BlogPing documentation

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Installation

Install BlogPing like any other extension (Extensions->Install/Update).
You can find more information about installing extensions at the Joomla community.

General Settings - Setting up the plugin

To make the plugin work, you first have to activate the plugin since all plugins are deactivated by default after install.
Go to the Plugin Manager (Extensions->Plugin Manager).

Joomla Plugin Manager

You'll see a big list of all your installed plugins.
Use the filters to just show all the content filters, and hide all the rest of the filters.

Filter Joomla content plugins

Locate the plugin with the name: Content - Blogping, and click on the name to enter the plugin settings.

Blogping

We begin by activating the plugin. Change the enabled setting to Yes by clicking the radio button to the left of the word Yes.

Enable Joomla Plugin

Advanced settings

The Blogping will work by default, and you don't have to make any changes in the settings unless you want to.
The Plugin Parameters that You are able to set are the following:

  • Section ID - The ID number of the article sections you want to ping
  • Ping Update Servers - The URL to the different pingservers you want to use
  • Ping only new articles - Ping only when a new article is created, or ping both new and updated articles?

Plugin Parameters

Section ID

In the setting for Section ID, you can specify which sections you want to use for pinging or you can leave the field blank to ping on all sections.
Why not ping on all sections? Perhaps you don't want to let everyone know that you created a new "contact us" page, or that the "about us" page have changed content. It's up to you to decide wheter or not to ping all or just the interesting sections for your readers. Personally I allways leave this field blank to ping everything, and this works for me.

What the heck is a section ID? The section ID is the numerical ID that you use to categorize your articles. You find the section ID by navigating to the Section Manager (Content -> Section Manager).

Joomla Section Manager

In the Section Manager, You'll be presented with a list of all your Sections created. The Section ID column is the rightmost column of this list.
Write down the ID-number of the sections you want to use for ping.

To use a couple of Section IDs in your settings, you simply separate each id by a comma with no spaces.

for example: 1,4,5,47,58

Ping Update Services

What is a Ping Update Service? Ping update services allows you to automatically notify blogdirectories that your content have been changed or updated. The bigger the list, the more traffic potentials. Please note that every pingservice you use will need a few seconds to communicate when you save an article. This means that your process of saving articles will be slower and slower for every service you add to your list. This will only affect the administrator of your website, and not your visitors, since all are done in the backend.

Pingomatic is included by default, and the good thing about this ping service is that it automatically forwards your ping to 11 other ping services.

You can find more pingservers at the Wordpress Update Services page or you can use Google to find more pingservices, but be aware that many pages are outdated and many pingservers are long gone. So make sure you use a recently updated list.

Enter the complete URL of the Ping Service, and don't forget the http:// in the beginning of the URL.
To enter multiple services, you simply press enter after each URL to get them on separate lines.

Ping services

Using BlogPing

Using the BlogPing is a piece of cake. The plugin will automatically ping the pingservices when you press save after creating an article. The BlogPing will show a message from the pingservice that tells you how the pinging went, and in case of an error you'll be presented with an error message.

Be sure to carefully read the message, since some pingservices will show an error code even if the ping went fine.

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