Facebook has tons of awesome social plugins such as the like button, and the send button. You can use these social plugins to integrate your site with the powerhouse social network’s user base and reap the benefits such as increase brand awareness, build a stronger userbase, and get facebook insights for your site. Among these social plugins, there is one called the Comment Box which enables user commenting on your site with a layer of facebook authentication. This not only bring you higher quality comments because no more anonymous trolls, but it also allows your comments to be shared with friends or with people who like your page on facebook. If the user leaving the comment checks the box “post to facebook”, then your article shows up to all of their friends’ news feed giving you extra exposure. In this article, we will show you how to add facebook comments on your WordPress site.
First thing you need to do is download the plugin called Facebook Comments for WordPress.
Once you activate this plugin, it will ask you to enter your application ID and secret key. If you already know how to retrieve that option, then you can skip the next few steps. If not, then follow along and we will walk you through the process of creating your own app.
Lets start registering a facebook application. Click on Create new app icon on the top right.
A lightbox will pop-up asking you to enter your application name and agree with the terms of service.
Once you complete this step and enter the captcha, you will be taken to the basic information page of the app. There you will find your App ID and Secret Key. See example screen below:
Look at the left hand side, there you will see a menu called Websites. Click on that and specify your site.
Now that you have your App ID and Secret Key, let us return to the WordPress admin dashboard. Go to Settings » Facebook Comments. Now Enter your facebook ID and application secret key.
There are a lot of settings options, but we are not going to cover those as they may vary on your personal discretion. Each of those options are very explained such as what style of comment box you want, whether you want to display it on pages or not etc.
This plugin by far is the easiest way to setup Facebook Comments in WordPress. One thing to note is that at this moment, there is no way to backup facebook comments, so if for some reasons you decide to revert back, you will lose all of those comments. But sites like TechCrunch has already pulled the trigger, and they are using Facebook Comments all over their site.
What are your thoughts about Facebook Comments? Will you be using it on your own WordPress site?