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WordPress and Social Media

Wordpress to Facebook and Twitter

WordPress is a free content management system that can be used to create and manage websites or blogs. This very blog runs on WordPress! You can start a WordPress site either by creating an account and have it hosted at WordPress.com, or by downloading the software through WordPress.org and installing it on your own server.

There is no need to learn web programming languages like HTML or graphic programs like Adobe Photoshop to create a WordPress site because WordPress comes with a great visual editor and has a library of themes to choose from that you can install. Getting a WordPress website or blog up and running is simpler and easier than you may think!

WordPress can also be connected to Twitter and Facebook, so every time you publish a new post, the information will propagate across your social media. Since more and more programs and educational insitution are using social media as a way to distribute information, I have shared with you on how to do this below.

Depending on which type of WordPress you are using, the instruction is a bit different.

If you have a WordPress.com site, the ability to connect your WordPress site to Facebook/Twitter is already built-in, so all you need to do is to set it up. For a tutorial, please visit WordPress.com Support Documentation on publicizing posts to social media.

If you run into issues when trying to connect your WordPress.com blog to your Facebook Page, an alternative would be to install RSS Graffiti to your Facebook Page and set it to grab posts through your blog’s RSS feed URL.

If you are using a self-hosted WordPress, you will need to install a social media plugin such as WP to Twitter in combination with RSS Graffiti mentioned above.

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Comments

  • Claudine said on May 4th, 2012 #

    I have the privilege of using WoodPress. I have found that University marketing and communication enjoys working with TRIO to develop these blogs. However, marketing departments would prefer that we contact them before building the blog.

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