glFusion now supports social sharing and follow integration, allowing a much more integrated social media interaction.
There are several pre-configured social sharing sites available. You can disable the sites you do not want to integrate with, or disable all sites to completely disable social sharing.
Navigate to Command & Control → Social Integrations → Share Services. Here you can select which social sites to enable.
A Share It block will be displayed at the end of each article and Media Gallery item, allowing your site users to easily share the content on their favorite social media site.
glFusion also supports the ability for both your site and your users to select and configure which social media sites they belong to and have Follow Me buttons appear on their profile page, or in the footer of your site.
Site Follow Us Integration
If you have Social Media sites setup for your website, for example a Facebook page for your site, you can configure these sites to be displayed in a Follow Us block displayed in the footer of your site.
Navigate to Command & Control → Social Integrations → Social Site Memberships. Here you will put just the username for the sites you want to display. For example, glFusion's Facebook page is set to the glfusion.cms user, so this is what we enter on the Facebook entry.
Additional HTML for block - displays after follow buttons
User Follow Me Integration
User's on your site can also have Follow Me buttons for their user profile page. You can configure which services you want to allow your users to configure.
Open Graph / Facebook
The Open Graph protocol enables any web page to become a rich object in a social graph. For instance, this is used on Facebook to allow any web page to have the same functionality as any other native object on Facebook.
By setting the appropriate Open Graph meta data on your web pages, Facebook and other social media sites are able to better represent your web page, story, or media item.
glFusion supports the Open Graph meta data on stories and Media Gallery items. If you share either of these via social media, this will provide a much richer representation. For example, here is a story shared on Facebook:
As you can see from this example, Facebook was able to pickup the story image and the short description.
It is important to ensure the social site crawlers can access your site and the media directly. Ensure that you are not blocking the crawlers or the directories containing your media in your .htaccess or robots.txt file.
With Twitter Cards, you can attach rich photos to Tweets that drive traffic to your website. Simply add a few lines of HTML to your webpage, and users who Tweet links to your content will have a “Card” added to the Tweet that’s visible to all of their followers.
glFusion supports Twitter Cards for both stories and Media Gallery images. Here is an example of how a shared item would look using Twitter Cards: