Medium has positioned itself as the go-to place for high quality content for about everything under the sun. The authors are, very often, subject area experts and write with confidence that comes with experience and expertise.
Given the high quality of content and informed readership, it is no surprise that every article on Medium receives the attention of many people who are interested in particular topics. It is easy to leverage this attention and interest into increased readership and following for your WordPress websites and blogs.
In this article, I will discuss how you can link your WordPress blog to a Medium account. Thus, every time you update the WordPress blog with a post, it will automatically cross-post to Medium.
How to Integrate WordPress Medium Plugin
Login to the WordPress Admin Panel and go to the Plugins tab. Search for the Medium plugin, then install and activate the plugin.
Once the plugin is activated, you need to go to User >> Your Profile tab in the menu panel. Scroll down and you will see the Member section. In this section the field Integration Token is blank by default.
Now,you need to create a Medium account first because it is an essential requirement for integration token. To do that, go to Medium’s website and click the Signup button to create your account.
For ease, I am connecting Medium with my Google account. You can opt for Twitter or Facebook account integration as well.
Once the account is set up, Medium suggests some incredible stuff based on your interests.
Once you have completed the steps shown above, you will be directed to Medium’s main page.
Now it’s time to get the integration token.
Go to Medium’s settings’ page and scroll down to the Identification Tokens section.. You will find the button for Medium WordPress Plugin token as shown in the image below.
Copy and paste this code in the Integration section of the WordPress plugin.
Once you have generated the code, copy and paste the code in the Integration section of the WordPress plugin.
Posting to Medium
Posting WordPress posts to Medium is a simple matter.
Go to the Posts tab. For this demonstration, I will use the first post about migrating a WordPress website to Cloudways.
Under the Publish section, you can see the Medium section. By default, all the settings have been filled in and you don’t need to make any changes. When you publish any post, it will be published to Medium as well.
Remember that if you make any changes to the blog post after cross-publication, the changes would not be reflected in the Medium post. It is recommended that you update it yourself after you have finalized the blog.
Once done, you will see the link to the Medium post. You can click this link and go to Medium to see the post there.
Customizing Medium Plugin
Customizing the WordPress Medium plugin allows for a more streamlined performance.
To make changes, go to User >> Your Profile and scroll down to see the default settings for the plugin.
Default Cross Post Status
You have several options in this dropdown menu such as None, Public, Draft and Unlisted via default cross post status. The default option is Public. However, I recommend you change it to Draft. This way, you can make further changes to the Medium post without affecting the WordPress post.
Default Cross-Post License
Their is a default license to use when creating a post on Medium. It does not display any license information locally and can be changed for individual post.
Default Cross-Link Status
This is the cross-link between WordPress and Medium. It can be selected for individual posts.
I discussed how to connect your WordPress blog to Medium in this article, and if you have any queries or suggestion about this topic, feel free to comment.
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