Facebook | Publish Instant Articles via WordPress plugin
The fast loading Instant Articles on Facebook, were introduced last year which is quite better. But, by next month every publisher will be able to create articles using the special format. Facebook is now making it even easier for small WordPress blogs to offer their content in Instant Articles.
At Facebook’s F8 conference in San Francisco , partner engineering at Facebook – Chris Ackermann said in a blog post:
Instant Articles will be open to all publishers – of any size, anywhere in the world. We have partnered with Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com VIP, to build a free plugin for Instant Articles, which simplifies the process of generating and publishing Instant Articles.”
Automattic is planning to release the plugin as a free option for all WordPress users in time for the broader launch of Instant Articles in April. Its users that use standard WordPress templates will be able to activate the plugin immediately to create Instant Articles, but more customized WordPress blogs may need to extend the plugin to support extra features.
Facebook spokesperson said about WordPress:
The WordPress plugin is open source as well as free, and we encourage the community to participate in its development to help publishers of all types take full advantage of the fast, native experience of Instant Articles.
The open-source publishing platform now powers more than 25 percent of sites on the web so we are excited to help millions of publishers all over the world bring the Instant Articles experience to their readers. The plugin creates a special RSS feed that automatically optimizes Facebook posts to appear as Instant Articles.
We will continue to iterate the plugin over the coming weeks and look forward to collaborating with the WordPress community to improve the experience.”
Chris Ackermann Said:
We’ve worked with a small group of publishers on WordPress to beta test the plugin as a seamless way to adapt web content for the Instant Articles format, with a built-in suite of interactive tools that help stories come to life on mobile. When Instant Articles opens up in April, publishers can activate the plugin out-of-the-box to create Instant.”
The publishers that want a more customized production experience can extend the plugin to support additional elements.
We encourage all interested publishers on WordPress to review the plugin’s documentation and FAQs.”
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