NOV | 2016
With almost 60 million WordPress users, many that also have their own Facebook pages, a lot of people want to know how to link Facebook to WordPress. The first question is what exactly does this mean - linking Facebook to WordPress? Well, there are actually a few steps we must take to fully integrate Facebook into our WordPress Blogs. Fortunately, this can be easily achieved using a couple of free WordPress Plugins and Widgets.
There are several ways we can link Facebook to WordPress. To become fully integrated, our Blogs should contain the following functionality:
1. Have the option to easily post summaries of our Blogs to Facebook
2. Have a 2-way commenting system between FB and WP
3. Have a place advertising your FB page on your WordPress Blog for people to Like
4. Have the option for visitors to "Like" your individual Blog posts
Part 1 simply means when you write up a new post, you want a simple "click of a button" process to publish a summary of your post to Facebook, along with a link back from Facebook so people can read your entire post.
Part 2 means that when someone comments on Facebook, that comment gets published on your Blog site and vice-versa. This makes your Blog and Facebook page appear to be more popular because every time someone comments, that comment is going to both places.
Wordbooker is an absolutely awesome plugin with unlimited flexibility. It has so much flexibility in fact, that the options sometimes get a little confusing. There are essentially 2 main options:
1. Automatic or manual posting of Blogs to Facebook
2. 2-way commenting, 1-way commenting or no-way commenting
First go ahead and install the plugin. From you, WordPress dashboard, go to plugins, install new plugin and search for the Wordbooker plugin (activate after you have installed it). The next thing to do is authorize Wordbooker to communicate with your Facebook page. Wordbooker can be found under settings. Click Wordbooker from the settings menu to bring up the main configuration screen. After you click "Authorize Wordbooker" you will be taken to your Facebook login page. Login to Facebook and you will be greeted with a screen that allows you to authorize Wordbooker to post to your Facebook page. Click on "Go to App" and then click "Allow" from the next page.
There's just one more step. After you click allow, you will be taken back to your WordPress Blog. To complete the link from Wordbooker to Facebook, click the "Reload Page" button and you should be taken to the general Wordbooker settings page.
Posting to Facebook is achieved directly through the page where you compile your posts in WordPress. Scroll down to the bottom of your post to see the Wordbooker options. There are several checkboxes to check here:
1. The first check "Publish this Post to Facebook"
2. Check the box pertaining to which wall you want to publish to
3. Check all 3 of the last boxes to enable 2-way commenting (optional)
The Widget is called "Facebook Social Plugin", search for it through your WordPress dashboard and install the same way as we did the Wordbooker plugin. Activate and take a look at your available Widgets (through Appearance, Widgets).
The one you want to drag into your sidebar is called "Facebook Like Box". After you drag it into your sidebar, you will need to configure it to pull from your Facebook page - the settings are minimal and fairly obvious - just don't forget to enter your Facebook URL and click save. Take a look at your website after this and you should have an easy avenue for people to Like you on Facebook in the sidebar area!
The Plugin is called "Shareaholic". Search for it through your WordPress dash and install as we did the previous 2 Plugins and activate it. Access the Shareaholic plugin and click where it says "Please visit the Plugin Options...." then hit "Enable Shareaholic". You'll then be taken to the Shareaholic dashboard where you can configure this Plugin.
And there are a ton of options to choose from. Select the media platforms you want to allow your visitors to post to, scroll to the bottom of the options page and hit save. There are oodles of options as you scroll down, but the defaults are pretty good. Now, at the bottom of each post you make, there will be a bookmark bar, where your visitors can share your posts on their Facebook page and any of the social media networks show above!
These are the 4 key steps in fully integrating Facebook into WordPress and to increase the popularity of your Blog! WordPress development company recognize the importance of integrating social media into their Blog design, and as such, most themes come with configurable options to enter your Facebook as well as other social platforms. The respective icons will then show up on your Blog could be in the header, footer, sidebar, or all 3 places - the placement and appearance are theme dependent.