Frecuent Asked Questions

WPeMatico

Help to get started

The standard support service covers some help with answers by ticket only. If you want us to log in and set it up on your site, we can do this for you when you purchase a Premium Support service.

BUT… this really isn’t necessary, because there are many tutorials and help options inside the plugin, help tabs at the top-right of the screen, website FAQs and video tutorials.

http://www.wpematico.com/tutorial-videos/

https://etruel.com/faqs/

https://www.YOUR DOMAIN/wp-admin/index.php?page=wpematico-getting-started

Query variables in image URLs

There are special cases in which images have query variables in the URL of the image itself, preventing WordPress from uploading the image. You can solve this with the Professional Add-on by checking the option “Strip query variables in image URLs”.

You can find more detailed instructions here:

http://www.wpematico.com/set-images-featured-wpematico/

 

How can I change the text “Auto added by WPeMatico” in new categories?

You can replace the text with a custom filter in your functions.php file, such as the example below:

add_filter('wpematico_addcat_description', "My_function_name");
function My_function_name($catdescription, $catname){
	$catdescription= "My NEW COOL DESCRIPTION";
	return $catdescription;
}

 

How to link the post title to the source permalink?

In the campaign editor, you will find the section “Options for this campaign”. Check the option “Post title links to source”.

This will make it so that all permalinks in the index and archive pages go to the original webpage instead of entering the single page of the post.

If you are having problems with this: https://etruel.com/question/post-title-links-source-seems-not-working/.

There are so many WPeMatico plugins with similar functions. Which one should I buy?

There are so many WPeMatico plugins and all have similar functions. Which one should I buy? For example, what’s the difference between Professional, Full Content, Make me Feed Full and Make me Feed Good? They all look the same.

The best option would probably be the bundle packages: WPeMatico Make me Feed Full , WPeMatico PRO or WPeMatico The Perfect Package

Make me Feed Full contains Full Content and Make me Feed add-ons at a good discount.

PRO contains Full Content and Professional add-ons at a good discount.

The Perfect Package has an even better discount but contains all the add-ons, which is why it costs more, but you get a lot more for your money.

If the site doesn’t have an RSS feed, can the plugin still pull content?

There is an add-on to make RSS feeds on your WordPress website with content from external sources.

Take a look at its features here: WPeMatico Make me Feed Good

How to install and update WPeMatico or Fakturo add-ons?

Installing the Free Version of WPeMatico

It’s just like any plugin in WordPress. You can follow the steps on the plugin Installation page.

After installing and learning how to use it, you can run some tests.

WPeMatico core has a lot of free features that you should give a try before you buy an add-on. If you love it, then proceed with…

Installing an add-on

After the purchase of an add-on, you should receive an email with all your license keys and direct links to your purchased downloads.

These links expire in 24 hours. After that (or if you don’t receive the email), you must go to your account to find and manage all your information, license keys, downloads and subscriptions.

Proceed with the installations

  1. Download all your files to your computer and upload them to your WordPress Plugins from the Add New Plugin item in your dashboard.
    • If you can’t upload the plugins from your WordPress admin, you must upload the unzipped folders of the files to your server through FTP to the plugins directory of your site ( /wp-content/plugins)
    • Take care that you don’t upload the zip files.  You must decompress them in your computer and then upload the entire folder of the add-on.
      e.g.:
      /wp-content/plugins/wpematico_professional/
      /wp-content/plugins/wpematico_fullcontent/
      /wp-content/plugins/wpematico_thumbnail_scratcher/
    • If the folders already exist, you should delete them before uploading the new files.
  2. Go to the Plugins page in your admin and activate the plugins.
  3. Go to your Licenses page and fill in all the license keys received in the purchase email.
    The Check License button appears when a key is entered in the License Key input field.
    If you aren’t sure what license to use, take a look at this FAQ.

Proceed with the updates

From time to time, a new version of every add-on is released. When this happens, you should be notified in your WordPress admin.

At this time, you must go to the updates page or to the item in Plugins->WPeMatico Add-ons.

  1. If you entered the license keys, activated them and are still active (not expired), you can update like any other WordPress plugin by clicking Update Now.

  2. The second option is do it by FTP to the plugins directory of your site ( /wp-content/plugins)
    If the add-on’s folder already exists, you must delete it before uploading the new files.
    **
  3. There is a third option that consists in being installed and activated the plugin Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades:
    1. Download the latest zip file for your plugin.
    2. Log into your WordPress site.
    3. Go to Plugins > Add New.
    4. Click the “Upload Plugin” button at the top of the page.
    5. Select the zip file with the new plugin version to install.
    6. Click the “Install Now” button.

When the add-on is updated, the pink banner should disappear.

 

Enjoy your autoblog!

 

Why won’t it import more than 10 items?

The number of the items imported every time that the campaign runs is limited by the items in the source feed URL. Normally, they don’t have more than 10.
In any case, we do not recommend more than 3 or 5 items at a time.
You can see the feed content by opening the feed URL in the browser Firefox.

Enable or disable Check Feeds Before Save

The option is enabled by default. When you save a campaign, the feed URLs are tested; if any feeds are not correct, an error banner is displayed and the campaign is not saved.

If you want to avoid this behavior, you can deactivate the check process in WPeMatico Settings by checking the option: ““. Anyway, you can check the feed URLs manually just the first time 😉

Post Title Links to Source isn’t working?

This feature works with WordPress’ Permalink() method. It changes the link of the post to the link of the source website, but only if the post was added with WPeMatico.

Note: “Read more” links are also changed because they work with the same permalink() function.

If you aren’t using the function “permalink()” in your theme files, this feature has no effect for you.

See also: How can I include the original source and the author’s name in every post?

Use Date of Feed Post isn’t working?

To use the source date feature, keep in mind the required conditions.

How it works: To avoid incoherent dates due to poorly set up feeds, WPeMatico will use the feed date only if these conditions are met:

  • The feed item date is not too far in the past, specifically, as much time as the campaign frequency.
  • The fetched feed item date is not in the future.
  • There are other WordPress conditions that affect this feature, like other posts published at times after the current post.

If you click “Run Now”, whenever you use it again, it will appear that it is not working, but with the cron it will work well.

How can I include the original source and the author’s name in every post?

You can do this with the Post Template feature inside the WPeMatico campaign editing screen.

Take a look in the HELP tab when you are editing a campaign.  You’ll find some examples there.  See the screenshot below:

post_temp_help

 

Some tips to get better performance

Feeds:

If you want to create many campaigns, I recommend just one or two feeds per campaign. You can test each campaign to see its behavior and the time that it takes to execute it.

For the Campaign Options metabox:

Try to use a minimal value in Max items to create on each fetch field to avoid timeouts and to reduce the execution time of the campaign.  You can run the campaign more often so that you don’t miss items.

For better and faster performance, you can try checking Avoid search redirection to source permalink, and see if the campaign works well with the content and permalinks by running it manually one time.

WPeMatico Settings:

Continue Fetching if duplicated items are found : It is strongly recommended that you deactivate this option to get better behavior. See how this option works here .


Full content: This feature needs a lot of resources, so I recommend that, when you can use almost all data from the feed, take it from there.
In other words, if the feed has the full content in its items, don’t check “Get full content from source webpage”. This will avoid a lot of wasted resources if you have many campaigns.

I also recommend that you deactivate these options from the Full Content metabox:

If the source webpages don’t have articles with multi-page, then uncheck:
Searches for multi-page articles

If titles are in the feed items by default, then uncheck:
Get title from the source webpage

If the dates are also in feed items, then uncheck:
Get date for the post from the source webpage

The Author is normally just a nick. You can set it in your Campaign Options and uncheck:

Get the Author from the source webpage

Also, this item takes a lot of resources because if the authors don’t exist in your WordPress, WPeMatico will create it, which takes time and resources:
Create Author if it does not exist

 

[more tips will be added in the future]

How to get content from Google News feed?

The WPeMatico free version works with these feed contents like any other feed.

Google News or Google Alerts are special feeds because they show articles from many different websites. Google News works with many websites at a time, getting the contents from them to make their feeds, and each site is different.

 

The Professional Add-on cleans the URLs for Google News by checking the option  “Sanitize Google News permalink” in the campaign editing screen.

The Full Content Add-on works automatically for almost all sites.  If it fails with a website, you can make a config file for that domain by pointing to where the full content is.  There are many websites that don’t need a config file, but it will be necessary for others.  The Full Content add-on will try to detect the correct content for all the articles in each source site, but can be erratic for some of them.

So, the add-on will work with many of the websites, but may not work for others. For these sites, you will need a custom config file for each one, because the plugin goes to each source website to take the full content. If you see which websites they are, you could make a config file for each one in the WPeMatico Settings screen -> Full Content Tab. Take a look at the examples and the Help tab to see the basic instructions and learn how to make a config file for a website.  Or, you can order a premium support service so we can do it for you.

 

How to use Cron Scheduling?

Sometimes, there is a misunderstanding as to how the Cron scheduling works.

You should select the time when the campaign is going to be run, NOT the hour interval for the campaign execution as in other plugins.

If you want to run the campaign every two hours, you must select 0,2,4,6,8,10, etc. in the “Hours” list.
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If you want to run the campaign every hour—at half past the hour—you should select 30 in the “Minutes” list and Any (*) in “Hours” and the other lists.

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If you want to run the campaign once a day, you should select the time in “Hours” and “Minutes” from each list, and leave “Days”, “Months” and “Weekday” marked as Any (*).

Example: Run every day at 3:00 a.m.

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Example: Run every Monday at 3:00 a.m.

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Can I use wildcard characters in the Rewrite Options?

You can’t use wildcards, but you can use PHP Regular expressions. Remember to tick the box in the “RegEx” field.

screenshot RewriteSee some tips in the Help Tab in the campaign editing screen.
Also, check out tutorials like: http://regexone.com/references/php
http://php.net/manual/en/reference.pcre.pattern.syntax.php

And a RegEx live site to run tests with a sample text: http://www.phpliveregex.com/

When I change the post template in the campaign, why doesn’t it change the content of all posts?

Post templates don’t work in real time, just when fetching and saving the post.

The “Post Template” feature works when the campaign is running. This means that it takes the content of the feed item, parses it according to the format that you’ve made in the post template, and then the post is saved.

Error when loading Settings page

It sounds like cURL is not activated in your hosting.

Can you see writing below the WPeMatico section in your WP Settings?

Try checking the box for “Hide Reviews on Settings”.

 

settings_writing_wpem

 

Jump duplicate posts

The name of the option in the Settings is Continue fetching if found duplicated items”. (This was previously named Jump Duplicates).

Keep in mind that the campaign works with the items in the order they are found in the feed. If a duplicate item is found, that means that all the following items were already fetched in a previously executed campaign. (This happens when the campaign has some time running automatically, not the first time.)

That’s why the campaign is interrupted when it finds the first duplicate post.

  • It is strongly recommended that you deactivate Jump Duplicates to get better behavior.

If you deactivate the “Jump Duplicates” option, you can run the campaign more times in an hour so you don’t miss any posts.

You will not miss new posts because the feed items are ordered by date/time in almost all cases.  When the campaign runs, it goes item by item from newest to oldest, and stops when it finds the first duplicated item, this mean that all items after it (the older ones) are also duplicated.

We are talking about autoblogging, meaning new items are added automatically. Focus your mind on the future, not the past 😉

Example 1: If you fetch 4 out of 10 items in a feed, then you missed 6, but just the first time.  After the first run, the campaign stops when it finds the first duplicated post, in this case, item #4.  Then, if you run the campaign often enough, it will not miss any posts unless the feed adds too many posts between campaign runs.

 

Example 2: If you have a feed that has 34 items, then:

You must set the campaign to work from now to the future, and then you can deprecate old items (or try to manually run a campaign to fetch the 34 items, but this is pointless for the main purpose).

Then, you must know how many new items are added per hour (or per two hours, or per day). This depends of the source site.

If you see that the main site is adding around 10 posts a day, you could say that getting 2 posts per hour is enough. You’ll get better performance if this value is as low as possible, and you won’t miss any items because the main site doesn’t have more than 1 new post per hour.

If you think that more than 2 posts can be added in an hour, then you can fetch every 30 minutes.

This is also better for performance.

 

  • If you are using the Custom Titles feature from the Professional version, you’ll also lose Duplicate Titles checking, because the original title will be saved always as a different title.

How to set the featured image?

Try this in your WPeMatico Settings.
Remember: the feed must have images in its content.

setimages

There is a post with more detailed instructions here:

http://www.wpematico.com/set-images-featured-wpematico/

 

 

WPeMatico Professional Add-On

How to use the Full Content source metatags?

In the WPeMatico Settings, go to the “Full Content” tab and click. In this tab, you will see a series of options. The next step is to click on the “Test URL” button.

In the text field, enter the URL of some article that is in the feed you wish you use, click the “Preview” button to view its content, and go to the “Meta data” tab.

In the “Meta data” tab, you will find the metatags stored within variables and with their respective values to the right. These variables are created automatically when the content of the URL is captured. In the images below, you can check the content of the metatags: the first image was taken from the “Meta data” tab, while the second was taken from the browser’s “view-source”.

Now that you have found the metatags, you can add them to your content. To do this, you must activate the option “Enable Post Template” in the campaign editor, and in the text area you would write, for example:

{content}
<a href=”{wfc_og:url}” target=”_blank”>Source</a>

In this case, we were able to show a link with the original “source” at the end of the post content.

Another way to use metatags is with “Custom Fields”. To do this, you must have the WPeMatico Professional add-on, and in WPeMatico Settings, go to the “PRO Settings” tab to check the “Enable Custom Fields feature” option. Then, in the campaign editor, you will find a new section called Custom Fields where you can define the name of the field and its value. In the example below, you can see that the name of the field is source and its value is {wfc_og:url}. After finishing the configuration, save and execute the campaign. Upon reviewing the posts you obtained, you can confirm that the personalized field exists with its respective value that you previously added from within the campaign.

How to use Author Filtering?

Once this option is enabled, you have the ability to include or exclude posts according to defined “words” that are found in the name of the author of the post.

In the campaign editor, you will find the section “Filter Per Author”, where you can define the “words” of your choice.

Exclude posts by “words” that are in the author name.

Basic use: Allows you to omit a post obtained if it contains some “word” in the author’s name. Otherwise, you can leave all fields empty to skip this.

Must contain: The name of the author must contain at least one of these “words”.

Example: If the word “John” is found in the name of the author, and you wish to omit it because you don’t want posts from John, simply enter “John” in the “Words” field of the “Cannot contain” block (1 word per line).

Regular expressions: This option is for advanced users. Regular expressions are compatible. This option will allow you to make more powerful filters. For example: instead of using many lines of words to assign john and mary, you can use the operator | , e.g. (john|mary). If you want to distinguish between upper and lowercase in RegEx, add “/i” to the end of RegEx.

How does Deletes till the end of the line work?

Enable this function from PRO Settings in order to delete from a word or phrase until the end of the line of a sentence.

Characters of end of sentence: Enter the list of characters of the end of the line separated by spaces. For example: . ? !

How does Ramdom Rewrites work?

If you enable this function, you can randomly rewrite personalized words as synonyms. You must fill in the words and separate them with a comma and by line in the text field.

In the campaign editor, you will find the “Ramdom Rewrites” section, where you must enable the option “Activate Ramdom Rewrites”, which will display the form to allow you to add all the words that you want, separated by commas.

Number of maximum words to replace: You can assign a maximum number of words to be replaced in the content of each post.

Words to Rewrite: Enter a list of words that you wish to replace in the form, separated by commas.

This list will be added to the general list of “Ramdom Rewrites” from the Settings screen. The words will be searched line by line and, if a word is found (the word order on the line does not matter), it will be replaced by one of the others from the same line.

Example: lady, woman, female, girl

If the text contains the word “woman”, it will be replaced by “lady”, “female” or “girl” at random.

 

How to use Image Rename?

After enabling this function in PRO Settings, you can change the name of each image loaded on the website, predefined with custom tags.

In the campaign editor, you will find the “PRO Options for Images” section, which will have a new option, “Enable Image Renamer”. After activating this, a new text field will be enabled where you can define the name that you wish.

Here, you can write the new name for each image loaded in the posts. All of the images will be renamed with this field.

You do not need to fill in the file extension; this field is used to change the name only, and the extension will still be the same.

You can use {title} or {slug}, and it will be replaced when the image is loaded. WordPress will add a number to the end if the image name already exists.

 

How to use Image Filters?

After enabling this option, you can decide whether or not to allow images in posts based on their dimensions.

In the campaign editor, you will find the section “PRO Options for Images”, which will have a new block called “Add filters by dimensions of images”, where you can define the filters to allow or exclude images.

Basic use: You can allow or exclude each image in every post depending on its dimensions.

You must select the type of filter and fill in the width and height in pixels to allow or exclude all images.

Any image that does not meet a filter’s requirements will be deleted from the content of the post (and its <a href> link, if it has one).

Take care so that the filters do not contradict each other in a way that makes them exclude all images.

For example: If you want to omit images that are less than 40px high, you can use the following filter: Skip>height>less>41px

Another way to do this would be to allow only images that are greater than 40px: Allow>height>more>40px

 

 

How to use Custom Feed Tags?

After enabling this function, you can add “Custom Feed Tags” as template tags or custom field values in each post.

In the campaign editor, you will find the section “Custom Feed Tags”, where you can define as many custom feed tags as you like.

Basic use: You must enter the custom feed tag and its template variable in each field.

Feed Tag: If a tag value exists, you should enter yourtag.

Template: {yourtag}.

 

How to use Custom Fields?

After enabling this function, you can add “Custom Fields” with values as templates in each post.

In the campaign editor, you will find the section “Custom Fields”, where you can define as many custom fields as you like.

Basic use: You must write the name of the “Custom field” and its value in each field.

Value: You can use the same template fields as in the “Post template” box.

Valid tag values: {title}, {content}, {itemcontent}, {image}, {author}, {authorlink}, {permalink}, {feedurl}, {feedtitle}, {feeddescription}, {feedlogo}, {campaigntitle}, {campaignid}, {item_date}, {item_time}.

How do Auto Tags work?

Once activated, this option generates tags automatically in each obtained post. In the campaign editor, you can disable the automatic function and enter a list of tags manually, or leave it empty.

After enabling this option in PRO Settings, you will have the ability to define the excluded tags that will not be used in posts by entering them in the field Bad Tags that will not be used on all posts, separating each one with a comma.

In the campaign editor, you will find the “Tags generation” section, where you can select whether you want to use the <tag> tags of the feed if they exist, and below, when you check the “Auto generate tags” option, this function will attempt to obtain tags automatically from the content of the post.

You can also limit the number of Tags that are generated by defining the value in the field “Limit tags quantity to”.

Apart from this, once again, you can use the Bad Tags field to define excluded tags that will not be used in any posts.

How to use Multipage Feeds?

With this option activated, you can configure the process of searching multipage RSS feeds, like https://etruel.com/feed/?paged=1

In the campaign editor, you will find the section “Feeds for this Campaign”. After clicking on the “Add Feed” button, you will have the button “Feed Advanced Options” next to the text field.

If you click on it, a window will appear with advanced options to configure the feed.

Check to force feed: Enabling this option allows it to force the use of a feed with invalid mime or content.

Check to use as a multipage feed: This option allows you to verify multiple pages for feeds, like https://etruel.com/feed/?paged=2

Max pages to fetch: You can set the number of pages that you want to search, and change the number of items that you want to create for each page in the field “Max items to create on each fetch” to a value equal to Max Pages * 10.

You can also fix this automatically by clicking on the option “Click here to fix it automatically”.

How does Import Feed List work?

After enabling this option, you will be able to import, copy and paste a list of feed addresses, with or without author.

In the campaign editor, you will find the section “Feeds for this Campaign”, which will have a new button, “Import feed list” next to “Check all feeds”.

If you click on this new button, a text field will appear where you can type or paste a list of URLs and authors. The list must have one feed URL per line, and you can also add an author username if the feature “Author per Feed” is enabled in PRO Settings. If they do not exist, the users will be added to the WordPress users. Otherwise, it will use the campaign author.

After you have imported your feed list, when you update the campaign, the list will be imported as feeds for that campaign.

How to use Author per Feed?

With this option activated, you can select the “author” of your choice and assign them to the posts in a campaign.

In the campaign editor, you will find the section “Feeds for this Campaign”, which will have a new option called “Author” next to “Feed URL”.

This option allows you to assign the author from each feed item or the author of the campaign for each particular feed. It’s important to keep in mind that if the author does not exist in the WordPress database, this option will create it. If no author is selected, the campaign author will be used.

How do Custom Titles work?

After activating this option, you can create “custom titles” for the posts in a campaign.

In the campaign editor, you will find the section “Custom Title Options”, where you can define the custom titles for the campaign posts of your choice.

Strip HTML Tags from Title: You can check this option to delete all HTML tags that are found in the title.

Enable Custom Post Title: After checking this option, you can enter a title for each post in the field “Custom title for every post”, and all posts will be named with the title that you have defined in this field. After this, you’ll be able to use {title} and {counter} and it will be replaced in the title.

If you do not use {counter} and mark the option below, the counter will be added to the end of the title by default.

For example: ‘New post: {title}’

You can add an extra filter to verify duplicates by Custom Post Title.

You can add a counter to the post title.

Enable delete till the end starting from some characters: Remove all characters after some characters or words. Separate all words with space.

Cut at: You can set a value and cut the title at X letters without strip HTML, if Words are selected just if the title is bigger than X Words, then it is converted to text (strip all HTML tags) and cutted at X Words, after that if is in a middle of html tag, will run a function to close the tags.

How to use Word Count Filters?

Once this option is activated, you will be able to cut off, exclude or include posts based on the letter count or word count in the content.

In the campaign editor, you will find the section “Word Count Filters”, where you can define the number of letters or words that you want.

Word Count Filters allow you to ignore a post if it has less than x number of words or letters in the content. It also lets you assign a category to the post if it has more than x number of words.

Greater than: You can set the number of letters that will be counted in the content, or, check the “Words” option if you want to use a word count. Then, depending on the parameters you have established, you can assign a specific category.

Cut at: You can check the “Words” option, and if the content has more than x number of words, the post will be converted to text (removing all HTML tags) and the content will be cut off according to the word count you have entered. You can uncheck the “Words” option to count x number of letters and cut off the content according to the letter count you have entered without removing HTML tags. If the content is cut off in the middle of an HTML tag, it will execute a function to close the tag. The first image in the content will remain as the featured image.

Discard post if less than: If the content contains less than x number of letters or words, the post will be omitted.

Leave blank or with a value of 0 to ignore these options.

How to use Keyword Filters?

The keyword filter allows you to omit posts according to the keywords that you define.

Once this option is activated, you will be able to include or exclude posts based on the defined “keywords” that are found in the content of the post, whether in the title, description or categories.

In the campaign editor, you will find the section “Keywords Filters”, where you can define the “words” of your choice.

Omit posts by “words” that are in the content, or words that are not in the content.

Basic use: The keyword filters in this section allow you to exclude a fetched post if it contains some “word” in its content, title, or in its source categories. You can leave all fields blank to ignore this option.

(Must contain) Any of these words: You can check one or all three options, and the “word” must be in at least one of them.

(Must contain) All of these words: All three options should be checked and all of the “words” must be in them.

For example: If the post content contains the word “motor” and you wish to exclude it because you do not want posts about motors, simply type “motor” in the “Words” field of the “Cannot contain” block (1 word per line).

Regular expressions: This option is for advanced users. Regular expressions are compatible. Using this option will allow you to make more powerful filters. Let’s take the filter of multiple words, for example. Instead of using many lines of words to assign “motor” and “automobile” to motors, you can use the operator | . Example: (motor|automobile). If you want to distinguish between upper- and lowercase in RegEx, add “/i” to the end of RegEx.

Word Count Filters remove pictures

To count words (as opposed to letters), it is necessary to strip HTML tags, and this includes images.

See the screenshot below:

word_count

Anyway, I think you can use the post template feature to add the content and the images:

{content}
{image}

Or a gallery:

{content}
[gallery link=”file” columns=”3″ )

 

Also, see the answer here:can-posts-word-limit-not-full-content-better-excerpts.

 

Save

What is the PRO license?

The PRO license includes a license to get all the upgrades for a year. If you don’t want to continue with updates after that year is up, you can still continue using the plugin forever.

Many products have at least 2 licenses for the minimum price. You can consider the second license a free gift for a developing site. There is no lower price for a single license.

Take a look at the article: https://etruel.com/software-licensing-for-automatic-updates/

And also our Terms & Conditions.

Support is free with our ticket system. Any error in the plugin will be solved for free and included in a later release

If you have a difficult issue on your end that you can’t solve, you can access our premium support service.

 

 

Can the Professional version pull complete content?

The free version is pulling partial content, so can the Professional version pull the complete content? Is this something you can verify?

The free version works with the feed contents, whether they have partial or full content.

The Professional Add-on does not have the feature to take the full content. You may be confusing it with the PRO bundle package, which contains the Full Content and Professional add-ons.

When you use the Full Content Add-on, the plugin goes to the source site and takes the content from there.

This works well in most of the websites. In ajaxified sites will not work because the plugin can read the HTML loaded, but not the executed javascript.

If you are having problems with the pulled content, you can make a config file to “tell” the plugin where the article content is for each domain and to indicate which tags remain and/or strip. See https://etruel.com/question/pull-content-source/

It’s based in xpath and there is some tutorials and examples inside Full Content Addon. But in most cases it’s not necessary.

If you want to be sure that a particular feed works with Full Content, you can send the feed URL to us and we’ll test it.

How to use the Custom Title feature?

First, to enable Custom Titles, go to Settings and enable the Custom Title feature.

 

This will show the Custom Title metabox inside the campaign editing screen.

After enabling each option, it will show the fields to use the feature.

You can use the variable tags {title}, which will be replaced by the source feed item title, and {counter}, which will be replaced by the below counter number (if the Add counter to Post Title option is enabled).

You should activate Add an extra filter to check duplicates by Custom Post Title only if you have issues with duplicate posts after activating these options.

 

How to add Custom Fields with dynamic values to inserted posts?

The Professional Add-on has the feature ‘Custom fields with dynamic values’.

This allows you to add as many fields as you want with the possibility of adding values as variables which are replaced on the fly when the campaign is running. This allows you to add custom field values like permalink, image URLs, etc.

If you need more custom data, the plugin allows you to add a WordPress filter ‘wpem_meta_data’ to add names and values for custom fields.

Example:

add_filter('wpem_meta_data', 'my_custom_meta_data' );
function my_custom_meta_data ($currentmeta ){
	$arraycf = array(
		'mycf1' => $value1,
		'my_cf2' => 1025
	);
	return array_merge($currentmeta, $arraycf) ;
}

​(not tested)​

Also, keep in mind that all extra support for us to do something like this for you will require ​the premium support service.

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How to install and update WPeMatico or Fakturo add-ons?

Installing the Free Version of WPeMatico

It’s just like any plugin in WordPress. You can follow the steps on the plugin Installation page.

After installing and learning how to use it, you can run some tests.

WPeMatico core has a lot of free features that you should give a try before you buy an add-on. If you love it, then proceed with…

Installing an add-on

After the purchase of an add-on, you should receive an email with all your license keys and direct links to your purchased downloads.

These links expire in 24 hours. After that (or if you don’t receive the email), you must go to your account to find and manage all your information, license keys, downloads and subscriptions.

Proceed with the installations

  1. Download all your files to your computer and upload them to your WordPress Plugins from the Add New Plugin item in your dashboard.
    • If you can’t upload the plugins from your WordPress admin, you must upload the unzipped folders of the files to your server through FTP to the plugins directory of your site ( /wp-content/plugins)
    • Take care that you don’t upload the zip files.  You must decompress them in your computer and then upload the entire folder of the add-on.
      e.g.:
      /wp-content/plugins/wpematico_professional/
      /wp-content/plugins/wpematico_fullcontent/
      /wp-content/plugins/wpematico_thumbnail_scratcher/
    • If the folders already exist, you should delete them before uploading the new files.
  2. Go to the Plugins page in your admin and activate the plugins.
  3. Go to your Licenses page and fill in all the license keys received in the purchase email.
    The Check License button appears when a key is entered in the License Key input field.
    If you aren’t sure what license to use, take a look at this FAQ.

Proceed with the updates

From time to time, a new version of every add-on is released. When this happens, you should be notified in your WordPress admin.

At this time, you must go to the updates page or to the item in Plugins->WPeMatico Add-ons.

  1. If you entered the license keys, activated them and are still active (not expired), you can update like any other WordPress plugin by clicking Update Now.

  2. The second option is do it by FTP to the plugins directory of your site ( /wp-content/plugins)
    If the add-on’s folder already exists, you must delete it before uploading the new files.
    **
  3. There is a third option that consists in being installed and activated the plugin Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades:
    1. Download the latest zip file for your plugin.
    2. Log into your WordPress site.
    3. Go to Plugins > Add New.
    4. Click the “Upload Plugin” button at the top of the page.
    5. Select the zip file with the new plugin version to install.
    6. Click the “Install Now” button.

When the add-on is updated, the pink banner should disappear.

 

Enjoy your autoblog!

 

Why does the same featured image wrongly appear in several posts?

Since version 1.4, the Professional add-on has had a new feature to allow you to use the same image already obtained previously, but without downloading it again, if it has the same name.

This can be confusing because different images, whether from different sites or not, may have the same name, and then different posts will use the same featured image.

Just use the WordPress standards to avoid this behavior.  You’ll upload all the images, but won’t end up repeating them incorrectly.

How do I activate my license keys?

Once you have purchased the add-on(s), follow these steps:
  • Download the add-ons from your account or from the download links in the purchase notification email.
  • Upload and install them on your WordPress plugins page.
  • Activate them on the WPeMatico Add-Ons page (subitem of “Plugins” in your WordPress menu).
  • Go to “Settings”, to the “Licenses” tab, and you will see the new input fields for your license keys.
  • Paste the keys and then click on the activate button (you may have to do this twice).
  • If you don’t see a button to submit, just insert the license key in the field and press Enter.

 

If you purchase the PRO bundle product, you’ll receive three license keys.  Be sure to use the correct ones:

Example: After purchasing, you’ll receive a receipt with the license keys as follows:

Licenses:
WPeMatico PRO – License for two websites: 75xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx7d
(Not used in the licenses screen; this is only used for renewals on etruel.com)

WPeMatico Professional – License for two websites: 9cfxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx0xxa8
(Use this key for the WPeMatico Professional add-on)

WPeMatico Full Content – License for two websites: f8dxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxb88bc
(Use this key for the WPeMatico Full Content add-on)

WPeMatico PRO update keeps failing

I wrote this note to clarify when I released version 1.3.  If you have an old version of the plugin, you must login to your account and download both new plugins to replace the old PRO version.

For automattic updates

Version 1.3 of the Professional and Full Content add-ons have their own license keys, and the PRO license key is only used for upgrading subscriptions of bundled purchases on our website.

You must use your Professional license key in your Settings and click on the “Activate” button until it says “Activated”.

At this time, you should see all of your license keys on your account. If not, please open a support ticket.

How to strip HTML tags from post titles?

To enable html stripping from post titles, go to Settings and enable the Custom Titles feature.  (This will show the Custom Titles metabox inside the campaigns.)

custitle

Save the settings, and go to edit a campaign.

 

Now, you should see a metabox like the one below; just check the option for “Strip HTML Tags From Title” and save the campaign.

tagtitle

 

Now, for every item added as a post (type), the campaign will check the title, and if it has html tags, it will delete them.

 

Feature available in the Professional version

 

WPeMatico Full Content Add-On

Do you have a demo site or demo version?

The free plugin is fully functional.

Many extra features can be found in the add-ons, but we don’t have a demo site or a demo version of the plugins because they are fully functional.

For the Full Content AddOn, there are very few sites loaded by ajax from which the content cannot be extracted with the standard methods used by the plugins.

If you want to be sure that the Full Content add-on works well with a particular site before purchasing it, you can send the feed URL to us. We’ll run the tests for you and show you the results.

To send us the feed URLs, please use the ticket system.

 

How to use the Full Content source metatags?

In the WPeMatico Settings, go to the “Full Content” tab and click. In this tab, you will see a series of options. The next step is to click on the “Test URL” button.

In the text field, enter the URL of some article that is in the feed you wish you use, click the “Preview” button to view its content, and go to the “Meta data” tab.

In the “Meta data” tab, you will find the metatags stored within variables and with their respective values to the right. These variables are created automatically when the content of the URL is captured. In the images below, you can check the content of the metatags: the first image was taken from the “Meta data” tab, while the second was taken from the browser’s “view-source”.

Now that you have found the metatags, you can add them to your content. To do this, you must activate the option “Enable Post Template” in the campaign editor, and in the text area you would write, for example:

{content}
<a href=”{wfc_og:url}” target=”_blank”>Source</a>

In this case, we were able to show a link with the original “source” at the end of the post content.

Another way to use metatags is with “Custom Fields”. To do this, you must have the WPeMatico Professional add-on, and in WPeMatico Settings, go to the “PRO Settings” tab to check the “Enable Custom Fields feature” option. Then, in the campaign editor, you will find a new section called Custom Fields where you can define the name of the field and its value. In the example below, you can see that the name of the field is source and its value is {wfc_og:url}. After finishing the configuration, save and execute the campaign. Upon reviewing the posts you obtained, you can confirm that the personalized field exists with its respective value that you previously added from within the campaign.

What is the PRO license?

The PRO license includes a license to get all the upgrades for a year. If you don’t want to continue with updates after that year is up, you can still continue using the plugin forever.

Many products have at least 2 licenses for the minimum price. You can consider the second license a free gift for a developing site. There is no lower price for a single license.

Take a look at the article: https://etruel.com/software-licensing-for-automatic-updates/

And also our Terms & Conditions.

Support is free with our ticket system. Any error in the plugin will be solved for free and included in a later release

If you have a difficult issue on your end that you can’t solve, you can access our premium support service.

 

 

Can the Professional version pull complete content?

The free version is pulling partial content, so can the Professional version pull the complete content? Is this something you can verify?

The free version works with the feed contents, whether they have partial or full content.

The Professional Add-on does not have the feature to take the full content. You may be confusing it with the PRO bundle package, which contains the Full Content and Professional add-ons.

When you use the Full Content Add-on, the plugin goes to the source site and takes the content from there.

This works well in most of the websites. In ajaxified sites will not work because the plugin can read the HTML loaded, but not the executed javascript.

If you are having problems with the pulled content, you can make a config file to “tell” the plugin where the article content is for each domain and to indicate which tags remain and/or strip. See https://etruel.com/question/pull-content-source/

It’s based in xpath and there is some tutorials and examples inside Full Content Addon. But in most cases it’s not necessary.

If you want to be sure that a particular feed works with Full Content, you can send the feed URL to us and we’ll test it.

Can I change the path of the Full Content Config folder?

If you have any problems when moving the folder and files or nonstandard permissions in your directories, you can manually create a folder wherever you want and then add a WordPress filter in your functions.php file pointing to your custom folder, as shown below:

add_filter( ‘wpematico_fullcontent_folder’,  ‘wpematico_configfiles_folder’,20,1 );
function wpematico_configfiles_folder($customconfigdir) {

$mynewdir = ‘INPUT HERE THE FULL PATH’;
// ie: /home/user/htdocs/wp-content/uploads/myfolder/config/custom/

if( !is_dir( $mynewdir ) ) return $customconfigdir;

return $mynewdir;

}

 

 

Plugin stopped working. Why won’t it get any content?

I’ll give you some actions that you can try to see what happens:

  1. Identify which campaign has the issue.
  2. Click on the yellow icon to the right of the Feed URL to Test if the feed is working well with the plugin.
  3. Click on the feed URL link to open it in a new tab of your browser (better if you can test it with Firefox).
  4. Take a look if the source webpage has changed its layout.  You can do this by clicking on an item in the feed URL.
  5. If everything is fine, you can open the WPeMatico Settings, in the Full Content Tab, and do some tests there.
    For more details on this, check out the answer here: https://etruel.com/question/cant-get-full-content-full-content-add/.

 

Some tips to get better performance

Feeds:

If you want to create many campaigns, I recommend just one or two feeds per campaign. You can test each campaign to see its behavior and the time that it takes to execute it.

For the Campaign Options metabox:

Try to use a minimal value in Max items to create on each fetch field to avoid timeouts and to reduce the execution time of the campaign.  You can run the campaign more often so that you don’t miss items.

For better and faster performance, you can try checking Avoid search redirection to source permalink, and see if the campaign works well with the content and permalinks by running it manually one time.

WPeMatico Settings:

Continue Fetching if duplicated items are found : It is strongly recommended that you deactivate this option to get better behavior. See how this option works here .


Full content: This feature needs a lot of resources, so I recommend that, when you can use almost all data from the feed, take it from there.
In other words, if the feed has the full content in its items, don’t check “Get full content from source webpage”. This will avoid a lot of wasted resources if you have many campaigns.

I also recommend that you deactivate these options from the Full Content metabox:

If the source webpages don’t have articles with multi-page, then uncheck:
Searches for multi-page articles

If titles are in the feed items by default, then uncheck:
Get title from the source webpage

If the dates are also in feed items, then uncheck:
Get date for the post from the source webpage

The Author is normally just a nick. You can set it in your Campaign Options and uncheck:

Get the Author from the source webpage

Also, this item takes a lot of resources because if the authors don’t exist in your WordPress, WPeMatico will create it, which takes time and resources:
Create Author if it does not exist

 

[more tips will be added in the future]

How to pull more content from a source?

When the content fetched is blank or wrong, or if I want to add more sections of source site to the content, I do it in Firefox like this:

  • Open the test_url in the browser http://www.wpematico.com/set-images-featured-wpematico/
  • See “some word in content” that you want to pull
  • Press CTRL+U to open a new tab with Page Source Code
  • Search with CTRL+F for “some word in content” and look at what <div> ID or class it is. For example, <div class=”entry-content”>
  • Add this tag in the “body:” line in your config file. This should look like:
    body: //div[@class=’page-header-image-single grid-container grid-parent generate-page-header’] | //div[@class=’entry-content’]

This will work with all posts fetched from WPeMatico.

I’ve tried to give you all the necessary tools and to explain everything you need in order to do it yourself, but this can be difficult for some people. There is an alternative; if you want to buy premium support, I can do it for you. 🙂

wpemconfigfile

How to get content from Google News feed?

The WPeMatico free version works with these feed contents like any other feed.

Google News or Google Alerts are special feeds because they show articles from many different websites. Google News works with many websites at a time, getting the contents from them to make their feeds, and each site is different.

 

The Professional Add-on cleans the URLs for Google News by checking the option  “Sanitize Google News permalink” in the campaign editing screen.

The Full Content Add-on works automatically for almost all sites.  If it fails with a website, you can make a config file for that domain by pointing to where the full content is.  There are many websites that don’t need a config file, but it will be necessary for others.  The Full Content add-on will try to detect the correct content for all the articles in each source site, but can be erratic for some of them.

So, the add-on will work with many of the websites, but may not work for others. For these sites, you will need a custom config file for each one, because the plugin goes to each source website to take the full content. If you see which websites they are, you could make a config file for each one in the WPeMatico Settings screen -> Full Content Tab. Take a look at the examples and the Help tab to see the basic instructions and learn how to make a config file for a website.  Or, you can order a premium support service so we can do it for you.

 

Fatal error: Call to undefined function mb_convert_encoding()

It looks like your PHP installation doesn’t have mbstring installed.
Go through this guide, which will give you more information on how to install it: http://php.net/manual/en/mbstring.installation.phpIf you don’t have that much access on your server, contact your hosting provider and ask them to do it for you.

 

Can’t get content with the Full Content add-on

The Full Content add-on works for almost all sites, but if you see that it can’t get the content from a website automatically, you will need a configuration file to get the full content.

You can make it in WPeMatico Settings -> Full Content tab. (Image 1)

move_and_uploadImage 1

It is strongly recommended that you move the files to the “Uploads” folder by clicking the “Move to Uploads” button.

After that, press F5 to refresh the page and use the “Browse” button to upload a config file. Also, you can click on a file to load it and “Save As” to another domain name and edit it as you want.

You should see the new file in the green list with the other files. Once the file is uploaded or created, you can’t delete it from this screen.  You must get to it from FTP or some other way.

 

To select elements for extraction or removal, we use XPath. If you’re not familiar with the syntax, there’s a nice tutorial, examples, and some other instructions in the “Help” tab in the upper right-hand corner. (Image 2)

Or, if you want to buy premium support, I can make it for you.

Image 2Image 2

 

Continue with: How to pull more content from a source?

 

WPeMatico Make Me Feed good

How to use the new “Inspector” added in version 2.0

The first thing you need to do is find the titles from the DOM that contain a link to each post. With the new “Inspector”, you can find these elements more quickly and easily. All you have to do is follow these steps:

1. In the field “Source index URL”, enter the route of the site that you wish to inspect. Then, click on the Inspector button, which will open a new window of that site where you can inspect the elements that it is composed of.

2. In the new inspector window, search for the titles that are linked to the posts you want to publish. To do this, you must move the mouse cursor over the elements, which will be marked with a blue outline. As mentioned above, the title must be linked to the post, meaning that you should search for the <a> tag of the title. In the example image, you can see that the title “Get and Set Images as Featured with WPeMatico” is structured in the following way: h2.entry-title>a. In simpler terms, the title is composed of an h2 element with a class called “entry-title”, and within this element is the link <a> that we are looking for. It is worth noting that, since all the titles of the posts from the site you chose will have the same form, it is not necessary to search for all the titles; one title is sufficient.

3. Once the element is found, you can click on it to close the inspector and send its structure to the field “CSS Classes or IDs in source code to get the permalinks” in Make me Feed.

Inspector Screen Example
Steps to follow in the inspector

Make me Feed URLs give Error 404

This seems to be a problem with the WordPress permalinks.

Try this: Go to WordPress Settings > Permalinks, and click “Save Changes”. This should fix the WordPress permalinks.

If the site doesn’t have an RSS feed, can the plugin still pull content?

There is an add-on to make RSS feeds on your WordPress website with content from external sources.

Take a look at its features here: WPeMatico Make me Feed Good

Tutorial on how to create a feed page

I will work through an example, creating a feed for www.wpematico.com.

WordPress and plugins are installed.
I’m going to use the WPeMatico plugin and the WPeMatico Full Content and Make Me Feed (Good) add-ons.

    1. First, I go to my WordPress admin.
    2. WPeMatico Settings-> Full Content Tab.
    3. Here, I modify the wpematico.com.txt configuration file to get the content that I want.
    4. Now, I go to the list of Feeds created (none yet) and I click on Add Feed.
    5. I enter “WPeMatico.com test” as a title.
    6. Then, I add the index URL of the site which I will read the titles and links of remote items.
    7. Next, I enter the maximum number of items that I want to get. Others will be ignored.
    8. Since I have installed the WPeMatico Full Content add-on, I check the option to get the full content of each article: “Get Full Content from source permalinks to use as feed item content.”
      makemefeed
    9. I open the remote site in a new tab by clicking on the link to the right of the text field.
    10. Now, we need to find the element in the DOM that contains titles with a link to the article. I come to find CSS classes or IDs containing the element:
      • Using Firefox (in Chrome it is very similar), I right click on any of the titles that I want to get, and in the drop-down menu, I select “Inspect Element“.
        wpematico_title_f12
      • I look for the ID or class of the HTML tag surrounding the link; in this case, the code that interests me is as follows:
      • <h2 class=”entry-title” itemprop=”headline”>
        <a href=”http://www.wpematico.com/set-images-featured-wpematico/” rel=”bookmark”>Get and Set Images as Featured with WPeMatico</a>
        </h2>
      • I will use what is in red to obtain what is green: as “a” label does not identify the CSS class, I’ll use the “h2” that contains it.
      • wpematico_title_classClick to open image in new browser tab.
      • The identifier for this element is found with the “entry-title” starting with a “.” for being a class, (if it’s an ID, “#” is added) and the identifier in the same way that is done with jQuery. I will add it in the next field in the edition of the feed:
        .entry-title a
      • If there are more titles with different formats, I can continue to add IDs and they will be added to the list by eliminating the repeated links.
    11. It is almost ready! It remains to be seen if I was not wrong to choose the identifier. To check this, I have the button “Test Area“, which is used after recording the data. In this instance, I can save the feed as a draft so that it isn’t made public yet. When you click on the “Test Area” button, a popup will open with a sample of what you will get in the final feed.  The first time may take a bit to load data from the remote site because you do not have a cache generated, but then it goes faster.
    12. To see the final feed, I can open “View post” or click on the “Preview Changes” button.final_feed
    13. Two ways to get the feed permalink:
      After saving the feed.
      In the created feeds list, under its title you’ll see the quick action: View.

     

     

 

WPeMatico Better Excerpts Add-On

Can I give my posts a word limit (not full content) with the Better Excerpts extension?

WPeMatico Better Excerpts only saves excerpts; it doesn’t touch the post contents.  If you will only be using excerpts on your website, it can do the job.

But if you want to use the post content with images, links or other html tags inside, you’ll need the WPeMatico Professional add-on

Feature: Word count filters

Strips the HTML and counts how many words or letters are in the content, and allows you to assign a category, cut the content or skip the post.