How To Set Up Facebook’s New WordPress Plugin (Video Tutorial)

by on June 15, 2012 · 40 comments

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Facebook just released a WordPress plugin this week that makes it super easy to integrate your WordPress blog with Facebook Pages and Timelines. It’s called the Facebook for WordPress and is available in the WordPress plugins directory.

Watch the Video

I made a video that shows how to set up and configure the plugin, and demo some of the cool things it can do:

Deep Integration – No Code Required

The plugin provides some deep integration between self-hosted WordPress blogs and Facebook Timelines and Pages in three major areas:

1) Social Publishing and Mentions
It allows you to publish on friends timelines and on Facebook Page timelines whenever you Publish a new blog post in WordPress with “mentions”.

2) Social Plugins on WordPress Pages and Posts
These include Like, Send, Share and Subscribe buttons on your WordPress Posts and Pages. You can also replace WordPress comments with Facebook comments, which are indexed by the search engines now. You can also provide a “Recommendation” bar.

3) WordPress Widgets
The Plugin provides several WordPress Widgets for Recommendations, Activity streams, Like, Send and Subscribe buttons.

You can also configure it to automatically publish new blog posts to the Author’s timeline, or to any other Facebook Pages you control.

Here’s Facebook’s description of the plugin.

Have you tried this yet? Let me know what you think in the comments below ok?

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Eileen lonergan June 16, 2012 at 4:47 am

Fantastic, thank you! Your videos are a huge time saver and so helpful.

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Don Campbell June 16, 2012 at 11:15 am

Thanks for the kind words Eileen. I love making these.

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Dr. Jeri June 17, 2012 at 10:39 am

Awesome Don! As always, great stuff. Can you post a video or some info for getting and adding the code for the Subscribe Button option within the Facebook plug-in?

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Don Campbell June 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm

That’s a good idea. Will do. Thanks Dr. Jeri.

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eileen June 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm

FYI: It looks like the new Facebook Like button isn’t playing nicely with the Really simple Facebook Twitter share buttons. Does anyone have a plugin suggestion, I want to include Google+, email, maybe Pinterest and of course Twitter sharing options. https://skitch.com/eileenlonergan/eb4f9/facebook-wp-plugin-conflict

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Graham January 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I have the same issue; it’s a bit absurd for Facebook to think that they’re the only service we want to share on. I’d like these plugins to be able to work alongside each other too.

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eileen June 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Sorry for all the posts, http://www.riyaz.net/getsocial/ Get Social worked just fine with the FB WP app.

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Don Campbell June 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Thanks for sharing this Eileen!

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Geoff June 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Hey Don – On the video the blog page has the social media icons, and it looks like the expand2web widget, but it includes G+. Have I missed something, or is that a different widget to get G+ in the social media widget?
Thanks for this video on the FB plugin…mucho helpful.

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Don Campbell June 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Hi Geoff,
That’s the social media widget that comes with the SmallBiz theme. I was using SmallBiz for the site in this demo.

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Geoff June 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I thought it was. I’m using version 3.7b and I don’t see a G+ option. Just FB, Twitter, YouTube and LI. Do I need too activate or do something to get the G+?

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Thomas June 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Geoff,
thank you for getting in touch with us.

We provide free theme upgrades to all of our customers.
I will contact you via your comment email address with an updated theme version that includes Google+.

I will also send you “just” the icon in case you want to add it manually to your site without upgrading.

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Val June 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Would also like the Google addition, please.

Val

eileen lonergan June 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Wait a minute…..does integrating this new Facebook for WordPress plugin mean no more regular comments on a blog? Can I have both? Are you trading one for the other? Are you giving me the status of annoying little sister?

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Don Campbell June 19, 2012 at 6:51 pm

It looks like an either-or proposition – either you use WordPress comments or Facebook comments.

While it is a cool feature, I’m not planning to implement Facebook comments on my blog. Although they are indexed by Google (they weren’t at first!) I believe Facebook owns that content and I want to own all the comments on my blog.

The benefit you get from using them of course, is that people’s comments also show up on their Facebook timeline which helps spread the word about your blog post to many people.

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Matt Kelly June 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm

This is awesome, thanks for posting!

Note that we just pushed an update to the plugin. You can see the changelog at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/facebook/changelog/ Keep the feedback coming!

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Don Campbell June 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

That’s great Matt – looks like there are a lot of good fixes and changes in that update. Thanks for dropping by to let us know!

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Julie Larson June 20, 2012 at 6:17 pm

OMG!!! Facebook just left you a comment!!! How cool is that!!!

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Bill Swartwout June 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Great video on how to do this. I had “you” playing in one widow and followed along in the admin area in another window. It worked the first time through. I certainly appreciate you taking time to provide the instructions.

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Don Campbell June 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm

That’s great – thanks for stopping by and letting me know Bill!

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Susan June 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Hi, Great video. However, WP tells me I must install and activate the parent framework. Do you know how to do this? Thanks, Susan

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Don Campbell June 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Hi Susan,
This sounds like it has to do with your WordPress Theme, not the Facebook Plugin. Check with your theme provider, they should be able to help you out.

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Susan June 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Hi Don,

Great video. Unfortunately, it did not work for me. I thought it might be because I did not get the free host but after looking at the video again I see you did not do that step either. Any suggestions?

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Don Campbell June 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Susan, what step are you referring to? What is not working?

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Christina Vickers August 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I’ve always been confused about wordpress.com and wordpress.org. I have a site at wordpress.com…I don’t see that “Plug In” though?

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Don Campbell August 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Hi Christina,
WordPress.com limits which plugins you can use. Here’s a blog post I wrote that describes the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org: http://www.expand2web.com/blog/wordpressorg-vs-wordpresscom-which-one-should-i-use/

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Muminul Haque August 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

Thanks for the post, Don Campbell. This video is really helpful to me and for other young wordpress beginner.

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John Belisle September 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Nice tutorial but some things have changed since this was created. You have to create and get actions approved now as far as I know in order to allow the blog posts to post right into your timeline.

I set mine up, got the action approved by facebook and created a blog posting and it publishes to my timeline. When I am logged into my WordPress admin panel, and click on the link on my timeline, it goes to the story with no problems. If I am not logged in as an Admin, it gives me a 403 access denied page. Not sure how to solve this issue.

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Chris September 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I’ve got the plugin installed and everything. I’m trying to post to my own timeline (not a page timeline), and every time it only puts the info in my “Recent Activity” box and not on my timeline. Anyone else having issues with this particular feature?

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Jeanne September 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Opps… I hit do not allow when I was setting up the Social Publisher and now I have a disabled in the box that should list my pages… how can I change that? Do I need to deactivate the plugin and start over?

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Jim Meelos December 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Does this only work for personal Facebook accounts and not website page FB accounts, because I don’t see the create an app option anywhere, and anytime I follow a link to FB (such as developers.facebook.com/apps) in one of these tutorials, it just brings me to my FB page.

I don’t have a FB personal account, but I have a few WP blogs on different topics and would like to have a FB presence, but I just don’t understand how this works for FB pages. :(

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Don Campbell December 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Jim, I tested it with both personal and Facebook business pages. You have to have a personal FB account to administer a business Facebook Page though.

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Jon January 4, 2013 at 2:07 am

hi, i’ve got a problem with this plugin, whenever i activate it, it disables my wordpress comment.
I would like to know how to fix this so that both the Facebook comment and the Wordpress comment show on each post

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Megan March 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Seems that the Facebook plugin has gotten more complicated since this video was created–at least for the Social Publisher part. Would you consider doing another video?

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Tom April 22, 2013 at 2:49 am

Thanks Don, thanks to this video I was able to easily link Facebook to my blog

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David May 5, 2013 at 7:07 am

Thanks! Like Megan pointed out, the Social Publisher has changed it’s way to configure, anyone struggling with this like me?

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Vinz July 18, 2013 at 1:37 am

Thanks for sharing that

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Darren July 18, 2013 at 3:29 am

Hi David –

(thanks to Don for the initial video above)

I’ve used Don’s info as a starting point – and created a video describing the process I followed to setup Facebook for Wordpress.

Things might have changed since I created the video back in May, but feel free to see if it helps –

http://www.mangopublic.com/facebook-for-wordpress-plugin-setup-video/

Regards,
Darren.

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download October 24, 2013 at 9:05 am

thanks so much
i tried alot but i can’t do the connect

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Hemant January 22, 2014 at 4:18 am

Hi Don,

Your article is really helpful, thanks for writing. I am looking forward to read more articles in future. Keep writing!!! cheers.

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