How To Add Google Friend Connect To Your WordPress Blog

by on December 3, 2008 · 205 comments

Update: I am no longer using Google Friend Connect – I strongly suggest you focus your efforts on Google+ instead. Read this article: How Google+ is Different.

Adding Google Friend Connect to your WordPress blog is easy. Friend Connect provides a cool way to add another dimension of “community” to your blog or website. I added it to my sidebar as a WordPress Widget, and I’m starting to see side conversations develop, in addition to the comments on individual blog posts.

It is also nice because people that frequent your site can meet each other, and discover other websites or blogs that like minded people are members of.

How To Add Friend Connect To Your WordPress Blog

On Twitter a lot of people who are saying they’ve been “whitelisted” to be part of the Friend Connect program, so I assume that it will get easier and easier to have access to it. Here are the steps to add Friend Connect to your WordPress Blog.

1. Log into Friend Connect at

2. Click on the “Set Up A New Site” button. This will walk you through a short process.

3. Upload files – canvas.html and rpc_relay.html to the root directory of your blog.

Note: Google has simplified this step and you no longer need to upload these files. The process will ask you for the name and URL to your website that’s it! (as of Oct 2, 2009)

4. Get the code for the “Members Gadget”

5. Go into WordPress Admin -> Design -> Widgets (this assumes you are using a widget enabled theme.)

6. Create a Text Widget, give it a title, and insert the HTML code into the the Widget.

Now people can join your site as members. They can see other members on your site and meet them. You might want to consider adding some other Friend Connect Gadgets to the site now.

I use the “Wall Gadget” so people can leave comments and start discussions. There aren’t very many Friend Connect gadgets available yet, but the next one I plan to try is the ratings and review Gadget.

What about you – are you experimenting with Friend Connect yet? If so, leave your website url in the comments, or better yet – become a member of this site by Joining in the Friend Connect gadget in the right sidebar!

Update: I am no longer using Google Friend Connect – I strongly suggest you focus your efforts on Google+ instead. Read this article: How Google+ is Different.

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Lyn C May 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Hi Don,

Why do I have to join Word Press before I can leave a comment on my friend’s blog when I have no trouble leaving one on yours?

Kind Regards,

Lyn (ancient grandmother of 7)


Don Campbell May 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Hi Lyn,
It’s possible to set your WordPress blog to require login before someone can post a comment. I have it so that anyone can post as long as they enter a valid email, and I moderate all comments.


Lyn C May 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Thanks Don, I thought it might be something like that. I’ve e-mailed my friend to check her settings 🙂


Kim Bullock June 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

Finally it looks like a solution the the problems I’ve been having. I’ll give it a try tonight.


Reigna June 21, 2011 at 4:57 am

Thank you for this post. It WORKS! 🙂


Ted June 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Don,I have a wordpress website selling local seo and this is a great idea that should help boost traffic,thanks.


tamara brown June 30, 2011 at 6:47 am

I have tried to add this friend connect to my blog and all I’m seeing is the code. Why is that?


hali July 6, 2011 at 1:31 am

I can’t figure out how to add GFC to site.
does it need to be .org to work?

Thank you!


[email protected] July 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Great site, as much as many bloggers prefer the versatile WordPress as their blogging platform of choice, Google’s Blogger remains a very popular (and adequate) blogging platform, too. figured out a few new things! subscribed for later, hope to see more updates like this one.


bagus July 27, 2011 at 8:17 am

Great, this is a nice article..thanks for share.. 😀


sara July 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm

hi there,
is it possible to add GFC to a wordpress blog that is not self hosted?
as in, like how my blog is
i can’t find a way to get it to work at all!
please help me out


Chris Lang July 29, 2011 at 7:32 am

Not at this time Sara.


Adhadi Mohd August 5, 2011 at 11:41 am

I just put the google codes in a different file and call the file using iframe.


Nic August 8, 2011 at 7:30 am

Thank you! It worked and was just what I wanted… now to rebuild followers 🙂


Lynda - Optometrist August 8, 2011 at 8:41 am

Great article! Thank you!


Sam August 23, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Bookmarking this!!!! thank you


Ivon paginas web September 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Thanks to great explanation I found it easy to add Google Friend Connect.


Zainal September 8, 2011 at 12:50 am

Its working thanks a lot ……..after 4 weeks try to find out ways to add Googgle friend connect to my self hosted wordpress. Thamks again


Sonya Parga September 12, 2011 at 7:56 pm

HELP!!! I am a new blogger and am trying to figure out how to add GFC to my wordpress site @ … I just can’t figure it out…maybe I am stupid but this almost seems impossible… can you help me out here! When I go to GFC there is no “set up a new site button” that I can see! … also what is the root directory? LOL… see I am very, very new at this!!!


Don Campbell September 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Hi Sonya,
Unfortunately you can’t use Google Friend Connect widgets with blogs. You have to self-host your WordPress site to use them. But check out Google+ instead – that is where Google is putting its effort now.


Vicky September 30, 2011 at 2:52 am

Unfortunatelys I am not able to make it HTML. I inserted it into a new text gadget, but it always shows the text and not the widgets… please help me 🙂 thank you!


razifred September 30, 2011 at 8:08 am

thank’s a lot


sudhakar October 15, 2011 at 3:14 am

Thanks its working . it is a good information


siti November 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

thnx.. its really work..


brett November 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm

does anyone know a way to get just the “join this site” link to use for when the GFC widget is down (again)?? i would love some guidance. i’m a .com and self-hosted.


Riki DeWees November 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm

If you came from blogger at one point, I can suggest this…
Google Friend Connect – adding a link rather than widget: If your GFC widget isn’t showing up, then I’d suggest you make a link. Here’s how…

Since you’re migrating from Blogger, go back to your blogger account. Go into settings and look at the URL, Mine said this,
Note the last part says site ID – Put it in a statement like this:

To follow on Google Friends Connect you can click here if the widget isn’t available!

Sorry to say I don’t know how to find that info if you started on wordpress. People have asked and if I find it I’ll let you know.


Chris Lang November 23, 2011 at 6:42 am

Since you and I are the two dominant Google Friend Connect experts, why don’t you and I get together to have a webinar saying goodbye to Google Friend Connect?

I gave our old GFC friend a send off here!


google trends December 5, 2011 at 11:39 am

Simple instructions, I can follow them. It will work to setup my wordpress blog with friend connect, thanks for the share of this info.


S.M. Boyce January 10, 2012 at 10:43 am

Thank you so much! You made it so much easier than those plugins/widgets.

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Sarah January 15, 2012 at 10:40 am

Thank you so much. I finally got it working!!


Freddyjr January 25, 2012 at 11:52 am

I agree! Google plus will be a popular social site in 2012 and you can see by its growth that more and more people are joining this great Google social site!

Great site btw!


where to meet friends January 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Nice post.. Good instructions… 🙂


Nicki May 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I loved this article…got so excited because I just switched from Blogger to Wordpress. Unfortunately, Google Friend Connect has retired as of March 2012. I guess you are right…Google+ is better…or will be preferred soon enough! Thanks for the info!


Christina August 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Trying to build a blog for teachers. Google friend connect would have worked to my site but it’s a wordpress site and I’ve read in the comments that it’s not available. I’m going to look into how Google plus will work for I like the ideal of building a community.


Chris Lang August 15, 2012 at 4:42 am

Unfortunately Google Friend Connect is no longer available for WordPress or any blog off Blogger.

But we are very excited about to be using G+ as the next evolution.

Be sure to PM me there if you need help with anything on G+ Christina or anyone else. – C.


Murali Prashanth December 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm

it doesn’t support now


Miss drifted Snow White January 7, 2013 at 7:37 am

Hi there,

I’ve found a way to get GFC back onto WordPress and I’ve thought since you’ve blogged about this, I share this with you. I’ve written a tutorial here:

Maybe you could include the link in your post?



Chris Lang January 7, 2013 at 11:33 am

Sersiously Snow White, you don’t have to go thru that, if you have GFC on your Blogger blog, it is not going away, it’s still there. No one needs to go thru what you just did. All you have to do is add the “Followers widget” from the “Add Gadget” link in “Layout mode”

Google+ is massively more powerful, you should be spending you time on G+. Don’t think so? Over 50,000 followers to my pages and personal profile does not lie –

Just get the badge code, here:

Add it to a HTML Blogger widget and add it to the side bar of your blogger blog, or your WordPress blog for that matter.

All these same G+ badges and more are available from the “Add Gadget” link on your Blogger blog from the “Layout” screen.

Yes, @Snow White, we believe that the GFC Blogger widget will turn into something great just for Blogger, just like it did in 2008 when it turned from the Followers widget into GFC, and Google is not removing GFC from Blogger, for now.

Get with the future and learn how to build large followings with G+ and let GFC go, but I would not delete it either for now.


Miss drifted Snow White March 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Thanks Mr SpamALot for not even bothering reading my site even remotely tailor your spam response to me.

Well done Sir!


Chris Lang March 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Seriously Snow White, I have been commenting on this thread for 4 years now.

Looking at your post I originally replied to prior to your flame, you are the one that spammed this thread, not me.

Like I said, just add the followers widget or the G+ badge on the Google developers link I supplied.

Hazwan Hamdan April 7, 2013 at 2:58 am

Not working anymore. The page not available.


Andi November 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I am desperately trying to set up GFC on my tumblr account so that I can see who is following via tumblr. This is a new account that I havent published yet. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to add this gadget to my tumblr. Please help.


Leah Loughran November 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I wrote about how I put the widget on my self-hosted wordpress blog here:

I know GFC is going out the window, but it’s still important to a lot of people, so this might help. Cheers.


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