Welcome to Placid!
We're already looking forward to generate Social Share Images for your site.
There are some things you need to set up first, but from then on you we take care of Open Graph, Twitter and Pinterest images for you. In this article, you'll find an introduction to the settings and basics of Placid.
Step 1 – Creating Placid templates
What are Placid templates for?
Templates are a bit like cloze text: You define a basic layout for your Social Share Images, and we create images for all your posts with it by changing the text and pictures in the layout automatically. We use f.ex. the headline of your article, so every image will suit the post content.
With Placid, you can configure image templates for:
- Facebook & Open Graph (these show up on most Social Media Platforms including LinkedIn or Messengers)
- Twitter Cards
We offer preset designs for all of these options to give you a headstart.
Creating and customizing a template
You can manage your templates in your account on placid.app. You can add, remove and edit your templates in the API tab of the dashboard. (image)
Click on Create Template and choose a preset design for Facebook / Open Graph, Twitter or Pinterest that you like. If you are a PRO user already, you can also start with a blank canvas if you want to design the template yourself.
After you chose an option, your template will be opened in our editor (PRO users) or the template's customization options.
The images and texts you use in your template are your default settings. The default text will f.ex. be shown if you don't define a custom headline on your page. So it's a good idea to change the defaults to be meaningful for your site.
If you have further questions about editing a template, please check our guide on How to use our PRO editor for detail information!
When you're finished with your template, click Save and X to return the Dashboard.
Step 2 – Implementing Placid Templates
If you are in the API tab on the dashboard, click on the Embed-Button of a template you want to implement. Take the HTML code displayed and integrate it in your page's head section. Be sure you use templates with the correct size for each platform!
You can change the elements of your image dynamically with the parameters of the image-URL. Every parameter is optional. If you don't use it we will use the default values from your template.
For changing image elements, you can do some magic with these parameters:
- &image=https://yourwebsite.com fills the image element of your template with a screenshot of this URL
- &image=$PIC$https://yourwebsite.com/image.png fills the image element with the given picture
We strongly recommend calling the URL of the generated image once (or monthly) so that it's already pre-generated when the social platforms are crawling your page. We are keeping your generated images in our image cache for a limited time. Older images will be re-generated when they are requested again. If you have the possibility, we would recommend to store the generated images on your own server.