WPwatercooler #173 – Integrating Social into WordPress

wpwatercooler173Suzette Franck appears on this episode with regulars Steve Zehngut, Se Reed, Russell Aaron, Jason Tucker, Jason Cosper, Dave Jesch, and Jon Brown to discuss several different aspects of integrating social media into your WordPress website. Among the topics talked about included Social network log on buttons for WordPress. We also discussed Facebook likes vs. WordPress likes vs. Twitter favorites, social commenting systems such as Facebook Comments and Disqus, and Mark Zuckerberg. We also mentioned using Jetpack or other plugins that allow you to share each post, as well as 3rd party services such as ShareThis and AddtoAny and more plugins that add a centralized button to the main social media accounts. For the full description of the show and links to plugins mentioned, please see the show notes on that shows’ post on WPwatercooler.




So Cal WordPress Users’ Group Meetup Recap


Last night, I had the pleasure of attending SoCal WordPress User’s Group Meetup at Kleverdog Coworking in Chinatown. They are the biggest group in Southern California, and there were 80 people in attendance with a huge waiting list!

The meetup is run by Natalie Maclees and Noel Saw, and they have created 2 additional new meetup groups which will be starting soon: WordPress 101 for Beginners and Advanced WordPress LA, and recently redid their site: http://socalwp.org/. (mt) Media Temple will be hosting their meetup here on June 18, so mark your calendars and make sure to RSVP after May 28th, as it always fills up quickly!


The topic for the night was Social Media in WordPress and was presented by expert Marieke Hensel, who I have followed on twitter for several years. Her company website is Branding Personality, which showcases a lot of great articles on social media. She talked about the importance of companies being social, shared some great social WordPress plugins, talked about the importance of Google Authorship, and leveraging Tribber and other social media networks to get your content shared with as many people as possible. She stressed also that content must be of a very high quality, and to make sure that your site looks good on mobile as traffic numbers from mobile are sky rocketing. She advised against auto posting and that each share should be targeted for that specific network. She will be posting her slide deck up on Slideshare soon.

wcsd-logoThis weekend, I am getting ready for Wordcamp San Diego where I will be speaking on CSS3 For Beginners at 1:20 on Saturday, which will be recorded for viewing later. There will be many super awesome speakers talking about many interesting WordPress topics, and I am very excited to be a part of it and I am very proud that (mt) Media Temple has stepped up as a major sponsor, showing their commitment to the WordPress community.

wcrenoOn a related note, I have been accepted to speak at the Reno-Tahoe WordCamp which will be happening April 27 & 28th, and my topic will be Child Themes and Twenty Thirteen. I’m looking forward to it!


Supercharge Your Website with Jetpack: Part Two of Three | (mt) Media Temple

In my last article, Supercharge Your Website with Jetpack: Part One of Three, I wrote about the basics of Jetpack: what it is, a rundown of the applications included, how to install, and how to connect it to your WordPress.com account to enable all of the awesome features. In this second post of this series, I will cover the rich social media features that are included as a part of Jetpack and how to get the most out of them.

Using the built-in social features of Jetpack, any blog owner can easily and effortlessly get their message out to the broadest audience possible. Blog Subscriptions allow users to subscribe to your content and receive notifications of new posts via email updates. Publicize automatically publishes your content to popular social media networks. Sharing allows visitors to help to promote your content with a click of a button, and Extra Sidebar Widgets give you the tools necessary to display your Twitter Feed, an image, or an RSS link in your sidebar.

Read full article at (mt) Media Temple » Weblog » Blog Archive » Supercharge Your Website with Jetpack: Part Two of Three.