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WordPress to Facebook using If This Then That

Author: ; Published: May 21, 2012; Category: WordPress; Tags: , ; No Comments

A short while back I walked readers through how to easily publish from WordPress to Facebook using RSS Graffiti.

If you like to be aware of multiple ways to accomplish similar feats, then please allow me to walk you through using the free If This then That service at http://ifttt.com/.

Once you have an account at If This then That set up, then click on Tasks, then Create Task.

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.dynamicnet.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ifttt-create-task.png” captiontext=”First click create task” width=”362″ align=”center” margintop=”15″ marginbottom=”15″ theme=”photo”]

If This then That does a lot of color coding; so click on the underlined, blue This link.

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.dynamicnet.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ifttt-create-task-pick-this.png” captiontext=”Next click THIS” width=”500″ align=”center” margintop=”15″ marginbottom=”15″ theme=”photo”]

Then for your trigger channel, click on RSS Feed.

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.dynamicnet.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ifttt-create-task-pick-trigger-feed.png” captiontext=”Next click FEED as the trigger” width=”500″ align=”center” margintop=”15″ marginbottom=”15″ theme=”photo”]

Then click on New Feed Item.

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.dynamicnet.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ifttt-create-task-pick-trigger-feed-pick-new-feed-item.png” captiontext=”Next click New Feed Item” width=”500″ align=”center” margintop=”15″ marginbottom=”15″ theme=”photo”]

And put in the web page address of your WordPress blog.  For WordPress, my experience is that “feed” is a part of the URL.

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.dynamicnet.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ifttt-create-task-pick-trigger-feed-enter-feed-url.png” captiontext=”Next enter the web page address of your blog feed” width=”500″ align=”center” margintop=”15″ marginbottom=”15″ theme=”photo”]

Then click on the underlined, blue, That

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.dynamicnet.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ifttt-create-task-pick-that.png” captiontext=”Then click THAT” width=”500″ align=”center” margintop=”15″ marginbottom=”15″ theme=”photo”]

Now if you want to target your Facebook Fan page, then click on Facebook page (if you’ve not set up a channel connecting Facebook, you’ll be prompted to do so).

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.dynamicnet.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ifttt-create-task-pick-that-then-chose-facebook-pages-action.png” captiontext=”Then click Facebook page as your action” width=”500″ align=”center” margintop=”15″ marginbottom=”15″ theme=”photo”]

From here you can experiment as to what works best for you; in my opinion the create status message gives you the cleaner publish on Facebook.

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.dynamicnet.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ifttt-create-task-pick-that-then-chose-facebook-pages-action-create-status-message.png” captiontext=”Then click Create a Status Message” width=”500″ align=”center” margintop=”15″ marginbottom=”15″ theme=”photo”]

From here you can either accept the default, or click on Addins to modify what is used as part of the Status message.  You can also adjust the formatting and text so long as you don’t change the variable spelling / names.

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.dynamicnet.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ifttt-create-task-pick-that-then-chose-facebook-pages-action-complete-status-message.png” captiontext=”Now either accept the default status or adjust by adding in extra fields” width=”500″ align=”center” margintop=”15″ marginbottom=”15″ theme=”photo”]

Then to finish up, give your task a unique, meaningful description, and you are ready to go.

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.dynamicnet.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ifttt-finish-creating-task.png” captiontext=”Finally, give your task a unique, meaningful description, and complete the task” width=”500″ align=”center” margintop=”15″ marginbottom=”15″ theme=”photo”]

Once your task is set up, you can “Inspect” your task to run it manually.

If you are one of our managed hosting customers, and have questions about connecting your WordPress blog you host with us to one of your Facebook fan pages or your personal Facebook page, contact our customer support department for free help.

Peter Abraham
Former CEO of Dynamic Net, Inc. Will be transitioning to a new career in the near future.
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