How to Use Plugins to Integrate Popular Social Networks with Your Blog - dummies

How to Use Plugins to Integrate Popular Social Networks with Your Blog

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

WordPress offers some great plugins that help you integrate your involvement in other social networks into your WordPress website. Having one website published on the Internet isn’t enough: Many companies, individuals, celebrities, and news organizations are also involved in popular social networks, such as Twitter or Facebook, to increase their exposure and presence online.

There are several easy ways to integrate your social network membership into your WordPress website by using plugins that help your readers also connect with you on those networks.

How to integrate Twitter with Twitter Tools

An easy and effective way to integrate Twitter into your WordPress website is to connect your site to your Twitter account. That way, whenever you publish a new post on your website, the new post gets broadcasted to your Twitter account to make it easy for your Twitter followers to click through and read it.

Twitter Tools, a plugin developed by Crowd Favorite, provides you with an easy interface to accomplish this task. Twitter Tools, freely available on the Plugin Directory page, can be installed and activated from your WordPress Dashboard.

After Twitter Tools is activated on your site, choose Settings→Twitter Tools from your Dashboard. The Twitter Tools Options page displays, and you can configure a few settings to get it connected to your Twitter account and working on your site.

Follow the directions on the Twitter Tools Options page to connect your WordPress website to your Twitter account, which involves registering your website on Twitter’s application registration page. After you register your website with Twitter, you receive a Twitter consumer key, a consumer secret key, an access key, and an access token secret key to insert in the required fields on the Twitter Tools Options page.

After you complete the Twitter registration, the Twitter Tools Options page changes and provides you with a series of settings that you need to configure for your website. Here’s what happens when you enable these settings:

  • Enable Option to Create a Tweet When You Publish a New Post on Your Blog: Posts from your WordPress blog are published to your Twitter account.

  • Prefix for New Blog Posts on Twitter: Set how your blog post titles are posted to your Twitter account. You can configure blog post titles to say whatever you want.

  • Create a New Blog Post from Each of Your Tweets: Your tweets are not only listed on your Twitter account but are also saved to your blog in the form of blog posts.

  • Create Tweets from Your Sidebar: Your Twitter account is updated directly from your website.

How to integrate Facebook with Wordbooker

Facebook is another social network where you interact with a group of friends and followers, so updating your Facebook Page with new posts from your blog is a great way to keep your Facebook friends up to date on the content you publish on your website.

Wordbooker, a nifty (and free!) plugin, provides you with an easy tool to publish posts from your blog to your Facebook profile page. Aside from sharing new blog posts on your Facebook profile, the Wordbooker plugin includes several other features to further integrate your website with your Facebook account; here are a few:

  • Facebook Like: A Facebook Like button is inserted within every blog post on your site, allowing your readers to click it to publish on their Facebook Pages a blurb that they liked your post — bringing (you hope!) their friends to your website.

  • Include Faces: For readers who like your post, their photos (or faces) display on your blog post to personalize it a bit for your readers.

  • Import Comments from Facebook: When your blog post is published on your Facebook Page, your friends can leave comments on it in Facebook. Those comments are then imported into your post on your WordPress website — so that you have them visible in both places!

  • Push Comments to Facebook: When people leave comments on the post on your website, those comments are then pushed, or published, into the comments area on your Facebook page.

  • Facebook Share: A small button, visible within every post, allows visitors to your site to share your article on their Facebook Pages.