How to auto post your WordPress blog posts on Facebook?
Imagine the following scenario: You own 10 blogs on various topics and niches. You publish one or two posts each day on each blog. This makes about 20 blog posts per day. Quite tiring, isn’t it? And what about keeping your relevant Facebook groups or pages updated on the posts you’ve published? Wouldn’t it take an extra 1 hour of your precious time, minimum? In this guide, you will learn how you can automate the process of posting your articles or posts on your Facebook accounts as soon as you publish something on your blog. Please make sure you read the whole guide as there are useful tips that might prove time savers for you. Enjoy your reading!
WOW! Auto-posting on Facebook sounds perfect, but how can I do it?
WOW! Auto-posting on Facebook sounds perfect, but how can I do it?
You are probably convinced by now on how useful it could be if you were able to have your articles posted on Facebook the very moment you post them on a blog of yours. In fact, it could literally save you tons of hours and allow you to devote yourself solely to producing quality content. So let’s examine what your options are when it comes to auto posting on Facebook. The truth is that various auto posting plugins exist for this purpose. Auto publishing has evolved so much in the last few years that it has literally become a “Set up and forget process”; a process that can be somewhat tricky, however, if you aren’t aware of some details that come with it.
Option No 1
Your first option can be the official Facebook plugin, and you can download it from : here
This plugin has been around for more than 3 years and has allowed many bloggers and WordPress administrators to auto-publish their posts on Facebook. However, its creators haven’t updated it for 2 years. This could cause many stability and security issues for your websites. There are also many complaints in the review section about the plugin. Many administrators have had issues making the plugin work, while others have reported problems occurring with their PHP version. These complaints have resulted in the plugin gaining mediocre ratings which are signals that you should stay away from it.
Option No 2
OK! Enough with deprecated plugins! It’s time to harness the power of Facebook autopublishing using a really powerful plugin. Facebook Auto Publish plugin is a 5-star rated plugin which allows you to post your WordPress articles to Facebook automatically. The plugin offers many customization options such as:
- – Post Formatting. You determine how your post will appear on Facebook. It can be a plain text message or a message containing a photo.
- – Category selection. You decide from which categories your posts will be taken. You can exclude categories you don’t want to appear on your Facebook, or you can choose the option to publish all your posts on Facebook.
- – Option to post either on your profile or on your Facebook page, etc.
Let’s see how you can install this powerful plugin on your website.
After you log in to your WordPress Dashboard follow the following steps:
Plugins --> Add new
Facebook Auto Publish in the search box
Install now and wait for the installation process to finish.
On the page that loads, click
- – Go to https://developers.facebook.com/apps
- – If you are not a Facebook developer yet, you must create a developer account. You just have to click
Apps --> Register as a Developerand complete the form that appears.
- – After creating your Developer account, or if you already have one, it’s time for you to create your Facebook App.
Ready for the difficult part?
Return to https://developers.facebook.com/apps/ and click on the
Create new app button at the upper right of the screen.
On the pop-up window that has opened, click on the Website button and fill in the address of your website in the form that exists and click
Create New Facebook App Id.
On the next screen input a valid e-mail account of yours and select a category that your website is related to. Then, click
Create App Id.
Complete the captcha security check and proceed to the next screen.
On the next screen click
Skip Quick Start at the upper right of it. This will allow you to concentrate on filling only the necessary details about your new App.
On the next screen you will be able to see your App Id and your App Secret. You will need to input these on the plugin page inside your WordPress site to allow your plugin post on
your Facebook account. If you take a closer look, you will see a message informing you that your App is still in development mode. This means that you will have to activate it and make it public if you want your WordPress plugin to be able to use it. Let’s see how it can be done!
On your left sidebar click App Review, and on the screen that loads click on the button under the message
Make www.example.com public (you will be seeing your website address instead of example.com). Confirm your selection in the pop-up window that follows. Voila! Your App is now public and can be used from your WordPress right away. But we are not done yet! We have to inform your App about who is going to use it. Don’t give up now! You’re almost there.
Click on the Settings button on your left sidebar and then click on the
+Add Platform button at the bottom of your screen.
A pop-up window now appears presenting many platforms. Just click on the Website option.
As soon as you click on the Website option another pop-up window appears. Just type the URL address of your website in the relevant box and click
That’s it! You are now ready to begin auto-publishing your WordPress posts on your Facebook account. Let’s complete the setup process so that you can begin writing and auto-posting content.
Go back to your WordPress Dashboard! Click on the Facebook Auto Publish button on your left sidebar and then select the Settings option. On the window that opens, fill in the App Id and App Secret fields using the data appearing on your Facebook App screen.
Step 16 (Optional)
Customize how and where your post will be published on your Facebook account using the Settings fields and drop-down menus.
When the customization of your plugin is over, click
Save. After this, you only have to authorize your account. Just click
Authorize and your Facebook account will start getting content from your website and publishing it on your Profile or Pages.
Option No 3
Another plugin similar to the Facebook Auto Publish plugin described above is the Social Networks Auto Poster plugin (also known as SNAP plugin). SNAP offers similar features to the ones offered by Facebook Auto Publish with an additional variety of platforms on which it can auto-post your content. When you install SNAP on your WordPress, you can see the following screen if you select the Facebook platform.
Does it ring a bell? Of course, it does! It requires a Facebook App ID and a Facebook App Secret. To get them you just have to follow the Steps 5 – 14 presented above and you’re done! SNAP will take care of the rest
This sums up our guide on how to auto-post WordPress articles on your Facebook accounts. It might seem a daunting process, however, the more times you repeat it, the easier it becomes. In fact, you will be able to set up the automation process very easily and fast once you’ve completed it 2 or 3 times. So, download whichever plugin suits you best, follow our guide to set it up properly and start writing quality content to auto-post on your Facebook accounts. Thank you for reading! Good Luck!