With an auto updating live blog you get all the benefits of WordPress live blogging combined with an enhanced user experience keeping your readers on your website for longer. Live Blog WP is built directly into WordPress and uses the Gutenberg editor, no third party services, so you keep all traffic, search rank and data for yourself while your readers enjoy your true blog experience without any crusty looking embed codes.
*This plugin uses Advanced Custom Fields, you will need to also install and activate Advanced Custom Fields to create a Live Blog.
Turn any new or existing blog post into an auto updating live blog in less time than it takes to drink a cup of tea. Quick Start Guide
Use Any Theme
Live Blog WP slips seamlessly into your current blog theme, but you can tweak it’s look for a perfect fit.
Tab Alert (Pro)
Your readers are updated to new live posts automatically even if your blog is not their active tab, when a new post is published the pages title (the text shown in the tab) is updated.
The toolbar provides additional navigation options for the first and last post, plus a link to your sales, subscribe or any other page.
A small popup message that can be positioned around the screen to inform readers that new content is available at the top of the feed. Click the alert to be taken to the first feed item.
Key Points (Pro)
When you add a Live Blog post label it as a key point to make navigating to your live blogs highlights faster and easier. Key Points can be shown above the blog feed or down the left side.
Organize Posts (Pro)
Add categories and tags to your posts for simple and effective organization and locating your content.
Navigating your live feed is made more intuitive without the need to scroll endlessly up or down. Each post has up and down navigation arrows to move between posts in the feed.
Pinned Posts (Pro)
Choose a Live Blog Post to pin at the top of the feed which updates automatically and is great for information that will be consistently relevant such as the current score of a sports match. To enable Pinned Posts see the Customizer > Live Blog WP > Pinned. To set a Pinned Post edit a blog post and see the Live Blog WP meta box down the right side of the screen.
Live Blog posts use the built-in Gutenberg editor for a content rich reader experience.
Live Blogs work great for loads of different events, from news and sports to weddings and TV shows. If it’s happening now your readers are automatically kept up to date.
Live Blog Pro
You can view the demos and check out the Pro features via our home page Live Blog WP. Pro is £2.99 per month, cancel any time.
This plugin provides 1 block.
- Live Blog WP
Install and Activate the Required Advanced Custom Fields Plugin. Live Blog WP can’t function on it’s own, it needs Advanced Custom Fields to make the process of linking posts together easier. Install the Advanced Custom Fields plugin from your WordPress admin.
Add the Gutenberg Block to a Post Which Enables the Feed. You can use any new or existing post for your live blog, edit the post with the Gutenberg editor and add the Live Blog WP block. It’s under the Widgets section.
Create Some Posts for Your Live Blog Feed. Now we need to add some content that will be shown in the feed. The plugin adds a custom post type call Live Blog Posts, we need to add some posts under this post type.
Attach the Live Post to the Post with the Gutenberg Block. When we add live posts we need to tell the plugin which Gutenberg block it relates to. Set the post using the drop down and if required also set it as a key point. As you add more posts they will automatically show in the feed on the front end.
Customize the Plugin to better Suit Your Needs. You can change the text, colors and other settings for the plugin using the WordPress Customizer under Customize > Live Blog WP.
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“Live Blog WP – Easy WordPress Live Blogging” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
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Added option to override templates on per post basis.
Added the Pinned Posts feature.
Added the Positioned Alert feature.
Added column selection for points in full width templates.
Updated the Card 1 template with option to show headings.
Added Card 2 template.
Updated the Customizer options.
Updated the Card 1 template to display Whatsapp share icon and copy to clipboard icon.
Added an option to show time ago above the key points.
Updated the Card 1 template to display Twitter and Facebook share icons.
- Initial release.