June 18

Testing the New Facebook Plugin

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Facebook Plugin WordPressYou knew that Facebook would eventually get around to creating its own plugin for WordPress. It is now available at WordPress.org. So this weekend (June 16, 2012) I installed it and attempted to set it up.

I spent an hour of frustration until I realized that the instructions weren’t exactly clear and the screenshots weren’t exactly accurate.

You need to create a Facebook app which is fairly straightforward. Then you have to create an OpenGraph action and object which was not so straightforward. Next you go back to the plugin, click the link to hook up your app with your personal Facebook profile. You may have done that with other apps or to connect your Facebook account with your Twitter account for example.

All is well at this point. Then you are to publish a page or post to your Timeline. What is not so clear here is that in order to post to your Timeline, you must find the section on your page/post editor that says “Facebook Status on Your Timeline” and type something in the box. That section is most likely at the bottom of the screen.

It’s the final step that caused most of the frustration…

The final step is to go back to the OpenGraph section of your app and click the submit link. I kept getting a message that I needed to post content first. What? I just did that! After deleting pages and publishing new pages several times with the same result, I started looking for others having the same problem.

Sure enough, a lot of other people are having this problem. Facebook finally weighed in that they are aware of the problem and are expecting to publish an update this week.

Stay Tuned…

So if you are reading this when the Facebook plugin is version 1.0 — save yourself possible frustration and wait for the update. I’ll post again when the new version is out and is working.

[UPDATE] Version 1.0.1 was released on June 21, 2012. I was able to get it to work after deactivating and deleting the old one and then reinstalling the new one and using a test post instead of a test page.

 

Christine Cobb

Christine Cobb

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  • It looks more like a beta version to me than a final one! Thank you for being our “lab rat” and I’m waiting for a more stable and user friendly version of Facebook plugin!

    • Hey John — They just came out with the new version. I deactivated and deleted the original one and then uploaded the new one. When you get to the step where you post a test to your timeline, I suggest using a post instead of a page. You can set the publish date to an old date so that it doesn’t show up at the top of your posts, Then after you submit your OpenGraph action, you can delete the post.

  • I didn’t bother with the first plugin release as they always have bugs, I have however installed the latest version and it works very well I thought – I didn’t like the fact that it took away standard wordpress comments though so I added them back.

    • Yes, Richard. Selecting Facebook comments shouldn’t disable WordPress comments by default. I know that it doesn’t have to because some other solutions like Optimize Press give you the option to have both. Hopefully FB will fix that in a future update.

  • Hi Christine, I actually was able to keep the Facebook plugin and get my wordpress comments back 😛 – If you into your plugin editor here: facebook/social-plugins/fb-comments.php – There is a line of code that hides the style sheet for the wordpress comments: “style/hide-wp-comments.css” – Simply delete that and your in business!

    I understand why Facebook have made the plugin this way as it actually steals the content from the wordpress site and puts it back into Facebook. Doing this will most likely turn a lot of people away from using it like it did me but the functionality it offers made me take a closer look at the code where I found the offender 🙂

    • Wonderful tip Richard! I agree that most people won’t know to do this or won’t want to touch the plugin code. I guess if I make this change, I’ll need to remember to change it again when the plugin is updated.

      So the question is: Will Facebook wise up and give us the choice or will someone create another plugin that fixes it? LOL!

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