In this article, you’ll learn what is IFTTT and how to use IFTTT to automate WordPress related tasks.
As bloggers, web admins and entrepreneurs in general, we are always looking for ways to save time without sacrificing quality. If you’ve been working with WordPress for some time now or know of other well-known bloggers, then you know that there are ways to automate certain actions within WordPress and ways to be more productive.
Everyone seems to have a favorite method or tool to use in order to help make certain aspects of their lives easier.
Today, we’ll be talking a bit about on newer tool that is gaining a bit of popularity.
That tool is called IFTTT.
Let’s learn how to use IFTTT and how can you automate WordPress tasks with it.
What is IFTTT?
IFTTT stands for, If This Then That. It is not a WordPress plugin, but rather a free online web tool that can be used to automate quite a few of your daily needs. In fact, if used to its fullest extent, IFTT could be like the virtual assistant you always needed but couldn’t afford until now.
So how does it work exactly?
IFTTT is built to let you string together what they call a “recipe”. Basically, you create a trigger that is set off by a certain action.
- If someone follows me on twitter then send a thank you tweet.
So, if X happens then the effect should be Y. Thus the name, If This Then That.
Creating and using these recipes means that you can automate tasks that you would have had to spend the time doing yourself. Though there is a ton of personal things that you could use the tool for, one of the most helpful things that you can set the tool up to do is automate certain WordPress related tasks.
Once you see just how simple it is to do and just much it can help, you’ll be glad you learned about it.
How to use IFTTT to automate WordPress tasks?
First off, no, IFTTT cannot write a post for you (*wink*) but there are a ton of other things that it can do and once you set them up, you’ll never have to think about them again.
Here are just a few examples of how to use IFTTT:
- If I post an Instagram photo, then create a post with the image in WordPress.
- If I post something in WordPress, then Tweet the post with an image to my Twitter.
- If I publish a post in WordPress, then add my post to Buffer.
Honestly, the list for these type of automated recipes is endless and with all the options you have at your disposal, you can find the perfect combination of things for WordPress or anything else to make your digital based life easier.
Wrapping it up
As many of you already know, run a web based business and WordPress powered site requires more work than most people will give your credit for. There are going to be days where you feel like you’re swimming in a neverending amount of tasks.
Using a tool like IFTTT is just one of the ways where you can give you self a bit of breathing room without sacrificing your work ethic. Have you used IFTTT yet? What are your go-to Recipes to make your life easier?