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. This tutorial will explain exactly what linking Facebook to WordPress entails and overview the Plugins and widgets required to achieve this. I will also walk through exactly how to configure the Plugins and widgets to give your WordPress Blog and Facebook page a huge social boost!
The 4 Different Ways we can Link Facebook to WordPress
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
Posting Blogs to Facebook and 2-way Commenting
Let me elaborate on this. 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.
The one key word here would be “simple”. We don’t want to manually copy and paste our Blogs and create a backlink, or copy and paste comments here, there and everywhere. Fortunately there is one awesome plugin that takes care of this.
Using Wordbooker to Link Facebook to WordPress
Wordbooker is an absolutely awesome plugin with unlimited flexibility. It has so much flexibility in fact, AvaTrade Facebook Page that the options sometimes get a little confusing. There are essentially 2 main options:
– Automatic or manual posting of Blogs to Facebook
– 2-way commenting, 1-way commenting or no-way commenting
I would recommend manual posting, as you don’t want to accidentally publish posts to Facebook or publish an unfinished post, and 2-way commenting, as this increases the conceived popularity to both FB and WP which is never a bad thing! Let’s dig in.
Installing and Authorizing Wordbooker with Facebook
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 we need 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.