The largest social networking site Facebook released their own “official WordPress Plugin”. They published the plugin on 12th of this month. The name of the plugin is just “Facebook” . We know that, there are lot of different advanced plugins are there to integrating the different facebook services such as likebox, sharebox, etc. Hence, the main advantage of this plugin is, “all-in-one” specialty. Excited about what is this “all-in-one”? Facebook developers included their all services in this one plugin. And this plugin is very easy to use also. I think this will attract a lot of new WordPress webmasters.
Facebook Plugin’s Main Attractions And Features
- Facebook Like Box
- Facebook Like Button
- Facebook Recent Activity
- Facebook Recommendations
- Facebook Send Button
- Facebook Subscribe Button
- Facebook Comments
Facebook engineer Matt Kelly wrote the following on the Facebook blog:
“Starting today, WordPress publishers can easily integrate Facebook features, such as social publishing and mentions, through the new Facebook for WordPress plugin. 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. The plugin will also work on mobile and support internationalization.”
The Page and Post features of the new plugin allow site owners to easily post to an author’s timeline, mention friends and Facebook Pages, publish posts to a specified Facebook Page, enable Facebook comments (with SEO support), and utilize several other exciting features. In addition, Kelly indicated that the following features can easily be accessed on the Widgets settings page:
Activity Feed Box – Whether or not a user is logged into your site, the Activity Feed plugin displays personalized stories for that user. In addition, it shows the user how their friends are interacting with your content.
Recommendations – Users are provided with content recommendations based on the actions of their friends.
Custom Buttons – The site owner can customize Like, Send, and Subscribe buttons.
Prior to launching the new Facebook plugin, there were approximately 1,000 plugins that enabled bloggers and site owners to connect to Facebook, and the majority of these had technical issues. Now, the new Facebook plugin will drastically reduce or even eliminate the need for many third-party plugins, enhance the user experience, and simplify the social promotion of websites for bloggers and site owners.
Facebook Settings Page
Boxes to mention Facebook friends and pages in a WordPress Post or Page.
Set the status update that will be published to Facebook, along with the WordPress Page or Post
The resulting Post
The Post is published to the author’s timeline
The Post is published on Duets Facebook Timeline, since it was mentioned in the Post
The Post is published to the Celebuzz Facebook Page