Post Templates

Post templates allow you to construct the layout of the text in posts you get back from different sources so you don't have to do as much editing to posts before exporting them. 


If you frequently write your posts following a certain format, or if you often re-use the same text or images, you can use Post Templates to save yourself some time.


Content Sources

You can search various sources for content from Postradamus. Each of these sources gives us different information in posts. For example, Facebook posts will give us an image URL, information about the author, text of the post, and the number of likes, shares, and comments that a post received.


Pinterest posts on the other hand will give us similar information about the author, but instead of the number of shares, we'll see the number of times a post has been repinned. 


Different content sources will give us different information, and all of this information can be used in Post Templates.


Create a Post Template

First, go to Settings -> Post Templates, and create a new template. 


Because every content source gives different information, we'll need to specify which source (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram...) we are creating the template for. If we're creating a template for content we'll find on Pinterest, then we will select Pinterest as the content source.


A new template needs to be created for every content source.


Give a name to the template and click Create.


Construct Your Template

The Text box is where you will construct the layout of your template.


Static Text - Spin Text

If you write any "static" text in the box, this text will be applied to all posts:


You can use "spin tags" for such static text and Postradamus will randomly pick one variation for each post. Use the following format:

[[Variation 1|Variation 2|Variation 3|...]] 


[[ and ]] are square brackets that mark the start and end of variable text, and | is a pipe symbol which separates the variations.



Tokens


Tokens are placeholders that will capture information from a post. For example, token {text} will capture the text of the post, token {post_url} will capture the URL of the post, and token {like_count} will capture the number of likes a post has had. (If you've ever done a mail merge in Microsoft Word, this will make a lot of sense to you.)


Every content source gives different information, so every template will have different tokens. Check the list of tokens you can use, and mouse over a token to find out what it's used for.



Here is an example template for Pinterest posts:



Emojis

You can add emojis to your templates -- and you can spin them, as well!



Default Images

If you frequently use the same images in your posts, you can add them to post templates as well. 


In the template, click on Default Images and upload one or more images to the template. 



Now, when you select posts that have no images, and apply your template to them, Postradamus will randomly assign an image to each post from the default images you provided. 


Apply Your Template to Posts

Select a couple of posts from the content source you made a template for. 

Before adding them to a list, click on More Options and apply your template to the posts. Then, add them to a list. 





Even if post templates don't seem like something you'd need, you might be surprised. Try them out and see if you can save yourself even a little bit of time when curating content!


If you get stuck or have any questions, let us know!