Add Facebook Reactions to WordPress

In today’s short tutorial, we show you how to add Facebook Reactions to WordPress.

In February 2016, Facebook revamped their Like feature by introducing “Reactions.” This new feature allowed users to share how they felt about a post – whether it made them laugh or cry, or express emotions such as surprise or anger. This finally resolved one of Facebook’s perpetual problems, too: knowing how to respond to a friend sharing bad news without implying that you “like” their unfortunate predicament.

For WordPress webmasters, we tend to analyze our audience’s engagement using cold hard statistics – number of comments, social shares, and Google Analytics metrics. If, however, you want to present more human emotions on your website, well, now you can!

Since Facebook Reactions was released, a number of plugins have appeared on the official directory that let you add Facebook Reactions to WordPress.

Why might you want Facebook-style reactions on your website, though? Well, for starters it offers another way for your audience to interact with you. More importantly, though, the emoji are instantly recognizable and they’re good fun. Owners of social media-driven, viral content websites will find them especially useful.

If you want to add Facebook Reactions to WordPress, I recommend the Emojics Reactions plugin – it’s available for free by following the link below.

Using the Emojics WordPress Reaction Buttons and Feedback Emoji plugin to add Facebook Reactions to WordPress

Before we can use the plugin, we need to install it (here’s our detailed guide on how to install a plugin).

In short, log in to your WordPress dashboard, then click Plugins / Add New. Now search for Emojics Reactions.

The plugin should be the first one returned – in fact, it’s currently the only plugin returned.

Emojics has good user reviews for reactions

Complete the installation by clicking Install Now / Activate Plugin.

How to configure the Emojics Reactions plugin

The plugin is really simple to configure, too, and should take no more than a few minutes. You will find the settings listed on the left next to Emojics. There are only a few fields to work through, so things are relatively straightforward.

To add Facebook Reactions to WordPress, start by signing up for a free account. Once you complete the sign up go to “settings” and enable the widget accordingly.

You can choose all of your pages, media library, categories, and even your 404 page. The counter is enabled by default, which is a great way to encourage more clicks, so it’s highly recommended.

At this point, you can switch to “set widget” to take more control over the appearance and position. Here you can set the copy for the CTA and choose the reaction set.

Configure Emojics messages and reaction set in the Set Widget screen

The Facebook reaction buttons are fully responsive and include stylish animations – when visitors hover over the Like button, the reactions pop up.

The display counters will be beneath each of the reactions.

Facebook Reaction Counters

Next, you get to choose where the buttons are displayed – the positioning on the screen and which page types they appear on.

Choosing the positioning on the screen is incredibly straightforward. There are four options: middle left or right, or bottom left or right:

Customizing the placement of reactions
Finally, you can choose to exclude URLs from this screen. You can change the display counter to count or percentage, plus you can choose to display them on specialist pages such as the homepage and/or archive page:

When you’re happy, hit Save.

Job done! Depending on your chosen settings, the reactions will now automatically appear on your site.

And that’s all there is to it! Quick, easy, and painless.

Emojics Pro

So far, we’ve only discussed the functionalities available in the free version of Emojics Reactions – and the free plugin has all the features you need, really.

If, however, you want to support the developers and unlock a few extra features, you can upgrade right from the dashboard for just $14.

The pro version supports a few automated campaigns, advanced analytics that lets you track user reactions across your entire site without time limitations.

Final thoughts

Now you can add Facebook Reactions to WordPress quite easily, courtesy of the free Emojics Reactions plugin. The plugin takes no more than a few moments to setup – or no time at all, as the default settings are usable out-the-box – and adds stylish reaction buttons and counters to your website, as the screenshots above demonstrate.

Reactions give your visitors a cool new way to interact with your website, plus your audience can collectively indicate how they feel about your content – and you can use this feedback to craft even better content!

Are you using the Emojics Reactions plugin? Share your thoughts and ask any questions in the comments below!
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