On Monday, Facebook announced a partnership with WordPress's parent company for a new Instant Articles plugin.
WordPress powers over a quarter of the web, and now these websites will be supported by Facebook's Instant Articles. "We're always looking for ways to make it easier for publishers to share their content on Facebook, so we've 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 Facebook Engineering Partner Chris Ackermann in a blog post announcing the new plugin. "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." Facebook said that this plugin is open source and encourages the community to participate in its development and send feedback via GitHub.
Last month, Facebook announced that Instant Articles will be open to all publishers by its F8 conference on April 12. When Instant Articles opens to everyone in April, this WordPress plugin will be available out-of-the-box with standard WordPress templates. "Our goal from the beginning has been to make Instant Articles available to all publishers and our partnership with Automattic is another exciting step towards realizing that goal on April 12 at our F8 conference," said Ackermann. "We will continue to iterate the plugin over the coming weeks and look forward to collaborating with the WordPress community to improve the experience."
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