Recently a client who has WordPress site asked me about automatically publishing a new article to their facebook and twitter account. Like many feature requests clients ask me for WordPress, my first thought was “there must be a way to do this already.” Sure enough, Automattic – the company behind WordPress itself has a
app plugin for that.
What you will need:
- The ability to install plugins on your wordpress blog, usually with an admin account
- The Jetpack plugin
- A wordpress.com account
- An account with the social media channels you want to share on (facebook, twitter, and/or linkedin)
Step by step: Publicize for Jetpack
After a quick install of Publicize, you will see a slew of options that leverage wordpress.com – the hosted version of wordpress. In my case I host my own wordpress site, so connecting my site to wordpress.com was the first step. No worries, a big orange button led the way and luckily I was able to remember a login and password (for once). If this is done right, you should see a brand new
car “Sharing” option in your blog Settings menu.
Step two requires connecting your facebook and twitter accounts to the new sharing section – easily done by entering in your username and password for these services. I also connected my LinkedIn account for good measure.
Once this is done, the third step is to try publishing a post and HEY!… wait what’s that? There’s now a publicize option in the top right corner. Nifty. Well played Automattic.