We have had a few more suggestions from a new user, things we can chuck into the next version probably – thought we could share them here – The first one is something we have missed actually and already added to the “do list” for our 1.4 version of Ae (coming soon.)
When creating a schedule the ability to Target by “Posts no older than” needs to have an opposite option “Posts older than” (Common sense)
New rule idea: Add a comment (predefined or ??? text)
New rule idea: Add a rating/s (1-5 star etc. to fit with other plugins/wp)
New rule idea: Create category and add target post to it
Ability to add new tags (not just already created ones)
As always we appreciate you users dropping us possible enhancements/thoughts on Automated Editor, so let us know!
If you use the Auction2Post wordpress plugin then you will likely benefit a lot from Automated Editor, as per this post at woodylabs. The mass automated replacement of bad phrases is something automated editor does more than well, and as it operates at point of publishing it is a lot more effective with your server time than using wordpress filters!
We added the import/export functionality recently to aid moving your rules between blogs, Auction2Post blogs being a perfect example of the benefit of this new feature, it being more than likely you want to replace/remove/operate in the same way across several sites.
One word of warning with rules files though – be careful what you import! Only ever import rules files that you trust, from places you trust. The reason being if you just import a rules file and setup a schedule without fully knowing what the rules file contains then you could be signing over access to your content to someone else, the rules file could place links in posts or do a number of different things. This post about Auction2Post and Automated Editor together has a trusted rule file in it, as woodylabs is a trusted resource, but always check through rules imported!
The convenience of having more than one schedule is one of the most useful things about the ultra-pro version of Automated editor, it allows you to have some rules running on some specific targets, some of the time. With the latest version you not only have the capacity to have many, many schedules, you can also easily pause and start them all at any point!
That’s right from the latest release (first public release) 1.3 you can now pause schedules individually or completely. Not sure if a schedule is doing what it should be? Hit the pause button next to it while you work it out. While paused (as long as it hasn’t already been fired a millisecond earlier) your schedule will remain dormant, even if it should be fired (hourly trigger or daily etc.)
As we improve scheduling this may no doubt improve more, but for now its been quite useful a feature to us!
If your on the free version then maybe its time to think about getting ultra pro to fully utilise this powerful addition, or if your one of our old friends using a beta version of the plugin let us know/get the new version!
Looking to replace specific html with Automated Editor? It can do that quite well. Equipped with both string replacement and regex rule match replacement options you should be able to achieve almost any automatic string operation you need to with the plugin. It does it automatically too, did we say?
Anyhow for those who need a bit of inspiration on how best to replace a specific html element, or wanting some more information on how Automated Editor parses the HTML of wordpress posts you have hit the right page, here we are going to discuss in more detail the process of cutting only the specific bit of the post you want, or replacing (it removes or replaces…)
If you haven’t already checked out our future features page why not head over there now? It’s an ongoing list of the things we have not yet added to Automated Editor but would like to in the future. Voted on by the community of users, future features will hopefully keep us moving in a way that keeps everyone happy. Here’s a little exploration into our favourite possible developments.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know when one of your contributors posts a post with a specific string? Or perhaps how many times a string has been switched out for an affiliate link or seo friendly link on a specific blog? How about on some of the more automatic blogs, want to know the success rate of your newest set of rules, direct to your inbox? There’s quite a few ways we can think of combining email notifications/pushing into Automated Editor, it would be invaluable to mix email with the automation setup. This ones high on our list!
Wordpress does a lot of this for you, at least in terms of versioning. Automated Editor however is a little more brutal, or has to be to circumnavigate a few things. This is both good and bad (read the disclaimer if you haven’t already!) but sometimes it would be nice to be able to offer just a little more reassurance to our users. If we add this feature it will be the belt and braces to the plugin, backing up posts before changes, perhaps even integrated with email notifications as above and a step through system for seeing your changes in action (or reverting back to old versions of posts.) Perhaps backups could even be integrated into rules as actions. Perhaps.
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Another video guide available here, this one shoes you how to go about creating your first schedule, it kind of assumes you have already made a rule, but other than that there are no pre-requisites, its quite a simple process but you want to be sure before you go wading into this plugin!
Schedules are pretty powerful things, set to run hourly, daily or at point of publishing they can target posts with a number of different features/options and run specific rules on them, giving you the freedom to nail the editing without any manual work! Read the rest »