Customizing your blog's subscription preferences

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We’ve developed a web application we call the Pronto Blog Engine. Basically, it organizes posts from our master blogs, like TechAdvisory.org for example, and prepares them to be fetched by our client’s blogs.

In the Blog Engine, we can group post versions (we create multiple versions of each post with different titles, intro content and image for differentiation), and set the article’s topic, region, and some other internal settings. Your website has a Preferences Center where you can customize the type of content that flows to your blog.

Updating your subscription preferences


To access your subscriptions, navigate Dashboard > My Subscriptions once logged into your WordPress website.


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Topics


Topics are grouped with others in the same general area. After you choose the topics you wish to subscribe to and save the settings, your blog will be updated with the last 30 posts that match your preferences.


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Regions


Some articles we create are specific to only one area, such as US tax laws. Selecting the regions you whish to subscribe to allows you to only get the content relevant to your area.

Note: Over 90% of the articles we publish are Non Region Specific. Make sure you select this in addition to the other regions you wish you subscribe to.


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Publish option


You have the option for new posts be immediately published on your blog publicly, or for all posts first be saved as a draft.


If you choose the Save as draft option, you will need to log into your account to review and manually publish all new blog posts.


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Mapping Topics to Categories


By default, your WordPress blog will use all incoming topics as categories. For example, if you subscribe to the topic Android Phone, any blog post that comes in associated with that topic will be categorized in WordPress as Android Phone. For a number of reasons, you may want these to be different.

Just under the My Subscriptions link you’ll find Category Mapping. On this page you can manually enter the category you wish each topic to map to. Multiple topics can be mapped to a single category.


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Categories you map to must exist. You can create and edit categories by going to Posts > Categories.

If you wish to update the categories of any of your existing blog posts, you’ll need to update them in the Posts section. If you need any help with this or would like us to do this for you just let us know and we’ll be happy to help.

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    Jennifer Morandi

    This is great - can you add an alert that tells us when a new blog post has been added so we can review it before publishing it?

    Thanks!

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    Derek Brown

    Hi Jennifer - not today, but it is on our product roadmap. 

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    Brandon Holley

    If the blogs are consistently published then we should be able to set up reminders in our own management systems. Derek when are the blogs typically published and are they always available on the same day/time?

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    Derek Brown

    They are not that consistant. We have an editorial calendar, each Blog topic has a frequency, but it's a week of the month, not a specific day. The publishing times can vary depending on workload, holidays and other factors. Sometimes a hot topic comes up, especially security, that might move that up and something else slides. We could perhaps publish everything at the same time of each day. So you would know at 9AM EST anything new for that day is published, would that help?

    There are some iPhone apps  (I assume Android too) that will give you notifications based on an RSS feed. You could set this up and get a notification on your phone every time your blog was updated. Is that a good solution?

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    Brandon Holley

    The app would be a wonderful resolution to this issue. Of course a pronto how to guide would be much appreciated. Thanks Derek

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    Dan Ayars

    Was in the process of submitting a support request on this topic and this article popped up. I got the answer I wanted plus additional useful information. Plus it saved you time on your end dealing with a support request. Good job.