Allowing ‘Likes’

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    678teacher
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    Hi there! I recently set up a blog site (1scoopor2.home.blog) for my middle school Communication Arts classes to use as a way to publish and celebrate their writings. We noticed that no one can ‘like’ their posts without having a WordPress account. Is there a way to allow anyone- like their parents, friends, and grandparents- to not only view their work but also ‘like’ and comment on the pieces?

    The blog I need help with is 1scoopor2.home.blog.

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    Hello @678teacher,

    Likes are one such WordPress.com feature that requires a WordPress.com account to like a blog post. There is no other way to allow a viewer to like a post without being logged in. It is very similar to how other social media big shots like Facebook, Tumblr or Medium posts require you to be logged in to use this feature. Privacy concerns are another reason why this barrier exists.

    However on your WordPress.com platform, anyone can follow any public WordPress.com site via email. This is possible through both the action bar WordPress.com already displays on all their WordPress.com sites by default and via a Follow blog widget site owners can add to their site:
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/following/#if-you-do-not-have-a-wordpress-com-account

    Quoting this from the Likes WordPress.com Support document.

    Visitors must be logged into WordPress.com in order to use the Like button. An alternative for non-WordPress.com visitors is to use the Ratings system.

    And now, if you have the question on how can you measure the traffic for your posts. Remember likes are not the only reactions that can measure the popularity of your blog posts or blog.

    It is now important to know that WordPress.com stats are not real time stats. To educate yourself more on this, see here http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/ The key to spiking your stats is based on the views per blog post or the site itself.

    First things first. Likes, follows, shares and reblogs are not page views. In fact, these features are completely misleading when you are talking about page view stats. For instance, your followers or anyone with a WordPress.com blog who is logged into WordPress.com can “like”, “share” and “reblog” your posts in several locations such as the Reader, without ever clicking into your blog and creating a single page view stat.

    Another worthy trick here on WordPress.com is choosing to control the length of the entry sent out on your RSS feed by following these steps > Settings > Reading. Choose the “summary” setting for your RSS feed rather than to “full text”. This setting will compel followers who are not using mobiles to click into the blog to read the full post which will create a page view stat.

    Here are a few useful forum threads on these topics:
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/can-anyone-like-my-posts-without-a-wordpress-account/
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/wordpresscom-reader-show-full-text/?replies=31#post-1373606

    Hope this was helpful. All the best.

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