Josh Darby is the senior developer at INN Labs and will be serves as a lead solutions architect of INN Labs’ publishing tools, WordPress framework, and large-scale projects to ensure they reflect and meet industry and client goals.
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This week's release of updates to the Largo WordPress theme is all about improvements for images, pull quotes, and media. It also brings improved compatibility and editorial functions for the WordPress Block Editor.
This release includes:
Improved pull quote display. The Pull Quote block gains full styling, so that block quotes and pull quotes no longer appear the same.
The ability to insert media credits from the Media Gallery in the block editor.
More thumbnail display options for the Series Post widget.
Compatibility with WP 5.2's wp_body_open hook, which will be increasingly important for plugin compatibility.
This release also contains a number of fixes and minor updates. Particular thanks go to outside contributor @megabulk.
Before updating, please see the upgrade notices outlined here.
When Largo was first released, it contained functionality for things that did not yet exist in WordPress core, like term metadata. Our next release will continue the work already underway to streamline the theme and seamlessly switch to using WordPress' now-built-in functionality.
This is in addition to an overall focus to improve Largo's frontend for mobile-first speed and easy editorial customizations.
Another part of the work we’ve done recently with Largo has been to spin out important functionality for publishers into standalone plugins. This makes these features widely available for any WordPress site to use while further streamlining the Largo theme and improving overall performance. We published the Disclaimers plugin last year. The 0.7 release of Largo will complete the transition of the Disclaimers Widget as a standalone plugin by removing the widget from Largo. We're doing the same with our Staff plugin.
New INN Labs publishing tools:
We recently launched the Republication Tracker Tool plugin which allows publishers to easily share their stories with other websites and then track engagement of those shared stories in Google Analytics.
Link Roundups received important updates in the version 1.0 release. This WordPress plugin helps editors aggregate links from around the web and save them as “Saved Links”. You can publish these curated links in widgets and posts in your site, or push Link Roundups directly to subscribers via MailChimp.
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INN Labs is happy to announce our newest plugin, the Republication Tracker Tool.
The Republication Tracker Tool allows publishers to share their stories by other websites and then track engagement of those shared stories with Google Analytics. The technology behind this tracking is similar to ProPublica’s PixelPing.
Why Might You Want to Use This Plugin?
Grow your audience and pageviews: Other publishers and readers acquire and re-distribute your content with a Creative-Commons license.
Better republishing reporting: View what publishers that are republishing your content and analyze engagement.
Foster collaborations: Gather supporting data to build relationships with other publishers who may be republishing your content.
How Publishers Republish Your Content
A simple “Republish This Story” button is added to your posts through a WordPress widget. This enables your stories to be republished by other sites who may want to use it and then to track engagement of those republished stories via Google Analytics
Track Republished Posts in WordPress
Once one of your stories has been republished, you will easily be able to see how many times it has been republished, how many republished views it has, who has republished it, and the URL of where it was republished, all from the WordPress edit screen for that story.
The initial release of this plugin was made possible by valuable INN member testing and feedback. If your organization uses the plugin, please let us know and continue sending us suggestions for improvement. Thank you!