enter your Bit.ly API Login and API Key. If you do not have a Bit.ly account, you can open one at Bit.ly.com.

Shortlinks will not immediately be available for all of your existing posts, but will be generated automatically over time. This may take a while depending on how much content is already in place.

If you want to enable bit.ly link shortening only on certain post types, you can tell the plugin about which types to support:

function my_add_bitly_cpts( $post_types ) {
	$post_types[] = 'my_custom_feature';
	$post_types[] = 'my_other_post_type';
	return $post_types;
}

add_filter( 'bitly_post_types' , 'my_add_bitly_cpts' );

 

What does it look like in action?

When your readers use the Twitter sharing button to share your posts, the Bit.ly shortlink will be used:

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SocialFlow

The ease of WordPress and the power of SocialFlow’s Optimized Publisher™.

SocialFlow’s WordPress plugin enhances your WordPress experience by allowing you to utilize the full power of SocialFlow from your WordPress dashboard.

  • Boost work flow each time you publish a new item by using SocialFlow’s optimization technology to ensure your content is communicated to your Twitter followers and Facebook fans when its most likely to yield clicks, Retweets, likes, and follower growth.
  • Fully leverage your archives for maximum exposure with the help of WordPress.
  • Craft compelling Tweets and posts from your WordPress dashboard.
  • Experience seamless social publishing that gets maximum results with WordPress and SocialFlow.

Installation

All you need to do to get started is enabled the plugin via the instructions below, and authorize your account from the dashboard using your SocialFlow email and password or Sign Up for a SocialFlow account if you do not already have one.

Note: When logging into SocialFlow there are some plugins which can interfere with the OAuth process. You may need to disable them, log in to SocialFlow and then reenable them.

JSON Feed

This plugin adds a JSON output format to common feeds, at http://yoursite.com/(*/)feed/json.

You can use the following query parameters to further customize the JSON feed:

  • jsonp: add a prefix to the returned JSON object
  • date_format: overwrite the site’s date format in the feed contents
  • remove_uncategorized: Remove the ‘uncategorized’ category from the category list

If necessary, use the json_feed_output filter to customize the post array before encoding into JSON.

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