Alpha #2 development snapshot for GD Press Tools 4.1 is here, adding new fully rewritten Auto Tagger that uses new tasks control system I am developing for the plugin, and that will be used also for backups in 4.1. Continue reading for more info about this new alpha.

Warning: This is a development snapshot of the upcoming version, and its for use only on test environments. I try to make even alpha versions as stable as possible, but still I can’t recommend that you use this plugin version on your live websites.

Tasks system is allowing creation of tasks. Task can be edited, and when needed you can run the task once or schedule it to run as a recurring cron job. If you make changes to the task, and task is added to cron, next time job is executed, new settings will be used. For each task plugin is gathering statistical data about execution. Current backup system will be remodeled to use tasks allowing you better control over the tasks execution.

Auto Tagger is now task based. And based on what it can do, its most comprehensive auto tagging system available for WordPress now. Tagger has much more settings you can control from post types, filtering of posts according to post ID’s, number of terms, to additional settings for controlling received terms.

Auto Tagger Tasks List
Auto Tagger Tasks List

Tagger now has 4 extraction methods: Yahoo API, Alchemy API, Zemanta API and internal tags extraction. Yahoo is better to get more relevant tags based on Yahoo database, Alchemy is also great and its sorting terms by relevancy, Zemanta will get less tags but it may be more relevant, and internal is faster but it will get only single word tags that are not very relevant. To use Alchemy or Zemanta, you need API Key. At the end of the post you can find the link to get this key. During the testing past week, I find that Alchemy is more reliable than Yahoo (often got the timeouts for requests), but Alchemy has 1000 requests a day limit for free accounts (Yahoo limit is 5000), but it can be increased if you pay. On tagger panel, on tools tab you have a test tool where you can add any text and plugin will test all extraction methods so you can compare results.

Tagger Form
Tagger Form

Tagger gathers statistics for each extraction method, each task executed, and you can review what the tagger is doing, how fast and what kind of results you got each time its run. After tagging is completed email(s) will be sent. Email contents can be set from the Auto Tagger settings tab.

Alpha #3 is coming next week with first round of backup improvements and first step in using new tasks system. Please, test new version and report back any bugs you may find with both old and upcoming WordPress versions. Tagger is new and all tests are appreciated to make it better and bug free. At this point its looking stable, but I have yet to do large scale tests, and bugs are to be expected.

Alchemy API: http://www.alchemyapi.com/api/register.html
Zemanta API: http://developer.zemanta.com/apps/register/

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MillaN
MillaN
Dev4Press owner and lead developer

Programmer since the age of 12 and now WordPress developer with more than 8 years of WordPress experience, author of more than 100 plugins and more than 20 themes.