General Settings

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

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

WordPress to Hootsuite Pro: General Settings

Enable Test Mode

Test Mode is available in WordPress to Hootsuite Pro 1.7.6, 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 Hootsuite, 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.

Force Trailing Forwardslash

By default, WordPress to Hootsuite 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 Hootsuite Pro 1.7.4, releasing Thursday June 4th 2020 23:59 UTC.

By default, WordPress to Hootsuite 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?

This feature was added to WordPress to Hootsuite Pro 1.7.3, releasing May 28th 2020 23:59 UTC

By default, WordPress to Hootsuite Pro will connect to Hootsuite’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 Hootsuite account through hootsuite.com.

Use WP Cron

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If enabled, status updates will be scheduled for sending to Hootsuite 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 Hootsuite. 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 Hootsuite Pro will display its jobs with the Hook Name wp_to_hootsuite_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 Hootsuite Pro meta box:

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