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Do you have a WordPress Blog?

Did you know you can connect it to the Fediverse so that people on Mastodon can follow you and comment on your posts?

It works through the WordPress ActivityPub plugin:

wordpress.org/plugins/activity

(You may also be able to find this by searching for "ActivityPub" in the plugins section of your WordPress blog)

If you have any comments or questions, the plugin's developer is on the Fediverse at @pfefferle

@feditips @pfefferle I'm interested in the WordPress ActivityPub plugin to connect my WordPress account to my Mastodon account. But... I don't actually understand what the plugin does. Can you help me out there? I'm not good with technical explanations, I'm afraid.

@noam @pfefferle@mastodon.social

If you install the plugin on your blog, it will give your blog a Fediverse address that people can follow from Mastodon, Friendica etc.

For example, the plugin's developer has a blog at @pfefferle@notiz.blog

It means your blog posts will appear on the Fediverse (just like any other post), and people will be able to comment, like them, share them etc. They will also be able to follow your blog from within the Fediverse just like following any other account.

@pfefferle @feditips Thank you! That would mean yet another fediverse account, but perhaps worth it. I take it the likes and comments would be separate from those on Wordpress?

@noam @pfefferle

The comments would appear on the blog itself too.

For example, here is a post from the developer's blog with a comment from the fediverse below it:

notiz.blog/2021/03/05/hier-jet

(The Fediverse comment is by "Victor Venema", click on the name to see the Fedi account that posted it.)

@pfefferle @feditips Hang on! I looks like you need a 'business account' on WordPress for this to work. In other words, the plug-in might be free, but you can't use it with a free WordPress account. Is that correct, or am I missing something?

@noam @pfefferle

Are you talking about Wordpress.com? That's not quite the same thing as Wordpress.

Wordpress is a free open blogging platform you can install on your own site.

Wordpress.com is a hosting service where you can host Wordpress blogs. You don't have to use Wordpress.com to use Wordpress.

@feditips @noam exactly! Be aware that WordPress.com is „only“ one hosting service for WordPress wpisnotwp.com

@noam @pfefferle

Most hosting providers will offer a wordpress installation free if you want it, and that will include access to all the free plugins.

You do normally have to pay for hosting providers though, but for single sites the charge can be very small (a few euros a month).

@pfefferle @feditips Yes, I'm talking about WordPress.com. Thanks for the clarification. So I guess it comes down to do I want to pay for a website for my writing. I was hoping to avoid that headache (not just the money, but choosing the right one and learning how to use it etc. etc.)

@noam @pfefferle

Unfortunately, if you don't pay for an online service up front, they will usually find some other way to get the money from you (through selling your personal data etc) 😞 as servers cost money to run, in staff and electricity.

Wordpress sites are are very easy to use though, that's why they have become so popular. The interface should be similar to wordpress.com but you can have more plugins etc.

@feditips that's indeed some awesome plugin by @pfefferle

Using it for quite a while now for @beko

@feditips @pfefferle is there any way to replicate this functionality for a static site generator? (hugo)

@openrisk @feditips sure, but I wouldn't call it "replicate", because it is a different framework, a different paradigm and a different programming language ;)

@pfefferle @feditips maybe "emulate" then? The paradigm difference is probably the most important (no backend database, no server-side scripting engine...)

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