When the owners of S&J’s Woodfired Pizza wanted to let their customers and fans know where their portable pizza oven was going to be and when, we could have installed one of many “event” plugins in their WordPress site. Instead, I decided to adapt and integrate a nifty little PHP/MySQL-based events-management system I developed years ago. Sometimes, using this kind of hybrid approach is a great way to extend a WordPress Web site.
Many of our WordPress blogging clients have been using the WordBooker application for sharing blog articles on their Facebook (Fan) Pages. Recently, however, WordBooker hasn’t been working so well. Plus, WordBooker does not play well with Facebook’s Twitter app — the application that automatically sends Facebook posts to one’s Twitter timeline.
Several clients whose sites utilize WordPress (those who have built Web sites under the Libra program as well as those who have WordPress blogs connected to their Web sites) have expressed interest in having blog entries published automatically to Facebook.
One way to encourage people to Join/Like your Facebook Fan Page is to embed a Facebook Fan Page widget in a page of your Web site! Here’s what Vicki Richardson (Lollipop Chef) and I did today: