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Integrating Facebook with WordPress just got a lot easier with the release of the official (and free) Facebook plugin. It has a whole raft of features such as :

  • Post to an Author’s Facebook Timeline
  • Mention friends and Facebook Pages.
  • Post all new WordPress Post or Pages to a specified Facebook Page.
  • Like, send, and subscribe buttons
  • Facebook Comments, including full SEO support.
  • Open Graph Protocol integration.
  • Recommendations bar

Lets take a look at how to install and configure this …

Install The Plugin

Download the plugin, then in your WordPress admin, visit “Plugins” > “Add New” > “Upload” and upload the file.

Activate the plugin and you will see a new menu item called “Facebook”

Create Your App

If you visit the “Facebook” tab, you will see the first thing you need to do is create an “app” for your site at Facebook, follow this link to do that. Once you have created your app on the Facebook website, enter your app ID, App Secret and Namespace you created :

Post and Page Settings

Now you can choose which features you would like to enable on your site. Tick the check boxes of the ones you want, as you do so, extra options will appear to fill in.

Place Your Widgets

If you visit your widgets page “Appearance” > “Widgets” you will see a load of new facebook-specific widgets you can add for the different features. Drag these to the place on your theme you’d like them to appear :

Conclusion

This is a comprehensive plugin to enable just about every Facebook feature on your WordPress site – how far you want to go integrating with Facebook is up to you though. Facebook can drive a good amount of traffic to your site and can help build your community. Personally I dont like some of the features such as Facebook taking over a site’s commenting area, but thats just me – I suppose it would help cut down on spam as people will be more hesitant to spam under their own names.

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift and ThemeFurnace, find out more on my Personal Blog. Thanks!

2 thoughts on “Make Your Site More Social with the Official Facebook WordPress Plugin

  1. One big problem with all the facebook plugins is lack of support for responsive themes. Facebook widgets are all fixed width. It would be nice to find a solution that is more flexible.

    • I think modification to their CSS should work, modifying widths widths until plugin gets an update.

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