WPWeekly Episode 206 – Stream Reverts to its Old Ways

In this week’s episode of WordPress Weekly, Marcus Couch and I discuss the news of the week including, Envato’s new item support policy, Twenty Sixteen available on GitHub, and BuddyPress 2.3.3. We also discuss Stream 3 which returns to hosting activity logs on the local server. We end the show with Marcus’ plugin picks up the week.

Stories Discussed:

Envato Implements Item Support Policy for ThemeForest and CodeCanyon
Twenty Sixteen Now Available on GitHub and the WordPress Theme Directory
BuddyPress 2.3.3 Patches Security Vulnerabilities in BuddyPress Messages Component
WordPress Community Summit Set for December 2-3, 2015
Stream Is Shutting Down Its Cloud Data Storage October 1st

Plugins Picked By Marcus:

New User Dashboard Widget is a dashboard widget that shows new registered members.

Facebook Secret Meta adds the necessary secret codes to your site, so when someone shares a link to your site on Facebook, they’ll see the site’s information and the new Author By data.

BuddyPress Automatic Friends automatically creates and accepts friendships for specified users upon new user registration.

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2 responses to “WPWeekly Episode 206 – Stream Reverts to its Old Ways”

  1. Hi,

    Just FYI – the Facebook “author by” data isn’t new. It’s been around a couple of years at least… it’s the OG “article:author” tag. When used – properly – this adds a link to article posts that, when hovered, displays the original author’s Facebook profile card. This is very useful for shares on facebook (especially shares that don’t originate form the original author’s page), because it makes it easy for users to get to the facebook profile page of the original author.

    All the “Facebook Secret Meta” plugin does, besides adding a ton of developer promotional spam to it’s option page, is add a custom meta name=”author” content=”foo” to the theme head. Hardly secret meta. If the meta article:author property isn’t found, Facebook will pull the author meta instead, which just displays as plain text on the post and isn’t very useful to facebook users. The plugin is more of a hack than an “exclusive new feature”.

    The developers also claim Yoast SEO doesn’t offer this, which is inaccurate – Yoast has supported this for years. To enable the article:author property with Yoast SEO, fill in the “Facebook page URL” meta on the user’s profile page. Yoast SEO will automatically add this URL to the article:author property meta in the theme’s head.


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