Facebook Integration

With Facebook Integration, your WordPress content can be driven to your Facebook page. I like the notion espoused by Neil Matthews on Wp Dude. The idea is that WordPress is your home base while Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and other social media sites that you do not own are outposts. You want to focus your efforts on building the value of your home base and use the outposts to meet people.

Social media can be the ultimate time consumer. So, if you are like me, you’ll want to focus your time because there never seems to be enough of it and it can  be a real boon to write a blog post and have it pushed right out to your other social media accounts. There are several plugins that accomplish this task.

Those plugins that seem to get the most raves, are each aimed at individual social media.  For example, Simple Facebook Connect handles Facebook to WordPress connectivity very well, but doesn’t do anything for for LinkedIn or Twitter.

In this article I am going to focus on connecting your WordPress site to Facebook. In later articles, I’ll get into other social media.

I recommend the Simple Facebook Connect plugin.  In order to use this plugin, you’ll need to navigate to plugins->add new in your admin page and enter Simple Facebook Connect into the search box and then install and activate Simple Facebook Connect.  Note that this plugin require WordPress 2.9 or higher.

You will also need a Facebook account and you’ll need to create an application in Facebook. There are instructions on how to do this in the plugin’s option page. You’ll need to go through the options and decide which ones you’d like to implement on your site. I like to publish from my WordPress site to Facebook. If you elect to support this option, there will
be a button that will appear on the bottom right of your post editing screen that allows you to publish to Facebook.

I also like the Facebook like button widget. It is as simple as dragging the  widget to your sidebar and then entering the URL of your Facebook page.

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