How to Automatically Post to Facebook From WordPress

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Do you want to automatically post to Facebook from your WordPress site? Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world with more than a billion users. It is also one of the largest source of traffic for many websites. In this article, we will show you how to automatically post to Facebook from WordPress to increase your social media following and traffic.

How to Automatically Post to Facebook From WordPress

Why Automatically Share WordPress Posts on Facebook?

Facebook has a huge user base, and it can be a significant source of traffic for your website. However, you will need to engage with users on Facebook to build a strong following.

While you can’t automate engagement, one thing you can automate is sharing your blog content on your Facebook page or profile.

We’ll show you multiple ways to do that, and you can choose the one that works best for you.

Since this is a lengthy article, we have added a table of contents for easier navigation.

  1. Automatically Post to Facebook from WordPress Using IFTTT
  2. Automatically Post to Facebook Using Buffer
  3. Automatically Post to Facebook Using a WordPress Plugin

Method 1: Automatically Post to Facebook from WordPress Using IFTTT

IFTTT is a popular online tool that allows you to automate your online accounts and make internet work for you. IFTTT is short for ‘If This Then That’.

It allows you to define applets. Each applet connects your two online accounts. It looks for a trigger on one account, and if the trigger is found, then it performs your predefined action on the other account.

IFTTT explained

You can make IFTTT automatically post to your Facebook account when you publish a new post on WordPress.

Here is how you would do that.

First you need to visit the IFTTT website and create a new account.

After sign up, you need to click on your username in the upper right corner of the screen and then select ‘New Applet’.

Create new applet

This will start the IFTTT wizard.

First you need to click on the +this link to start the wizard.

Select if this part of your applet

Next, IFTTT will ask you to choose a service. Type WordPress in the search box and then select it.

Select WordPress as service

IFTTT will now ask you to connect your WordPress site. Click on the connect button to continue.

Connect your WordPress site to IFTTT

This will bring up a popup where you will be asked to enter your WordPress site’s address, your login email or username, and your WordPress password.

Enter your WordPress website details

After entering this information, click on the connect button to continue.

IFTTT will now save your information and connect to your WordPress site.

Next, it will show you the triggers you can select for your WordPress site. You can choose when any new post is published, or when a post is published in specific category or tag.

WordPress triggers

Click on any new post box to continue.

This will bring you to the ‘that’ part of your IFTTT applet. Click on the +that link to continue.

IFTTT +that

IFTTT will now again ask you to select a service. This will be the service where you want an action to be performed by IFTTT automatically.

In this case, you will search and select Facebook.

Facebook on IFTTT

If you want to post to your personal profile, then you can select Facebook. If you want to post to a Facebook Page, then click on Facebook Pages.

Again a popup will appear where Facebook will ask for your permission. Go ahead and connect your Facebook account to IFTTT.

You will then see the actions you can take on Facebook.

Facebook actions

You need to click on ‘Create a Link Post’ box to continue.

IFTTT will show you action settings. Here you can change how you want the post to appear on Facebook. Adding only your post link will allow Facebook to automatically fetch post title, description, and thumbnail.

Facebook Fields

Click on Create action button to continue.

That’s all, you have successfully setup automatic posting to Facebook from WordPress using IFTTT. You can now click on the Finish button to exit the applet setup wizard.

Review your applet and finish

Method 2: Automatically Post to Facebook Using Buffer

Buffer is an online tool that allows you to schedule status updates for your social media profiles including Facebook.

First you need to visit the Buffer website and sign up for an account.

The advantage of using Buffer is that you can schedule the time when you want your posts to be shared. You can select an optimal time for sharing regardless of when you publish a post.

Signup for Buffer account

After signing up for a Buffer account, you will need to connect it to your WordPress site.

To do that, you need to install and activate the WordPress to Buffer plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit WP to Buffer page to configure plugin settings.

WP to Buffer settings

You will need an access token to connect your WordPress site to Buffer. Below the access token field, you will see a callback URL. You would need to copy this URL because you will need it in the next step.

Next, head over to the Buffer Developers website and click on the create an app button.

Create Buffer app

This will bring you to a form where you need to provide a name and description for your app, your website url, and the callback URL you copied from plugin’s settings page.

Buffer app form

Click on ‘Create Application’ button to continue.

Buffer will now create your app. It will also show you the API keys and access token on the next page.

Buffer access token

You need to copy and paste the access token to the plugin’s settings page on your WordPress site and then click on the save button to store your settings.

WordPress to Buffer plugin will now connect your WordPress site to your Buffer account. Once connected, it will show you two new tabs labeled Posts and Pages on plugin’s settings page.

Now you need to click on the Posts tab to configure how you want your posts to be shared.

buffer posts settings

You will see your connected social media profiles. If you haven’t connected any social media profiles to your Buffer account, then you can just head over to your Buffer account and add them.

For this example, let’s click on your Facebook Account and then check the box next to ‘Enable Account’ option. Repeat it for all your social media accounts that you want to automate the process for.

Below that, you need to check Enable under publish and this plugin will show you some more options.

You can compose a custom message and add tags. Adding your post URL will allow Facebook to automatically fetch post title, description, and featured image from your open graph meta data settings.

Don’t forget to click on the save button to store your settings.

That’s all, WP to Buffer plugin will now add your newly published posts to your Buffer queue, which will then automatically post it to Facebook.

To learn more about Buffer and for more detailed instructions, see our guide on how to schedule WordPress posts for social media with BufferApp.

Method 3: Automatically Post to Facebook Using a WordPress Plugin

This method is a bit lengthier to setup, but it gives you more control. You can publish posts in certain categories or tags and include custom post types as well.

First, you will need to install and activate the AccessPress Facebook Auto Post plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you will notice a new menu item labeled ‘AccessPress Facebook Auto Post’ in your WordPress admin bar. Clicking on it will take you to the plugin’s settings page.

Facebook auto publish settings page

First you need to check the box next to the ‘Auto Publish’ option. This will enable auto-posting on your WordPress site.

After that you will be asked to enter the Facebook application ID and secret keys. You can obtain these keys by visiting the Facebook Developers website.

Here you will need to click on the ‘Add a new app’ button.

Creating a new Facebook app

A popup will appear asking you to enter a display name for the app, your email address, and choose a category.

You can choose any name or category and click on ‘Create App ID’ button to continue.

App name and category

Facebook will now create an app for you.

On the next screen, you need to click on the Dashboard link. This will take you to the app’s dashboard where you will be able to see your ID and Secret keys. You’ll need to click on the show button to see the secret key.

Next, you need to copy and paste these keys to the plugin’s settings page on your WordPress site.

Return to the app dashboard page and then click on ‘Choose Platform’ button.

App platform

This will bring up a popup where you would need to select a website as your platform.

Select website as your platform

Facebook will now redirect you to a page showing how to use the app on websites with few code snippets.

You just need to scroll down to the ‘Tell us about your website’ section and enter your WordPress site’s URL.

Site URL

After that click on the next button to save your website URL and finish the setup wizard.

There is still one last step remaining before you can use this app on your website.

You’ll need to visit the App Review page and make your app public by clicking on the Yes button.

Make your app public

Your Facebook app is now ready to be used on your WordPress site.

Return to the plugin’s settings page, where you need to enter your app ID and secret keys. Don’t forget to click on the save settings button.

Next, you need to click on the ‘Authorize’ button to connect this plugin with your Facebook account.

Authorize plugin

This will take you to Facebook where you will see a popup asking for your permission.

Click on continue and then select who will be able to see the posts added by the app.

Allow permissions to post on Facebook

After giving permissions, you will be redirected back to plugin’s settings page on your WordPress site.

Next, you need to add your Facebook account ID in plugin settings. You can use this online tool to find Facebook ID of your account.

Rest of the plugin settings are quite self-explanatory. You can choose which post types you want to auto-post to Facebook. You can also auto-publish posts filed under certain category or tag.

Facebook auto post settings

Don’t forget to click on the save settings button to store your changes.

Facebook Auto Post plugin will now start sharing your posts automatically on Facebook based on your settings.

We hope this article helped you automatically post to Facebook from your WordPress site. You may also want to see our list of best Facebook tips and tutorials for WordPress users.

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10 Best Facebook Tips and Tutorials for WordPress Users

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Looking for some Facebook tips and tutorials for your WordPress site? With more than a billion active users, Facebook is the largest social media website in the world. No website owner can afford to ignore the potential of Facebook for the success of their business. In this article, we will show you some of the best Facebook tips and tutorials for WordPress users to help you maximize your reach.

Best Facebook tips and tutorials for WordPress users

1. Add Facebook Page Plugin in WordPress

Facebook Pages allow you to engage with your audience on Facebook. You can use your Facebook page to promote your WordPress site. However, you will also need to let your users know that they can find you on Facebook.

Facebook Page plugin

Facebook Page plugin allows you to add a Like box to your website. Your users can then like your Facebook page without leaving your website. For detailed instructions, see our step by step tutorial on how to add the Facebook page plugin in WordPress site.

2. Add Facebook Instant Articles for WordPress

Facebook Instant Articles is a Facebook feature which allows your content to load upto 10x faster on mobile devices. It uses the same technology used in Facebook mobile apps.

Facebook Instant Articles

Faster speed tremendously improves the user experience on mobile devices. Users will see a lightening bolt icon on articles available in Instant Articles format. This encourages more users to click on your content in their Facebook news feed.

Here is our complete step by step tutorial on how to setup Facebook Instant Articles for WordPress

3. Add Facebook Remarketing/Retargeting Pixel in WordPress

Facebook retargeting pixel

Ever wondered how you start seeing Facebook ads for websites you visit outside Facebook? This is called retargeting also known as remarketing.

Those websites use Facebook retargeting pixel. This pixel does not add anything visible to your site. It only sends a browser cookie to your users which allows Facebook to track them on Facebook.

People who are already interested in your website are more likely to click on your ads on Facebook. It also helps you develop brand recognition among your users.

For complete instructions, see our guide on how to install Facebook Remarketing/Retargeting pixel in WordPress.

4. Add Facebook Open Graph Meta Data

Facebook automatically displays your article’s title, description, and an image when someone shares it on Facebook. However, sometimes Facebook is unable to show the right image or correct description.

Facebook Open Graph metadata allows you to tell Facebook which image and description you want them to show.

The easiest way to add Facebook open graph meta data is by using the Yoast SEO plugin. Simply install and activate the plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit SEO » Social page and click on the Facebook tab.

Yoast SEO Facebook open graph meta data

After that, you need to click Enabled under ‘Add Open Graph Meta Data’ option. Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Yoast SEO will now automatically add Facebook open graph meta data for all posts and pages on your WordPress site.

For more detailed instructions, see our guide on how to add Facebook open graph meta data in WordPress.

5. Add Facebook Comments in WordPress

Facebook Comments for WordPress

If you get a lot of comments on your articles, then they can slow down your website. By using Facebook comments, you can ease that load from your website and make it faster.

Another benefit of using Facebook comments is that it helps you get more likes and traffic from Facebook to your articles. Users commenting on your posts can instantly share their comment with their friends.

For complete installation and setup instructions, visit our guide on how to install and setup Facebook comments in WordPress.

6. Add Login with Facebook in WordPress

Login with Facebook button in WordPress

Social login buttons allow your users to log in to your website using their existing social media accounts. This helps them login quickly and saves them from remembering another password.

To add Facebook login on your site, the first thing you will need to do is install and activate the Nextend Facebook Connect plugin. Upon activation, go to Settings » Nextend FB Connect to configure the plugin.

Facebook Connect settings

The plugin requires you to provide a Facebook app ID and secret keys. You can create an app by visiting Facebook Developers website.

For step by step instructions, follow our tutorial on how to add login with Facebook in WordPress.

7. Get Facebook Insights for Your WordPress Site

Facebook Insights allows you to see how your content is doing on Facebook. It shows which of your posts or pages are most liked and shared. If you are using Facebook comments, then you can also see which posts get more comments.

The easiest way to get Facebook Insights is by using the Yoast SEO plugin. After installing and activating the plugin, head over to SEO » Social page and click on Facebook tab.

You need to scroll down to ‘Facebook Insights and Admins’ section. Here you can click on ‘Add Facebook Admin’ button and provide admin’s name and Facebook user ID.

Yoast SEO Facebook Insights

If you have already created a Facebook app for your page, then you can provide an App ID instead of a user’s ID.

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

That’s all you can now visit Facebook Insights page and you will see your website listed there. Click on your website to see your Insight reports.

For more on this topic, you may want to look at our detailed guide on how to get Facebook Insights for your WordPress site.

8. Add Facebook Author Tag in WordPress Posts

Facebook author tag allows you to display author name with your articles when they are shared on Facebook. The author name is linked to author’s Facebook profile, allowing you to get more users engaged with authors on your site.

fbauthortag1

Once again, you will need the Yoast SEO plugin. First you will need to enable Open Graph meta data (see above).

Enter your Facebook profile URL

After that, you need to go to your profile Users » Profile page. Scroll down to Facebook Profile URL option and enter your Facebook profile URL.

Don’t forget to click on the Save Changes button to store your settings.

That’s all, you will now start seeing an author name when your posts are shared on Facebook.

9. Create Custom Facebook Feeds in WordPress

Displaying your Facebook posts on your WordPress site can help you boost engagement and convince more users to like your Facebook page.

The Custom Facebook Feed plugin helps you display your Facebook status while making it match your website design.

We have created a detailed step by step guide on how to create custom Facebook feed in WordPress.

10. Embed Facebook Video in WordPress

Adding Facebook Videos in WordPress

Facebook videos are hot. If you’re sharing a lot of unique video content with your Facebook audience, and want to embed them on your WordPress site, then it is definitely possible.

This process is not as streamlined as one would hope, but our hope is that Facebook will make it easier in the future.

We have created a detailed step by step guide on how to embed a Facebook video in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you find the best Facebook tips and tutorials for WordPress. You may also want to see our list of 19+ free Google tools every WordPress blogger should use.

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How to Setup Facebook Instant Articles for WordPress (Step by Step)

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Have you heard about Facebook Instant Articles? Want to add Facebook Instant Articles on your WordPress site? In this step by step tutorial, we will explain what are the pros and cons of Facebook Instant Articles as well as show you how to easily setup Facebook Instant Articles for WordPress.

Facebook Instant Articles

What is Facebook Instant Articles?

Instant Articles is a Facebook feature which allows you to load your content 10 times faster by using a customized mobile format. It is based on the same technology used in Facebook apps for mobile devices.

Instant Articles load up to 10 times faster than a normal web page. This incredible boost in speed provides a better user experience for mobile users.

Many popular media sites like BuzzFeed, TechCrunch, Mashable, and countless others are using it on their websites. You can easily spot instant articles in your Facebook feed by the lightning bolt icon.

Lightening bolt icon displayed on an Instant Article in Facebook feed

Pros and Cons of Facebook Instant Articles

Like everything else, there are some advantages and disadvantages of using instant articles on your website.

Pros of Using Facebook Instant Articles

  • Faster load time means significant improvement in user experience.
  • Due to speed, users are more likely to share your content.
  • Access to monetization options through Facebook Audience Network.
  • Boosted Facebook Page Reach.
  • Facebook’s massive user base can bring new wave of traffic to your site.

Cons of Using Facebook Instant Articles

  • Users will not see your sidebars. It will hide your useful widgets, email list forms, and everything else that is not part of the article.
  • You may witness a drop in advertising revenue, as Facebook instant articles limits the advertisers as well as the number of ads you can show on an article.
  • You can use some images and videos on your article, but Facebook instant articles will limit that as well.
  • Most shortcodes, custom fields, and other WordPress features will not be displayed in your articles.

Considering the pros and cons of using Facebook Instant Articles, it is a mix bag for publishers. It actually depends on the type of content you produce and your business goals.

If you’re a news media site, then it makes sense for you to add it. If you’re a business website, then it may not be a huge difference maker.

What Do You Need to Enable Facebook Instant Articles in WordPress?

There are a few requirements for setting up Facebook Instant articles on your WordPress site. You need a:

  • Facebook page for your WordPress website.
  • Facebook page app (we will show you how to create it later in this article).
  • At least 10 or more articles on your website.
  • Instant Articles for WP plugin (We will show you how to set it up later in this article).

Having said that, let’s get started by applying for Facebook Instant Articles.

Signing up for Facebook Instant Articles

First you need to visit Facebook Instant Articles website and click on the sign up button to get started.

Sign up for Facebook Instant Articles

Facebook will now ask you to select a page. Here you need to select the Facebook Page for your website.

After that check the box to agree with Instant Articles terms and then click on ‘Access Instant Articles Tools’ button.

Select your Facebook page

This will take you to the publisher tools on your Facebook page, which will now have an instant articles section.

First, you need to prove the ownership of your website by claiming your URL.

Claim your website URL

Scroll down a little to the Tools section on the page and click on the ‘Claim your URL’ to expand it. Facebook will show you a code snippet.

Meta tag to claim ownership of the URL

You need to copy the code and insert it into the <head> section of your WordPress site.

There are two ways you can add this code to your website.

You can edit the header.php file in your child theme and paste the code just before <head> tag.

But if you are not using a child theme, then you can use Insert Headers and Footers plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

After activating the plugin, go to Settings » Insert Headers and Footers page and paste the code into the header section.

Insert code in your header section

Click on save button to store your changes.

Once you have added the code to your website, you need to switch back to the publisher tools section of your Facebook page.

Add your website URL below the code you copied earlier and then click on the claim URL button.

URL claim success

The next step is to add an Instant Articles RSS feed for your website. Here is how you can generate an Instant Article feed for your WordPress site.

Simply install and activate the Instant Articles for WP plugin. Upon activation, the plugin will generate an instant articles feed for your WordPress site.

You can find the feed by adding /feed/instant-articles after your site’s URL, like this:

http://www.example.com/feed/instant-articles

Copy your instant articles feed URL and switch back to your Facebook page’s publishing tool section. Scroll down to the Tools section and click on ‘Production RSS Feed’ to expand it.

Add instant articles feed

Paste your Instant Articles feed URL and click on the save button. Facebook will show you a success message that your feed is added.

Setting up Facebook Instant Articles plugin for WordPress

In the previous step we installed Instant Articles for WP plugin to generate RSS feed for instant articles. Now you need to set up rest of the plugin settings.

You will notice that upon activation the plugin added a new menu item in your WordPress admin bar labeled ‘Instant Articles’. Clicking on it will take you to the plugin’s settings page.

Instant Articles WP plugin settings

This plugin requires an App ID and Secret keys for activation. You will need to create a Facebook app for your page to get those keys. Let’s take a look at how you can do that.

Creating a Facebook App for Your Page

First, you need to visit the Facebook for Developers website. Click on the drop down menu next to My Apps menu on the upper right corner of the screen next to your profile photo.

Create a new Facebook app

This will bring up a popup on screen. You need to click on website.

Choose website for your app platform

This will take you to a quick setup wizard. You need to enter a name for your Facebook app. This could be anything that helps you identify the app.

Click on the ‘Create New Facebook App ID’ button to continue.

Enter a name for your FB app

A new popup will appear asking you to provide a contact email address and select a category for your app.

Enter an email address and select Apps for Pages as app category.

Provide an email and choose category for app

Click on create App ID button to continue.

The popup will disappear and Facebook will now create an app for you. On the quick start page, you will see new information about how to use the app.

You just need to scroll down a little to ‘Tell us about your website’ section.

Add your website URL

Enter your WordPress website address here and click on the next button to continue.

Even though Facebook will be showing you that there are more steps in the set up wizard, but that’s all the information you needed to enter.

You can now click on the ‘Skip Quick Start’ button at the top right corner of the page.

Finish quick start

You will be redirected to your newly created app’s dashboard. You will be able to see your App ID and to see your App secret key you will need to click on ‘Show’ button.

App ID and secret keys

Before you copy these keys, first you need to make your app live and publicly available.

Click on the ‘App Review’ link from the menu on your left.

Make your App live

On the next screen, you will see that your app is under development mode. Click on the toggle to switch it to ‘Yes’ and make your app live.

Now click on the dashboard link from the left hand column to go back to your app’s dashboard. Copy your App ID and Secret keys.

Return to your Instant Articles for WP plugin’ settings page on your WordPress site and paste your App ID and Secret keys there.

plugin settings

Click on the next button to continue.

The plugin’s settings page will now show you a login with Facebook button.

Login with Facebook to continue

This will take you to Facebook, and you will be asked to give the app permission to access your profile information.

After giving permissions, you will be redirected back to your WordPress site. Click on the ‘Select Page’ drop down menu to select your Facebook page.

Select your Facebook page

Your WordPress site is now ready for Instant Articles. There are still two more steps left.

Setup Style and Branding for Your Instant Articles

Visit your Facebook page and from the admin bar and click on Publishing Tools. From your left hand menu, click on ‘Configuration’ under Instant Articles.

Customizing style of Instant Articles for your website

Scroll down to the Tools section and then click on the Style tab to expand it. Facebook has already added a default style for your website.

Click on the default style to customize it.

This will open up a popup where you can upload your website logo. Facebook requires images that are 690 by 132 pixel minimum.

Upload logo and customize colors

After uploading the logo, click on Save and then click on Done.

Submit Your Instant Articles Feed for Review

Before you can submit your Instant Articles feed for review, you need to make sure that you have at least 10 articles in your Instant Articles feed.

If you have already published more than 10 articles on your website, but the feed is not showing all of them, then you need to edit your last 10 articles and simply click on the update button.

Once you are sure that you have 10 articles in your Instant Articles feed, you are now ready to submit it to Facebook for review.

Go to your Facebook page and click on Publishing Tools from the admin bar. After that click on the ‘Configuration’ link under Instant Articles on your left hand menu.

Look for ‘Step 2: Submit For Review’ on the configuration settings page.

Submit for review

If there are no errors with your Instant Articles feed, then you will see a ‘Submit for Review’ button. Go ahead and click on this button to send your feed for review.

That’s all, Instant Articles will become available for your website once Facebook team has reviewed and approved your feed.

Troubleshooting Tips:

Facebook requires that your Instant Articles feed match specifications described on their developer website. Instant Articles for WP plugin handles that part for you.

However depending on the theme or plugins you are using on your site, you might see some errors or warnings. An easier way to troubleshoot those errors is by editing a post and scrolling down to the Facebook Instant Articles meta box below the post editor.

Instant Articles for warnings

Most of the errors are caused by plugins or theme adding content into your posts that is not supported by transformer rules used by Instant Articles for WP plugin.

You can create your own custom transformer rules. Refer to the plugin’s documentation to learn how to add your custom transformer rules.

However, we feel that it would be difficult for most beginners to do that on their own, so you may need a developer. You can try to configure your other plugins and themes and stop them from adding content blocks into your posts.

Incorrect URLs

If you are continuously getting Empty Feed error when submitting your Instant Articles feed, then check the URL you are trying to add.

http://www.example.com/feed/instant-articles

http://example.com/feed/instant-articles

These are two different URLs, and depending on your WordPress setup, entering the incorrect URL may result into a 404 error.

If you are still seeing the empty feed error, then try updating the last ten posts on your site. This will change their time modified and will add them to the feed.

We hope this article helped you set up Facebook Instant Articles for WordPress. You may also want to see our list of 40 useful tools to manage and grow your WordPress blog.

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How to Add Facebook Like Reactions to Your WordPress Posts

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Do you want to add Facebook like reactions to your WordPress blog posts? Emotional reactions allow users a way to provide quick feedback on your articles. In this article, we will show you how to add Facebook like reactions to your WordPress posts.

Adding Facebook Type Reactions for WordPress Blog Posts

What is Reactions?

Facebook recently added more ways for users to show their reaction on posts in their timelines. Aside from just clicking like on the post, they can also show other expressions.

Facebook reactions

However this Facebook feature is not yet available for WordPress sites. You can still use the old Facebook like button.

However there are other WordPress plugins that allow you to engage readers with post reactions or with points system.

Since Facebook’s implementation is the fastest and more visually appealing, we found a WordPress plugin that allows you to add facebook like reactions to your WordPress posts..

Let’s see how you can add the functionality similar to Facebook reactions in your WordPress blog posts.

Setting up Emotional Reactions in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the DW Reactions plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Reactions page to configure the plugin settings.

Reactions Settings

For automatic display of reactions in your blog posts, check the boxes next to Show reactions button and Show reactions count options.

By default, the plugin allows registered and logged in users to react. You can change that by unchecking the box next to ‘Users must be registered and logged in to add reaction’ option.

After that click on the Save changes button to store your plugin settings.

You can now visit your website to see the plugin in action.

Facebook type Reactions in WordPress

If you only want to show reactions on selected posts and pages, then you need to disable automatic display by unchecking the first two options in the plugin settings.

After that, you can use the [reactions] shortcode in your posts and pages where you want to display reactions.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you add Facebook like reactions to your WordPress blog posts. You may also want to see our guide on adding a post rating system in WordPress.

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How to Install Facebook Remarketing/Retargeting Pixel in WordPress

Are you looking into retargeting ads on Facebook? Do you want to install Facebook’s remarketing/retargeting pixel in WordPress? In this article, we will show you how to install Facebook remarketing/retargeting pixel in WordPress. Why Use Facebook Retargeting Pixel to Boost Your Social Reach Syed Balkhi,… Read More »

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Are you looking into retargeting ads on Facebook? Do you want to install Facebook’s remarketing/retargeting pixel in WordPress? In this article, we will show you how to install Facebook remarketing/retargeting pixel in WordPress.

Adding Facebook Retargeting Pixel in WordPress

Why Use Facebook Retargeting Pixel to Boost Your Social Reach

Syed Balkhi, our founder and CEO, published a case study on how we boosted WPBeginner’s Facebook traffic by 332% in 2015. This sparked an overwhelming interest from our readers who wanted to know how they can do the same for their websites.

When you boost Facebook page posts using Facebook ads, you can select a wide range of target audience. Retargeting allows you to narrow your audience and get better results with less spending.

You can show your ads to people who are already interested in your website. These people are much more likely to respond to your boosted posts and advertisements on Facebook.

What is a Facebook Retargeting Pixel?

Have you noticed that after you visit a website, you start seeing their ads on Facebook? This is called retargeting or remarketing.

Those websites use Facebook’s retargeting technology, commonly known as Facebook Pixel.

The retargeting pixel does not add anything visible on your website. It simply sends a browser cookie to your visitors.

This allows Facebook to retarget users visiting your website on Facebook.

Let’s take a look at how you can add a Facebook retargeting pixel to your WordPress site.

Creating a Facebook Retargeting Pixel

First, you need to login to your Facebook account and visit Ads Manager. Next, click on Tools » Pixels to create your Facebook pixel.

Creating Facebook Pixel

When you click on the create pixel button, it will show you a popup. Simply enter a name for your pixel which can be a name of your business or product, and then press the create pixel button to continue.

Enter a name for Facebook Pixel

You will see a success message with the unique ID of your pixel.

If someone else manages the technical things on your website, then you can email them the pixel code. Otherwise, click on ‘Install Pixel Now’ button to install it yourself.

Facebook Pixel is ready for installation

Facebook will now show you the Pixel code that you need to install on your WordPress site. Simply copy the pixel code, and we will show you how to install it in WordPress.

Copy the Facebook Pixel code

Installing Facebook Pixel in WordPress

You need to add the Facebook Pixel code just before the </head> in your WordPress theme.

The easiest way to do this is by using the Insert Headers and Footers plugin. After installing and activating the plugin, you need to go to the Settings » Insert Headers and Footers page.

Adding Facebook pixel code using insert headers and footers plugin in WordPress

You can paste your Facebook Pixel code in the header section and click on the save button to store your changes. See our guide on how to add header and footer code in WordPress for detailed instructions.

That’s all, you have successfully installed Facebook Pixel on your WordPress website.

Bonus Step: Creating Custom Audiences Using Facebook Pixel

Now that you have successfully installed Facebook Pixel on your WordPress site. The next step is to create custom audiences for your retargeting campaigns on Facebook.

Custom Audiences allow you to target users you already know for your Facebook ads. These users can be your website visitors, users who like your page, or users who signed up for your mailing list.

Here is how you can create custom audiences in Facebook.

Simply visit Facebook Ads Manager dashboard and go to Tools » Audiences section.

Facebook custom audiences

This will bring up a popup where you need to choose the kind of audience you want to target on Facebook.

You can choose a customer list, website traffic, or app activity. For the sake of this tutorial, we are going to choose website traffic.

Choose a Type of Custom Audience

Now Facebook will ask you which website audience you want to target. You can choose all website visitors, people who visit specific pages, people who don’t visit specific pages, and so on. You can also create custom combinations.

Selecting audience from website traffic

Next you need to choose a duration in number of days. Lastly, you need to provide an audience name. Use something that helps you easily identify this audience in your insights.

Once you are done, click on the create audience button to finish creating your first custom audience.

Repeat the process to create more custom audiences by Facebook retargeting.

Showing Your Ads to Custom Audiences Using Facebook Retargeting Pixel

The real fun begins with engaging your custom audiences by using Facebook ads.

Start by creating a new ad in Facebook. You can run different kind of ads for different objectives. Like boosting your page posts, sending traffic to your website, increase conversion, and so on.

Depending on what objective you choose, you will be able to select the target audience at some point during the ad creation.

In the same audience selection, Facebook will show you custom audience, and you can select it to be targeted with your ad campaign.

Retargeting custom audience on Facebook

We hope this article helped you install Facebook remarketing/retargeting pixel in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to install and setup Facebook comments in WordPress.

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How to Embed a Facebook Video in WordPress

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Do you want to embed a Facebook video in WordPress? With the recent popularity of Facebook videos platform, several of our users asked if it was possible to embed Facebook videos in WordPress. In this article, we will show you how to easily embed Facebook video in WordPress.

Adding Facebook Videos in WordPress

Why Add Facebook Videos in WordPress?

We tell our users that they should never upload videos to WordPress. Instead, we recommend using a video sharing site like YouTube.

While YouTube is currently the world’s largest video hosting platform. Facebook is the biggest social network, and their videos are growing fast.

Recently, Facebook introduced an auto-play feature for videos which marketers all over the world are raving about because it increases user engagement and overall reach.

You can also use Facebook videos to increase likes on your Facebook page. For a more immersive social experience you can add Facebook page plugin, install Facebook comments, and add Facebook like button in your WordPress site.

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to embed Facebook videos in a WordPress site.

Embedding Facebook Videos in WordPress

First you need to locate the video that you want to embed on your WordPress site.

Next, right click on the date below the profile or page name to copy link address.

Facebook video URL

After that, visit the Facebook embedded video player website and scroll down to the code generator section.

You will need to paste the URL you copied earlier in the URL of video field.

Facebook video embed code generator

Next, you need to click on the get code button which will bring up a popup showing two boxes of code.

Facebook video embed code for WordPress sites

The first part of the code needs to go to your website’s header section. There are multiple ways to add this code in your website.

If you are comfortable editing theme files, then you can add it in your theme or a child theme by simply editing the header.php file and paste it right after the <body> tag.

Alternatively, you can install and activate the Insert Headers and Footers plugin. Upon activation, go to Settings » Insert Headers and Footers page and paste the code in the footer box. Click on the save button to store your changes.

Important: You only need to add the first part of the code once. Next time you add Facebook video, you will only need to copy and paste the second part of the code.

Now return to the Facebook video embedder page and copy the second part of the code.

You can add this code in your WordPress posts, pages, or even a widget area.

That’s all. Your Facebook videos will now appear in your WordPress blog.

We hope this article helped you learn how to embed a Facebook video in WordPress. Want to get even more Facebook likes? Take a look at these 5 quick ways to get more Facebook likes using WordPress.

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How to Add Facebook Author Tag in WordPress

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Have you noticed that Facebook is now displaying author information on links shared on Facebook? Recently one of our users saw our Facebook status and asked us how they can add the Facebook author tag on their site. Considering the massive user base of Facebook, this is crucial to any site’s social media strategy. In this article, we will show you how add the Facebook author meta tag in WordPress.

Facebook Author Tag Demo

How Does Facebook Author Tag Work?

Once you add the Facebook author tag on your site, it will display your name with a link back to your profile any time your article is shared.

This is great for both single author blogs and multi-author blogs because it bring more exposure to your personal brand.

There are several ways to add the Facebook Author tag on your site. We will show you both the plugin method as well as the code method to add Facebook Author meta tag on your WordPress site.

Add Facebook Author Tag Using Yost WordPress SEO Plugin

If you are using Yoast WordPress SEO plugin, then you are in luck because it has Facebook open graph meta data support.

You just need to visit SEO » Social page in your WordPress admin and make sure that the box next to ‘Add Open Graph meta data’ option is checked.

Enable Facebook open graph meta data in WordPress

The next step is to add your Facebook ID in your WordPress account. Simply visit Users » Your Profile page and enter your Facebook profile URL and click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Add Facebook profile URL in WordPress

That’s all, WordPress SEO will now automatically insert Facebook author tag or published by tag when you publish an article. WordPress SEO also allows you to easily add a page title and description for Facebook, and you can even explicitly set Facebook thumbnail for your posts.

Add Facebook Author Tag in WordPress using Code

Since we already use Yoast SEO plugin on our site, it made sense for us to use the above method. However if you want to add Facebook author meta tag on your site without a plugin, then simply add the following code in your site’s <head> section.

<meta property="article:publisher" content="http://facebook.com/yourpagelink" />

<meta property="article:author" content="http://facebook.com/yourprofilelink" />

Make sure to replace the links above with your site’s Facebook page link and your personal profile link.

If you don’t want to edit your theme files, then you can use our Insert Headers and Footers plugin to add this code in your site.

We hope this article helped you add Facebook author tag in your WordPress site. You may also want to see our beginner’s guide on how to add Twitter cards in WordPress.

Having an issue with the incorrect image showing in Facebook? Here’s how to fix Facebook incorrect thumbnail issue in WordPress.

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How to Add Facebook Style Autocomplete for WordPress Posts

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Do you like the autocomplete functionality in Facebook that lets you easily mention people, places, and pages that you want to tag? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could easily mention your older articles with a simple @ mention? In this article, we will show you how to add Facebook style autocomplete inside your WordPress post editor.

Mentionable Preview

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Mentionable plugin. Upon activation, simply visit Settings » Mentionable to configure the plugin settings.

Settings page for Mentionable plugin

By default the plugin is enabled for Posts. You can enable it for pages, media attachments, and any other post types that you want.

Once you are finished configuring the plugin, save your changes and head over to the post editor to see it in action.

All you need to do is create a new post in WordPress or edit an existing one. Make sure you are using the visual editor.

In the post editor, add the @ sign and start typing the title of a post you have published on your site. Mentionable will automatically start suggesting posts that you can link to.

Auto completion of post titles in WordPress

Next, simply select the post and hit enter on your keyboard. Mentionable will add the link to the post using post title as anchor text.

This should definitely make internal linking easy for you and help with your on-page SEO.

That’s all. We hope this article helped you add Facebook style autofill for post links in WordPress. You may also want to check out our tutorial on how to embed Facebook status posts in WordPress.

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