Through the combination of our Feeds Component + Zapier we are able to take an RSS feed of our Twitter scheduling pattern and extend our publishing capabilities to a separate WordPress instance.
Zapier is a 3rd party data routing service that allows users to port data from one service to another. They provide limited free usage and premium usage accounts.
TweetBoostPRO is a powerful social media marketing automation plugin that assists WordPress users with crafting and scheduling microblogging campaigns across multiple platforms.
Minor PHP + WordPress skills
In this article we’ll show how to send the microblog status data to a self hosted WordPress, but we’ll need to write a bit of code into the receiving WordPress site in order to catch and publish the data. Click to skip directly to the section dealing with custom code.
Step 1: Secure your publishing feed
TweetBoostPRO, through our Feeds Component, automatically creates an RSS Feed of our status updates.
We also provide feed formats in XML and JSON, but in this method we’ll only require the RSS Feed.
Head into WordPress Administration->TweetBoostPRO->My Feeds and find the RSS feed URL for the Twitter account we’ll use as a scheduling pattern.
Our feed looks something like this:
Find your link that’s similar to the above and copy it to your clipboard.
Step 2: Create a Zap
Zapier calls their automation rules “Zaps“. We’ll want to log into our Zapier account and create a new Zap.
When inside the Zap creation screen you will be asked to define a trigger. Search for the phrase ‘RSS‘ and then select the trigger app ‘RSS by Zapier‘
Next you’ll be asked to choose a trigger action. We don’t have many options here so let’s select ‘New Item in Feed‘. Press ‘Save+Continue‘.
Next we will setup our RSS feed. Paste the RSS feed URL you copied earlier from the TweetBoostPRO Feeds Component into the input area labeled Feed URL.
Besides the URL of the RSS feed, all your other setup options will already have the correct inputs. In the section What Triggers a New Feed Item, you will want to make sure Different Guid/URL is selected.
In the next step you will be asked to select a RSS sample item for testing the connection. If you have content in your feeds you will see 3 available items. Choose any one and continue.
After clicking continue, Zapier prompts us that we now need to add an action:
After adding a new action step, search for the ‘Webhooks by Zapier‘ action app and go ahead and select it:
Next it will ask us to select the webhook method. For our needs we’ll select the POST method and press Save+Continue.
The next step will be the most complicated of the Zap setup process. It will ask us where we want to send the data, the payload time, and it will have us setup which data parts from the RSS Feed Item we want to send in our data payload.
Input 1: URL
In this input we are going to want to paste our destination WordPress URL. For now just add this and replace ‘mydomain’ with your WordPress site’s domain name. Also replace ‘supersecretkey’ with a secret password phrase that only you will know:
Input 2: Payload Type
For this input choose ‘form’
Input 3: Data
Here we we’re given the ability to create custom key value pairs. Go ahead and pick and choose which elements to include in your webhook POST request. Give each one an easy to remember key (We will use these keys later when setting up our custom PHP code).
- permalink -> Link
- tags -> Raw Tags
- status_nolink ->Raw Status No Link
- status_full -> Title
- featured_image -> Raw Attachment URL
- status_pubdate -> Raw Pub Date
- status_nohashtag_nolink -> Raw Status No Link No Hashtags
- channel – > Add a custom value here like ‘Tweet Boost PRO’
Input 4: Wrap request in array
Set to no.
Input 5: File
Input 6: Unflatten
Set to yes, but would still work if we had it set to no.
Input 7: Basic Auth
In this setup we are not leveraging Basic Authorization so leave this field blank.
Input 8: Headers
This setup requires no additional headers to be added. Leave Blank.
Screenshots for reference:
Now you are all done. You can press continue.
Our Zap is nearly complete!
Next it will ask you to test your setup. But don’t test yet! We still need to head over to our remote WordPress and create our data handlers.
Step 3: Receiving the data at our remote WordPress site.
This part of the setup involves editing PHP code and adding it to your remote blog’s functions.php file to complete the integration.
We understand that this can part can be challenging. It will require that your remote blog have a custom post type named news and also custom taxonomies named news_tags and news_categories. You will also have to edit the secret key to match the one you inputted into the Zapier webhook URL.
The Final Steps: Test and Enable Zap
The final next step is to test your Zap to make sure the connection works.
Head back into your Zapier Zap creation page and press ‘Send Test to Webhooks By Zapier‘.
If all is well with your test then you should find you now have a new entry into your WordPress blog.
Go ahead and give your new Zap a name, and turn it on.
And you are all set up!
Way to hang end there! Congratulations!