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IFTTT is the power-user’s automation tool of choice and WordPress is the ultimate blogger’s Swiss army knife. Just imagine the kind of world domination you could achieve by combining the two!Imagination not up to scratch? Don’t worry, I’ve done that bit for you.  Here are five powerful recipes for automation involving WordPress.

Note: These recipes should also work with WordPress.com, though I’ve written this from the perspective of a self-hosted WordPress install What's The Difference Between Running Your Blog On Wordpress.com & Wordpress.org? What's The Difference Between Running Your Blog On Wordpress.com & Wordpress.org? With Wordpress now powering 1 in every 6 websites, they must be doing something right. For both experienced developers and the complete novice, Wordpress has something to offer you. But just as you start on... Read More .

Promote All The Things!

The “Any new post” WordPress trigger will fire, as the name suggests, whenever you have a new post published. This is an incredibly powerful tool when used. You can go ahead and publish that link to your personal Facebook, a Facebook page, Twitter, and even Google Plus (with the help of a dirty email hack). No resource-hogging and UI-consuming WordPress plugins required — leave it all to IFTTT.

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If you’d rather get the advanced analytics features by posting through Buffer Schedule & Post Updates For Twitter, Facebook, & LinkedIn With BufferApp [Chrome] Schedule & Post Updates For Twitter, Facebook, & LinkedIn With BufferApp [Chrome] Buffer is a web service for scheduling tweets, LinkedIn profile and group posts, as well as Facebook updates for both profiles and pages. Buffer is great if you want to plan ahead and schedule your... Read More , then the Send blog posts to Buffer recipe has you covered. 

Promote Only Featured Posts

Blindly posting everything isn’t appropriate if you post a lot. Your friends will simply get bored of your constant self-promotion and add you to their ignore list. Instead, assign a special tag or category for “featured posts”, then use the special “Post in specific tag or category” trigger to limit your cross-promotional efforts to only the best posts.

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Truth be told, you don’t even need the special WordPress IFTTT triggers to do this. WordPress has RSS built-in, and RSS is a global syndication standard as well as one of the core triggers for IFTTT. In fact, not only does WordPress automatically make an RSS feed for everything on your blog, it also makes one for categories, tags, authors, and even products if you have a shop plugin installed for your eCommerce site on WordPress.

I use a simple RSS to email recipe on my own MakeUseOf articles feed to let me know when they’re published. What’s the secret to accessing these built-in RSS feeds for WordPress? Just put /rss or /feed on the end of the URL. Seriously, it’s as easy as that and will work on any site powered by WordPress.

YouTube to WordPress

First, there’s this recipe which will create a post on WordPress when you upload a new video. YouTube is great as a video host, but that’s all it does — for advanced monetisation and more creative control, you’ll want your own content posted to your blog as well.

Alternatively, if you’re the kind of blogger who likes to post about cool videos you find, then you’ll probably want to check out YouTube Favourite to WordPress, which will create a post every time you favourite a video. Nifty.

However, a word of SEO warning about both these recipes: posting just an embedded video would most certainly be considered “low quality” by Google, even if it’s your own video. Change the recipe so they only make Draft posts, then go in and add your own show notes, opinion or commentary about each video — add value, and flesh out the content. If it’s your own material, then consider buying an SEO video plugin as well to take advantage of video snippets in the search results Getting Rich Snippet Video Previews Into Your Search Results Getting Rich Snippet Video Previews Into Your Search Results Producing your own video content is great. Search engines and users alike love video content. It increases user engagement - keeping visitors on your page - but moreover it's just makes your content more interesting,... Read More . I recommend Video SEO by Yoast (also featured on our Best WordPress Plugins page).

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Post By Email

I often come up with article ideas while I’m out walking, but writing them in Evernote is laborious and I don’t want to fiddle with a dedicated app. WordPress does have a touch friendly admin interface and even dedicated apps for popular mobile platforms, but the ability to post by email is still notable by it’s absence.

The Post by Email to a WordPress blog recipe does the job for you. After activating the channel, you can simply send an email to trigger@ifttt.com from your registered email, and include a tag in the subject. The tag will stripped, while the rest of the subject becomes the title and the body of the email becomes the post content.

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One significant limitation though — you have only have a single WordPress channel activated in IFTTT, so you’ll need multiple IFTTT accounts in order to post to multiple blogs. This isn’t such a big deal for promotional recipes since you can use RSS instead, but for those recipes that involve posting to WordPress, it’s certainly a limiting factor.

Make a PDF from New Posts

The Convert WordPress blog posts into PDF is a fascinating recipe that will use the PrintFriendly service to create a PDF version of your new posts, then automatically upload them to a specified Dropbox folder. This can be easily adapted to only work on a specific tag or category. If you have friends or family who aren’t able to use RSS feeds and forget to check your blog, perhaps they’d appreciate PDF updates automatically arriving on that folder on their desktop. Admittedly, this recipe is a little niche — but I wanted to include it to get your creative juices flowing. What can YOU come up with?

Want more? You’ll find the full selection of recipes over on the WordPress IFTTT channel. What’s your favourite?

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  2. Helena
    February 13, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Hi, I can't seem to get IFTTT to recognize my self-hosted WP. How does one overcome this problem? Thanks in advance.

    • James Bruce
      February 13, 2015 at 8:13 am

      That's a bit vague - what's the URL?

  3. Ramazan Recber
    April 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I have applied the plug-in settings thank you very much for the information you give

  4. Saqib
    April 5, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Who told you that WordPress.org blogs don't have the feature of post by email?

    Go to Settings > Writing and there you can find the settings for post by email. And if WordPress offers such functionality in-built, then why use IFTTT for this? I agree with your other IFTTT recipes though.

    • James B
      April 5, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Good point. It didn't have that setting when I last checked, but that may have been a year or so ago. Either way, it requires you to set up a POP email account specifically for WordPress. Using the IFTTT requires no additional settings or for you to setup mail accounts - you just mail it to IFTTT's special mail address, so it does still offer superior functionality than the built-in WordPress.

  5. Shawn R
    April 4, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I'd love a tool like this that would automatically post my Facebook and Twitter posts to my self hosted WordPress site. Is there anything like that out there?

  6. Hatem S
    April 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    nice idea ..

  7. Richard
    April 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Really like the ideas. Not sure how to implement on WordPress.com
    By the way WordPress does have the facility to email a post. I use it nearly every day!

    • James B
      April 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

      WordPress.com does have that ability, but not self-hosted. Which would you be unsure about implementing? The RSS urls should be the same, for instance.

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