Press This Extended!

WordPress 4.2, released today, includes a complete revamp of the Press This tool in WordPress. It is an easy and simple way to “press” interesting articles or other webpages and continue the conversation on your own site.

Press This 4.2This version include a lot of new features: a stand-alone option that works as an alternative editor and works on mobile, auto-inserting custom crafted meta descriptions when you haven’t selected text, and a slew of filters to tweak the behavior.

During development, anytime we had an open question about what should the experience be that both sides were reasonable, the question arose—what about a filter? Let it be changed?

WordPress’ philosophy includes “Decisions, Not Options”. Press This is a simple tool. It shouldn’t have a million of settings to tweak, be confused over, and become frustrated with. Out of the box, it’ll just work.

If you want to tinker, you have to open up a php editor, know where to find the filters, and how to use them. Not all power users are to that point.

Introducing Press This Extended.


Press This Extended adds settings to Settings->Writing that allow you to fine tune and tweak Press This. Rather use <cite> instead of <em> when linking to the source? Hate the word “Source”? Are you a cowboy poster (like me) who likes to publish, then proofread, so want to see the post in the traditional editor after publishing? All this and more is available to power users via the user interface with this plugin.

Installing it is simple. Install it via Plugins->Add New, visit Settings->Writing to tweak it. Boom. 💥

If you haven’t used Press This before, visit the Tools page in your WordPress Dashboard. You can drag the bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmark bar. Then, when you’re on a page you want to “press”, select some interesting text, if you’d like, and click the bookmarklet. Also, you can simple visit Press This at /wp-admin/press-this.php on your site.

Bug reports and other geeky things? Visit the GitHub repo. Other questions? Contact me.



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2 responses to “Press This Extended!

  1. Angus Avatar

    Thanks for this! Was just trying the new Press This and was about to go hardcode overriding some of the options, thought I’d do a search and found your tool instead 🙂 Any chance of adding option for 1. Selecting different media size options. eg the new Press This uses the original image in posts, Id like to use the medium sized image. 2. When you automatically add media from the page the a href it adds is for a URL to open linking the original article – would be good if it was set to open in a new Window / Tab

    1. Brandon Kraft Avatar

      I’ll have to look again. My initial thoughts are either something in Core would need to be updated to allow that as an option and/or my JS skills would need to be better to do it 🙂

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