I don’t think I have to tell many people out there, that WordPress has evolved into a leading content management system and is in my opinion, one of the easiest ways to operate and manage your website. “Back in the day” of the 1990s most of my content management was done using a simple HTML editor and then writing some CGI that would allow me to write HTML pages based off a template. We’ve certainly came along way over the last decade.
Facebook has revealed on their official blog their new integration plugin for WordPress that allows many cool new features:
Once the plugin is installed, you can cross-post content published to WordPress to your Facebook Timeline and the Facebook Pages you manage. You can also mention the names of Pages and friends as you post to further distribute your content.
The following social plugins are available as WordPress widgets:
- Activity Feed: Shows readers their friends’ activity on the site, such as likes and comments.
- Recommendations: Gives readers personalized suggestions for pages on your site they might like, as well as a Recommendations Bar option to give users the option to add content to their Timeline as they read.
- Customizable Like, Subscribe and Send buttons.
- Comments Box: Makes it easy for people to comment on your site and post back to Facebook, and includes moderation tools. The plugin also features automatic SEO support for Facebook Comments, so search engines can index them to improve your site’s visibility.
In the past many of these features had to be hard-coded in our compiled through a number of third-party services. As soon as I complete this article, I’m going to install this plugin and begin immediate integration with IMGrind. I’ve said many times here on the blog, Facebook is our number one traffic source that has leveraged our audience to over 60,000 uniques a month! This new plugin will also work on mobile.
Ryan Gray is the founder and CEO of NameHero, one of the fastest growing independent web hosts in the United States. Ryan has been working online since 1998 and has over two-decades experience in Internet Entrepreneurship.