Review: WordBooker–A Cross Post to Facebook Plugin for WordPress

July 23, 2013 · 0 comments

by Lars

Facebook is a much more than just sharing “feel good stories” and personal pictures. For bloggers and online business owners, it is one of the most important sources for generating traffic to their websites. Besides being a direct traffic source, Facebook also generate social indicators that search engines pick up when rating content for rankings in the search result pages (SERPs).

More and more websites use WordPress and while it is easy to set up and use, publishing content often includes many other steps. Obviously most people spend time going to various social networking websites to submit fresh content. This is a time consuming and potentially error prone task, unless you automate it.

WordBooker is a free WordPress plugin for integrating WordPress with Facebook. It offers several options for pushing your freshly published WordPress posts into any Facebook account or page you manage.

Pushing your posts to Facebook is just one of several options webmasters have. Another important technique to get your content shared on social media websites is to add share buttons for sites like Twitter, StubleUpon, Pinterest etc. I recently reviewed a cool free social sharing plugin that you should check out. WordBooker also offers Facebook share and send button integration, but in most cases, more social network websites need to be integrated.


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Let us take a look at what WordBooker offers. Once it is installed, the plugin can be accessed under Settings tab in the Dashboard.

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Wordbooker in Settings Page

However, Wordbooker’s options page does not immediately show. It first require that you to set-up the plugin and authorize it to access the Facebook profile you use. It can be done by clicking on the Authorize Wordbooker button under Setup.

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Authorize Wordbooker button for Facebook setup

After clicking the button, a new tab will open. This tab opens your Facebook account and shows a pop up window asking for permission to post on your behalf. Just click ok to proceed.

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WordBooker Pop-up Authorisaton Window

After clicking ok, another pop up window will show requiring your permission to access your Pages as well. Click ok to proceed.

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Wordbooker Manage Pages Authorisation Window

After authorizing the plugin to use your Facebook profile, go back to the Options page and look for the Reload button. Clicking this button will reload the page and will later show the rest of the Options Page.

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Reload Page button

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Wordbooker Options page after Authorisation.

The plugin’s Options Page contains tons of settings that give you fine grained control of the Facebook integration. It includes General Settings, Blog Level Settings and User Level Settings.

Blog Level Settings include some General posting options, Facebook Like and Send Options, Comment Handling and Advanced Options. Settings in this section are site wide and allow you to set up the plugin overall functionality.

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General settings

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Facebook Like and Send Options

User Level Settings allow you to override the blog level settings for each user. This section of options include almost the same settings as you saw under blog level settings. Main difference to note is the possibility to choose what wall to publish to and what kind of post to use.

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User Level Settings

After toggling the settings, you will see the WordBooker Options widget on the post edit pages. It is found below the editor. While you can rely on the blog and user level options, this widget also allows you to edit the settings for the individual posts before publishing.

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Wordbooker Options under Post

After publishing a post in WordPress, the post will appear on the selected Facebook feed using the Facebook post type selected.

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Status update on Facebook created through Wordbooker integration

On the site the  Like or Send button added will look like this, however, you can change placement, colors, fonts and more.

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Post with Like and Send Buttons

Wordbooker plugin is a free plugin that will surely make your life easier when it comes to spreading your content to the largest social media website, Facebook. Through the integration with Facebook, your posts will immidiately shared with your Facebook profile or pages followers and with great level of control. The best part is, that you do not have to log into Facebook and post the content yourself. This is certainly making the process much more reliable and time efficient.

The ability to add and customize the Facebook Like and Send buttons is another great feature, but remember there are many other important share buttons you need to consider.

Further the plugins comment handling options makes it easy for comments to be imported from WordPress to Facebook and vice versa (I did not test this feature). To sum it up, Wordbooker is a cool and interesting plugin for making sure your latest articles and posts are always shared on Facebook the right way. You can read more and test the plugin yourself here.

Author : Lars Vraa

Lars is passionate about web design, web development, SEO, social media and loves to look into new technologies, techniques, tools etc. and to write articles for tripwire magazine readers.

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