Any serious WordPress blogger who isn’t integrating with Facebook are putting themselves, and their site, at a huge disadvantage.
As of May 2012, Facebook has over 900 million active users, more than half of them using Facebook on a mobile device. And with WordPress powering more than 16% of the web, integration makes quite a lot of sense for both parties.
“The plugin was built by Facebook engineers in collaboration with open source partners, and makes it simple for anyone to make their WordPress site more social – no coding required,” Facebook engineer Matt Kelly wrote in a blog post introducing the tool.
Once the plugin is installed, It’s pretty straightforward, The author can choose to mention Facebook friends or pages. They can also specify a message that will be posted with the content.
Once published, the content of the post of page will show up on all of the friends and pages’ Facebook Timelines, resulting in more distribution for your site.
Depending on your settings, it will also appear on Facebook Timelines including:
- The author’s
- Timeline as an Open Graph action.
- friends or pages’ Timeline that was mentioned as part of the post.
- Page of your choosing, where all of your site’s content is published once it’s live.
Many social plugins are offered and can be easily enabled on the settings page.
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- , which allows users to click to start getting recommendations, Like content, and add what they’re reading to Timeline as they go
The plugin also supports WordPress Widgets, allowing you to easily drag-and-drop the social features that you want into your site’s sidebars.
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You can download the plugin here.