General Settings

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

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

WordPress to SocialPilot Pro: General Settings

Disable URL Shortening

By default, WordPress to SocialPilot Pro will shorten any URLs in status messages, using the URL shortener specified on your SocialPilot 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 SocialPilot 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 SocialPilot Pro 1.3.9, releasing Thursday June 4th 2020 23:59 UTC.

By default, WordPress to SocialPilot 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 SocialPilot Pro 1.3.8, releasing May 28th 2020 23:59 UTC

By default, WordPress to SocialPilot Pro will connect to SocialPilot’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 SocialPilot account through socialpilot.co.

Use WP Cron

If enabled, status updates will be scheduled for sending to SocialPilot 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 SocialPilot. 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 SocialPilot Pro will display the status publication job with the Hook Name wp_to_socialpilot_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 SocialPiot Pro meta box:

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