ActivityPub 1.0.0 Released, Introducing Blog-Wide Accounts and New Blocks – WP Tavern

Model 1.0.0 of the ActivityPub plugin was launched this week with main updates that make it doable to have a blog-wide account, as a substitute of simply particular person writer accounts, the place followers obtain updates from all authors. This new function permits folks to comply with blogs on decentralized platforms like Mastodon (and plenty of others) with replies routinely printed again to the weblog as feedback.

Within the ActivityPub plugin settings, customers can verify “Allow weblog” to have the weblog turn into an ActivityPub profile. Authors may be enabled similtaneously a blog-wide profile.

Actions originating from a Weblog profile may be additional custom-made by means of the prevailing publish content material and picture settings. Customers may also set the exercise object kind to default, article, or WordPress publish format which maps the publish format to the ActivityPub object kind. Supported publish varieties embody posts, pages, and media. Notice that the blog-wide profile solely works with websites which have rewrite guidelines enabled.

An experimental hashtags setting can be obtainable, which provides hashtags within the content material as native tags and replaces the #tag with the tag hyperlink. Customers ought to be conscious that it might nonetheless produce HTML or CSS errors.

ActivityPub 1.0.0 introduces two new blocks – one for displaying Fediverse Followers and the opposite for displaying a “Comply with” button to permit folks to comply with the weblog or writer on the Fediverse. The Follower system has additionally gotten an entire rewrite based mostly on Customized Publish Varieties.

Different notable updates on this launch embody the next:

  • Signature Verification: https://docs.joinmastodon.org/spec/safety/
  • Easy caching
  • Assortment endpoints for Featured Tags and Featured Posts
  • Higher dealing with of Hashtags in cellular apps
  • Replace: Improved linter (PHPCS)
  • Fastened: Load the plugin later within the WordPress code lifecycle to keep away from errors in some requests
  • Fastened: Updating posts
  • Fastened: Hashtag now assist CamelCase and UTF-8

Automattic acquired the plugin in March 2023 from German developer Matthias Pfefferle, who joined the corporate to proceed bettering assist for federated platforms. Subsequent on the roadmap for the ActivityPub plugin is threaded feedback assist and changing shortcodes with blocks for format.

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