Status Settings

Once WordPress to Buffer Pro has been authenticated with your Buffer account, you’ll want to define one or more status updates to send to social media account(s) linked with your Buffer account.

WordPress to Buffer Pro provides granular control for determining which Post Types (Posts, Pages etc) to send to Buffer when they are published and/or updated.

For each Post Type, WordPress to Buffer Pro then provides options to:

  • Define Default status messages for Publish and/or Update
  • Choose which Social Media account(s) to send content to
  • Define social media account specific status updates for Publish and/or Update

To set your status messages, in the WordPress Administration, click on the WP to Buffer Pro > Settings in the menu.
WordPress to Buffer Pro: Status Settings: Menu

Post Types

Depending on your theme and plugins, additional tabs may appear as well as the default Posts and Pages tabs. These additional tabs will be registered Custom Post Types.
WordPress to Buffer Pro: Status Settings: Post Type Tabs

To edit the status updates to be sent to Buffer for Posts, click on the Posts tab.

Post Type Tabs

For each Post Type, you’ll see each of your Buffer social media profiles, as well as a Defaults tab.

It’s important to go through each tab to define the settings you’ll need.

WordPress to Buffer Pro: Status Settings: Profile Tabs

  • Defaults: Global settings that apply to enabled social media accounts.
  • Social Media Accounts: Each social media account linked to your Buffer account will be displayed here, one account per tab. Clicking a tab will provide options to enable posting to said social media account, as well as an option to override the default Defaults tab above.
    • Account Enabled: Tick this checkbox if you want to send status updates to this social media profile.
    • Override Defaults: Tick this checkbox if you want to specify a custom set of status updates for this specific social media profile.  If this checkbox is not ticked, the settings on the Defaults tab will be used.

For all tabs, the following settings are available:

Publish

  • Enabled: Tick this checkbox if you want to send a status update to your Buffer account when a Post, Page or Custom Post Type is published.
  • Add Status Update: Click this button to add an additional status update.  You can have as many status updates as you wish, but each must be unique to ensure Buffer and the social networks don’t reject them.

For each status update, the following options are available:
WordPress to Buffer Pro: Status Settings: Status

  • Insert Tag: Use this to select a template tag to insert into the status.
  • Image: Depending on the social network you’re defining a status for, up to three options are available here, which determine if and how a Featured Image is displayed with the status update.
    Refer to the Featured Image Documentation for a detailed breakdown and preview of how this setting operates.
  • Status: The main text to send for the status update.
  • Scheduling: This option allows you to define where this status should appear in your Buffer queue:
    • Add to End of Buffer Queue: Adds the status update to the end of the social media profile’s queue.
    • Add to Start of Buffer Queue: Adds the status update to the start of the social media profile’s queue.
    • Post Immediately: Posts the status update to your social media profiles when the Post is published.
    • Custom Time: Allows you to choose the number of days, hours and minutes after publication of the Post to then have this status update appear on your social media profiles.
    • Custom Time (based on Custom Field / Post Meta Value): Allows you to choose the number of days, hours and minutes before or after the date in the Post’s Custom Meta Field Name.
      • For example, to send a status update to social media profiles 2 days after the date given in your Post’s Custom Field called event_date:
        Days: 2
        Hours: 0
        Minutes: 0
        Before / After: After Custom Field Value
        Custom Meta Field Name: event_date
      • For example, to send a status update to social media profiles 12 hours before the date given in your Post’s Custom Field called my_date:
        Days: 0
        Hours: 12
        Minutes: 0
        Before / After: Before Custom Field Value
        Custom Meta Field Name: my_date
When using the Custom Field (based on Custom Field / Post Meta Value) option, the date value in your Post’s Custom Field must be in the format yyyy-mm-dd.

To re-order status updates, drag and drop them by clicking the number in the circle.

To delete a status update, click the bin icon below the number in the circle.

Update

  • Enabled: Tick this checkbox if you want to send a status update to your Buffer account when a Post, Page or Custom Post Type is updated.

The remaining functions in the Update panel are the same as the Publish panel.

Conditions

For each status update, you can conditionally choose to send the status to Buffer based on whether a Post has (or does not have) specific Taxonomy Terms (categories, tags etc).

This is useful if, for example:

  • You want to send different status updates for a Post depending on the Post Category,
  • You do not want to send status updates for a Post belonging to a specific Category,
  • You want to send different status updates to different Pinterest boards depending on the Post Category

To define conditions for a status update, edit the following settings for the status update and taxonomy in the Conditions section of the status:
WordPress to Buffer Pro: Status Settings: Conditions

  • Comparison: Choose a comparison method
    • No Conditions
      Do not apply any conditions to this status update for the given Taxonomy.
    • Post(s) must include ANY of the below Taxonomy Terms to send this status to Buffer
      The Post must have at least one of the Taxonomy Terms you specify, for the status update to be sent to Buffer.
    • Post(s) must include ALL of the below Taxonomy Terms to send this status to Buffer
      The Post must have all of the Taxonomy Terms you specify, for the status update to be sent to Buffer.
    • Post(s) must exclude ANY of the below Taxonomy Terms to send this status to Buffer
      The Post must not have any of the Taxonomy Terms you specify.  If the Post does contain one or more of the Taxonomy Terms you specify, the status update will not be sent to Buffer.
  • Terms
    • In the text input below the Comparison dropdown option, start typing the Taxonomy Term Name(s) that you require for this condition.
    • As you start typing, your existing Taxonomy Term Name(s) will appear in the list.  Click on a term to add it.
      WordPress to Buffer Pro: Status Settings: Conditions
    • To remove an existing Taxonomy Term, click the small cross to the left of the term
      WordPress to Buffer Pro: Status Settings: Conditions

Click Save to update your settings.

Once you have completed the Plugin setup, a green tick will be displayed on each Post Type and Social Media Account tab, to identify which are enabled for sending statuses to Buffer.