Use the free app, Zapier (zapier.com) to automatically post your Ultimate Central website posts to Facebook, Twitter, and other media outlets. Zapier is a powerful tool, but they do a good job of walking users through the process of setting this up. I will try to walk you through some of the tricker stages below.
The first function ("Zap") that you should set up should be RSS to Facebook Page:
Your RSS link should be something like "[your website]/p?feed=rss" (e.g. pada.org/p?feed=rss). You can find your RSS link at the bottom of your home page (http://grab.by/EthC).
For Step 5, I chose to set it up this way:
but feel free to play around with these options and let us know if you find better setup configurations in our Ultimate Central users group.
After you've created the RSS --> Facebook Zap, set up an RSS --> Twitter Zap.*
Make sure you have a space between any fields. You can't really tell here, but I have inserted a space between the Title field and the Raw Link field:
That's all I have for now, but hopefully we can keep updating this post as more users play around with different Zapier settings (e.g. create a Zap to email admins when someone comments on a post via disqus). Again, we love to hear tips from other admins on ways users can utilize applications like Zapier to enrich their Ultimate Central experience.
*We experimented with creating a Facebook --> Twitter Zap, but it malfunctioned enough that we do not recommend it at this time. Maybe in a year Zapier will have better options for this, but at this time, we ran into the following errors:
- On more than one occasion, Zapier would randomly tweet old facebook posts.
- If a facebook post was over 140 characters, Zapier simply wouldn't tweet it OR
- Zapier would tweet it as just a shortened Zapier link (no text at all; very creepy).