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Integrating WordPress with Facebook

Facebook and WordPress
Facebook and WordPress (image from: www.serifgroup.com)

I find that I am on Facebook a fair amount during the day and since I have friends and family who may be interested in reading my blog and perhaps sharing an article or two here and there, I thought it might be worthwhile to integrate my site with Facebook.

I looked into the Facebook Docs to see what kind of options they had. It looked simple enough, but I thought it might be even more simple, so I checked for existing plugins for WordPress that might simplify things even further!

There are a lot of plugins to sort through, but the one that seemed to stand out the most was: Simple Facebook Connect by Otto. (Note: he also has a nice one for Twitter from what I’ve seen).
I installed the plugin (requires WordPress 2.9.1 or newer) and then activated it. When you go to activate the plugin you will see several (more than a few) plugins starting with SFC. Start by activating SFC Base. After activating the base plugin there will be a redbox at the top of the Dashboard telling you some configuration is needed and it provides a link to the settings page. Click it and you will see you need to do some minor work on Facebook to get it working right.

Rather than re-invent the wheel, I’m going to refer you to Otto’s page that explains some of the steps you’ll need to take to get it configured properly. There have been a few minor changes to things since he posted that, but it is close enough to not bother mentioning the differences.

After getting that setup, go back to the plugins page and enable the other SFC plugins you want to use. Right now I’m only using the SFC Like plugin (which you can setup to show a “like” or “recommend” link at the top, bottom, or top and bottom, (or if you’re really brave you can do manual and put it in your template wherever you want) of your post.

I think I still need to activate my “Application” on Facebook, but I’m going to test it out with this first and see how it goes.
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or comments. Most people who read don’t comment, but I know you read anyway. 🙂

**UPDATE**

I forgot to grant permissions to the plugin on the Simple Facebook Connect Settings page. I tried to grant the permissions before I fooled around with the settings on the Application page on Facebook and it didn’t do anything so I assumed it was already granted. I had a friend test out the “Like” button and it didn’t work so I had to find the problem. I think that should take care of it now.

**UPDATE 2**

OK, it’s just plain broken. The only thing that works right now is the Base plugin and the Publish Plugin. I have deactivated the rest and will take a closer look at it tomorrow. If you have a tip for me on getting it to work, please let me know!