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If you have a WordPress blog, you can attach it to the Fediverse using a special plugin.

This will let people on Mastodon (and elsewhere on the Fedi) follow your blog, see your blog posts in their timeline, comment on your blog posts, like them, share them etc.

The plugin is written by @pfefferle and is called ActivityPub For WordPress:

wordpress.org/plugins/activity

Note that this only works on independently hosted WordPress blogs.

It does not work on wordpress.com free blogs because they don't allow plugins (there is a paid option at wordpress.com but it's weirdly expensive).

@feditips @pfefferle
This is very cool. Is there a way to do the same for static html web sites, so they can be part of the fediverse too?

@feditips @pfefferle Is there a plug in that goes the other way. I'd like my toots to show up on my Wordpress site.If not, I suppose I could jury rig something with RSS.

@pfefferle really GREAT plugin Matthias, hope you will continue some work on it

@feditips @pfefferle So I've installed the plugin at NextInNonprofits.com, but I don't know what is next to have that content show up. Doing a search doesn't show the most recent blog post - do I need to search for the RSS feed specifically?

@steveboland @pfefferle

What's the username of the person who posts the blog posts?

You may be able to find it in Mastodon by searching for

@ theirusername @ nextinnonprofits.com

(but without the spaces)

@feditips @pfefferle
That's me. username is steveboland but searching for that doesn't show anything.

@steveboland doesn't show previous posts, after, new posts published could be found in search

@abidnev have done a new post since installing the plug in, which went live on Tuesday. Still no show in search here.

@steveboland do you also use wordpress to mastodon autopublish plugin??

@abidnev No. Just tried the ActivtyPub plugin, but I don't see any configuration or other options to push to Mastodon - guess I assumed it somehow autopublished

@steveboland ActivityPub plugin publishing posts to whole Fediverse and it should be working, no need any configuration, working out of the box.

But there is another plugin to publish to mastodon profile and if that one is in use, ther first plugin not publishing anything.

Pass me URL i will have look

@abidnev NextInNonprofits.com
user writing the posts is me - displays as Steve Boland but is username steveboland

@steveboland here is your profile on fediverse @steveboland@www.nextinnonprofits.com follow it and after publishing new article you should see it on that profile

@steveboland @ www.nextinnonprofits.com

@abidnev Thank you! The profile says 235 "posts" but I can't see any of them. I assume those are just all my old blog posts and those will not be visible. I did create one new post since I installed the ActivityPub plug-in and that is also not there - should it be? Thanks for all your help on this - it is very kind!

@steveboland "i guess" because you not following that profile, MAYBE. Because it show up as 0 followers.... i am not sure.

@abidnev Again, thanks for all the help! Now that I am following me (!) we'll see if the next post shows up. Very kind of you to pitch in on the trouble shooting.

@abidnev @steveboland I am using the other plugin, which worked for my first test blogpost but not the second for some reason. So I may decide to use your ActivityPub plugin instead. I just sign in using my Mastodon userid, right? @ryanschultz, right? (I have a wordpress.com business plan which allows me to install plugins.)

@abidnev @steveboland @pfefferle I should explain that I have a blog, not on wordpress.org, but on wordpress.com (I have a business plan which allows me to install plugins). In that case, what do I enter as the username in your plugin, @pfefferle? Thanks for your help! My blog is at ryanschultz.com.

@steveboland

Hmm... 🤔 Maybe @pfefferle can give some advice?

You could also try the support forum at wordpress.org/support/plugin/a

There are some existing threads about similar problems, perhaps one of those might help?

@feditips @steveboland @pfefferle Oh this is helpful, thank you so much! So, just to clarify, I install the ActivityPub plugin then sign into it using my full Mastodon ID inclusing the server, e.g. @ryanschultz, right?

@ryanschultz @steveboland @pfefferle

No no, it's not Mastodon, it's a bit more radical than that.

It turns your WordPress blog into its own Fediverse server.

So, people would be able to follow the blog itself from the rest of the Fediverse, including from Mastodon.

The blog would have its own Fediverse ID in the form @ (wordpress username) @ (blog's domain name)

@ryanschultz @steveboland @pfefferle

Whenever you post something to the blog, it would appear as a post on the Fediverse, and people could reply to it to comment on the blog.

@feditips @steveboland @pfefferle OK thank you for the clarification! I am new at this, still working my way up the learning curve....

@ryanschultz @feditips @steveboland you can find your Fediverse username on the profile settings page under „fediverse“ to follow your blog on mastodon, simply copy the fediverse username in the search bar, search for it and click the „follow“ icon.

@ryanschultz @steveboland @pfefferle

Glad if it helps! It took me a while to get my head round it when the plugin was first released 😁

@feditips @ryanschultz @steveboland let me know if I can improve something! Even if it is „only“ a small help text!

@ryanschultz @steveboland @feditips @pfefferle you can add a post URL to mastodon search and it will load the post, which you can the boost around!

@ryanschultz @feditips @pfefferle @steveboland FYI by default Mastodon servers won’t load any posts from a profile. But once you follow an actor the posts will be sent to the server as they are published

@django @steveboland @feditips @pfefferle Oh, thank you, I did not know that! I hope to install and test out the ActivityPub plug-in this weekend. I want to be able to automatically cross-post from my blog to my Mastodon profile, the way I already do with Twitter.

I am rapidly falling in love with Mastodon and the fediverse, the people here are so helpful!

@django @steveboland @feditips @pfefferle I installed the ActivityPub plug-in on my WordPress.com blog (ryanschultz.com).

The good news is that I could install it; the bad news is that no Settings appeared in my list of installed plug-ins (see image)! So I had to uninstall it for now.

Looks like I will have to stick with the Mastodon Autopost plug-in for now 😞 I would be willing to test it again if you update it to work with WordPress.com sites.

@ryanschultz @pfefferle ooh, we should add a settings link from the plugin page. Try from the settings menu

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