2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your WordPress Website

00 FB WP   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress WebsiteFacebook is the biggest online social network today. It’s already become an inseparable part of millions of people’s social lives, and it becomes even more inseparable because Facebook integrates with lots of other online services. This achievement has put Facebook in the realm of the Internet giants.

One of the other online giants which has also influenced the lives of millions is WordPress. It’s fair to say that WordPress is the most popular blogging platform today. I’m sure that there are many who wonder whether these two services could be integrated.

If you are one of the millions of WordPress users who wants to add Facebook to your WordPress website(s), you’re in luck. There are two ways to do just that.

Syndicate Your Status

The first and easiest way to add Facebook to WordPress is to subscribe to the syndication. There are many elements of Facebook, most come with their own RSS subscription. The problem is, it takes a little effort to locate the RSS button.

For example, to integrate Facebook’s “Links” to WordPress, you need to dig a little deeper on the side menu under your Home panel. Click “More” to reveal more links.

09aaa More   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

Then click the “Links” to go to the Links page.

09aa Side Menu   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

At the sidebar on the Links page, you will find the RSS button. Right click on it to copy the RSS URL. You could subscribe to two kinds of links: “My Links” and “My Friends’ Links“.

09b My Friends Link   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

By default, Facebook will bring you to “My Friends’ Links” page. So if you want to subscribe to your own links, click “My Links” link and right click on the RSS button on your links page and copy the address. This address will be used later on your WordPress blog.

09c My Links   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

Another RSS feed that you can subscribe to is your Facebook notifications. Click on the “Notifications” icon on the top of the page next to the search field and choose “See All Notifications“. Then on “Your Notifications” page, right click at the “Via RSS” link to copy the subscription address.

08a Notifications   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

Please note that I did the walkthrough using Facebook’s new profile. If you are still using the old profile, you could upgrade to the new one by visiting the “Introducing the New Profile” page and click the “Get the New Profile” button.

09a Get New Profile   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

To add the RSS to your blog, go to the Widget area by clicking the link under the “Appearance” sidebar menu in your WordPress admin area.

01j Widgets   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

Locate the RSS widget and drag it to the Widget area on the right and fill in all the necessary data, including the RSS feed URL that you’ve just copied.

01h Widget Area   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

After clicking on the “Save” button you will see the content appear in the widget area of your blog.

01l Wordpress Widgets   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

This method is applicable to all elements of your Facebook account. You can use it even if you are using the WordPress.com service and not a self-hosted WordPress blog.

Use Plugins

As Facebook becomes more and more popular, you can expect to find more and more WordPress plugins related to Facebook. If you do the search, you’ll find tons of them inside the plugins repository. One of the recommended plugins is “Facebook Social Plugins“. You can easily search and install the plugin from within your WordPress plugins area.

02a Search n Install   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

After installation, activate the plugin.

02b Installed   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

The plugin will add its own setting link under the “Settings” sidebar menu.

02d FB Social Plugins Settings   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

Among the settings, you can customize many aspect of the plugin. But the first thing that you should do before customizing anything is to get a “Facebook Application ID“. Click the “here” link.

02j App ID   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

Then you can customize each aspect of the plugin, such as: the “Layout” and “Color Scheme“.

02k Like Button   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

Don’t forget to click on the “Save” button after making changes to the settings.

02m Save   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

As for getting the application ID from Facebook, clicking the “here” link will bring you to the “Create an App” page on “Facebook Developers” site.

02n FB create an app   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

All you have to do is to verify your account by providing your mobile phone number or credit card number. After that you will have your “App ID“. Insert the set of numbers on the “Facebook Application ID” field on the “Facebook Social Plugins” setting.

02s App ID   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

After activating the plugin and doing all the necessary customization, you will have the additional “Like” button (or “Recommend” button according to your setting) on the locations of your blog that you’ve specified.

02t Like Button   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

And you will also get several additional Facebook related widgets that you can put on the widget area.

02z FB Widgets   2 Ways to Add Facebook to Your Wordpress Website

There are other ways that you can use to integrate Facebook to WordPress blog, but these two are the easiest method that I could find. If you know other methods, please share them using the comment below.

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