Facebook has launched a new plugin for WordPress users that makes it easier to share posts across the social network. The plugin was built by Facebook alongside some open source partners, and as with most WordPress plugins, it’s relatively simple to install.
Once it’s in place the plugin lets you share any of the content you post on your WordPress site to your Timeline and any Pages you manage. The mobile-friendly plugin also lets you add Facebook Comments to a post, and there’s support for a number of widgets, including a Recommendations Box and Like, send, and subscribe buttons.
What the Facebook for WordPress plugin does is cross-post content published on your blog to your Facebook timeline or Page. And, just like typing in a friend’s name in a Facebook status update, if you mention a friend by their Facebook name it will automatically put the post on your friend’s timeline as well.
This is a simple, clean plugin that does what most WordPress users need.
In addition, Facebook announced plugins that are now available as WordPress widgets — small, moveable components that WordPress bloggers can position wherever they want. The widgets include an activity feed, which shows your visitors what their friends are doing on your site, recommendations for the best pages and posts on your blog, a comments box, and customizable like, subscribe, and send buttons.
The new features are available on WordPress.com blogs, which see 600 million visitors a month, and on personally hosted blogs.