How to Use the New Facebook WordPress Plugin: A Complete Guide

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Facebook has released a highly comprehensive plugin for WordPress.

With the new plugin, you can perform sophisticated auto-publishing to your Timeline and add many Facebook features to your self-hosted WordPress blog. (This plugin does not work on blogs hosted on WordPress.com.)

This makes advanced Facebook social sharing features accessible to everyone.

This detailed article tells you how to install and use this powerful plugin.

#1: Install the Facebook Plugin on Your Blog

From inside your WordPress admin dashboard, go to the Plugin section and search for “Facebook.” The Facebook plugin for WordPress should appear at the top of the search results.

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Search for the word "Facebook" and the right plugin will be the first to appear in the search results.

After clicking “Install Now,” you’ll need to activate the plugin.

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After installing the plugin, you'll have to activate it before you can proceed.

WordPress will guide you through the necessary steps. The next step will be to create your own Facebook application. Don’t be afraid, this does not require a single line of code and is a pretty easy process.

#2: Create Your Very Own Facebook Application

In order to benefit from your newly installed Facebook plugin for WordPress, you need to create your own Facebook application.

To begin, go to Facebook apps and click on the Create New App button on the top right of your screen.

You’ll then be prompted to enter your App Name and your App Namespace. Choose that name wisely. In most cases, the best choice is to name your app after your blog’s name, as it will publish on Facebook with this name.

You can use spaces in your App Name (such as “Social Media Examiner”) but not in the App Namespace field (which should read something like “socialmediaexaminer”).

create new app

Choose your App Name wisely. Ideally, it should match your blog's name.

Once your name is defined, you’ll be taken to the setup screen. Enter your contact email, your blog’s domain, its exact URL in the “Website with Facebook Login” field and its mobile URL if you have a mobile version.

set up screen

Just fill in six fields and you're done. Creating a Facebook app is really easy.

Also, don’t forget to personalize your app logo and icon. They’ll both be visible with all of your blog publications on Facebook. Don’t miss this opportunity to increase your brand’s visibility!

personalize app logo

Personalize your app logo and icon. They are also both required to have your Open Graph actions approved.

These are the only options you need to set in the basic options menu. Don’t forget to click Save changes!

Once these basic options are defined, you need to set the Open Graph actions for your app.

Just click on the Open Graph menu of your app settings.

open graph

Making your app Open Graph–compatible is one click away. It's an important step if you want to fully leverage the viral power of Facebook.

The next step is to define your action type and your object type. In our case, the action type will be “publish” and the object type will be an “article.”

get started

Add the action verb and object, click on Get Started, and you will then be prompted to submit your Open Graph action for approval. Note that you'll need to publish an action first.

To learn more about how to complete the setup of your Open Graph action, check out this guide from Facebook.

Now that you’ve successfully created your Facebook application, you need to copy your App ID, App Secret key and App Namespace.

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Copy your App ID, App Secret key and Namespace on Facebook.

Then go back to your WordPress admin, access the Facebook plugin setup screen and paste this information into the corresponding fields.

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Paste your App ID, App Secret key and Namespace into your WordPress plugin.

Save changes, and voila! Your Facebook plugin is now fully installed. You can adjust the settings to benefit from its numerous social features.

#3: Set up Your Facebook Plugin for WordPress

Once installed, you can access all of the settings of your Facebook plugin. In a single interface, you can configure:

  • Social Publishing features
  • The position and design of the Like buttons on your articles
  • The Subscribe button to allow readers to follow article authors
  • The Send button to ease the one-on-one sharing of your articles by Facebook messages or even emails
  • Comments to let your readers comment on your articles with their Facebook identity
  • The Recommendations bar to display personalized article recommendations based on your readers’ friends’ favorites and activate your very own social reader
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All of the plugin's options are accessible in one dashboard.

You can choose to activate all of these options or only the ones you want. It’s your call!

Activate Social Publishing.

The Social Publishing feature is a great way to promote your latest blog post to your friends, your Facebook page or even another Facebook page where the audience may be interested in your article.

Your first option is to activate the automatic publication of your blog post to its author’s Timeline.

Then, you can also automatically publish each article to one of your Facebook pages. This is limited to one Facebook page only.

social publisher

If you manage several Facebook pages, select the one associated with your blog.

Each of the articles published on your blog will then be automatically published on the Facebook page you selected. When publishing your article, you’ll have the option to add a personalized description.

personalized description

This is how your blog articles will appear when they are automatically published by the plugin. Note that they will be published "via" your Facebook App Name.

More importantly, if you have activated the Social Publisher, when editing your article you’ll have the option to mention friends or Facebook pages.

Just enter the name of your friends and Facebook pages you want to share your article with and Facebook will auto-suggest the appropriate friends and pages.

mention friend or facebook page

Mentioning a friend or a Facebook page when publishing an article is easy. It will help you create some initial visibility for your post.

This sharing option is a great way to give some serious visibility to your article as soon as it publishes. Share your article both with friends interested in your article and relevant pages with audiences interested in what you have to say. If you do this wisely, you’ll increase your number of blog readers.

Your article will appear on your selected friends’ and Facebook page’s Timelines just as if you had shared it directly on their Timelines. Another big time-saver!

The update will show that it was made “via” your App Name. This is why you need to choose your name wisely.

via application name

When you mention friends using the plugin, your article will be automatically published on their Timeline.

Finally, the friends and pages mentioned at the time you published your article will appear on the blog at the top or bottom of your article, depending on the option you selected in the settings.

friends and pages mentioned

Friends and pages mentioned by the plugin in connection with an article will appear on the article itself.

Add Like buttons and set their position and design.

Adding a Like button on your articles is as easy as a walk in the park. You can even add a Send button, choose to show likers’ faces (which is recommended), choose the name of the action (Like or Recommend), select its position on the top or bottom (or both) of your article (recommended) and the width allocated to the button.

You can do all of this in the easy process below.

add like button

Select the options for your Like button. Don't forget to select "Show faces"—it will double your click rate!

Add a Subscribe button to allow readers to follow the articles’ authors.

You can add a Subscribe button on each of your articles. This will allow your readers to subscribe to the authors’ public updates on Facebook. This is a great way to give your authors additional visibility on Facebook in recognition for their contribution.

add subscribe button

Allowing your readers to subscribe to the authors of your blog will help them increase their personal audience.

You can adjust the Subscribe button settings to have it appear where appropriate. Usually it’s at the bottom of your article, where the author’s profile is displayed.

It’s also recommended to select the “Show faces” option and select a font in line with the one used on your blog.

show faces option

The Subscribe button should be located close to the author's name or bio, usually at the bottom of the article.

Add the Send button to ease one-on-one sharing of your articles.

The Send button is a convenient way to allow your readers to send your articles to a specific Facebook friend (or several friends) or by email.

add send button

The Send button option can send your articles as a Facebook message or by email.

You can choose where to display a Send button, its color scheme and the font you want to use for it.

display send button

The Send button option is not necessary if you have configured your Like button to also contain a Send button.

Note that if you set the Like button option to also include a Send button, you won’t need to select this Send option a second time.

Activate Comments to let your readers easily comment from within their Facebook accounts.

Facebook Comments are the best way to add a social commenting feature to your blog. This will make it easy for your readers to comment on your content using their Facebook accounts AND this will dramatically reduce spam and trolls as commenters use their real identities.

This also boosts your content’s visibility as each comment is published on your commenter’s Timeline.

These three great benefits are probably why the TechCrunch blog switched to Facebook comments and why you should consider this option for your blog.

The Comments option is pretty straightforward—select the option, fill in the maximum number of comments to be displayed on one page, the width of your comment box—and that’s it; your comment plugin is up and running.

comments option

Your comment plugin should have the same width as your articles.

Not only do you have a built-in commenting feature under each of your articles immediately…

built in commenting feature

Facebook comments are a great way to prevent spam and increase exposure for your articles.

…you also have the number of comments for each article updated in real time.

number of comments

The plugin will automatically show the number of comments for a given article on each view of the article (full view, list, featured).

This Facebook Comment plugin offers great admin options, including some impressive moderation features.

Use the Recommendations bar to display personalized article recommendations based on your readers’ friends’ favorite articles and also to activate your own social reader.

The Recommendations bar is one of the most powerful features of the plugin. In a nutshell, it does two things:

  • It displays a pop-in bar at the bottom of the navigation window to recommend articles to your readers based on what their friends have Liked on your blog.
  • It offers a social reader that your visitors can turn on to automatically share all of the articles they read on your blog.
recommendation bar

The Recommendations bar is a great way to suggest interesting content to your readers and get them to view more pages and spend more time with you.

In the settings, you can define when the Recommendations bar will be displayed (after a certain time and/or after having scrolled a certain percentage of the page). You can also choose on which side of the screen it will be displayed.

recommendation bar settings

You can choose when to display the Recommendations bar. You don't have to show it to your readers unless it makes sense.

Note: At the time of this writing, Facebook has temporarily deactivated the automatic sharing of the articles (the “social reader”). Facebook’s explanation is that “The Recommendations Bar is currently in beta. [We] have temporarily removed the social reading functionality of the feature as we test the product and iterate further. We’ll follow up with updates. Thanks.”

To follow up, visit WordPress Forum discussion.

#4: Measure Your New Social Traffic!

Once you’ve properly installed and set up all of these great social features, you should see your traffic soar! To help you follow the growth of your new social traffic, the Facebook plugin displays a convenient link to Facebook Insights for your application.

facebook insights

Easily access the statistics for your Facebook plugin from your blog back office.

Click that link to access an incredible depth of insights on how Facebook is driving traffic and attracting active readers to your blog.

facebook traffic

Facebook Insights will tell you exactly how many readers the Facebook plugin has brought to your blog. Insightful!

These insights include the number of visitors Facebook has sent to your blog thanks to an action (liking, commenting or sharing) of one of their friends.

visits sent to blog

You will know exactly the exposure you've gained as well as the number of visits this exposure has generated.

The Insights data also includes demographic information about your audience; negative feedback on your application; and number of daily, weekly and monthly users. However, this alone is the subject of another article!

What do you think? Are you convinced the Facebook plugin for WordPress will increase traffic to your blog? Are you willing to install it on your WordPress blog? Let us know in the comment section below.

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About the Author, Emeric Ernoult

Emeric is the founder of AgoraPulse, an all-in-one Facebook Page management software offering custom Facebook applications, contests, statistics, Timeline moderation and fan ranking to SMBs and agencies. Other posts by »




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  • http://www.ebiznet2u.com boey

    Nice info. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.mrjeevescrm.com/ MrJeevesCRM.com

    Thanks for the help….I really was not that sure of getting around with the App part of it ;-)

  • Aneudy Amparo

    Wow Nice info here…It will help so much! 
    Thanks

  • WM Group

    Really good post 

  • Terryplank

    Issue I often have is that I have a Business FB and a personal, plugins seem to only work to post to personal profile.  Do you know if this one allows me to choose which it will interact with?

  • Bonnie Rauwerdink

    How do stay on top of everything? Keep it up.

  • Christine Cobb

    The initial version had a lot of bugs so I suggest that people update to the latest version. On one site I had to deactivate and delete and the reinstall.

    I also noticed that turning on the comments disables WordPress comments. This may be a function of my theme (Studio Press) but if you have a lot of WP comments, that’s not an easy decision.

  • Alicia Celeste

    I imported all my WP comments in through Disqus and noticed that they stuck around after turning on the Facebook Commenting.  Try installing Discus, importing your existing comments, and then turning on the FB comments. Should be good to go (though it does take awhile for all the WP comments to get imported to Discus and that was quite discerning at first). 

  • Alicia Celeste

    I’ve turned on the Social Publisher and it keeps insisting I need to link my WordPress.com account with my Facebook account. 

    This is interesting because my blog is self-hosted, and my WP.com login is not the same login as my blogs admin.  I’ve changed my username so that they match, and linked my WP.com to my Facebook through Gravitar, but am still getting the prompt. So while I have my app all set-up, I can’t seem to use Social Publisher.

    Anybody have any ideas about this issue? Am I blind or is it a bug? 

  • http://jeffkorhan.com Jeff Korhan

    Christine – I installed the day this was available but have been afraid to activate for issues like this.  I too use Studiopress. Furthermore, while I trust Automattic, not sure how I feel about my integration with FB in this way.

  • http://jeffkorhan.com Jeff Korhan

    Alicia – Good to know. I’ve been thinking of switching to Disqus since the last upgrade. 

  • Maureen Cioni

    Thanks for the tip on updating the icon  - just did it on ours.

  • Mrs. Hill

    This is great! But I have one question…I’ve noticed that WP will publish to my Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook as soon as I post a new article. Do you find it more advantageous to manage your Social posts outside of WP so you don’t “spam” your following? I have people approach me all of the time rejecting the real need for social media and blogs. Their complaint is that many post too much to facebook while others complain that people don’t post enough on Twitter. What is your advice?

    By the way, Terryplank also had a great question…any advice there?

  • Alicia Celeste

     I highly recommend it. It did take a long time for all my WP comments to finally make an appearance after the initial import, but everything is alive and well now. I also use a StudioPress theme, so it should be the same for you. Just be prepared for your comments to disappear for a few days and wait it out.

  • http://www.lindasmoneynetwork.com/ Linda

    I installed it but had nothing but problems getting the App to work properly… updated to latest version and still had problems and errors …. Open Graph would not submit my Publish … nor did the “buttons” FB said to click show up… would continuously getting error messages… Followed the instructions to a tee but FB App would not operate like it was supposed to… don’t know if it’s a FB  problem (probably) or a bug somewhere but finally said screw this… I don’t have time to get frustrated over all this… Deactivated it…. however the widgets remained… weird… I may try again someday… but will wait for a better version… I too use StudioPress and Genesis by the way…

  • http://jeffkorhan.com Jeff Korhan

    eek!  Glad you gave me the heads up on few days … as opposed to minutes.  I would have been freaking out. 

    Thanks!

  • Emeric

    Christine, you raise a good point, installing Facebook comments will make your current commenting system go away. For a new (or recent) blog, Facebook comments are a no brainer, for a blog with a long history and lots of comments, you may think twice before making the move.

  • bmorgan

    After your first announcement about the Facebook app to integrate with WordPress, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out why I couldn’t set it up. I discovered that my company’s blog is hosted on WordPress.com, not WordPress.org. WordPress.com is a commercial enterprise, also known as Automattic – well known for their WP themes – and they do not allow third party plugins. Maybe this comment will make things easier for your followers who are using WordPress.com. Thank you for the great information. It has inspired me to start planning a change to my company’s hosting set-up so we can re-publish our blog using WordPress.org. We want to use the new FaceBook app!

  • Emeric

    Hi Alicia, that sounds weird, I did not experience that. The link between my accounts was pretty straightforward. If you can’t find an easy fix to this one, I recommend turning to the support sectin of the plugin directly here: 
    http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/facebook
    Hope you’ll find a solution.

  • Emeric

    Hi Mrs Hill, this plugin will only publish on Facebook, not Twitter or LinkedIn. All these sharing tools are just tools. If people abuse them and don’t share “wisely”, their friends and/or followers will feel that they are getting spammed. You can turn on or off all the options offered by the plugin and personalize almost every message that goes out. It is up to you to make those decisions based on how often you publish articles (for example) and wher you share them.

  • Emeric

    Hi Linda, sorry you had a bdad experience. I must admit that when it comes to WordPress Plugin or Facebook widgets and apps, I sometime get frustrated with bugs and issue that, for whatever reason, don’t work for me but work for others! So the combination of the two may create issues for some configurations. I hope you’ll find a solution… at some point!

  • Caroline Maddox

    Useful . Thanks

  • David

    I don’t even see the plugin area. The left column is in a complete different order than the screen shot. Any help? 

  • http://www.healingrescuedogs.com/ Kathy H Porter

     Thanks for your added insights to Christine’s comment, Jeff. I’ve been reading about this plugin from other sources and really appreciate Social Media Examiner’s detailed explanation. I’m still weighing my options as my current blog has some “history” which I’m reluctant to sacrifice. Will look forward to  hearing more from you on this topic. Your own blog post, perhaps?

  • kanebicycles

    Great article!  However, I’ve encountered this error that pops up on my website:
    “Given URL is not allowed by the Application configuration.: One or more
    of the given URLs is not allowed by the Application configuration. It
    must match one of the Connect or Canvas URLs or domain must be the same
    as or a subdomain of one of the Application’s base domains.”

  • Meghan Cooper

    Thanks! I’ve been waiting for someone to post this. Unfortunately I still can’t get it to work right. I need a post that goes deeper into the Open Graph part. It won’t submit for approval because it doesn’t think it’s published when it has. And mine is only posting the Title, no picture of caption. :(

  • Emeric

    Hi Kane, you should check the domain you have defined in your Facebook App and make sure it matches the domaine where you see that error. It is probably coming from that (or so it seems!).

  • Mrs. Hill

    That could be a facebook limitation. It may see WP.com and self-hosted as the same. Just guessing here!

  • Mrs. Hill

    Thanks for the reply Emeric. It’s just as important to avoid driving good traffic away as it is to attract followers. I teach classes to the technology challenged and make it simple for them. Since I only post a blog once a day usually, It doesn’t have this affect on my social media accounts. For additional Tweets, ReTweets, Mentions, and other Facebook posts throughout the day I use other tools. This plug-in has some great features though. Thanks again for your reply.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8815647 Nekki NuNu

    So does this plugin allow for the social reader option like Huff Post and Washington Post have? If so, I definitely missed it. I’ve already been approved for the “publish” action and I’m wondering if this action will accomplish the social reader aspect I’m looking for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=571721105 Kerryn Peters

    Hmm I dont have the plugin option showing up on the left hand panel of wordpress, anyone had this or know a way around it?

  • Andre Luiz

    The plugin looks great, just when it was released I installed it.

    The detail is that for now there is the possibility to choose which page they are shown.

    There are some pages that I do not want them to appear but that does not exist.

  • http://www.marketingtechblog.com Douglas Karr

    Great tutorial. This conflicts with other Facebook button plugins so be sure to remove any/all before getting this to work. The location of the buttons is above/below the posts… I guess Facebook assumes we don’t vary our layouts :) .  I had to really mess with the CSS and do a bit of hacking to get it all looking good.

  • Craig

    I’m trying to figure out how to get the Like/Send buttons to display on posts only, not pages (like the homepage).  Is there a setting somewhere I’m missing?  

  • http://jeffkorhan.com Jeff Korhan

    Kathy – I kinda feel like we’re both standing on a ledge and you are asking me to jump first!  :-)

  • Andre Luiz

    lol

    Tambe’m sure with this

  • Xi

    A great read, very useful and detailed info!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/CGarafola Chris Garafola

    Thanks for the great tutorial! 

    Personally, I don’t like the plugin because it takes away from some of the key advantages of the new timeline. I understand it’s convenient, but the new timeline is about “storytelling”. This new plugin doesn’t allow you to upload big photos, highlight or pin — key aspects in storytelling. 

  • http://twitter.com/eernoult Emeric Ernoult

    Thanks Douglas! You’re absolutely right, this plugin will conflict with other Facebook related plugins (comments or likes / share) so they need to be disabled first. And yes, depending upon how your wordpress theme CSS is built, it may require some CSS workaround… For that matter, it is not plug and  play, it is the cost for the great personalization wordpress offers!

  • http://twitter.com/eernoult Emeric Ernoult

    Hi Chris, true, but remember that 98% of your audience view your content in their own newsfeed, not on your timeline. So big photo upload, highlighting or pinning is great, but publishing regularly good (great!) content is key. And this plugin may help you do it more efficiently :-)

  • http://twitter.com/eernoult Emeric Ernoult

    Thanks Xi!

  • http://twitter.com/eernoult Emeric Ernoult

    Hi Craig, there is an option that says “show on homepage”. Are you sure it was not selected?

  • http://twitter.com/eernoult Emeric Ernoult

    Hi Nekki, this issue is addressed at the end of the article, before #4. It used to be included, but Facebook disabled it, maybe temporarily, maybe not… To follow-up, check this link: 
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-facebook-where-social-reader-gone-from-recommendation-bar

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aiden-Moor/100001939456401 Aiden Moor

    Nice and very useful information shared by you and as I read this post I think installing Facebook Plugin for wordpress will be very beneficial to get traffic, by the way its a good and easy guide and also compatible to a newbie means a newbie can also learn a lot by this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bazza.watson Barry Watson

    Many thanks for the valuable insight

  • http://www.stopbreathebump.com/ Stop Breathe Bump

    Hey this is Chris, just on my websites account. You’re totally right with the newsfeed thing — so many angles, ah! Maybe i’ll give it a try again down the road. Also, I definitely think Disqus is a great tool for commenting…but the built-in Facebook commenting feature seams attractive as well. It will probably help prevent a lot of trash talkers and people who aren’t really contributing to the conversation because it will be linked to their personal account. It’s a lot more of a pain to make a fake Facebook account to leave bad comments than it is for disqus. 

    P.S. Angora Pulse seems like a sick Facebook platform. 

  • Sathishkumar Varatharajan

    Hi Linda, I am experiencing the same issues. Tried unstalling and reinstalling the plugin, change the settings, etc but nothing worked for me. If you come across any solution do lemme know. 

    Thanks

  • http://www.odothemes.com/ Odothemes

    Thanks for sharing. It probably help a lot of WP Users.

  • Craig

    Emeric, whether I select or deselect that option, the buttons show up.  But I don’t want them on pages at all, just posts.  Plugins like AddToAny have an option for the buttons to show up on pages and/or posts.  Don’t see that functionality here, would be useful.

  • http://jamilvelji.com/ Jamil

    Its a huge change from the old way of having to create an app from scratch and having problems with pixel sizing. Thanks for posting the how to!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8815647 Nekki NuNu

    Hi Emeric, thanks for the tip and that article! Very helpful!

  • http://twitter.com/eernoult Emeric Ernoult

    You’re welcome! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/eernoult Emeric Ernoult

    There must be something with your specific CSS layout. I do not see the buttons on my homepage but only on the posts. The issue here is that the plugin works perfectly with basic WP themes, but as soon as you use a theme that has been twisted a little by a designer, this may create awkward behaviors. The only solution then is to report that to the designer or the provider of that WP theme.

  • http://twitter.com/eernoult Emeric Ernoult

    Hi Chris, Facebook comments are great to avoid spam, that is for sure. But the greatest thing is that each comment gets publish on its author timeline and visible to his/her friends. That’s the whole point! You mean AgoraPulse is slick right? ;-)

  • Jimmy McMinn

    Mine does everything, but post to my Facebook page? Where did I go wrong?

  • Deniseora

    Great Tutorial – Thank you

  • http://www.dogonlyknows.net/ Terrykaye

    Great article – I just installed this plugin and have been stumbling through figuring it out…the instructions on FB are not exactly user friendly if you aren’t already pretty savvy.  I initially installed the comments function on my blog but then I ended up with two comments sections – FB and Disqus.  I ended up disabling the FB one because I’d just set up Disqus and figured I should give it a try.  Also – the FB comments worked on the blog, but they didn’t show up on my page…shouldn’t they show up on both places?  If they don’t integrate, that seems like a problem…

  • zubair siddique

    Hi Emeric……thanks for the great post….however i hv a few other queries…if you could kindly have a look at this site: thehuffingtonpost.com  ….u will notice that on some of the posts on the right side they have a button called Hot on Facebook or Hot on Twitter…could you please tell me if these are wordpress plugins or custom built..

    Thanks

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  • Craig

    Thanks, Emeric.  That might be true, though the plugin settings say “Pages and Posts” with no option to do one or the other that I can see.  I do see the checkbox to keep buttons of the homepage, but that’s it.  And like I said, other social media plugins offer this option and work fine on my site.  Not the end of the world, but maybe something the developers need to look into.

  • http://tridnguyen.com/ Tri Nguyen

    Thank you for this post. I have been tearing my hair for the past few days trying to make this plug-in work, and your article definitely helped.

    Now as I logged into my wordpress page, I can integrate my Facebook account with my WordPress account. However, is there an easy way to log in to my WordPress page with my Facebook ID?

  • http://marismith.com/ Mari Smith

    Fantastic tutorial, @twitter-10442882:disqus !! — the plugin isn’t very straightforward, especially when a bunch of other social share button WP plugins are already installed. Glad to have your tutorial to share!

  • Ali Peterson

    I got really excited about this plugin. I installed it effortlessly. Then, when I went to test it out and see how it looked, it was disappointing enough to where I disabled it. It seems unnecessary if you use WordPress which already allows you to have FB comments, Like buttons, & share options. Am I missing something?

  • Anette Bargel

    Well, I don’t see it as a no-brainer. I dont’ know abt the US, but here in Sweden not all web-users have a Fb-account. I don’t want my other blog readers to be left w/out a chance of giving a comment. (Mind you, Sweden is still among the top European countries using Fb, in Southern Europe I suspect it wd leave out a big chunk of the population). 

    It seems that adding a great plug-in often means sacrificing something else that’s already working… I’d prefer if it just added value instead of being an either-or and lot’s of adaption work. :) It’s great this plugin has a “choose-button” for the comments.

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  • http://allencole.biz/ Pauline

    I like the tutorial, will try to implement hopefully with success.

  • http://socialtruss.com/ Dionysius Lee

    Great tutorial! I installed the plugin and toyed with it a couple of days. My thoughts: it is a nifty little plugin and its power lies in the integration of all other WP plugins with similar functions AND the power of Open Graph. Pretty much like an All-In-One for FB.  The installation process is slightly more complicated as it requires one to create a FB app. However, once that’s done, there’s a whole lot of stuff to it. If you previously installed WP plugins for FB, my advice is to gradually replace them with this tool.  Sure, there might be something missing during the transition.  In my own experience, the switch is worthwhile and seamless.  I will experiment more with the plugin to see if it lives up to the expectation of my previous WP plugins. 

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  • http://twitter.com/eernoult Emeric Ernoult

    Thanks @MariSmith:disqus :-) You are absolutely right, when other third party plugins (FB comments, share, like, etc) are already installed, they should be uninstalled first. If not, this can create conflicts. As always with complex WordPress plugins and Facebook apps, it is not a “5 minutes plug and play” and can require some workaround (and sometimes some headaches ;-) . In my case, I had a uniquely designed CSS that created some issues with the display of pages and people’s mentions in the article. It took me a good hour to fix my CSS.

    I understand that for some WP blogs this can be a pain…

    But once the issues are fixed, it is a great “all inclusive” plugin.

  • Emeric

    Thanks @9109cfc266d6d1fc3b7da9e86be6ce3b:disqus  for your feedback. Glad it worked out well for you! Keep us posted with the follow up :-)  

  • http://twitter.com/eernoult Emeric Ernoult

    Hi @50d9bb0afea125c8785a90badb8e5825:disqus , if you already have comments, like and share, the plugin will be less revolutionaly for you, I agree. However, the recommandation bar + the easy subscribe button under the author’s bio + the automatic publishing on your FB page + the possibility to mention people and pages in the posts are definitely possibilities you may want to look into.

  • http://twitter.com/eernoult Emeric Ernoult

    Hi @tringuyen:disqus , not sure how to do that as I never did it myself. But I have found this plugin that you may found useful: 
    http://wpmu.org/login-with-facebook-on-any-wordpress-wpmu-or-buddypress-site-using-wp-fb-autoconnect/
    Hope this helps

  • http://twitter.com/eernoult Emeric Ernoult

    Hi @google-e71af96448122b633142ccfd8f46a526:disqus , these are custom built. But you should check these guys: http://opengraphy.com, I think they provide this kind of plugin.

  • http://tridnguyen.com/ Tri Nguyen

    @twitter-10442882:disqus regarding your comment about how to log in WP using Facebook. I tried to install that plugin , upon providing my appID and appsecret, the plug in fails with a fatal error:
    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class Facebook in /home/content/09/9149609/html/rafflesians/wp-content/plugins/wp-fb-autoconnect/facebook-platform/php/facebook.php on line 37Perhaps this plug-in and the official Facebook plug-in are not compatible?

    Re: Hi tringuyen , not sure how to do that as I never did it myself. But I have found this plugin that you may found useful:  http://wpmu.org/login-with-facebook-on-any-wordpress-wpmu-or-buddypress-site-using-wp-fb-autoconnect/ Hope this helps

  • http://www.youbihar.com/ Shalu Sharma

    Interesting piece of plugin by Facebook. How does this compare to commentluv?

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  • http://ottodestruct.com Otto

    That’s not the Facebook plugin wanting to connect to WordPress.com, that’s your Jetpack plugin. I suggest configuring one plugin at a time.

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  • Anthony Smith

    Quick question: If we already have an app for our site/blog, can we use that same app or would you have to create a new separate one?

  • http://www.facebookfever.com/ Govind Choudhary

    Great detailed post !! Thanks a lot Emeric for sharing it with us :)

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  • bailey

    Great tutorial – very helpful!  (Wish I’d found it before trying to set it up on my own)

    Quick question though… When i attempt to link my FB account to my WP account from within WP, I’m re-directed to the Oauth dialog where it gives me a 191 error code (error msg = “Invalid redirect_uri: Given URL is not allowed by the Application configuration.”)  I’ve triple-checked my domain urls in the app and everything is good.  Might this happen to be a temporary bug, or did i manage to not get the simple six steps down?..

  • http://www.facebook.com/JonTaylor6886 Jonathan Taylor

    There are two major problems I’m having with this plugin – hopefully you guys can help me.

    1. When I uncheck the Publish to author’s Timeline option, it still posts to my personal timeline. What if I just want it to post to the fan page?

    2. When it posts to the fan page, only the tags and link for the blog show up – no description or excerpt appears in the text area below the link. I must be missing something.

    If you can help, I’d really appreciate it! Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/magezimukandala Magezi Mukandala

    Do scheduled posts get handled seamlessly by the plug-in or does it only handle on the spot publications?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/stella.mikraki Stella Mikraki

    I was just looking for such a plugin. thank you

  • http://www.EmBlogger.com Jaiser Abbas

     Smith you have to create new for wordpress blog.

  • http://www.mattwkelly.com/ Matt Kelly

    Matt Kelly from Facebook here.  *Excellent* guide, thanks posting this!  

    All of this feedback in the comments is awesome. Please drop notes into
    http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/facebook, also.  

    We’re actively working on the plugin and it will only get better with your input.  

    For you coders, we’ve just opened the GitHub repo at 
    https://github.com/facebook/wordpress.  Thanks again!

  • http://brankicaunderwood.com/ Brankica

    just wish it didn’t completely remove the WP commenting system, I just installed it to try it and now all the thousands of comments my readers left are non visible…

  • Dave B

    Am having a problem with the plugin and for some reason I have keep going into the plugin settings and clicking save to solve the problem.

    I think it’s something to do with a Token expiring.

    Dave

  • http://piyushj.com/ Piyush Jain

    I wanted to know how the author can receive a notification if someone comments on his post using Facebook comment box ? 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1026459097 Christine Garber

     Having the same issue here, I cannot heads nor tails of the Open Graph stuff, Help, LOL !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1026459097 Christine Garber

    I am stuck with the Open Graph part. Cannot make heads nor tails of the procedure I need to follow once I at the Open Graph Getting started and dashboard options?
     

  • http://AskJohnChatman.com/ AskJohnChatman.com

    Just wanted to say thanks for such a thorough tutorial. I was able to place it on my own blog without any trouble.

    I do wish there was a way to keep the native WP comments though so if anyone has found a work around for that it would be great to hear!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Paul-Laughton/1267693800 Jon Paul Laughton

    Hi Emeric, I saw from a comment you made a while ago that it’s possible for an article to be posted on a specific fanpage of our choice and at the same time on the users news feed ( if I understood correctly). However, I desperately need a facebook plugin that will…

    1, Add a Facebook Comment Box to a wordpress page of my choice.(Not all of them)
    2, When the user makes a comment it is posted on the users page/news feed.
    3, And at the same time the users comment is posted on my business facebook page.

    Can this plugin do this?

    If it can’t do all of the above, can you confirm which of the above 3 things it can do please?

    Many thanks

    Paul

  • thanhtung90

    Cool, I must do when i have free time. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jude.quin Jude Quin

    I make wp blogs for clients, I’m confused about the app(s) ..do you need a different one for each blog? I want each blog to post to it’s own fan page. I’m very familiar with wordpress and some coding, but I have no idea what the app is beyond a way to get the plugin to work.
    I’ve so far set the fb plugin up on a test blog, it took a lot but I got it working like it should. But I’m not even sure how to think about making it for a client. What might I reference to get a better understanding of whats going on with the app? Any pointers appreciated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=570124232 Colleen Black Taylor

    I just found your site and I totally love it!

    I tried some of the stuff in your post and I was relatively successful. Only one weird little glitch. I get some duplicate content on my facebook post (not on my blog). You can see it here: http://www.facebook.com/Foot.Ankle.Reconstruction

    It’s my first post, so you can’t really miss it but it looks like this… Just a quick & #8820; Thank you & #8820;

    I can’t figure out where it is coming from. Anyone got any suggestions? I would really be grateful for input.

    Thanks!

  • http://roadslesstraveled.us/ Emily

    All I wanted was to enable Facebook Comments.  I followed your steps exactly — twice — and no comments appear on my blog posts

  • http://www.facebook.com/barc9 James Johnson

    are your comments enabled from the section. wpadmin/ settings / discussion Settings –> check the boxAllow people to post comments on new articles , for me this is working perfect –> http://www.funny.al, thanks to author. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/barc9 James Johnson

    I think that you have problems with your theme, you should edit your single.php file or maybe with your permalinks, try to use another permalink form.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=577703516 Lawrence Fisher

    Hi,

    I am getting an Open Graph warning such as: 
    The ‘og:image’ property should be explicitly provided, even if a value can be inferred from other tags.
    http://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/og/object?q=http%3A%2F%2Fkillmenow.org%2Fspeed-bump-comic 
    Any idea what to do about it?Lawrence

  • http://www.RonCantor.com/ Ron Cantor

    I am getting an error message when I try to link my FB account to my WP account, under SOCIAL PUBLISHER. I do own the website.

    An error occurred with Messiah’s Mandate International. Please try again later.API Error Code: 191API Error Description: The specified URL is not owned by the applicationError Message: Invalid redirect_uri: Given URL is not allowed by the Application configuration.

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  • http://twitter.com/yangnying Reinaldo Lopez

    Awesome stuff here. Learned a whole bunch and even more exciting, I installed the plugin and followed your steps and everything works like a charm. Thanks for this article and the valuable information.

  • http://www.muschamp.ca/ Muskie

    I had issues, which I detailed here: 

    http://facebook.stackoverflow.com/questions/12344859/facebook-for-wordpress-plugin-unable-to-submit-opengraph-action

    I could not get things to go as smoothly as this tutorial and official Facebook documentation implies.

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  • http://twitter.com/kjpelletier Karen Pelletier

    Emeric, I was all set to try this, but I noticed that you said that the plug-in won’t work for wordpress.com hosted blogs.  Is there anything I can do for my wordpress.com blog?  Thank you!

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  • http://www.coolpunjabi.com/ Aman

    Hi,
    thanks for this detailed & well explained article. I am setting up new wordpress site & surely will install facebook plugin. thanks
      

  • Manoj Bhargava

    how to sort products by brands and shops?is there any way to do this?is this plugin provide this feature?

  • http://twitter.com/OKtobeWEIRD Raylene

    Comprehensive, but not for the faint of heart. What’s wrong with a simple “Share my latest post on my Facebook Page” plugin!?  LOL!

  • Raylene Wall

    Publicize is built in to your wordpress.com blog, is it not? Look in the Sharing settings. I’ve not used a wordpress.com blog in a while. But I hope that helps. 
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/publicize/

  • Tyler

    Bailey – did you get this working.  I am having same error

  • Tyler

    Did you ever get this working?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583090996 Luis Rodrigues

    This is a great post

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583090996 Luis Rodrigues

    Funny

  • http://www.facebook.com/karl.stevens.180 Karl Stevens

    And what about heroku? I see no mention of it here. What do we do with that? 

    Thanks for the great, detailed breakdown. I’m sure it’s been very helpful to many. But I don’t know what to do without coverage for heroku. 

    I’m with Raylene – something simpler would be far, far better for most users. If you’re not an “app head,” this is still too much, me thinks. 

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  • Sales

    Why do I need to make an App? IALl I want is when I make a post in wordpress that it posts on my facebook busainess page. Any advice?

  • Hyijiang

    How can I see the options? I click “Like” plugin button, and the article shows on my personal facebook page instead of my fan page.

  • http://www.facebook.com/intergalactic.wave Intergalactic Wave

    Hi, thanks for this detailed explanation.. I am operating wp3.3 in MU mode..  for some reason the facebook form won’t show up.. the regular form shows up when i disable the facebook form, but it won’t submit.. any idea what I could be doing wrong? http://menesrebazzarkedar.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=21800146 Andrea Elliott

    Hello, thank you for this great article! I implemented it on my wordpress site, however I am seeing the same exact comments on every blog post. As if every comment is strung together and builds up with each post. Here are two posts,

    http://crossfitsyracuse.com/2012/10/friday-5k/
    http://crossfitsyracuse.com/2012/10/seventh-heaven/

    you can see the comment section is exactly the same. Do you know how to fix this? I love this plug in, but the comments are really getting confusing with so many conversations going on about different posts.

  • anishkas sharma

    its nice post

  • http://yologames.net/ Giannis Matzos

     so in order to be able to autopost from my site to my page in facebook, i need to insert icons in the app??

  • http://www.moonfiller.com/ Taran

    Thanks for the tip and great article! Very helpful!

  • Langelliott

    Is there any way to disable the facebook buttons on certain pages?

  • beingnagz

    Great article, one question though. I edited an article and mentioned some friends but it did not appear on anybodies profile, why is that? Does this work only for new post? 

  • Luis

    That is soo ture :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/swanav Swanav Swaroop

    This plugin is accessible to Administrators of my site but not to Authors.

    What should I do ???

  • DarekSobiecki

    Emeric – I’ve found your post my unique guideline among rather chaotic / hermetic advice in the net dealing with ‘the deeper side’ of WP / FB integration. I have stopped n the Open Graph phase. I understand I should equip my app with all those numerous versions of logos and banners they require for different resolutions plus description, tag and the like before I can ‘dream’ of being verified. It seems though that to submit any action i have to go a step further and constitute the connection wih FB ? Before that I had installed this plugin but wasn’t careful with the details but it worked in some aspects.I wonder if I should remove the follow widgets from the previous plugin install that are still in the footer. By the way, I’ve noticed that FB functions keep appearing as pop-ups or widgets. Are they alternative to each other ?

  • http://memeLab.com.au/ Tim Osborn

    the question of bi directional syncing is what brought me here.. I’m looking for how to share the WP post, then have comments submitted on FB and my WP site thread in sync in both locations…

  • http://memeLab.com.au/ Tim Osborn

    the question of bi directional syncing is what brought me here.. I’m looking for how to share the WP post, then have comments submitted on FB and my WP site thread in sync in both locations…

  • Zakk

    Is it possible to do this with a Facebook page?

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  • Eric

    I have a wordpress site and I want to send the blog posts to my facebook page that I created for my memoir and not my personal Facebook page. How do I do this?

  • http://99designs.com jaiken

    I am looking for the same thing.

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  • ramraghuwanshi

    sir,
    i just want to know is it possible to synhcronize comment made on my post and on my facebook shared page…with this new facebook plugin??

  • ramraghuwanshi

    so Is FAcebook official plugin do that???

  • Toma

    Thank you for this post. Due to changes in both the plugin and the Facebook app creation process (for example OPen Graph Stories, Collections and Types, and app approval – WTF?!), this tutorial is no longer accurate, and I have no idea how to make sense of the new way of making it work. Any chance you can update it, please?? Pretty please??

  • Shaguna Dhall

    Hi Emeric,

    This is one of the most helpful tutorials on the FB plugin.

    I have a query and was wondering if you could help. I’m using the Commenting feature and it looks great. The only problem I have is the order in which WP (old) comments and new FB comments appear. Currently the WP comments come on top followed by the FB comments section even if I set the option as Newest comments first.

    Would you have an idea of where I could look to display FB commenting section first and move the existing WP comments below it?

    Any tips would be most welcome.

    Thanks!
    Shaguna

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    Hey Manoj – Gil

  • David W. Keen

    I can’t tell you how long I was trying to properly configure Facebook comments on my blog posts before I happened across these instructions. Thanks for being clear, concise and accurate.

  • franka

    Thanks for the detailed tutorial. Clarified a lot. But I still cannot get the plugin to publish. FB won’t let me create open graph action, and in their docs, it says common ones don’t need to be created. In the social publisher settings, we have this:

    “Authenticate with Facebook to allow your Facebook application to post to
    your Timeline or Page on your behalf when a post is published” has a red “X” next to it

    clicking this link: “Connect your Facebook account to get started.”

    does absolutely nothing.

    Can you help? or maybe recommend a different FB app? This has eaten up hours already.

    Thanks!

  • davefromcamp

    If someone comments on my Facebook wall, under the post in question will or can’t that comment be placed under the post in my article?

  • http://shop.edukka.com/ Edukka

    Hey will this allow me to post to FB groups?

  • http://www.veterinaryhub.com/ Jawad Ahmad

    Getting this error “Authenticate with Facebook to allow your Facebook application to post to your Timeline or Page on your behalf when a post is published.”

  • http://xuefaith.tumblr.com/ Xue Faith

    Hi Emeric! Thank you! Now that I’ve finally come around to FB, this is a great combo: WP as a great content creation platform, FB as a great sharing platform, win-win!

    So now that I want to put all the WP sites I’m involved with on FB comments, I’ve been making a number of FB apps – once you figure it out / do it once, it’s actually pretty painless!

    DO YOU KNOW… is there way to have more than one site point to the same FB App / Page? So if I have Xue’sRedHouse.com and Xue’sGreenHouse.com, I don’t really want 2 different FB Pages collecting 2 different sets of “Likes,” I really just want both to use the same FB App / Page. I couldn’t figure out how to do that. Is it possible? TY!!

  • http://filmpolicereviews.com/ Armando Dela Cruz

    Great tutorial.

    Have been resisting the itch to switch to Facebook comments, but when I did just recently, the plugin couldn’t manage to remove the default theme commenting form. Any ideas?

  • Guilherme

    I correctly installed and configured this plugin but nothing happens. All I want is a LIKE/Share button next to my posts, but it won’t show up. Is there any shortcode or function that I could insert into my single.php so to force the buttons to show on the spot I want? Anyway, I checked ‘before & after post’ but nothing happens, no button shows up and in the source code there is nothing added to my post… any help?

  • Akash Thampan

    Helpful…!

  • Tim

    I do not have an option to enable the comments box.

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  • kushalashok

    Seems like things have changed now. If you notice this comment kindly help me find the new method which involves complete steps to avoid warnings like, “You, or this app’s Open Graph Test User, must have published this action at least once.”

  • Bhanu

    Hi,

    How to check the latest comment ??

  • Saini Ji

    when i activate this plugin facebook i got an error

    Your server does not support communication with Facebook servers over HTTPS.

    Facebook application functionality such as posting to your Facebook Timeline requires a HTTPS connection to Facebook servers.

  • http://KirkSylvester.com/ Kirk Sylvester

    I’m wondering the same thing.

  • davefromcamp

    I switched to SNAP it is an auto poster and has this option

  • MikeOnline

    I went all the way through this, even gave permission to post on my FB page – and nothing happens on FB when I post on my blog! Is there a final step not mentioned?

  • battiatoclone

    I installed this plugin based on Your recommandations; but I can’t find a way to get notified when new comments occurr. Any advice? Many thanks in advance
    Sara







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