Facebook and WordPress are closer than ever!

Facebook launched a very useful plugin for WordPress, allowing bloggers to integrate the promotion of their posts in their blogging platform.

More specifically, Facebook released the plugin “Facebook for WordPress” which allows bloggers to determine from WordPress what to promote on Facebook and in what way. You don’t have to log in Facebook after writing a post and share it on your wall or your page. Now, you can manually determine what to publish, where is it going to be published and who is going to be mentioned. Even a page can be mentioned, with the help of this plugin. Everything can be done by the time you install this plugin to WordPress, by writing a status, a mention or a comment!

According to Matt Kelly, a Facebook engineering:

“The plugin was built by Facebook engineers in collaboration with open source partners, and makes it simple for anyone to make their WordPress site more social – no coding required”

Facebook knows that WordPress is a powerful platform and they know that this cooperation will be useful for both sides. It is a way to combine all tasks in one environment.

More importantly, it will be interesting for all of us writing posts!

What do you think?

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WordPress lords over other web publishing platforms

So who really is the most frequently used platform when pertaining to blogs in concerned?

Well, a survey by Pingdom reaffirmed WordPress’ stand at the top after garnering almost 49% of the top 100 blogs being used in the world. Custom blogs was at a far distance at 14%.

According to WordPress founding developer Matt Mullenweg, “The last few years we’ve really focused on both the usability and flexibility of WordPress, which has resulted in accelerating growth in both big and small sites. I expect even higher adoption among the largest sites and blogs over the next year.”

Popular sites that use WordPress’ Web publishing platform are CNN Political Ticker, Mashable, Boing Boing, ArtsBeat, Grist, TechCrunch, Hollywood Life and this website TechNewsGadget.

The company has improved usability and flexibility for bloggers. Feature such as WordAds that lets users generate money by posting ads in their blogs and Free Mobile apps that lets them make text and image updates to their blogs via a mobile device.

Previous users of other platforms such as TypePad, BlogSmith and Moveable Type have migrated to WordPress. The survey also notes that for the past three years, the latter has enjoyed a 32% increase in its users.

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