This plugin will allow you to build from scratch an autoblogging system, based on Craigslist feeds you define (based on URLs).
This plugin provides one solution to the ongoing search for new blog content. It not only provides a steady stream of rich, searchable content, it also helps to keep your website up to date with the latest uploaded items. You can build rules that will generate posts that are near to unique in website crawlers's eyes. They require none to very little customization.
The goal is to achieve the following:
Craigomatic Automatic Post Generator will import items from any content from public Craigslist content, you define to your blog, based on URLs. Resulting blog posts are fully customizable and rich in content. List of customizable stuff for each post:
post content - using simple shortcodes
use Google Translate to get content in any possible language
post author user name
post status (published, draft, pending, private, trash)
automatically generate post categories or tags from Craigslist item, description content or hashtags from description
manually add post categories or tags to items
generate post or page or any other custom post type
automatically generate a featured image for the post
enable/disable comments for the generated post
enable/disable pingbacks/trackbacks for the generated post
wide range of post filtering options
customize post title and content (with the included wide variaty of relevant post shortcodes)
Other plugin features:
Text Spinner support ' automatically modify generated text, changing words with their synonyms ' great SEO value!
Using Native Craigslist RSS feeds
Keyword Replacer (replace relevant keywords with your links)
Random sentence generator (relevant sentences - as you define them)
detailed plugin activity logging
scheduled rule runs
php CURL extension (install to Debian/Ubuntu etc with apt-get install php5-curl )
To make this plugin work, first, you'll need to install the plugin. The easiest method is to take the .zip file you've downloaded and upload it via Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin in the WordPress Dashboard. Once the plugin is installed, be sure to Activate it.
Now that you've installed and activated the plugin, you'll see a new menu item created inside WordPress called 'Craigomatic Automatic Post Generator'. First thing first, let's head over to Settings > Craigomatic Automatic Post Generator and take a look at what options are available.
Refreshingly, Craigomatic Automatic Post Generator has a super-simple settings screen. Let's look at first at the settings panel:
Here you can find the steps needed in configuring your plugin even if you have no HTML knowledge at all. You can find options for:
HINT! Don't forget to click the Save button every time you modified your settings, otherwise the modifications will be lost!
Craigomatic Automatic Post Generator Main Switch: Enable or disable the Craigomatic Automatic Post Generator. This acts like a main switch.
'Read More' Button Text: Insert your desired text for the 'Read More' button.
Automatically Shorten URLs: Choose if you want to automatically shorten URLs using Goo.gl URL shortener.
Goo.gl API key: Insert your goo.gl api key. To lean more about this, please visit this link.
Strip Links From Generated Post Content: Choose if you want to strip links from the generated post content.
Show Extended Item Information Metabox in Post: Choose if you want to show an extended information metabox under every plugin generated post.
Enable Logging for Rules: Do you want to enable logging for rules?
Enable Detailed Logging for Rules: Do you want to enable detailed logging for rules? Note that this will dramatically increase the size of the log this plugin generates.
Automatically Clear Logs After: Choose if you want to automatically clear logs after a period of time.
Timeout for Rule Running (seconds): Set the timeout (in seconds) for every rule running. I recommend that you leave this field at it's default value (3600).
Send Rule Running Summary in Email: Choose if you want to receive a summary of the rule running in an email.
Email Address: Input the email adress where you want to send the report. You can input more email addresses, separated by commas.
Minimum Title Word Count: Set the minimum word count for post titles. Items that have less than this count will not be published. To disable this feature, leave this field blank.
Maximum Title Word Count: Set the maximum word count for post titles. Items that have more than this count will not be published. To disable this feature, leave this field blank.
Banned Words List: Do not include posts that's title or content contains at least one of these words. Separate words by comma. To disable this feature, leave this field blank.
Required Words List: Do not include posts that's title or content does not contain at least one of these words. Separate words by comma. To disable this feature, leave this field blank.
Automatically Translate Content To: Do you want to automatically translate generated content using Google Translate?
Skip Posts That Do Not Have Images: Choose if you want to skip posts that do not have images.
Spin Text Using Word Synonyms: Do you want to randomize text by changing words of a text with synonyms using one of the listed methods? Note that this is an experimental feature and can in some instances drastically increase the rule running time!
First List of Possible Sentences (%%random_sentence%%): Insert some sentences from which you want to get one at random. You can also use variables defined below. %something ==> is a variable. Each sentence must be sepparated by a new line.
Second List of Possible Sentences (%%random_sentence2%%): Insert some sentences from which you want to get one at random. You can also use variables defined below. %something ==> is a variable. Each sentence must be sepparated by a new line.
List of Possible Variables: Insert some variables you wish to be exchanged for different instances of one sentence. Please format this list as follows:Variablename => Variables (seperated by semicolon)Example:adjective => clever;interesting;smart;huge;astonishing;unbelievable;nice;adorable;beautiful;elegant;fancy;glamorous;magnificent;helpful;awesome
Custom HTML Code #1: Insert a custom HTML code that will replace the %%custom_html%% variable. This can be anything, even an Ad code.
Custom HTML Code #2: Insert a custom HTML code that will replace the %%custom_html2%% variable. This can be anything, even an Ad code.
ID (Affiliate Keyword Replacer Tool Settings:) This is the ID of the rule.
DEL (Affiliate Keyword Replacer Tool Settings:) Do you want to delete this rule?
Search Keyword (Affiliate Keyword Replacer Tool Settings:) This keyword will be replaced with a link you define.
Replacement Keyword (Affiliate Keyword Replacer Tool Settings:) This keyword will replace the search keyword you define. Leave this field blank if you only want to add an URL to the specified keyword.
Link To Add (Affiliate Keyword Replacer Tool Settings:) Define the link you want to appear the defined keyword. Leave this field blank if you only want to replace the specified keyword without linking from it.
Craigslist Search to WordPress:
ID This is the ID of the rule.
Import URL Specify the Craiglist URL from where you want to import posts. Example: https://austin.craigslist.org/search/muc
Schedule (Hours) Select the interval in hours after which you want this rule to run.
Max Posts At A Time Select the maximum number of posts that this rule can create at once. 0-50 interval allowed..
Del: Do you want to delete this rule?
Post Status: Select the status that you want for the automatically generated posts to have.
Item Type : Select the type (post/page) for your automatically generated item.
Post Author : Select the author that you want to assign for the automatically generated posts.
Active: Do you want to enable this rule? You can deactivate any rule (you don't have to delete them to deactivate them).
Info: The number of items (posts, pages) this rule has generated so far.
Actions: Do you want to run this rule now? Note that only one instance of a rule is allowed at once.
Advanced Plugin Settings Dropdown Screen:
Generated Post Title: Set the title of the generated posts for user rules. You can use the following shortcodes: %%random_sentence%%, %%random_sentence2%%, %%item_title%%, %%item_excerpt%%, %%item_cat%%, %%item_tags%%
Generated Post Content: Set the content of the generated posts for user rules. Spintax supported. You can use the following shortcodes: %%item_content%%, %%item_tags%%, %%pinterest_share_button%%, %%twitter_share_button%%, %%google_plus_share_button%%, %%facebook_share_button%%, %%random_sentence%%, %%random_sentence2%%, %%item_title%%, %%item_url%%, %%item_read_more_button%%, %%item_image_URL%%, %%item_excerpt%%
Try To Get Full Content: Do you want to try to get full article content?
Generated Post Format: If your template supports "Post Formats", than you can select one here. If not, leave this at it\'s default value.
Additional Post Category: Select the post category that you want for the automatically generated posts to have.
Automatically Add Post Categories From Items: Do you want to automatically add post categories from the feed items?
Automatically Add Post Tags From Items: Do you want to automatically add post tags from the feed items?
Additional Post Tags: Select the post tags that you want for the automatically generated posts to have.
Enable Comments For Generated Posts: Do you want to enable comments for the generated posts?
Enable Pingbacks/Trackbacks For Generated Posts: Do you want to enable pingbacks and trackbacks for the generated posts?
Automatically Get Featured Image for Generated Post: Do you want to set featured image for generated post (to the first image that was found in the post)?
Default Featured Image if No Image Available for Item: Insert a link to a valid image that will be set for the featured image for the posts that do not have a valid image attached or if you disabled automatical featured image generation. To disable this feature, leave this field blank.
Activity and Loggind Screen:
Rules Currently Running: These rules are currently running on your server.
Restore Plugin Default Settings: Hit this button and the plugin settings will be restored to their default values. Warning! All settings will be lost!
Delete All Posts Generated by this Plugin: Hit this button and all posts generated by this plugin will be deleted!
Activity Log: This is the main log of your plugin. Here will be listed every single instance of the rules you run or are automatically run by schedule jobs (if you enable logging, in the plugin configuration).
How to customize resulting posts with built in shortcodes?
You can use the following shortcodes in post title and content editing:
%%item_content%% - the content of the item
%%item_tags%% - item tags
%%pinterest_share_button%% - share the item on Pinterest
%%twitter_share_button%% - share the item on Twitter
%%google_plus_share_button%% - share the item on Google Plus
%%facebook_share_button%% - share the item on Facebook
%%random_sentence%% - generates a random sentence (as you have defined them in plugin config.) More on how to configure the random sentence generator, check plugin documentation (down)
%%random_sentence2%% - generates a random sentence (from the second geenrator) (as you have defined them in plugin config.) More on how to configure the random sentence generator, check plugin documentation (down)
%%item_title%% - title (name) of the item
%%item_url%% - URL of the item
%%item_read_more_button%% - a read more button (that leads to the item URL)
%%item_show_image%% - displays the item's image
%%item_image_URL%% - the URL of the item's image
%%item_excerpt%% - the excerpt of the post (usually the item name)
How to work with 'Random Sentence Generator'?
You can use the Random Sentence Generator by inserting list of sentences to the 'First List of Possible Sentences (%%random_sentence%%)' text field. Here, you can add full sentences, or sentences with variables. Variables are structured as: %something. A possible list of sentences can be:
Meet this %adjective %noun %sentence_ending
This is the %adjective %noun ever%sentence_ending
I %love_it %nouns , because they are the %adjective %sentence_ending
My %family says this plugin is very %adjective %sentence_ending
These %nouns are quite %adjective %sentence_ending
You can define variables in the 'List of Possible Variables:' textfield. Here you can define values to variables, values which will be used in the random sentence forming. Variables can be defined as follows:
Craigomatic Automatic Post Generator is a simple, yet powerful tool you can use to create an autoblog with ease. The setup and settings of the plugin couldn't have been easier. Now, let's go and enjoy the results of this great plugin! Have fun using it!