If you are using the blog of your WP site as a news feed for dated content, you might want to set up having your posts go over onto your FB page automatically. There are a number of plugins to help with this, but you can take the load off your website by using IFTTT, a handy service that integrates two separate online apps or services.
On IFTTT, any action that happens on one app/service can trigger an action on another/service. These triggered actions are called “recipes”. Here’s how to set up WP posts showing up automatically on your FB page.
- Start by creating an account at ifttt.com.
- The different services that can be integrated are each called “channels”. Search the channels for “WordPress”, And click the big blue “Connect” button.
- Set up the WordPress channel by putting in the requested information. “Blog URL” is a link to your domain name, including the HTTP part at the beginning, something like: http://mychurch.org. (Only include “www” if that’s how your site appears on the web.)
- Search the channels again, and choose Facebook pages (not just Facebook). You must be an administrator on the Facebook Page you want posts to be published on. Enter the requested information for your personal Facebook page. Facebook will ask you to give some permissions, and you can feel free to check everything except the top option, which will be required.
- On the second FB persmissions page, it will ask you “IFTTT would like to post to Facebook for you. Who do you want to share these posts with?” It’s ok to leave this setting as “Friends”.
- The next page will ask to manage your Pages, simply click through with an “Okay”.
- If you are an administrator on more than one Facebook Page, the next screen will ask you to choose which page you would like to let IFTTT manage. Be sure to choose the correct one.
- Now create a recipe with two channels: click first on “My Recipes” at the top of the page, then on the blue button for “Create a recipe”.
- Click on the link for “This”, to add the trigger channel – in this case WordPress, and choose “Any new post”.
- Click on “Create Trigger”, then on the “that” link, and choose Facebook Pages.
- Choose “Create a link post”.
- A new page will open where you have some options about how to configure what you want to display. By default, the FB link URL will be set as the “PostUrl”, and you won’t want to leave this as is so that your post has a link back to the website.
- The “Message” box is what you want to display in the FB area ABOVE the link. Click on the blue flask to see some options, but to start with, we recommend you leave the Message box blank. This will post the link to your Facebook page, along with any image in the post, without a message above the post.
- If you would like to have a bit of the content showing on FB, then in the “Link URL” section, click the blue flask, and add “PostContent” after “PostURL”.
Once you get into IFTTT, you will see that you can use it to share your organization’s content automatically in a variety of ways. Let us know in the comments if you find or create a helpful recipe for faith communities or nonprofits!