Setting the Text & Image for Social Media Sharing

In the Premium Plugin you can define exactly which text and image should get shared when people share your page(s).

Here’s some guidance how to make it work in the way you want.

1. Decide: Same image/text for all your pages? Or different per page?

If you want to show the same sharing information for every page of your website, then please define the “Global sharing text & image” under question 6 on the plugin’s settings page.

Or, more likely, you want to define the sharing text & picture individually per page. In that case please go to the edit post/page-page (i.e. the page where you write your post) and scroll down; you’ll see a new section titled “Ultimate Social Media – Sharing text & pictures” where you can define it for that post/page.

2. Upload the right image(s)

Every social media platform has its own requirements in terms of which images can be shared:

Facebook:

  • Minimum dimensions: 200 pixels wide and 200 pixels tall
  • Maximum dimensions: 1,200 x 628
  • Maximum file size: 8 MB
  • Ideal aspect ratio: 9:16 to 1.91:1

Twitter (cards):

  • Minimum dimensions: 440 x 220
  • Maximum dimensions: 1,080 x 1,080
  • Maximum file size: 5 MB
  • Ideal aspect ratio: 8:3

LinkedIn:

  • Minimum image dimensions: 110 x 110
  • Maximum dimensions: 1,080 x 1,080
  • Maximum file size: 5 MB
  • Ideal aspect ratio: 1.91:1

Google+:

  • Minimum dimensions: 150 x 150
  • Maximum dimensions: 1,200 x 628
  • Maximum file size: Unknown
  • Ideal aspect ratio: 135:76

Pinterest:

  • Minimum dimensions: 600 x 600
  • Maximum dimensions: 800 x 1,200
  • Maximum file size: Unknown
  • Ideal aspect ratio: 2:3

3. Clear your cache

After you’ve uploaded the text & images you want to share, it’s important that this information is actually present on your website, so that Facebook (and others) can find it. This may not be the case if you’re using so-called “Cache plugins”, which are useful to make your site load faster, but prevent the latest information to be displayed on your website.

If you’re using such a cache plugin, please clear/purge the cache (the cache plugin should give you an option for that) or simple disable the cache plugin temporarily.

Of course, you can also just wait (after a while your cache plugin will cache your new information) but if you’re reading this then most likely you want to make it work right now, you little impatient thing you, right? 😉

4. Wait or tell the Social Media sites to scrape your site now

Ok, so now the right information is present on your website. That’s good, however the social media sites still need to scrape your new information. They do this in regular intervals, but if you want to speed it up a little…

  • Facebook: Please enter the url of the page you want to share on Facebook’s debugger, click on “Debug” and on the following page click on “Scrape again”. That will show you the updated information which will be shared.
  • Twitter: Go to Twitter’s card validator, enter the website url, and then click on “Preview card”
  • LinkedIn: Go to LinkedIn’s Post inspector, enter the website url, and click on “Inspect”

5. Some more points

Note for testing: For some platforms (e.g. Whatsapp, Twitter cards) the image doesn’t show up in the preview when you share. So please try it out by actually sharing it and then checking e.g. your Twitter account how it shows up there.

In rare cases, your website’s hosting server might block the access to the specified image to prevent hotlinking. To check if this is happenning on your website, please copy and paste the link from the og:image row in a new browser window and check if the image is visible. If it’s not, then the image is not accessible and Facebook’s scrapers can’t see it. Contact your host to disable hotlinking if this is true for you.

If it still doesn’t work, please raise a support ticket (at the top of the plugin page) and provide us access to your WordPress dashboard (admin rights) so that we can investigate? Thank you!

 

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