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Posted 16 May 2016 - 06:54 PM

Instant Articles are open to any interested publisher (like you and your business), it might be useful to know how to get started publishing them via WordPress. It's important here to understand that, even if almost anybody is able to enroll in the program, you're required to create and submit a group of 10 articles (before they required 50) to be reviewed and approved by Facebook before publication can begin.

Mandatory steps to get you started with Facebook Instant Articles
  • Join the program at Instant Articles. After you sing up, you'll need to choose which Facebook Page you’d like to activate articles for.
  • Claim your URL. Once you select your Facebook Page, you'll be asked to designate a URL you'd like to use for publishing your articles. You have three choices to determine which stories will be eligible for publication as Instant Articles: via a root domain, via a subdomain or a specific path within a domain.
  • Create articles. You can sync your blog with Instant Articles via Facebook's publishing tools, an RSS feed or by using an API.
The most effective way to automatically implement and manage Facebook Instant Articles on your WordPress website is via a new RSS feed that will tell Facebook your articles are correctly formatted in no time. Specifically, you'd need to create a new RSS feed in the form of /?feed=instant-articles or /feed/instant-articles, depending on your permalink settings, that Facebook can pull information from.

Before installing any plugin for Facebook Instant Articles

As with many other case scenarios within the WordPress world, plugins are often the very first resource many end up to. And even this time it'll be ok, but just bear in mind and understand that Facebook Instant Articles are a "new thing" and all the plugins currently available have issues, some of which are huge and can prevent you from effectively set up your WordPress website to properly format your article for your Facebook page.

For example, some days ago there were still users experiencing a fatal PHP error message after installing and activating the most referenced plugin for Facebook Instant Articles, the one from Automattic, available via GitHub.

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