Facebook’s Official WordPress Plugin Simplifies Social Sharing

Looking to integrate Facebook into your WordPress site?  Well, now no third party plugins are required as Facebook officially launched the “Facebook for WordPress plugin.”  Wordpress is the most popular publishing platform on the web to date, powering 16.6% of the web.

The plugin allows publishers to socially publish all articles when pushing content live.  In addition, users can mention other friends or pages that may have been mentioned/interviewed in an article:

One of the very slick features of the plugin is the ability to have an author’s post show directly to their timeline with a different post showing on the Page’s timeline:

The final result pushes the unique content out to both the profile page and brand page at the same time:

The plugin will also work on mobile devices and will “support internationalization.”  For more information on how to install the plugin, see the official Facebook documentation.

Related Topics: Channel: Industry | Facebook | Facebook: Marketing | Facebook: Open Graph | Social Media Marketing


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  • http://www.pnwlocalnews.com Seth Long

    Odd that it doesn’t add Open Graph tags to WordPress sites.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mk Matt Kelly

    @skipd:disqus, thanks for the interest!  The plugin does add Open Graph Protocol to every page.  You might be searching for ‘og:’ in the source, but try ‘
    http://ogp.me/ns# “.  We prefix properties with that namespace.

  • http://www.pnwlocalnews.com Seth Long

    Matt Kelly, you’re right, I was searching on “og:”. Thanks for the clarification!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiggars.dee Tiggars Dee
  • http://www.rhyswynne.co.uk/ Rhys

     Looks amazing. Facebook’s integration with blogs and content publishers seems to be streets ahead of Google+!

  • http://twitter.com/TheNextCorner Dennis Goedegebuure

    Thanks Matt,

    I really like the way the plugin has been set up and my ability to spread my content on Facebook much faster now.

    Two questions;
    - Is there a way to split posts in separate categories to different Facebook pages with the Post to FB page feature? Let’s say I have a cooking category and a parenting category and have set up different Facebook pages for these, I don’t want to publish my last failure to make an enchilada on my page with caters to the audience who are interested in my failed attempts to get my kids to listen to me.
    - With posts that have no images, the post to timeline feature will get the site logo. Is there a way to upload and use a different image, or a feature to switch off the image all together?

    It would be great to hear if these are possible!



  • http://twitter.com/doncampbell Don Campbell

    I like how this plugin brings together a lot of great features that you used to need many plugins for, and adds a few new ones too. 

    I like the “timeline” feature you talked about, and I also like “mention” capabilities in the new plugin. 

    I’m not using Facebook for my blog comments. Even though they are indexable by Google, I want to own the comments on my blog. The nice thing is you can pick and choose which features you want to use.

    I made this video showing how to set up and configure the plugin: http://e2w.me/fbwp

  • http://www.facebook.com/mk Matt Kelly

    Thanks for the coverage!
    FYI, we’ve updated the plugin. You can see the changelog at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/facebook/changelog/. Keep the feedback coming!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mk Matt Kelly

    Please drop a note in http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/facebook – we’re going to triage questions and requests there.  Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mk Matt Kelly

    Very cool!  Thanks Don.  Keep the feedback coming.

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