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Facebook’s official WordPress plugin is here, bloggers rejoice

Facebook has announced a new plugin for WordPress that will allow bloggers to tap into Facebook features, such as social publishing and mentions directly from their WordPress dashboards.

According to Facebook engineer Matt Kelly: “Once the plugin is installed, you can cross-post content published to WordPress to your Facebook Timeline and the Facebook Pages you manage. You can also mention the names of Pages and friends as you post to further distribute your content.”

According to WordPress, the plugin will allow bloggers to:

  • Post to an Author’s Facebook Timeline whenever they publish a new WordPress Post or Page.
  • Mention friends and Facebook Pages. This posts to their Timelines as well as lists them on the WordPress Post or Page.
  • Post all new WordPress Post or Pages to a specified Facebook Page.
  • Like, send, and subscribe buttons can be enabled in a click and are fully customizable.
  • Incorporate Facebook Comments, including full SEO support.
  • Enable Open Graph Protocol integration.
  • Set up a Recommendations bar, which allows users to click to start getting recommendations, Like content, and add what they’re reading to Timeline as they go.

The plugin also makes the following widgets available:

  • Activity Feed: Shows readers their friends’ activity on the site, such as likes and comments.
  • Recommendations: Gives readers personalized suggestions for pages on your site they might like, as well as a Recommendations Bar option to give users the option to add content to their Timeline as they read.
  • Customizable Like, Subscribe and Send buttons.
  • Comments Box: Makes it easy for people to comment on your site and post back to Facebook, and includes moderation tools. The plugin also features automatic SEO support for Facebook Comments, so search engines can index them to improve your site’s visibility.

WordPress is by far with web’s most popular CMS, powering approximately 16.6% of the entire web, from The New York Times to CNN.

Author | Martin Carstens

Martin Carstens
Obsessed with technology and the future, I write words for machines and people. Born in South Africa, now living in the United States. More
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  • fenom1naal

    Love it! works pretty nice!

  • CITIZEN9478

    Both the iBuyPower and CyberPower units outspec Xbox One and PS4 @ a $500 pricepoint Alienware said their machine will compete with Console pricing as well.

    Oh btw, iBuyPower guarranteed 60FPS @ 1080p on all Steam titles.

    Steam isn’t banking on the pitch of a “customizable console”. They are allowing you to do so if you wish to. Ask the developers, the sub $1000 group are selling these as consoles.

    Not a niche market. At a $500 price point, higher performance, and more current compatible titles BEFORE LAUNCH then PS3 and Xbox One have combined(even if you include announced titles), they are a legitimate contender in the console space.

    The target audience for these is Console gamers. PC gamers with $1000+ invested in a gaming machine are much more likely to get a Sub $250 streaming box(coming).

  • CITIZEN9478

    Think about what you just said please.

    XB One and PS4 are less powerful machines, yet THEY are going to hold up better at running newer games at high detail?

    Fact is, the sub $1000 machines aren’t trying to run at high detail. They are trying to mimic the console’s concept of detail at the 10FT viewing mark – without having to cut the game down for a “console version”.

    Considering how many of my friends are running 5-6yr old PCs that can still play BF4 on mid+ @ 1080p, I think they’ll hold up fine.

  • I’d buy this. Not because I’m a PC gamer, but because I used to be a console gamer and Steam has built a nice collection of independent titles which keep evolving. The problem with your article is that you are asking the wrong questions and focusing on a niche within the PC gaming community as if it’s Steam’s only real audience.

  • If full detail is the only thing that counts, then you are right. But fortunately there is far more to good gaming than matters of fidelity, so you are wrong.

  • Edward Love

    Read this Eurogamer article: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-01-21-alienware-our-steam-machines-cant-be-upgraded

    It turns out the Alienware Steam Machine can’t even be upgraded.

    Instead, Alienware is proposing we buy a new model each year. Such a spectacular lack of foresight is difficult to comprehend.

  • CITIZEN9478

    So don’t buy the alienware unit. That is alienwares issue, despite clever wording by the author to imply otherwise

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