Written August 20th, 2011
If you are yet to pick up your copy of Automated Editor you can now go over to WPPlugins and get it there (Automated Editor on WPPlugins.com.) If you haven’t checked out WPPlugins.com yet its probably worth heading over there, the guys behind incsub have set it up and its a decent place to find the real professional plugins.
The Automated Editor wordpress plugin (Ultra Pro) is now solely available through WPPlugins (you can still get the free version here at wordpress.org, but it is quite limited compared to the ultra pro one!)
Written August 18th, 2011
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!
Written August 13th, 2011
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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Written August 8th, 2011
So what is the point in the Automated Editor plugin?
Like all good rounded things Ae is an evolved beast, born out of the requirement to automatically replace phrases and html strings in wordpress posts, if you have ever dabbled with automatic posting, content generation or similar you will have no doubt come across the problem:
This was the start of the Automated Editor plugin. First we looked around at the solutions available, services which fixed spelling mistakes, search and replace plugins etc. but nothing really fitted the bill. Plenty exist that use wordpress filters, but we didn’t want to use filters (see why.) In the end we wrote a quick phrase replacement engine that auto fired on publishing of posts and all was great. From there our little group of shared wordpress professionals thought of improvements, features and common sense ideas to integrate into the script until it was full to the brim with powerful wordpress editing goodness.
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Written August 6th, 2011
Lets break it down.
Automated editor will take your content and jazz it up, doing your bidding like some blog obsessed robot. It will do what you tell it too, autonomously. You train it, telling it what to do (setup rules) and when to do it (setup schedules) and then leave it to fix all of the things you are so in the habit of manually fixing. Replace strings with other strings, remove strings, (regex too), tag, move categories, append, prepend, etc. etc. etc. (full list here – the list of things Automated Editor will do for you is also always growing, we will be adding more and more!)
So its an editing robot that lives in my wordpress install?
Yes. Yes it is. So lets look a little at how you setup your shiny new robot slave…
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Written August 5th, 2011
Automated editor doesnt use wp_update_post. WordPress functions, on the whole are fantastic things, lean, useful and snappy. We fully use everyone we can to make the plugin future proof and work as well with wordpress as possible, so why don’t we use wp_update_post? Well simply put we need to be more brutal.
Brutal? Perhaps that’s not the best word to explain. In effect wordpress likes to keep a track of everything that happens, but sometimes you want to update content without wordpress knowing, so we do. We Update wordpress posts without WordPress. Its a key point to note because it gives us proper freedom to do all the editing goodness we want to do. Power, at your fingertips.
It’s kind of how we don’t like using WordPress filters, like all the other editor plugins!
Written August 1st, 2011
For those of you who have been using the plugin in anger this won’t come as a surprise but Automated Editor will soon see public release, the powerful plugin which does all the cut/place/move/slice/append sort of editing for you will be launched in the coming weeks, full to the brim with stable completeness and rounded fixes.
We will be releasing two versions of the wordpress plugin, first a “lite” free version which max’s out at 1 schedule, 3 rules and has a few ads (still all the flexible power of Automated Editor and completely FREE) and an “Ultra Pro” version which will be totally unlimited, supported and ad-free.
If you have any interest in the wordpress plugin, in terms of review copies, please do comment here and we will send you a copy, we are always looking for ways to sure up the Automated Editor ship!…
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