General Settings

For larger WordPress installations, WordPress to Buffer Pro provides some additional features for debugging and better performance.

In the WordPress Administration, click on the WP to Buffer Pro > Settings in the menu.
WordPress to Buffer Pro: Settings Menu

WordPress to Buffer Pro: General Settings

Enable Test Mode

Test Mode is available in WordPress to Buffer Pro 4.2.4, releasing Thursday 18th June 2020 23:59 UTC.

To test how your status configurations perform across publishing, updating, reposting and/or bulk publishing Posts, Pages and Custom Post Types, you can enable the Plugin’s Test Mode.

When enabled, status(es) are not sent to Buffer, but will appear in the Log, if logging is enabled.

This setting is ignored when using WP-CLI commands for Reposting and Bulk Publishing; these commands have their own test mode flag which can be enabled.

Disable URL Shortening

By default, WordPress to Buffer Pro will shorten any URLs in status messages, using the URL shortener specified on your Buffer account.

To disable this, and have the full URLs appear in status messages, tick the Disable URL Shortening? option.

Force Trailing Forwardslash

By default, WordPress to Buffer Pro will not include a trailing forwardslash at the end of the Post’s URL.  Whilst the link will be valid, some users prefer to force the trailing forwardslash to avoid 301 redirects in their analytics.

To enable a forwardslash, tick the Force Trailing Forwardslash? option.

Disable Fallback to Content if Excerpt Empty?

This option is available in WordPress to Buffer Pro 4.2.2, releasing Thursday June 4th 2020 23:59 UTC.

By default, WordPress to Buffer Pro will output the Post’s Content when an {excerpt} tag is used and the Post contains no explicit Excerpt.

To disable this, therefore outputting nothing when the {excerpt} tag is used on a Post that has no explicit Excerpt, tick the Disable Fallback to Content if Excerpt Empty? option.

Use Proxy?

By default, WordPress to Buffer Pro will connect to Buffer’s API to:

  • Fetch Account information
  • Fetch Profile information
  • Send Statuses

Some countries’ ISP and web hosts may block these connections if social media is banned in those geographies.

Enabling the Use Proxy option means that the above requests are sent through our USA-based proxy server, which should resolve this issue.

You may still need to use a VPN for initial Authentication when setting up the Plugin for the first time, because you have to login to your Buffer account through buffer.com.

Use WP Cron

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If enabled, status updates will be scheduled for sending to Buffer using the WordPress Cron, instead of being sent immediately when publishing or updating a Post.

Whilst this improves plugin performance on Post Admin screens, social media updates may take a few minutes to appear on Buffer. Also, if your site has low traffic volumes, the WordPress Cron may take several minutes, even hours, to trigger.

To monitor your WordPress Cron jobs, we recommend installing WP Crontrol. WordPress to Buffer Pro will display the status publication job with the Hook Name wp_to_buffer_pro_publish_cron

Post Level Default

When creating or editing Pages, Posts or Custom Post Types, you can choose the default Plugin setting to pre-select in the WP to Buffer Pro meta box:

  • Do NOT Post to Buffer
  • Use Plugin Settings
  • Post to Buffer using Manual Settings