As most of you know I recently made the switch from Wordpress to Joomla. As much as I loved WordPress, it no longer ran efficiently for my blog. Joomla works great, but it doesn't have all the plugins and features as WordPress do.One plugin in particular was WordPress only, but it automatically posted my blog posts to Facebook and Twitter for me and I was able to set it up how I want. Unfortunately, they are not currently available for Joomla so I was desperately looking for another alternative. That's when I stumbled upon Symphony.
, they use my RSS feed and share it to my Facebook page for me. I'm using the free trial right now to see how it goes, and so far I'm thinking it's my best option for the best price. The upside to it is that it is simple to use and auto posts to my facebook page. There seems to be some nice features to it, however, it's not perfect and I am still missing my old plugin.
What is it that I'm missing out on? Well here's the features the old plugin had that I really miss and hope Symphony can apply to their account:
1) The option to post blog posts as images on Facebook automatically. With Sympony, you can post blog image posts, however, you need to do it manually. With the previous plugin I used, I had it set to automatically do it for me. Instead, my posts are shared as links. It's not a horrible option and it works (displays the correct photo and blog text). However, I do like having that option available to me. I especially liked it because it made it easier for me to manually grab worthy photos and share to my Instagram. Since Instagram only allows phone uploads, it just made the process that much quicker and convenient.
2) The 2nd thing I wish I could have is the customization options. With my previous plugin, I could customize my posts how I wanted. For example, take a look at the "junk" in the box below:
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The above text was the formating I used. So when the post was automatically posted it would show just like that. Where %TITLE% is you would see the full title of the blog post. Where %SURL% is you would see the short link to the post. then at the bottom the codes were to take categories and tags and turn them into hashtags. I absolutely LOVED this the most because I was able to make my posts unique to me and I didn't have to do it manually every time.
So, while I think Symphony
is great, if they could add the two above features that I'm missing out on, I would be totally in love. That's just my opinion though.
If you're a blogger, I definitely recommend giving them a try. They give you a free trial period so you can try it for yourself first before committing to their services. Plus, they are actually some of the lowest options I've found in my search. They are reasonably priced and just overall affordable for the monthly fee.
So while they are not perfect (yet), they are my top choice now as a Joomla user.