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Facebook for WordPress – plugin brings integration on a whole new level

Facebook just released a new plugin for WordPress that makes Facebook integration, publishing and a lot of other cool stuff easier than ever. Like you would expect, the plugin ships with new widgets and lots of cool toys, but what is more important is it lets you mention Facebook pages and friends right in the post for further integration. And what’s more, when you do, your post automatically appears on that person’s timeline! The marketing (and spamming) potential is enormous.

Setting up Facebook for WordPress is a bit of a pain: After installing the plugin you have to create a Facebook App and hook the two together. If you want to allow the plugin to push content directly to Facebook you also have to create an Open Graph action within your app. It’s all explained in documentation, but even so it’s not as easy as it should be. Considering this is a Facebook app that’s hardly news.

I just hooked the plugin up to my own Facebook account and pages and will be running some experiments throughout the next few weeks. If you have any experiences yourself and would like to share, please do so in the comments below. I’m always looking for information about real life usage of stuff like this.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a staff author at LinkedIn Learning and specializing in WordPress and web design and development and an instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is a popular speaker and educator on all things design, web standards and open source. As the owner and Web Head at Pink & Yellow Media, a boutique style digital media company in Burnaby, BC, Canada, he has created WordPress-based web solutions for multi-national companies, political parties, banks, and small businesses and bloggers alike. He also contributes to the local WordPress community by organizing Meetups and WordCamps.

3 replies on “Facebook for WordPress – plugin brings integration on a whole new level”

Thank you for the news. You are the best instructor I have ever seen. I followed your tutorials and now am confident with WordPress. Thanks again.

Thank you for the Facebook for WordPress information. I look forward for more details on I have created a basic WordPress blog, and I am very interested in the Facebook plugin. Keep up the good work!

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