The home page of your website can only host a limited number of posts. As you continue to add new posts on your site, what happens to the older posts? They remain buried in the archive, right? Older posts are seldom visited and rarely brought into the limelight. While you have put a significant amount of time and resources on preparing these posts, they are now left in the dark. Wouldn’t it be nice if there is some way to utilize these posts?
Luckily, there is a solution for this problem. There are a few WordPress plugins which allow you to revive old posts from the archive. You can share these older posts on various social media networks and gain some additional exposure to your website.
Among these plugins, Revive Old Post Pro from ThemeIsle is the best choice. It comes with all the necessary options for successfully reviving your old posts and gets them into the limelight once again. In today’s post, I am going to take an in-depth review of Revive Old Post plugin and show you how to use this plugin on your WordPress site to automate your social promotions.
How to Use Revive Old Post Pro?
Once you install and activate the plugin, you will find a new menu item titled ‘Revive Old Post‘ in your WordPress dashboard. To configure the plugin settings, click on the menu item. You will be taken to a page like the following –
As you can see, the page is divided into different sections. I will go through the sections one by one.
# Adding Social Accounts
Click on any social media profile you want to connect to your website. Other than Twitter, all other social media networks require you to create a free app and connect it to the plugin. There are step-by-step instructions for the whole process. Once an account is connected, your profile name and profile picture will be displayed. It is possible to remove your account by clicking on the red cross sign right after your profile name.
# General Settings
In the ‘General Settings‘ section, the first two fields allow you to define the minimum and maximum age for the posts to be shared. You can choose any number of days for these values. If you want to disable any of them, use ‘0‘ as the value. The next field allows you to choose the numbers of items to share each time.
Then, there is a checkbox to enable sharing old posts more than once. The next field allows you to choose which type of content you want to share.
‘Post‘ is chosen by default. You can choose to share pages and any other custom post type by just checking their boxes. The next checkbox is used to enable Google Analytics to track the amount of traffic generated by this plugin.
If you want to exclude and include any particular category from the sharing queue, you can do so from the next field. Just click on the drop-down menu and choose the categories you want to add or remove from the queue. If you leave the fields blank, all the categories will be included in the queue.
Lastly, ‘Select image size‘ enables you to choose the image size to post on the social networks. Available options include full, thumbnail, medium, medium, large, large and post thumbnail. After making the necessary changes, don’t forget to click ‘Save.’
# Setting the Post Format
The ‘Post Format‘ section allows you to customize the content settings. First of all, you can choose what you want to share the post content. Available options include title only, body only, title & body and Custom Field.
The next field allows you to choose the content length. If you have selected a custom field as the post content source, you can select the custom field from the next option.
If you want to include any additional text with your content, you can do so by providing the text in the ‘Additional Text‘ field. The next option allows you to define where you want to add the text. You can choose to add the text at the beginning or the end of the post.
The ‘Include Link‘ field allows you to choose whether you want to add a link to your post in the social share. If you want the URL to be fetched from a custom field, check the next box and define the custom field in the following field.
Next, check the ‘Use URL Shortener‘ box to use a shortened URL of your post link. The plugin supports all popular link shortening service. Some of these services require an API key, which could be obtained for free. To use hashtags, choose the appropriate option from the ‘Hashtags‘ field. And if you want to include the features image along with the post, check the ‘Post with Image‘ box.
At this point, you have successfully chosen what type of contents to share and how to share them.
Now, you can start the process by clicking the ‘START SHARING‘ button at the bottom. The sharing will be started within a few seconds.
You can stop this by clicking the ‘STOP SHARING‘ button at the bottom.
# Scheduling Content
It is also possible to customize the sharing schedule. To do that, click on the ‘Custom Schedule‘ section. On that page, you will find two ways to schedule your posts – Each x hours and Custom Schedule.
If you select the first option, you can choose to publish the posts at a particular hourly interval. It is also possible to use fractions of hours.
If you want more control over the posting frequency, click on ‘Custom Shortcode‘. Here, you can choose the days on which you want to publish the posts. By default, all the days are selected. You can click on any day to select or deselect that day from the schedule. Next, you have to add the time by clicking on the ‘ADD POSTING TIME‘ button. You can choose unlimited posting times for your posts.
# Queue Management
You can check out the posting queue by going to the ‘Manage queue‘ section. This section provides a list of the upcoming updates along with the post body, link, posting time and the social media network it will be posting in.
You can edit the description and link by clicking on the pencil icon. It is also possible to delete an update from the queue. On the right side, there is a countdown for the next posting time.
The ‘Log‘ section provides updates about the posts on various social media networks. You can check out a sample post by clicking the ‘SEE SAMPLE POST‘ button at the bottom. And the ‘RESET‘ button will reset all the plugin settings to the original configuration.
# Excluding Posts
If you want to exclude any post from sharing, go to Revive Old Post -> Exclude Posts. It will show a list of your current posts. You can filter this list by the post type and category. It is also possible to search for specific posts. Once you have found the desired posts, check them and click the ‘Exclude selected‘ button. This will make sure that these posts are not shared by the plugin.
If you want to get a complete overview of your plugin settings, head over to Revive Old Post -> System Info. This page will show the configuration options for each of your networks. You can download this information by clicking on the ‘Download System Info File‘ button.
There are three pricing plans for the Revive Old Post Pro plugin.
- The personal plan is priced at $75 per year. This plan allows you to use the plugin in one website, use custom post types and includes one year of support and updates.
- The business plan is priced $149 per year. This plan allows you to use the plugin in 3 sites. Along with all the features of the personal plan, the business plan also includes custom scheduling and queue management.
- The Marketer plan enables you to use the plugin on unlimited websites. Priced at $299 per year, this plan also includes all the benefits of the business plan. (This is the plan we use at WPDean.com)
If can even try a free version of Revive Old Post before purchasing the Pro version. The free plugin allows you to post content on Twitter, choose the posting frequency; use hashtags, etc. However, it doesn’t support multiple social accounts, custom post types, and custom scheduling.
Over to You
As you can see from this detailed review, Revive Old Post Pro is truly an all-in-one solution for reviving your old posts. The plugin has all the features you need, and they are organized in a clear, logical way. It takes only a few minutes to set up the plugin and get your old contents back into the action.
You can even check our list with other WordPress plugins offering complete social media automation.
So, do you want to revive your old posts and get some additional traffic from social media? If you do, this plugin will be an excellent choice for you. What do you think about this plugin? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.