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Manage and automate social publishing on Plone sites

Project description


Provides a viewlet (and under-the-hood machinery) for managers that allows to publish contents to social networks (only twitter ATM). Social publication can be automated by enabling it per-content.

To enable the viewlet just mark the content-type you want with collective.socialpublisher.interfaces.IPublishable. You can do it from ZMI or trough ZMCL:

<class class="Products.ATContentTypes.content.event.ATEvent">
    <implements interface="collectinve.socialpublisher.interfaces.IPublishable" />

NOTE: this is already done by the package in this alpha stage.

Twitter accounts management is done by collective.twitter.accounts.

You can provide a publisher by registeriing an utility providing collective.socialpublisher.interfaces.ISocialPublisherUtility. See collective.socialpublisher.utility for details.

To enable auto-publishing you have to enable it per-content (waiting for global configuration) and you have to create a cron the calls @@social-auto-publish. You can do it using Products.cron4plone or trough buildout like this:

zope-conf-additional =
      method /plonesite/@@social-auto-publish
      period 1000
      user admin
      password admin

See also

Tested on

Plone 4.1 + 4.2rc1

Publish manager

Let’s create an Event

>>> from import setRoles
>>> from import TEST_USER_ID
>>> portal = layer['portal']
>>> setRoles(portal, TEST_USER_ID, ['Manager'])
>>> evid = portal.invokeFactory('Event', 'event')
>>> event = portal[evid]

and check that is enabled for publishing

>>> from collective.socialpublisher.interfaces import IPublishable
>>> IPublishable.providedBy(event)

get the manager

>>> from collective.socialpublisher.interfaces import IPublishStorageManager
>>> manager = IPublishStorageManager(event, None)
>>> manager is None

storage must be a PersistentDict

>>> from persistent.dict import PersistentDict
>>> isinstance(,PersistentDict)

and accounts must be an empty dict and text an empty string.

>>> manager.get_accounts()
>>> manager.get_text()

We can save an account for a given publisher

>>> publisher = 'twitter'
>>> account_id = 'simahawk'
>>> manager.set_account(publisher,account_id)
>>> manager.get_account(publisher)
>>> manager.get_accounts()
{'twitter': 'simahawk'}

let’s add another publisher/account.

>>> publisher = 'facebook'
>>> account_id = 'simahawkfb'
>>> manager.set_account(publisher,account_id)
>>> manager.get_account(publisher)
>>> manager.get_accounts()
{'twitter': 'simahawk', 'facebook': 'simahawkfb'}

We can also save the text to be published

>>> manager.set_text('foo bar')
>>> manager.get_text()
'foo bar'

Then we can hard reset the settings like this:

>>> manager._reset_storage()
>>> manager.get_accounts()
>>> manager.get_text()


  • tests + docs

  • add support for linkedin and facebook

  • make query for auto-publish content dynamic/configurable



  • [add] test buildout.cfg

  • [imp] improved tests

  • [imp] improved docs

  • [add] global config using p.a.registry + controlpanel

  • [imp] you can now turn off auto-publish globally


  • [fix] old twitter import

  • [imp] ‘update’ button for saving settings without publishing

  • [imp] ‘one-shot-text’ a flag for changing the text only for the current publishing without overwriting the stored one

  • [imp] if cron4plone is present display any available cron schedule

  • [imp] improved styles a bit


  • Initial release


This product was developed by Domsense.

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