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Blogsy and Google Authenticator

December 12th, 2013 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | FAQ | Fomola | How-To | Information | iPad - (2 Comments)

We have had a few people have their blog send back a 425 error with the following message. This account has two step authentication enabled. Please configure an application-specific password to use with this application.

This happens when the Google Authenticator plugin is being used on a WordPress blog but it has not been set up for support for

These are the steps to set up your blog in Blogsy if you are using the Google Authenticator plugin.

1) Sign into your WP-admin in a browser.

2) Go to the Google Authenticator Settings. In the WP Admin go to Users -> Your Profile and you will find the Google Authenticator settings.

3) Enable the App Password feature.

4) Click the “Create new password” Button. (See the screenshot below). It will give you some code like the following. “JB67 CX3K 4YQE KGKW”. Save you settings.

5) Use the code as your password when setting up your blog in Blogsy. (Ignore the empty spaces between the groups of characters so the password will look like this “JB67CX3K4YQEKGWK”.)

 

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Do you have two YouTube accounts associated with one Google ID?

Some people have two accounts; one connected to their basic gmail account and one connected to their Google+ account, which both are associated with the same Google ID. The following are the steps to be able to set up both of those YouTube accounts in Blogsy. Google provides this so users can take advantage of 3rd party apps.

First set up new login credentials for your Google+ account.

Here are the steps to set up login credentials for the Google+ page. Google’s original FAQ about this can be found here – (https://support.google.com/plus/answer/2882201)

  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu.
  2. Click Pages.
  3. Click Manage this page on the page for which you’d like to set up your username and password.
  4. Click Settings in the bar at the top of the page.
  5. Scroll down to “Third party tools” and click Set up a password.

Note: Only a page owner can request a page password.

Second, once you have those new login credentials go to Blogsy and set up your YouTube account.

In Blogsy go to Settings -> Service Settings -> Manage Dock Items -> YouTube -> Add a New Account, and set up your YouTube account.

Happy Blogging!

 

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SoundCloud, IFTTT and Blogsy

August 16th, 2013 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | FAQ | Fun | How-To | Information | iPad | Platforms | Tumblr - (0 Comments)

A couple of people recently asked about SoundCloud integration in Blogsy. I did a blog post about this in the past explaining how to embed a SoundCloud audio clip into your post in Blogsy.

But there is also another way to get a SoundCloud audio clip into your post and for some it may be a better method. You set up an IFTTT.com recipe which automatically posts a draft post to your blog when you do a specific action on SoundCloud, then you can edit that post in Blogsy.

IFTTT.com setup -

Set up a Soundcloud to WordPress/Blogger/Tumblr recipe. Or for other platforms you may be able to set up a Soundcloud to email recipe if your blog supports email-to-post. For my example I will be using WordPress.

You have many options when setting up the SoundCloud portion. And you can set up multiple recipes to cover different situations. For example one recipe may be to create a draft post every time you favorite a song or audio track. And another recipe could be to create a draft post every time you upload any new public track.

Screenshot of setting up the “If This” (Trigger) part of the recipe in the IFTTT.com iOS app.

Screenshot of setting up the “Then That” (Action) part of the recipe.

Once you have the recipe set up then edit it.

You can make many changes here. But for the SoundCloud clip to be embedded in your post you need to have “EmbedCode” in the “Body” portion.

Also for the “Post Status” you can set it to publish a blog post right away or have it “Save as draft” to your blog. For this example I used “Save as draft” because we will be editing the post in Blogsy.

In Action

After you have done the action on SoundCloud which triggers the IFTTT recipe you will be able to find the draft post on your blog. (IFTTT runs every 15 minutes so it could take up to 15 minutes for the draft post to show up on your blog. But in the IFTTT app you can force a check if you want it to check it right away.)

Now in Blogsy tap on the “O” for your online blog posts and find your draft post and open it in Blogsy. In Blogsy you will just see a grey line along the left edge where the SoundCloud embed player will appear in your blog post.

Edit the post as you want – write something, add photos, add videos, etc. Then in the Post Info. menu (gear & pencil) change the post from “Draft” to “Publish” and tap on the “Update” button at the top of the Post Info. menu. Now you will see the SoundCloud audio clip in your blog post on your blog.

 

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Instagram Videos In your Posts

August 7th, 2013 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | Fomola | How-To | Instagram | iPad | Tumblr - (0 Comments)

We are currently looking into the Instagram API to see if we can make it possible to drag your Instragram videos into a post. Right now you can just drag in photos or the preview photo of videos.

But I didn’t want to wait until the programmers could figure out if it was possible or not and if so get it programmed into Blogsy. So I set out to find an easy way to get my Instagram videos into blog posts. Here is the easiest way I have found to do it. If you know of an easier way please let me know in the comments. And for this example I used WordPress but it should also work the same way for blogger. For Tumblr it seems easier and for other blogging platforms it may take an email-to-post setup.

The Setup

(You just need to set these things up once and then never bother with them again.)

IFTTT.com Setup – This is a very powerful service that automates many things.

a) Set up an Instagram to WordPress recipe in ifttt.com. You can set this up on the web or in their new iOS app. IFTTT.com does now allow iFrame HTML in their recipes so you can just have it autopost the video to your blog. It takes a little editing in Blogsy.

b) When setting up the “if this” part for Instagram choose “Any new video by you”.

c) When setting up the “then that” part for WordPress choose “Create a post”

d) For the “Body” choose “Instagram URL” not “Video Source URL”.

e) After you finish go into the recipe and edit it. Set the title, categories and tags as you want. Under “Post status” choose “Save as draft”

 

f) IFTTT.com is now all set up and the next time you shoot a Instagram video a draft post will automatically be posted to your blog.

iPad Setup – This is a very powerful device that makes many things possible. :D

a) Set up an iOS shortcut to make things very simple. To to your iPad Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Add new shortcut…

b) Paste the following code into the “shortcut” field. (You can change the width and height settings if you want. I just used the Instagram default.)

<iframe src="URLembed/" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe>

c) Use and phrase you want but it shouldn’t be something you may type as part of a word or by accident.

Now your iPad is all set up.

In Action

After you have shot your Instagram video and ifttt.com has checked the recipe and posted the draft post to your blog you do the following.

1) In Blogsy go to “O” for your online posts and open the Instagram draft post into Blogsy to edit. All you will see is the video URL.

2) Flip to the HTML Side. Place your cursor where you want and write your iOS shortcut phrase then tap space and the iframe embed code will be added.

4) Select the Instagram video URL and choose “cut”.

5) Choose the “URL” in the iframe embed code and choose “Paste”

This is what the code should look like.

Flip back to the Rich Side and you will see where the video will be. The iOS webview cannot fetch the videos so you will just see a blank square. But when you publish to your blog the video will be there.

6) Open the Post Info. menu and change the “Status” from “Draft” to “Published”.

7) Tap on the “Update” button at the top of the Post Info. menu (or do the three finger swipe up) to update that to your blog.

That’s it. You have the Instagram video in your blog post. (You could also copy that full iframe embed code and paste it into a different post if you want to add the video to some other post instead.)

Enjoy!

 

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We got quite a few requests from high-end bloggers asking for Markdown support so we have added it to Blogsy.

If you want to use Markdown then you first need to turn it on in the Settings menu. Settings -> General Settings -> Markdown.

When Markdown support is turned on there will be a Markdown icon on the dock.

Tap on the Markdown icon in the dock to open the Markdown editor.

When you first open the Markdown editor you will see a full white screen. Tap on the screen to open the keyboard. As you can see in the image above we have added an extended keyboard for Markdown.

Write your post using Markdown or paste your Markdown in. When you are done typing tap on the “Done” button in the extended keyboard.

Blogsy will convert your Markdown to standard HTML so you can then drag images and videos into your post if you would like and publish your post to your blog.

*** In the version of Blogsy currently found in the App Store you can write Markdown on the HTML Side and publish from the HTML Side without flipping to the Rich Side and the Markdown will be sent to your blog.

 

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EasyBlog with Blogsy

August 10th, 2012 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | Information | Joomla | Platforms - (12 Comments)

The other day we got a tweet from someone saying they wished Blogsy worked with EasyBlog- the Joomla blog component.I said that if EasyBlog supports the MetaWeblog API then Blogsy supports it. A little while later I got a tweet from the folks at EasyBlog confirming that EasyBlog blogs can be setup and published to in Blogsy.

I have a lot of respect for companies that really care about their users. Companies that take the extra step to bring the best possible service and make things as easy and clear as possible for users. So I was thoroughly impressed that the actual developers behind EasyBlog reached out and communicated with us instead of just having their users do it. But they didn’t stop there, they wrote up a blog post about how EasyBlog users can set up and use Blogsy to publish to their blogs. It really is a good and detailed writeup. You can check it out here.

So, if you are looking to start blogging or wanting to move to a new blogging platform you really should check out EasyBlog. If my communication with them is any indication you will get some great customer support if you ever run into a problem.

GIVEAWAY – EasyBlog for 3!

I let the people over at EasyBlog know that I had done this post and I told them that we would be willing to give away 3 promo codes of Blogsy to their users. So they offered to do a giveaway of EasyBlog for 3 Blogsy users in return. I think that’s pretty cool of them.

To enter the giveaway leave a comment below explaining what you’d blog about or you could tweet that answer and add @BlogsyApp and @stackideas to the end of the tweet. We will be picking the winners next Friday (local time).

This giveaway is over. The winners have been chosen and the promo codes sent out. Congratulations to the winners.

 

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This information is not on our Featured Image instructions page because it will change again as soon as our next update (Blogsy 4.0) comes out in the App Store in a week or so.

If you have updated your blog to WordPress 3.4 and want to change the files so you can use the featured image functionality these are the instructions. (If you are not using WordPress 3.4 yet then follow the instructions on our normal instructions page. – http://blogsyapp.com/featured_image/)

 

The following are the steps you need to follow so you can set the featured image for a post using Blogsy if you are running WordPress 3.4.

1. You need a FTP program to do this. There are many free FTP programs out there.

2. Use the FTP program to get onto your server. You need to find the following files.

  • class-wp-xmlrpc-server.php
  • meta.php

They will be in the wp-includes directory.
So the directory to the files should be something like the following – YourWordPressFolder/wp-includes.

3. Download a copy of both of those files to your computer.

4. Make backup copies of those files before you make any changes to them.

5. Open the class-wp-xmlrpc-server.php file with a basic text editor (TextEdit on Mac, NotePad on Windows) or a program designed to edit php files.

6. Find the following portion of code in that file.

$_media_item = array(

'attachment_id'    => strval( $media_item->ID ),
'date_created_gmt' => $this->_convert_date_gmt( $media_item->post_date_gmt, $media_item->post_date ),
'parent'           => $media_item->post_parent,
'link'             => wp_get_attachment_url( $media_item->ID ),
'title'            => $media_item->post_title,
'caption'          => $media_item->post_excerpt,
'description'      => $media_item->post_content,
'metadata'         => wp_get_attachment_metadata( $media_item->ID ),
);

Change it to the following. Be very careful as even one missing comma can cause a problem.

$_media_item = array(

'id'               => strval( $media_item->ID ),
'date_created_gmt' => $this->_convert_date_gmt( $media_item->post_date_gmt, $media_item->post_date ),
'parent'           => $media_item->post_parent,
'link'             => wp_get_attachment_url( $media_item->ID ),
'title'            => $media_item->post_title,
'caption'          => $media_item->post_excerpt,
'description'      => $media_item->post_content,
'metadata'         => wp_get_attachment_metadata( $media_item->ID ),
);

7. Save the file.

8. Open the meta.php file with a basic text editor.

9. Find the following lines of code.

function is_protected_meta( $meta_key, $meta_type = null ) {
	$protected = ( '_' == $meta_key[0] );

	return apply_filters( 'is_protected_meta', $protected, $meta_key, $meta_type );
}

Change the code to the following.

function is_protected_meta( $meta_key, $meta_type = null ) {
        if($meta_key == '_thumbnail_id') { 
        $protected=false; } 
        else{ $protected = ( '_' == $meta_key[0] ); 
}
        return apply_filters( 'is_protected_meta', $protected, $meta_key, $meta_type );
}

10. Save the file.

11. Use the FTP program to upload and replace the files on your server. The file names have to be the same as the original files you downloaded.

We have tested this with that latest version of WordPress (Version 3.4) and Foghorn 0.3 by Devin Price. If you are having trouble getting it to work recheck your file changes and also test with WordPress 3.4 using the Foghorn 0.3 theme.

Now you can set the Featured Image for you blog with Blogsy. Enjoy!

 

 

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Blogsy for RTL Language Users.

June 11th, 2012 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | FAQ | How-To - (0 Comments)

We looked into adding direct RTL support for RTL languages. Unfortunately, it is not possible because the iPad Web View does not support adding it. If you are interested in getting more information about this you can check out these links showing what is supported. (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms533049.aspx and http://quirksmode.org/dom/execCommand.html)

We were actually so confident that we would be able to add this to Blogsy that our graphic designer made the button while the other programmer was looking into adding it.

But you can still use Blogsy if you are an RTL Language user. And in this post I will show you an easy way to do it.

1) First you need to type something on the Rich Side. You can type anything you want in any language.

2) Now flip to the HTML Side and replace the opening 'p' tag with the 'p dir=”RTL”'

3) Now flip back to the Rich Side and keep typing at the end of that line/paragraph or put your cursor at the end of that first line/paragraph and hit enter. This will keep the RTL code for every paragraph forward now. Just do not tap and type at the grey trangle you see which is left aligned. If you do then that text will be left aligned.

(This is showing that the HTML for RTL is carried forward. You do not need to flip to the HTML Side again.)

 

Now if you set up TextExpander or an iOS Shortcut then you won't have to type that code out every time. You can just type the snippet and it will replace that code.

Option #1 – TextExpander

First set up your snippet in the TextExpander app.

Make sure you have the option turned on to share the information with other apps on your iPad.

Now in Blogsy you can select the opening 'p' tag and then type your snippet. Then it will automatically replace the code with the code snippet you set up in TextExpander.

 

Option #2 – iOS Shortcut

First go to your iPad Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Add New Shortcut… And create your shortcut.

 

Now, in Blogsy select the opening 'p' tag and when you type your phrase you will see that it wants to replace it with the shortcut you set up. Just tap the spacebar and it will replace the opening 'p' tag with the RTL p tag you wrote in the Shortcut.

 

It's as easy as that. Happy Blogging!

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Joomla 3.0 and Blogsy

April 21st, 2012 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | How-To | Joomla - (2 Comments)

Joomla 3.0 recently came out and we have gotten several emails asking if Blogsy supports Joomla 3.0 blogs.

Thanks to the great work by the Joomla API developer Kozaki, Blogsy works with Joomla 3.0 blogs. It just requires a different plugin than the plugin used for Joomla 1.6, 1.7 and 2.5 blogs (also developed by Kozaki).

This is the information about what is possible and how to set up your Joomla 3.0 blog in Blogsy. This information can also be found on our Platforms page.

settingicon_joomla Joomla

  • Publish posts
  • Schedule and set past dates for posts
  • Set categories
  • Set and edit image captions
  • Edit previously published (online) posts
  • Delete previously published (online) posts
  • Upload images to blog’s media library.
  • Multiple blog support
    1. Download the Joomla!3.x plugin. You can get it here (pkg-xmlrpc-joomla-2-0-2.tar.gz Developed by Kozaki)※ This plugin should only be used if your blog is Joomla 3.x If you have a Joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, or 2.5 blog then look for instructions below.
    2. Go to your Joomla admin Panel -> Extentions -> Extention Manager -> Install and then install the plugin you downloaded.Joomla 3.0 Image 01
    3. After the installation finishes tap on “Manage” in the left column and enable the plugin and the component.Joomla 3.0 Image 02
    4. Now set up your Joomla blog in Blogsy. (In Blogsy you use the “Joomla 1.6, 1.7 or 2.5 Account” set up menu. This title will be changed to include “3.x” in our next update.)
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Something to blog about later?

March 9th, 2012 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | How-To - (5 Comments)

Like most of my posts this one is due to a user emailing me and asking how they could do something.

Dan asked if there was some way to send something that he’d found on the internet to Blogsy so he could write about it later. He knew about the Blogsy bookmarklet and had it set up and was using it. If you don’t already know, if you have the bookmarklet set up and you find something you want to blog about then all you have to do is tap on the bookmarklet and it will launch Blogsy and open that page in Blogsy’s built-in browser. If you are not ready to blog about it at that time you could tap the plus button at the bottom of the browser in Blogsy to bookmark it. But Dan wanted to know how he could get something to Blogsy if he found something while surfing the net on his computer or phone.

This got me to thinking and prompted me to look for a solution. What I came up with is Readability. (I assume Instapaper and Read it Later will work the same but I came across Readability first. If you know whether Instapaper, Read it Later or another such service works or not please leave your knowledge in the comments below.) Readability works across all kinds of devices and browsers. And Readability has easy instructions on how to set up bookmarklets on all the different platforms and browsers. Once it is set up and you come across an article you want to blog about later all you have to do is tap on the bookmarklet and it will be saved to your account. Now in Blogsy’s built-in browser you can sign into your Readability account and you will have the list of articles you have saved. (You could set up a bookmark in Blogsy so it is easy to go to your account each time.) There are a couple of things to be aware of. First, if you pinch on the article in Blogsy’s built-in browser it will adjust to the width of the browser. Second, if you do it this way instead of the Blogsy Bookmarklet way then you should not use this URL to create a link as it does not link to the original article.

Hopefully this makes it easier for you to blog. Now that I have figured this out I think I will get some use out of it myself.

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