Facebook has developed and released a new official WordPress plugin called (not surprisingly) Facebook. The plugin’s short description says “Make your WordPress site social in a couple of clicks, powered by Facebook.”
The new plugin is available now on the WordPress.org plugin directory, and based on the initial offering it could very well be the definite Facebook plugin for WordPress.
Among other things, the Facebook plugin enables the publishing of WordPress posts to timelines and pages in a really simple way. The plugin is built in a modular way, allowing you to turn on just the parts of the plugin you want to use.
Above: The Facebook settings screen that allows you to enable whatever features you’d like to use.
In total, the 1.0 version of the plugin offers:
- Posting to the author’s Facebook timeline when they publish a new post or page in WordPress.
- Mention friends and Facebook pages in updates.
- Post new posts and pages to a specified Facebook page.
- Like, send, and subscribe buttons are enabled in one click.
- The ability to enable Facebook Comments.
- Open Graph integration.
- Addition of the recommendations bar, which allows users to click to start getting recommendations.
- Bundled widgets include an Activity Feed Box, Recommendations Box, and Like/send/subscribe buttons.
In addition to Facebook (who has a brand new shiny WordPress.org profile, by the way) and its engineers, the plugin saw development from eight other developers including Otto and Automattic’s Daniel Bachhuber. If you recall, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg recently called social one part of the next major phase WordPress will experience.
In addition to the plugin directory page, it appears Facebook will maintain developer documentation at the Facebook developer website.
If you’ve been looking for the one killer way to share your posts between your blog and Facebook, Facebook itself might have provided just that with this plugin. I haven’t had a chance to play with the plugin in its entirety yet, so if you have drop by the comments and let everyone know what you think.