Syndicate Out 0.9

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More than a year after the previous release of Syndicate Out, this weekend I pushed version 0.9 to the WordPress plugin repository.  Work on this version started in January 2015 and it includes a range of improvements and bugfixes which have been the highest priority requests including transmission of featured images and fixes to improve the syndication of custom meta added by other popular plugins. The full changelog is as follows:

  • Added syndication of featured images (díky Jan at for the majority of this).
  • Added syndication of custom post types & new filter ‘syndicate_out_post_types’ (thanks Martin Burchell and Aptivate).
  • Bug fix to prevent old custom meta data being transmitted (thanks again to Martin Burchell and Aptivate).
  • Fix for API authentication failure when corrections are needed to remote site URL (thanks Brandon).
  • Made some improvements to error reporting when API authentication fails.
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Posted on Monday 11th January, 2016 at 8:04 am in Syndicate Out.
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Syndicate Out 0.8.4

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I have just pushed version 0.8.4 of the Syndicate Out plugin for WordPress to the plugin repository. This version is the same as the v0.8.4 release available on GitHub for about a week. As always, I look forward to feedback and suggestions on this release.

0.8.4 brings with it a couple of major improvements. The biggest bugfix is in scheduled posts: before this release scheduled posts were synced, but with the current date meaning that on the receiving blog they were published immediately rather than on the specified date. There is also a user interface improvement for the settings page. By using WordPress’ build in tabs, the syndication groups are better separated meaning they should be easier to manage for sites with large syndication networks. This also opens the door to other more detailed settings being introduced without causing the settings page to become a mess. Finally, the plugin now has a number of hooks and filters to allow other plugins to work with it. Those are documented further down in this post. [read more]

Posted on Saturday 11th October, 2014 at 9:20 am in Syndicate Out.
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Syndicate Out 0.8.3

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It is with great (and slightly delayed) pleasure that I am able to announce the availability of Syndicate Out 0.8.3.

There are a number of changes and improvements in this version which are outlined below. This revision is pretty feature-heavy and should cover off a number of requests I’ve had over the past few years as well as bringing some performance enhancements. There’s a full list of changes below.

One major improvement with this version of the plugin is full i18n capability (and a Spanish translation, thanks to WebHostingHub). If you’d like to translate the plugin into any other languages then I would gratefully accept and roll the translation into the next release. You can find the required translation files in the plugin’s GitHub repo.

As always you can download the plugin from the WordPress plugin directory or via the WordPress auto updater. I love to hear feedback, comments, questions and suggestions. Just drop something into the comments below. [read more]

Posted on Thursday 10th April, 2014 at 6:17 pm in Syndicate Out.
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Syndicate Out 0.8.2 /

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I’m pleased to announce the availability of version 0.8.2 of the Syndicate Out WordPress plugin in the WordPress plugin repository. Versions 0.8.2 and are functionally the same, the latter is just a revision number bump.

Following a night of debugging, and with assistance of all the users who gave clues along the way, I believe I have finally tracked down and eliminated the bug introduced in the 0.8 release which was preventing the plugin from cross posting in some cases. Today’s release should fix the problem.

If you were experiencing problems with the 0.8 version I would encourage you to upgrade to 0.8.2(.1) and give it a try. If you’re one of the users who had reverted to 0.7 because of the 0.8 problems I’d also suggest you give the new version a spin and see if it works for you. I’m keen to know if the bug is now gone!

The immediate plan for 2014 is to prepare the plugin for localisation by adding i18n functions to output text before adding some of the most requested features including: syndicating old posts, syndicating media and attachments and post-by-post syndication. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of that functionality.
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Posted on Tuesday 31st December, 2013 at 2:04 pm in Syndicate Out.
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GitHub Repos

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It seems like everyone uses GitHub these days so I thought I should probably jump on the bandwagon. Therefore I’ve created a couple of repos for my current WordPress plugin projects: Syndicate Out and a new plugin which I have yet to publish Folksy Shop (a plugin which helps Folksy sellers display their items on their own site using the Folksy system as a master management system).

My hope is that by having them in GitHub I’ll be able to more effectively manage the development process of the projects, as well as my own time, and allow people to more easily submit patches and bugs relating to the plugins.

Both projects are open source so I invite people to take a look and throw any comments my way. My GitHub profile is here: ConfuzzledDuck on GitHub.

Posted on Tuesday 19th November, 2013 at 11:41 am in Syndicate Out, WordPress Plugins.
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Syndicate Out 0.8

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I’ve just pushed version 0.8 of the Syndicate Out plugin to the WordPress plugin repository. This version’s major claim to fame is the switch from the Moveable Type API calls to the native WordPress API calls, although it addresses a few other issues too.

Hopefully this shift from the MT calls to the WP calls will be a good foundation for the plugin going forward — it should allow me to much more easily introduce the new functionality which people have been asking for, including syndication of media (including featured images) as well as opening up the possibility to greatly enhance functionality by having a receiving side plugin which extends the receiving blog.

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Posted on Sunday 21st April, 2013 at 9:25 pm in Syndicate Out.
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Syndicate Out 0.7

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On Friday I released version 0.7 of the Syndicate Out plugin to the WordPress plugin repository. This is a pretty minor update to cover testing up to and including WordPress 3.5 and to give the settings pages an overhaul in preparation for the next round of development which will see some major changes to the API interaction functionality, requiring changes to the settings system.  I’ll post with some additional information regarding the roadmap shortly.

As it’s been a few years since the last release of this plugin I’m hoping I’ve covered all the bases and this update will be painless. Let me know below if you encounter any problems. The plugin can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin directory. The following has been changed in this version: [read more]

Posted on Monday 21st January, 2013 at 7:46 pm in Syndicate Out.
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Text Obfuscator Version 1.3.1

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I’ve just published a minor update to the Text Obfuscator WordPress plugin to the plugin directory. This is an update I have sat on for a while but have decided to push in its current form.

There are only minor changes in this version:

  • Modified the behavior surrounding preceding and trailing white space in tokens and values.
  • Modified behavior so leaving the replace box blank now assumes a match removal rule even if ‘remove matched’ is not checked.
  • Added an uninstall function to tidy up settings when uninstalling.

I hope the white space handling will help out a few people who wish to match strings which include white space before and after their match string. Please leave a comment if you run into any problems with this release!

Posted on Saturday 21st January, 2012 at 12:06 am in Text Obfuscator.
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Text Obfuscator Version 1.3

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After quite a lot of silence on this front, this morning I released version 1.3 of the Text Obfuscator plugin for WordPress. This version contains some new features and an overhaul to the user interface with the aim of making it a little easier to configure especially in light of the growing feature set.  If you’re using the plugin I’d love to hear your feedback.

The full changelog is below:

  • Added the option to apply rules to either pages, posts, or both.
  • Added the option to match or ignore case in matches.
  • Added option to remove matched string, not replace it.
  • Reworked the admin page to (hopefully) make it easier to use with new options.
  • Added settings link to plugin page.

The plugin can be downloaded from the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Posted on Sunday 10th July, 2011 at 6:02 pm in Text Obfuscator.
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Text Obfuscator Version 1.2

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I have just released an update to my simple WordPress string replacement plugin Text Obfuscator. This release contains a minor feature upgrade and a small change to the logic flow to make this and future new features easier to implement, it contains no bug fixes. It is tagged as version 1.2.

The full changelog is as follows:

  • Added option to match partial words.
  • Extracted regular expression building into it’s own function called by all replacement functions.

As always, the plugin is available from the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Posted on Tuesday 29th March, 2011 at 2:45 am in Text Obfuscator.
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