The Automattic development team, led by Matthias Pfefferle, has released version 1.0 of the plugin ActivityPub, which includes improvements that optimize operation and two blocks; one, which allows you to show the option to follow your blog on the fediverse. And another to explore the list of your blog followers. You can see both in action on the Blogpocket page Feed de Mastodon.
At the end of this post, you will find articles related to more details about the ActivityPub plugin and how to federate a WordPress website.
The ActivityPub plugin allows you to enter directly into the fediverse and broadcast your blog to a wider audience. You can attract followers, publish content, and receive feedback from a user base across platforms that support the ActivityPub protocol.
With the ActivityPub plugin installed, your WordPress blog works as a federated profile, along with each author’s profiles. For example, Blogpocket’s website in english is social.blogpocket.com, then the profile of the entire blog can be found at @social, and I as an author have the individual profile in @antonio.
If you follow my profile @antonio Mastodon, for example, any post I make will appear in your home feed.
At the same time, if you follow the profile of the entire blog (@social), you will receive updates from all possible authors (in this case, only I publish on Blogpocket).
The ActivityPub plugin works with the following tested federated platforms, but there may be more that it also works with:
The process to get the ActivityPub plugin working is:
- Install the ActivityPub plugin.
- Go to the plugin’s settings page and adjust the settings to your liking. Click the Save button when ready.
- Make sure your blog’s author profile page is active if you are using author profiles.
- Go to Mastodon or any other federated platform, find your profile and follow it. Your new profile will be in the format or@email@example.com, @firstname.lastname@example.org that’s what you’ll look for.
- On your blog, publish a new entry.
- From Mastodon, check to see if the new post appears in your home feed.
This plugin provides 2 blocks.
- Follow me on Fediverse. Show your fediverse profile so visitors can follow you.
- Faithful followers. Show your fediverse followers on your website.
See how both blocks work in the case of Blogpocket (federated blog)
List of followers:
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