12/12 2016

Integrating Facebook Comments Into WordPress

Sharing content has become rather simple through the different social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. If you want to easily interact with the visitors of your WordPress site, then it will be a good idea to integrate these popular social media platforms into your pages.

How can you integrate Facebook into your website or blog?

Among the numerous social media platforms, Facebook perhaps, is the most popular. With more than 1.65 billion monthly active users all over the world, Facebook can be used to foster a good relationship with the audience of your website or blog.

For example, many people add Facebook like and share buttons into their posts, or an icon on their sidebar or footer.

Facebook comments can also be integrated in your posts to encourage people to leave messages and feedback. Many people are already signed into their Facebook accounts when they browse the web. Your visitors can already write and post their comments without having to type up their names or email address. By incorporating Facebook comments into your web pages, you can also discourage spammers.

How can you integrate Facebook comments into WordPress?

There are a number of different ways to set up Facebook comments in your website. These include plugins such as Facebook Comments For WordPress,  as well as commenting systems such as IntenseDebate and Disqus.

The WordPress Repository contains several plugins that can be used to integrate Facebook comments.

These are by far the easiest and recommended methods. However, keep in mind, if you use IntenseDebate or Disqus, the comments will not be integrated into your WordPress comments. Also many users will not leave a comment, with the extra steps involved to login to Disqus.

Creating a Facebook App and Modifying Your Template Files

Another way is to use the official Facebook comment plugin. The code provided can be placed right into the header.php and comments.php template files.

This solution is for users who are comfortable modifying their template files, and need more control over design, styling or code. It is also useful for sites which are not WordPress based or bespoke developed (coded from scratch).

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