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About Social media settings

When a webpage is shared via popular social media platforms and messaging apps, a simple visual preview is generated based on the metadata for the page. Below are examples of previews generated by Facebook and Twitter:


NOTE: Previews are generated on social media platforms and messaging apps that support Open Graph metadata. This includes Facebook, Twitter, VKontakte, Telegram, and more.

Most content items in Pangea CMS include Social media settings. These settings let you customize the image and text that is displayed in the social media preview.

You can add some or all of the following Social media settings for a content item:

  • Image
  • Title
  • Introduction

If a social media setting is not filled, the data for the social media preview is taken from the Website teaser settings. If the Website teaser setting is not filled, the data is taken from the General settings.




Add Social media settings

To add Social media settings for any content item:

  1. Click Social media in the left panel on the content item's edit screen.
  2. Define the Title, Introduction, and Image according to your preferences.
  3. Click Save or Save & close to confirm and apply your preferences.

When the content item is shared via social media, the preview is generated according to your preferences.

NOTE: Certain text-based content items might include the following extra features in the Social media settings: Go to the relevant sections in this article for more details.



Generate automatic social media images

NOTE: Automatic social media images are generated only for services that requested this feature. To request this feature, contact us.

Pangea CMS automatically generates a collection of images that are specially designed for use on social media platforms. The images are based on the main image for the content item, but also include your service logo and the title of the content item.

Automatic social media images are generated for the text-based content types listed below:

  • Article
  • Blog
  • Feature
  • Feature Story
  • News
  • Transcript

To generate automatic social media images:

  1. Ensure the Title field is filled, then add or change the main image for the content item.
  2. After 10-15 seconds, you see the message Social teaser image generated at the bottom of the screen. After seeing this message, click Social media in the left panel.
  3. Under Teaser image, select your preferred image. Optionally select Original to use the original main image, or Custom image to use a different image.
  4. Under Title, you can enter a special title to display below the image in the social media preview. This stops the main title being displayed twice on the same preview (on the image and below the image).
  5. Click Save or Save & close to confirm and apply your preferences.

The selected image now appears in the preview when the content item is shared via social media.

NOTE: Every time the Main image or Title for the content item is changed, Pangea CMS automatically generates a new collection of social media images. However, the existing social media image is not replaced unless one of the new images is manually selected.

For more details, go to Update Social media settings.



Update Social media settings

You can update the Social media settings for a content item at any time by following the steps above. However, if the settings are changed after publication, social media platforms might not immediately recognize the updated settings.

Facebook offers a Sharing Debugger tool, which lets you immediately refresh the sharing data for external pages. After you use this tool, the updated Social media settings are displayed via Facebook.

The Sharing Debugger tool is freely accessible and does not require login or authorization. Go to the link below:

VKontakte also lets you refresh the sharing data for external pages. To perform this action, it is necessary to send an API request from a registered VK app. For detailed information, see the following guides from VK Developers Documentation:




Automatic distribution to social media

NOTE: Automatic distribution to social media is available only for services that requested this feature. To request this feature, contact us.

Pangea CMS is partnered with the third-party Targetings platform, which facilitates the automatic distribution of text-based content to social media. You can distribute a content item to multiple social media accounts simultaneously via the content item's edit screen.

Automatic distribution is available for the text-based content types listed below:

  • Article
  • Blog
  • Feature
  • Feature Story
  • News
  • Transcript

For detailed information, see the following article:




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