Using Custom Fields in Statuses


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Custom fields can be added to any status update in WordPress to Hootsuite Pro, using the format {custom_field_NAME}, where NAME is the Post Meta key you want to get the value of for the Post that’s being sent to Hootsuite.

It’s hard to advise precisely what the precise tag will be, however we’ve documented some more common WordPress Plugin Custom Field keys below.

Advanced Custom Fields

You can access the value of an Advanced Custom Field by using its Field Name in your status messages.

Taking the below example, where we have a Field Name of test:WordPress to Buffer Pro: Custom Fields: ACF Field Configuration

You would use {custom_field_test} in your status messages, where the bold text denotes the Field Name in ACF above.
WordPress to Buffer Pro: Custom Fields: ACF Status Example

In your status message, custom_field_ must prefix the Field Name
Make sure you are using the Field Name.  The Field Label and programmatic Field Key will not work.

Custom Fields

You can access the value of a Meta or Custom Field by using its Meta Key in your status messages.

Taking the below example, where we have a Meta Key in a Post defined as test:WordPress to Buffer Pro: Custom Fields: Meta Configuration

You would use {custom_field_test} in your status messages, where the bold text denotes the Meta Key in the Custom Fields section of your Post above.
WordPress to Buffer Pro: Custom Fields: ACF Status Example

In your status message, custom_field_ must prefix the Meta Key

Yoast SEO / WordPress SEO

Setting Meta Key Custom Field
SEO Title _yoast_wpseo_title {custom_field__yoast_wpseo_title}
Meta description _yoast_wpseo_metadesc {custom_field__yoast_wpseo_metadesc}
Meta Robots Index _yoast_wpseo_meta-robots-noindex {custom_field__yoast_wpseo_meta-robots-noindex}
Meta Robots Follow _yoast_wpseo_meta-robots-nofollow {custom_field__yoast_wpseo_meta-robots-nofollow}
Meta Robots Advanced _yoast_wpseo_meta-robots-adv {custom_field__yoast_wpseo_meta-robots-adv}
Breadcrumbs Title _yoast_wpseo_bctitle {custom_field__yoast_wpseo_bctitle}
Canonical URL _yoast_wpseo_canonical {custom_field__yoast_wpseo_canonical}
Note the double underscore in the Custom Field column above.  This is require for Yoast SEO / WordPress SEO.

Adding Custom Fields to the Insert Tag Dropdown

If you have specific Custom Fields (whether ACF, Meta / Custom Fields, Yoast etc) which you use often, you can add them to the Insert Tag dropdown, to more easily insert Custom Field values into your status messages.

To manage Custom Tags:

  1. Navigate to WP to Hootsuite Pro > Settings in the WordPress Administration menu,
  2. Scroll down to the Custom Tags section.  For each Post Type, you have the option to add, edit or delete Custom Tags, which will then appear in the Insert Tag dropdown.
    WordPress to Buffer Pro: Settings: Custom Tags
  3. To add a Custom Tag, click the Add Custom Tag button.
    1. Custom Field Key: This is the ACF / Custom Field programmatic name
    2. Custom Field Label: This is the label to display on the Insert Tag dropdown for this Custom Field
      WordPress to Buffer Pro: Settings: Custom Tags: Add
  4. To edit an existing Custom Tag, change the Key / Label values as necessary
  5. To delete an existing Custom Tag, click the Delete link under the Actions column

When editing status messages, the Custom Tags for the given Post Type will then be displayed:
WordPress to Buffer Pro: Custom Tags: Insert Tags Dropdown