The Friends plugin allows you to follow content from other WordPress sites, and interact with them on your own site. You can follow friends and others via RSS. If you also have the ActivityPub plugin installed, you can follow people on Mastodon and other ActivityPub-compatible social networks.

Since version 2.6.0, no users will be created for subscriptions.

Combine this plugin with the ActivityPub plugin to make your own WordPress your own Mastodon instance. Use the Enable Mastodon Apps to use mobile and desktop Mastodon apps with your own site.

The Friends Plugin also has a „friend request“ function which allows blogs to become friends with each other. This then allows private publishing on your blog while each of their friends has their own blog but will be able to see your privately published posts.

There are many small aspects that make it powerful self-hosted social reader:

You can…
– Have multiple feeds per person, so you can subscribe to their blog(s) and social media account(s).
– Categorize incoming content with Post Formats and view all posts of a certain format across your friends.
– Define rules to filter incoming content (sometimes you’re not interested in everything your friends do).
– Turn your favorite blog into your personal newsletter by receiving full-post notification e-mails
– Use feed rules to filter out content you are not interested in.
– Receive ePubs of your friends‘ posts to your eReader (via another plugin).
– Collect posts (from your feeds or around the web) in a collection for later reference (via another plugin).


The Friends Plugin was built to make use of what WordPress provides:

  • Du nutzt die WordPress-Infrastruktur (Gutenberg oder klassischer Editor, je nachdem was du bevorzugst), um deine Beiträge zu erstellen.
  • If a post is private, only logged-in friends can see it. They can only log in through their own Friends plugin on their blog.
  • Therefore, your friend is just a user on your WordPress blog, their posts are theirs, you can delete them to unfriend them.
  • No extra tables: The Friends plugin just uses a post type, options and some taxonomies to store its data. When you delete the plugin, your WordPress will be slim like before.

In future, I could see mobile apps instead of talking to a third party, to talk to your own blog. It will have your friends‘ posts already fetched. Maybe the apps will be specialized, like Twitter or Instagram, where you’d only interact with and create posts in the specific post format.

Das Logo wurde von Ramon Dodd, @ramonopoly, erstellt. Danke!

Documentation for the plugin can be found on the GitHub project Wiki.

Development of this plugin is done on GitHub. Pull requests welcome. Please see issues reported there before going to the plugin forum.


  • Compact view is like Google Reader
  • Du kannst es wie einen Feed-Reader verwenden
  • Aber eigentlich geht es um echte Personen; du kannst mehrere Feeds pro Person haben, sogar in sozialen Netzwerken (wobei diese Möglichkeit durch Plugins bereitgestellt wird)
  • Selbst mit Plugins erweiterbar
  • Verwende den Customizer, um die Oberfläche an deine Bedürfnisse anzupassen
  • Kategorisiere eingehende Inhalte mit Beitragsformaten und zeige alle Beiträge eines bestimmten Formats von allen Freunden an
  • Verwende Regeln, um eingehende Inhalte zu filtern (manchmal bist du nicht an allem interessiert, was deine Freunde so tun)
  • Freunde-Benutzer sind normale WordPress Benutzer mit wenigen Rechten
  • Eine Freundschaftsanfrage wird in der Standard-Benutzer-Ansicht akzeptiert. Lösche den Benutzer, um dies Anfrage abzulehnen.


Dieses Plugin unterstützt 4 Blöcke.

  • Friend Message
  • Friend Posts
  • Follow Me
  • Friends List


  1. Upload the friends directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‚Plugins‘ menu in WordPress


Erstellt dieses Plugin Datenbank-Tabellen?

Nein, die gesamte Funktionalität wird mit den eingebauten WordPress-Funktionen ermöglicht. Abonnements oder Freunde werden als Benutzer mit minimalen Rechten dargestellt. Externe Beiträge werden als eigener Beitragstyp gespeichert und den jeweiligen Benutzern zugeordnet.

Warum werden Benutzer in meinem WordPress erstellt?

Ich denke, dies ist eine sehr elegante Art, um die Inhalte zuzuordnen und es ermöglicht die Benutzer mitsamt Inhalt zu löschen. Die Benutzer haben minimale Rechte und können somit nicht verwendet werden, um Inhalte auf deiner Website zu veröffentlichen.

Die Benutzer können nur vom Freunde-Plugin deiner Freunde aus verwendet werden (sie werden mit einem starken Passwort erstellt, dessen Klartext gleich verworfen wird), sobald sie Freunde oder Bekannte sind.

Why is the friendship established between WordPress sites and not WordPress users?

For one, this allows to stick with established WordPress configurations and terminologies. For example, you can use the WordPress mobile apps to post privately to your site.

Secondly, a lot of WordPresses are like cell phones. Some are used by more than one person but mostly there is a 1:1 relationship between a WordPress blog and a person.

If someone has multiple WordPresses this actually allows to segment your friendships. Close friends might want to follow all your blogs but you’d only add your photographer friends to your photoblog.

What if the friend request is deleted or not accepted?

You’ll still see the public posts from the other WordPress, you’ve subscribed to its public RSS feed.

What’s the point? If I want to post something privately I can use Facebook.

Well, that’s actually exactly the point. Facebook owns your data, with WordPress you can decide where you want to host it and have all the benefits of running open source software.

What happens if I modify or delete a post?

There is a cache of your friends post in form of a Custom Post Type friend_post that is updated when you change a post. When you delete a post your friends‘ WordPresses are notified and they delete the cached post.


4. Mai 2024 1 Antwort
I started using this plugin in combination with the ActivityPub plugin. ActivityPub broadcasts my posts to Mastodon and other services across the Fediverse; the Friends plugin allows my followers to interact with my posts. Together the result is that my WordPress site acts (sort of) as a Fediverse instance. Very cool!After seeing the possibilities here, I am working on creating a small network of WordPress sites using the Friends plugin. Each of the sites represents an organization working on related community advocacy projects, and I am excited about the possibilities for connecting and sharing information in this way.
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  • Fix Friend Request notification setting saving (#313)
  • Add a Stats Widget (#297)
  • Enable Mastodon Apps: Improve virtual user handling (#310)
  • Increase cron feed polling frequency – this doesn’t poll the feeds more often, just increases its reliability (#312)
  • Add my-apps icon (#308)
  • Enable Mastodon Apps CloudFest Hackathon Compatibility Updates (#298)
  • Fix Notification Author and Highlight a Matched Keyword (#306)


  • Fix the reblog title (#300)


  • Fix issues discovered by the plugin check plugin (#301)


  • One more fix to the update routine for previous version


  • Fix update routine for previous version