There is a new feature available for the Facebook social platform that is named as Reactions. Acting with the similar function of the Like button, Facebook Reactions allows people to better respond to your articles and posts using the emoji, expressing their opinions via a vivid manner.
To use this feature, people simply need to long press the Like button when browsing Facebook via a smartphone or to hover the mouse over it when on the desktop browser. After that, this social platform will display a panel of additional reactions that can be used to give the quick feedback on the posted words. Note that each reaction features a unique emoji. In addition to the regular option of “Like”, there are some other expressions such as “Love”, “Angry”, “Wow” and “Haha”.
Surely, Facebook Reactions is a great and worth-trying feature. However, it is not yet available for any WordPress powered website. In this case, you have to add this feature to your site manually. Looking to know how to achieve this? Check the below two methods about how to use Facebook Reactions in WordPress posts.
Method 1 – Utilize DW Reactions
This plugin ensures you the standard Facebook Reactions feature that helps your readers express their feelings on your posts more than just clicking on the Like button. Developed with the UX design of Facebook, this special plugin gives your visitors the great experiences on both mobile and desktop.
To begin with, you need to download and install DW Reactions via your WordPress admin panel. After that, you can do some simple configurations of it by clicking the Reactions button from the Settings tab.
This plugin achieves the flexible usage for you. With it, you can not only display the Facebook Reactions button, but also show the counts you have got for your posts. This way, people can easily know how other readers view your content.
In addition, you can require your visitors to register and to log in before adding the reactions. Personally, we recommend you to do so, for this practice can prevent spam and some malicious feedbacks.
Based on your personal taste and the webpage design, you can choose to display the reactions button above or below your post content.
It is possible that you do not want to apply this feature to all the pages on your site. In this case, you can choose to show the reactions button and count on your homepage, archive pages, blog posts and webpages based on your needs.
In addition, this plugin allows you to manually insert the Facebook Reactions feature to some specific posts and pages of your site. For this, you simply need to enter the [reactions] shortcode into the selected options.
The final result simply looks like the below screenshot.
Method 2 – Utilize Feelback Reactions
This is another great tool that allows your readers to better express how they feel about your content by clicking one of the 5 custom reactions. As compared with the above-mentioned plugin, the Feelback Reactions gives you much freedom for choosing the design of the emoji that fits your site the best. In addition to the Facebook-style reactions, you have another 17 options to choose. This can be done from the Settings > Vicomi of your WordPress dashboard.
In addition, you can change the text of each reaction by logging into this page.
Even, this plugin will give you a report of your page views, engagement and referrals by analyzing the added reactions, so you can easily know which reaction leads readers to spend more time on your posts and how can these reactions influence your page views.