Complete guide on implementing Facebook emoji reactions in WordPress website

Most social media marketers (and users for that fact) are aware of Facebook’s new Reactions feature, which makes the news feed a lot more expressive with various reactions available in the form of emoticons. This has solved the most enduring problems that are how to reply to the bad news without hinting that you like a regrettable crisis. For that convenience, facebook has launched five different reactions including like, love, Happy (HaHa), Wow, sad and angry.

When the facebook reactions came into the market, the different plugins also got its acceptance in WordPress with the facebook reactions. The WordPress developers like to add these emojis to their WordPress posts to enable visitors to provide value and rapid feedback of their articles with WordPress CMS development services.

implementing Facebook emoji reactions in WordPress website

With this much of initiation, we would like to ask you why do you want Facebook reactions on your website? Do you know it is another manner to increase the visitor’s engagement? Generally, social media-oriented businesses find it exclusively useful. Here, in this article, we have come up with the significant reasons for adding Facebook reactions to WordPress with its appropriate way of adding. So, let’s proceed without wasting any time!

Reasons to add emojis to WordPress posts

Create a user-friendly space

Since we often don’t get to share facial expressions online. Reviews and feedback can sometimes be difficult to interpret but emoticons may lend a hand. They allow Web users to share their facial expressions as well as website owners to rightly interpret the reviews.

Encourage user feedback

A majority of visitors come to your website, read a post and leave without even leaving a comment or feedback. This can be because of the lengthy process of registering or logging in to your website commenting system. This makes it very difficult for the website owners to understand whether their visitors like the information provided on their website or not. However, adding emoticons to your site encourages visitors to leave comments or share their reviews about the post simply by clicking on an emoticon.

Helps to communicate with the followers better

An emoticon is a great way to establish good communication with your followers and fans. When a person looks at an emoticon on the Internet, it has been suggested that the person feels as if he/she is looking at a real human face. This gives them real-life user experience on your website and lets visitors visit the website again.

Unfortunately, this new Facebook feature is still not made available for WP sites on the whole, but it can be availed with the help of a plugin.

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DW Reactions WordPress plugin is a new WP feature inspired by Facebook Reactions and enables you to add many more reactions to every post other than just the “Like” button. After the launch of this plugin, it has been downloaded more than 1,240 times.

DW Reactions comes with a wide range of features as mentioned below:

Flexible Usage

DW Reactions plugin allows you to add the reactions feature above or below the content of your posts as per your needs and preference right from your WordPress admin panel.

Great User Experience

The plugin makes use of the UX design of FB to allow visitors to have great user experience on every Internet-enabled device.

Php Function and Short Code Supported

The plugin also allows you to use PHP function dw_reactions() or shortcode to show the reactions button and counting for your WP theme.

How to add DW Reactions plugin to your WordPress website

Step 1 # 
To use DW Reactions plugin, you need to first install and activate this plugin, which can either be done manually by downloading the .zip file of the plugin from or installing it automatically from the WordPress dashboard. Here’s how:

Step 2 # 
Open your WordPress dashboard and click plugins → add new. You will be redirected to a new page where you will see a search box in the right corner. Search DW Reactions in the search box and hit enter.

Step 3 # 
Click install now to install the plugin and activate once installed.

Step 4 # 
Once activated, you need to configure the plugin via Reaction’s setting page. Click Settings → Reactions and you will be redirected to the Reactions settings page.

Step 5 # 
The page includes a variety of options to configure and to add reactions to your WordPress posts, check the boxes beside. Show reactions count options and Show reactions button.

Step 6 # 
The settings page has other options that allow you to choose the position where you would want to display the reactions button. Check “show the reactions button” above the post content” to display them above the content of your post or check “show the reactions button” below the post content to display it below the content.

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Step 7# 
You can also choose pages on which you want to display the reactions button. This option lets you check the following pages:

  1. Homepage
  2. Archive Pages
  3. All posts
  4. All pages

Step 8 # 
Check them all if you want to display the button on all of the above pages.

Step 9 # 
By default, DW Reaction plugin allows only signed in and registered users to post reactions on your WordPress posts, however, you can change the setting by unchecking the Users must be registered and logged in to add reaction option.

Also read: Top WordPress Plugins Business Websites Must Have in 2019

Step 10 # 
Hit save to save all the changes you have made in the settings of the plugin and visit your site to check if the plugin works or not.

Step 11 # 
If, in case you do not want to show the reactions button on every page, you would need to uncheck the first two options in the automatic display section on the settings page. Once disabled, you can make use of [reactions] shortcode on the selected pages to show the reactions button.

Wrapping Up

The basic aim of this article is to introduce the readers with the benefits of adding facebook reactions to WordPress. The ways by which the facebook reactions can be added are also defined. We hope you will find this article crucial. If there would be any suggestions and or anythings that we lack in adding than do let us know in the comment section below. Your engagement will be highly acknowledged.

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Emily Johns is a web developer and IT consultant at WordSuccor, a Custom WordPress Theme Development Company. She is dived through open-source code for over a decade and shares everything about WordPress and new Web design technologies. You can find her on Twitter!

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