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Facebook launches free WordPress plugin for Instant Articles

 2016-03-08 06:30:21.0

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New York:��The social networking giant, set to open its Instant Articles feature to all publishers next month, has launched a free WordPress plugin that will help publishers create Instant Articles with ease. Instant Articles will be open to all publishers - of any size, anywhere in the world - at Facebook�s F8 conference in San Francisco on April 12. �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 from WordPress,� said Chris Ackermann, partner engineering at Facebook in a blog post on Tuesday. The open-source WordPress 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�, he added. The plugin creates a special RSS feed that automatically optimises Facebook posts to appear as Instant Articles. The plugin is open-source and customisable. �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,� Ackermann posted. When Instant Articles opens up in April, publishers that use standard WordPress templates can activate the plugin out-of-the-box to create Instant Articles. Publishers that want a more customised 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,� the post said.(IANS)

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