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How to Add Facebook Like Reactions to Your WordPress Posts

Do you want to add Facebook like reactions to your WordPress blog posts? Emotional reactions allow users a way to provide quick feedback on your articles. In this article, we will show you how to add Facebook like reactions to your WordPress posts.

Adding Facebook Type Reactions for WordPress Blog Posts

What is Reactions?

Facebook recently added more ways for users to show their reaction on posts in their timelines. Aside from just clicking like on the post, they can also show other expressions.

Facebook reactions

However this Facebook feature is not yet available for WordPress sites. You can still use the old Facebook like button.

However there are other WordPress plugins that allow you to engage readers with post reactions or with points system.

Since Facebook’s implementation is the fastest and more visually appealing, we found a WordPress plugin that allows you to add facebook like reactions to your WordPress posts..

Let’s see how you can add the functionality similar to Facebook reactions in your WordPress blog posts.

Setting up Emotional Reactions in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the DW Reactions plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Reactions page to configure the plugin settings.

Reactions Settings

For automatic display of reactions in your blog posts, check the boxes next to Show reactions button and Show reactions count options.

By default, the plugin allows registered and logged in users to react. You can change that by unchecking the box next to ‘Users must be registered and logged in to add reaction’ option.

After that click on the Save changes button to store your plugin settings.

You can now visit your website to see the plugin in action.

Facebook type Reactions in WordPress

If you only want to show reactions on selected posts and pages, then you need to disable automatic display by unchecking the first two options in the plugin settings.

After that, you can use the [reactions] shortcode in your posts and pages where you want to display reactions.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you add Facebook like reactions to your WordPress blog posts. You may also want to see our guide on adding a post rating system in WordPress.

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23 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. when a user give certain reaction, like haha or like then it would automatically appear on my Facebook Page too?

  2. Yikes! Wanted the plugin but seems like a ton of work simply for an emoticon for a post… guess I’m stuck with my account…

  3. This plugin works GREAT on my laptop and PC but it only gives the Like icon on tablet and mobile – both android. Is this the case or do I need to adjust a setting? Help would be appreciated. Thanks

  4. I’ve just installed this after reading your post, this will go will with my facbook comments plugin – Thank you!

  5. We can make it visible in all posts by adding do short code at the single.php isn’t it ???

  6. At the top of the post the one about 1/5 of the reaction icons are viable. At the bottom the post the icons are not appearing. When you hover over the icon it quick appears and then goes to blank white again.

    Love the idea – would love it to work properly.

    • May be conflicting with your theme or some other plugin. Contact plugin author for support or try deactivating all other WordPress plugins and switching to a default theme. Then activate all plugins one by one until you find the one causing the conflict.


  7. Thanks for sharing the information about DW Reactions plugin. Shall try in an upcoming site.

  8. That’s a really cool idea, thanks! It would probably be really cool if the reactions would show on the blog overview page – I guess you could insert something in the theme to achieve that?

  9. Hi!
    The only issue this plugin has is that you cannot click on a reaction because hover doesn’t work at all :(

  10. really great post but it is possible to genesis theme check my site please and tell me if possible

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