Dynamic Social Images for Plugins, Themes, and Patterns? Yes, Please

Dynamic Social Images for Plugins, Themes, and Patterns? Yes, Please

Posted by WP Tavern on October 12, 2021 at 4:52 pm
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Things move fast on social media. You get mere seconds to impress those who happen upon your posts promoting your latest project. You must also pack a lot of information into a small window that would potentially draw in an array of different users. WordPress has not been doing any favors for plugin and theme authors who share links to their directory-hosted extensions. Social cards for them include a simple image, title, and description. Instead, WordPress.org could dynamically generate the social images by populating them with other data, such as ratings, active installs, and more. That is just what GiveWP co-founder Matt Cromwell proposed today in a new ticket. “When plugin/theme/block/pattern authors want to share their work on social platforms, they want to link directly to their product on .org and have it look nice,” he said. He shared an image of an earlier tweet from the GiveWP Twitter account today: The goal is to piggyback off the concept that GitHub put in motion over the summer. In June, the platform launched a new framework for building Open Graph images. The system generates an on-the-fly image with data specific to a repository, issue, pull request, and more. In the context…

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