Anatomy of Automated Editor – Rules and Schedules explained

Automated Editor Rules and Schedules explained


Check out this short video to see what we mean when we talk about rules and schedules, or read more below!

Rules

A rule is a general task that a schedule runs against target posts. It is the “what to do” part of the equation. A rule can do the following to the content within a wordpress post:

  • Replace one string with another (String replace) e.g. Replace ‘X’ with ‘Y’
  • Remove instances of a string (String remove) e.g. Remove all instances of ‘X’
  • Replace strings which match a regex rule with another string (Regex replace) e.g. Replace any numbers (^[0-9]{3}$) with ‘y’
  • Remove strings which match a regex rule (Regex replace) e.g. Remove any numbers (^[0-9]{3}$)
  • Prepend a string onto the front of a post (Prepend) e.g. Add ‘X’ to the top of a post
  • Append a string onto the back of a post (Append) e.g. Add ‘X’ to the bottom of a post
  • Add a post into a category (Add category) e.g. Add category ‘X’ to the post if its not already added.
  • Add a tag onto a post (Add tag) e.g. Add tag ‘X’ to the post if its not already added.
  • Change a posts date
  • Change a posts status

Check out the video guide to creating a rule

Schedules

A schedule is the operator, taking a rule and running it against target posts (posts which match the criteria defined.)
A schedule can:

  • Run any number of rules, choose 1 or several.
  • Target:
    • All posts
    • Posts containing a specific string
    • Posts not containing a specific string
    • Posts title containing a specific string
    • Posts title not containing a specific string
    • Posts in a specific category
    • Posts not in a specific category
    • Posts tagged with a specific tag
    • Posts without a specific tag
    • Posts no older than a specific date
    • The most recent post

Schedules can be paused/enabled individually, you can also pause/enable all schedules at once with the following button on the Schedules page:

Pausing all schedules in Automated Editor wordpress plugin

Check out the video guide to creating a schedule

Target Posts

Target posts are posts which match the criteria defined within a Schedule.

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