Today I wanted to share with everyone one of my favorite web services that saves me a lot of time. If This Then That aka IFTTT is a free web service that helps you automate online tasks. To use IFTTT a user creates a recipe that is triggered whenever they perform a certain action. For example, every time I post a picture on my class Instagram account IFTTT automatically creates a blog post of the photo on my class blog. At both MORCS and BCCS the school websites use IFTTT to automatically create blog posts based on events that have been added to a specific calendar.
There are thousands of pre-made recipes that you can use if you don’t want to create your own. To browse a list of pre-made recipes please click here. For a list of services that you can use IFTT with please click here. Below are a few of my favorite IFTTT recipes that I use in my classroom and personal life.
Creating A Backup Of Your WordPress Blog
Archive WordPress posts to Evernote
This recipe will automatically back up all of your WordPress Blog posts to your Evernote Account. This recipe is perfect for creating an archive of old blog posts.
Backup new WordPress posts to Google Drive
This recipe will automatically back up all of your WordPress Blog posts to your Google Drive Account. This recipe is perfect for creating an archive of old blog posts.
Automatically Generated Blog Posts
Calendar Event Post to WordPress
This recipe will automatically create a WordPress Blog post when you add a new event to a calendar. This recipe is perfect for sharing assignment due dates.
Instagram Photos to WordPress
This recipe will automatically create a WordPress Blog post of a picture that you upload to Instagram. This recipe is perfect for sharing pictures of student work on your blog. If you use a class Instagram account please just keep in mind student privacy laws (no last names or faces!).
Instagram #tag to WordPress category as photo post
This recipe will automatically create a WordPress Blog post of an Instagram photo that contains a specific tag. This recipe is perfect for choosing what photos are shared on your blog. Again please keep in mind student privacy laws if you plan on using Instagram in your class.
Just for Fun
Text me if the CDC reports a Zombie outbreak
This recipe is an essential one that I recommend everyone turn on. If a Zombie outbreak was to happen you would want to be the first to know!