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How to connect your BoostSuite and WordPress accounts

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2016 03:36PM EDT

We are happy to announce we now auto-publish to WordPress blogs. Follow these steps to connect your BoostSuite account to your WordPress blog. Once it's set up, when your article trades are accepted in BoostSuite, partner articles will be instantly published to your WordPress blog.

 

You'll save time and eliminate the hassle of copying and pasting partner articles into your WordPress blog.

 

Follow the (5) steps below to learn just how to do that.

 

Note: Also use the BoostSuite plugin for WordPress to instantly install our tracking code on your WordPress website. The steps below will not install our tracking code.

Step #1


If your WordPress website runs by using a hosting company (like GoDaddy, 1&1, Bluehost, HostGator, MediaTemple, Dreamhost, etc) you have a self-hosted WordPress blog. In order to connect BoostSuite to your self-hosted WordPress blog, you will first need to create a WordPress.com account.

Don’t worry, it’s quick, easy, and FREE.

Note: If your WordPress website is hosted by the web hosting service WordPress.com, you can skip to step #5.

Create a free WordPress.com account by visiting www.wordpress.com and clicking "Create Website".

Click the Create Website button. Don’t worry, you’re not actually creating a new website, you’re simply creating a free WordPress.com account that later we will connect with your WordPress website wherever it is actually hosted.



In the Site Address field it really doesn’t matter what you enter here. Just type a name that hasn’t been used in their system before, like your business name. You won’t be using WordPress.com for your website, you’re only creating a free account to connect with your real WordPress website. Then click "Create Your Site and Continue".



Enter your email address, create a username, then set a password. Then click the "Next Step" button.



Click the "No Thanks" button at the bottom.



Scroll to the bottom then click "Next Step".



At the bottom of the first column, click the Select Free button. Now, check your email and find an email with the subject “Activate” from Wordpress.com.



Click the "Confirm Email Address" button. You’ll be returned to your WordPress.com account and shown the message “Email Verified!”.


Your free WordPress.com account is now ready to go. We’ll come back to WordPress.com later in this tutorial.


Step #2
 

Next install the Jetpack plugin in your WordPress website.

Note: If your WordPress website is hosted by WordPress.com, skip to step #5.

Note: If you have already installed the Jetpack plugin on your self-hosted Wordpress website, skip to step #3.

First visit your WordPress website and log in to the admin area.



If you only have access to post and edit pages and blogs, you’ll need to find a user with administrative access and log in as them.

Note: In order to connect your WordPress site with BoostSuite, your WordPress username doesn’t have to be “admin” but you do have to have access to install and configure plugins in your WordPress website, which means you have administrative rights.

Click Plugins in the left menu.

Click the "Add New" button then type “Jetpack” into the Search Plugins box.



Click the "Install Now" button on the Jetpack by WordPress.com plugin.



Click "OK" to proceed with the installation.



Depending on the web hosting company you use, you may see a message warning you to backup your site before installing any plugins. Follow any recommendations from your hosting company before proceeding.



Click the "Activate Plugin" link to turn the JetPack plugin on in your WordPress website.


 

Step #3

Connect Jetpack in your WordPress website to your WordPress.com account.

Note: If your WordPress website is hosted by WordPress.com, skip to step #5.

Note: If you have already connected the Jetpack plugin in your self-hosted Wordpress website to your WordPress.com account, skip to step #4.

You should see this message “Your Jetpack is almost ready!” at the top of the Plugins screen in the admin area of your self-hosted WordPress website.

Click the “Connect to WordPress.com” button to connect the Jetpack plugin to your existing WordPress.com account. If you are not currently logged into your WordPress.com account, you’ll be asked to log in.



Click the "Approve" button. You’ll be returned to your WordPress website and will see the message “Your Jetpack is now connected” in the Jetpack plugin screen.



Step #4

Make sure your WordPress.com user is the primary user in Jetpack. Here’s how.

Note: If your WordPress website is hosted by WordPress.com, skip to step #5.

Log in to your self-hosted WordPress website, click Jetpack in the left menu then click the "My Jetpack" button.
 



Under the Jetpack Primary User heading, confirm that your WordPress.com user is the “primary” connecting user.


 

If a different username is shown as the primary user for Jetpack, you’ll need to get access to that WordPress.com account. Or, you can change the primary user to be your WordPress.com username instead, then click the "Save" button.

If only one username is shown in the list, as long as it’s your WordPress.com username, everything is set up correctly.

If your username isn’t in the list, repeat step #3.

Step #5

Connect your BoostSuite account with your WordPress website.

Note: If you don’t yet have a BoostSuite account, sign up for free by visiting www.boostsuite.com and clicking the Sign Up Free button.

Log in to your BoostSuite account by visiting www.boostsuite.com and clicking the "Login" button.



Click the Tasks tab (within Co-Marketing), then click the gear icon at the righthand side to open the Website Platform connection tool.

Note: In some older versions of BoostSuite, the gear icon is found on the right hand side of the account under Optimization > Suggestions.



Select WordPress from the list of Website Platforms, then enter the domain name of your WordPress website then click "Save". You’ll be taken back to WordPress.com.



If you are not currently logged into your WordPress.com account, you’ll be asked to log in.

Then click the "Approve" button.

You’ll be returned to your WordPress website and asked to log in (even if you are already logged in) again to allow BoostSuite access to connect to your website.



Enter in your WordPress website username and password then click the "Log In" button.

You’ll be returned to the Tasks interface in BoostSuite and the Website Platform connection tool will be closed.



Congratulations! Your BoostSuite account is now properly connected to your WordPress website.

Now, when you accept trade requests, and when your trade requests are accepted by others, in BoostSuite, your partner’s content will be instantly posted to your WordPress blog. Neato eh?

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