How to create posts from content found on other sites using bookmarklets

Created by Dennis Stevense, Modified on Fri, 09 May 2014 at 11:14 AM by Dennis Stevense

An easy way to quickly create a post on any site based on content found on another site is by using a bookmarklet. The bookmarklet functionality can be found at the bottom of the post type selection page:

The link will take you to a page with instructions on how it works. If you still have questions, keep reading!

What is a bookmarklet?

A bookmarklet is just like a regular bookmark saved in your browser, but instead of a URL, it contains a piece of Javascript. This script typically helps the user do something with the current page: in this case, creating a new post on their site based on the current page. 

How do I install the bookmarklet in Chrome, when I can't see my bookmarks bar?

You can make your bookmarks bar visible by clicking Always Show Bookmarks Bar in the View menu. Then, you can drag the bookmarklet into the bookmarks bar. 

Alternatively, you can right-click on the bookmarklet and choose Copy Link Address to copy the bookmarklet. Then, open the Bookmark Manager from the Bookmarks menu in another tab and manually create a new bookmark, pasting the bookmarklet into the URL of the bookmark.

Why is no article text coming through?

You must select the text you want to bring over from the original page to the post. You either didn't select any text, or you selected too much text for the browser to handle. If the latter is the case, don't select any text when clicking the bookmarklet and then manually copy/paste the text over to the post.

Why are paragraph breaks, links, images, etc. not coming through?

Currently, only plain text gets captured. It is intended to be used for just one paragraph of teaser text, for example. If you want to make sure links and such carry over, don't select any text when clicking the bookmarklet and then manually copy/paste the content over to the post.

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