Facebook and WordPress have announced the first official plugin by the social media network allowing for some interesting new features to be offered to users of the WordPress content management platform. This will allow for cross-publication of posts to WordPress powered websites, Facebook Timelines and Facebook Pages with a single click.
Posts can now be posted directly to Facebook from an author’s WordPress Dashboard, this is not an entirely new feature by any means as publishing apps directly to Facebook have been available in the past but never offered this level of post customization including the status that accompanies the post as well as the post coming from an official Facebook app. This official tie-in has us envisioning that WordPress posts shared to Facebook via this plugin will receive a greater weight in the Open Graph model they are now using for applications.
“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,” a blog post posted by Facebook engineer Matt Kelly stated.
Upon publication via the site itself, a central location, the content of the WordPress post will show up on all of the tagged Facebook Timelines and Facebook Pages resulting in undoubtedly more distribution for your site in an easier and likely more effective fashion.
Advanced Social Plugins on Posts and Pages
The plugin offers the following additional options within it’s settings.
- Like, Send, and Subscribe buttons - (Ingrained Note – It is assumed that these will become the most effective Facebook sharing tools used on WordPress sites.)
- Comments, including SEO support (Ingrained Note – This will allow search engines to index the comments, a potential SEO benefit.)
- Recommendations Bar, which allows users to click to start getting recommendations, Like content, and add what they’re reading to Timeline as they go (Ingrained Note – It will be interesting to see how this ‘Recommendations’ concept takes off with Facebook in the near future.)
The plugin also has Widget support, allowing for Recommendations, Recent Activity and Like, Send and Subscribe buttons to be easily added via the drag-and-drop functionality known by so many WordPress users.