First Steps with Social Stacks for WordPress

Assume that you installed and activated Social Stacks plugin as described in Installation and Requirements article. Let's navigate to the WordPress Admin Panel and setup our first Stack.

Authenticate your site with Social Network

Some social networks require auth keys for (sic!) your site before you can pull any content from there. At the time of this writing authentication part is necessary for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+. If you want to stream content from any of these networks you need to setup it accordingly to specific SN terms. This settings must be stored under Auth tab of Social Stacks. We strongly recommend to start with this step.

Important article: Auth Setup Guides

Creating your first Stack

  1. Open plugin’s page and make sure Stacks tab is active.
  2. Click Add Stack button. We'll be moved to new Stack's settings page.
  3. Start with naming your stack and adding first feed to your Stack.
  4. Click the button Add social feed.
  5. Choose social network and setup feed accordingly to simple rules described with visible hints. Don't ignore them because it's the part of common mistakes.
  6. Click Add feed. We'll be moved back to Stack's settings page. Now you can see that you have your first feed associated with current Stack.

From this point your settings is done if you don't really need any further customization. You can save it, then go back to the list and here we go. Now you see the table with newly created Stack and shortcode for it.

Adding first Stack on pages

There are three methods to add Stack on page. 

  1. Paste according Stack shortcode (found on Stacks list) whenever you want. You can create empty page and paste shortcode there. Or add it in the middle of post for social context. Here is more info about Shortcodes
  2. Add Social Stacks widget to any widget area of your theme. When adding widget you're choosing which stack to use.
  3. Using Stack's settings you can tell plugin to add Stack after your posts (categories can be specified).