CM User Submitted Posts - Use Case - How to Let Your Users Submit Posts in Their PeepSo Profiles


Use Case – How to Let Your Users Submit Posts in Their PeepSo Profiles.

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Introduction

The  CM User Submitted Posts is a WordPress plugin that allows logged in users submit posts, review drafts and upload images via a customizable form. 

This plugin also integrates with PeepSo and allows users to create posts straight in their profiles. The user can see the list of created by him posts in his profile and he can see posts created by other users in their profiles.

Use Case Front-End

The list of user's posts and the user dashboard:

The form for creating posts:

Use Case Assumptions

In this example we will consider how to configure integration with PeepSo to let users create posts in their profiles.

We consider that you have already bought and configured the base plugin CM User Submitted Posts, but not installed PeepSo yet. 

TIP: Still New to CM User Submitted Posts?

This article focuses on the social platform integrations. If you haven't already configured the plugin yet, check this guide:

CM User Submitted Posts - Use Case - How to Let Your Users Submit Posts Without Accessing the Site Backend

It follows:


Installing The plugin

The process is the same for all CM plugins and add-ons.

  • Download the plugin from your customer dashboard
  • Log in to WordPress and navigate to the WordPress Admin → Plugins settings
  • Click on Add New
  • Activate it and add the license

Learn more: Getting Started - Plugin Overview

Quick Recap

If you need help with the setting up:

  • Pages needed for plugin work:
    • Post Editor Page
    • User Dashboard
  • Settings:
    • General Settings
    • Form Settings
    • Notifications
    • Labels

Then check the relevant article:

CM User Submitted Posts - Use Case - How to Let Your Users Submit Posts Without Accessing the Site Backend


Initial Setup - PeepSo

What is PeepSo?

PeepSo is a free WordPress plugin that allows you to create a social platform similar to Facebook.

How Do I Install PeepSo?

PeepSo can be downloaded from the WordPress back-end.

Once installed, follow its documentation for the initial setup.


Integration Settings

When you installed and configured both plugins, it's time to configure the integration.

Navigate to Admin Dashboard → PeepSo → Configuration.

Then head to the Blog Posts tab.

There you need to enable two options:

  • Author Profiles - For displaying the Blog section in Peepso profile.
  • Cminds User Submissions integration - For displaying the form for creating posts in PeepSo profile.

The base integration is complete and the users can access the Blog section in their PeepSo profiles. They can see their posts under the View tab:

And under the Create tab they can create their own posts:

Adding the User Dashboard to PeepSo Template

To give users the ability to manage their posts, we need to add a user dashboard to the profile. So, it's necessary to override the PeepSo template and add the  [cm_usersp_posts_list] shortcode.

This is an advanced process that requires:

  • Access to the file directory of your site (for example, you can use for this WP File Manager).
  • Some knowledge of CSS and browser console

TIP

Find out what is the override file - read the guide from PeepSo: Overriding the PeepSo Template

Step by Step

We will consider this process on the example of the "blogposts.php" file. This file is responsible for displaying elements in the Blog section - the View tab.

  1. Locate the override file in ROOT/wp-content/plugins/peepso-core/templates/blogposts
  2. Copy the "blogposts.php" file.
  3. Paste the file to ROOT/wp-content/themes/YOUR-THEME/peepso/blogposts. Note: You might need to create the missing folders, in case if you do this for the first time.
  4. Open the file for editing.
  5. Add [cm_usersp_posts_list] shortcode where you need with the help of do_shortcode

    Example: <?php echo do_shortcode('[cm_usersp_posts_list]'); ?>

    Let's add it under the filtering bar and above the posts list as shown on the screenshot, and don't forget to save the changes by clicking the relevant button:

Workflow

Let's see the result:

Now the user should be able to manage his posts.

And here are a couple of reminders, in case if you skipped them during the basic plugin configuration.

Reminder #1 - User Roles Allowed to Create Posts

Don't forget to define, which user roles are allowed to create and edit posts. You can do it by navigating to  Admin Dashboard → CM User Submitted Posts → Settings → General Settings tab:

Don't forget to click the  Save Changes button on the bottom of the page.

Reminder #2 - Editing Posts

To enable the possibility of editing posts, you need to do a few actions.

  1. Create a page that contains a shortcode [add_post_form]. This shortcode is responsible for displaying the form for creating and editing posts.
  2. Navigate to Admin Dashboard → CM User Submitted Posts → Settings → General Settings tab. Enable the option Allow to edit posts. Then in option Editor Page choose the page created in the previous step, and click the Save Changes button on the bottom of the page.

End Result

Following instructions found in the plugin and guides, you should be able to integrate CM User Submitted Posts with PeepSo.

Use Case Front-End

The list of user's posts and the user dashboard:

The form for creating posts:


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