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How to Add Facebook Like Button in WordPress

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How to Add Facebook Like Button in WordPress

Facebook and Twitter are going head to head in their attempts for web domination. Twitter released their Anywhere Platform which allowed users to use twitter just about anywhere on the web. Now facebook has released their “Like” button. The Facebook like button extends their like feature to other sites on the web. If the users are logged into their facebook account, then they can “like” or “recommend” a web page to all of their facebook friends as they are reading it from the site. In this article, we will share the advantages of Facebook like button and show you how you can easily add it in your WordPress posts, blogs, and sites.

Note: Sometimes, Facebook doesn’t show the right thumbnail image, or the right title by default. To prevent that issue, you should add Facebook Open Graph Meta Data in your WordPress.

Advantages of Facebook Like Button

Facebook is world’s 2nd most visited site according to Alexa. Everyone from age 11 to 77 are on facebook. Each user has a news feed where they see updates from their friends. This news feed shows the link their friends like, people their friend added, pages their friends became a fan of and much more. Now if a user has 410 facebook friends, and he clicks “like” on your post, then it will be shown to all of his 410 friends. This is the best free word of mouth advertising you can get. But this does not end here. It gets better. Lets say, Amanda likes a link from one site, and David also click like on that same link. Muhammad who is a mutual friend of both David and Amanda will see a text like:

Your Friends Amanda and David liked WPBeginner’s Link: How to Add Facebook Like Button in WordPress

This is powerful because not only does this do an excellent job of Word of mouth advertising, but by mentioning two friends liking this post Muhammad is twice as likely to click like on your link. Now imagine this happening with 15 mutual friends and then increase all the way up to thousands of users. This like button can be the single most important factor in making your article go viral on facebook.

How to Add the Facebook Like Button in WordPress

Now that you know that this facebook button is very useful, lets add this in your WordPress post. First open your single.php file in your theme’s folder. Then paste the following code inside your post loop:

<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=<?php echo urlencode(get_permalink($post->ID)); ?>&amp;layout=standard&amp;show_faces=false&amp;
width=450&amp;action=like&amp;colorscheme=light" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:450px; height:60px;">
</iframe>

You can also use the XFBML method which we highly recommend because it allows you to receive further insights on your likes. Here is how to do it:

<div id="fb-root"></div>
<script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"></script><fb:like href="<?php echo get_permalink(); ?>" show_faces="true" width="450"></fb:like>

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Once you paste the code, you are done. You should see something like what we have at the top of our post. (Click on the button to see its functionality ;) ):

There are other parameters and options for this plugin.

If you want to show the friend icons under the button, then you should use the parameter:

show_face=true

If you want to display the simple button with only the count and nothing else, then you want to use the parameter:

layout=button_count

If you want a darker color scheme for your button, then you need to use the parameter:

colorscheme=dark

If you want to change the text from Like to Recommend, then use the parameter:

action=recommend

You can customize the width of the iFrame as you like.

If you have any questions, then feel free to ask in the comments. We also recommend that you look at our Smart Sharing Plugin to add a floating share box with retweet, facebook share, digg, and stumbleupon buttons.

Additional Resources

Facebook Documentation


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  • Santiago

    I get an Error 404 page when i use the share button. Can you help me please?

  • Rebecca

    Thank you to the people who asked ‘the dumb questions.’ The answers helped me sooo much. Very happy! Thanks guys.

  • cathal butler

    Can’t get code to work…..below is copy of code from me single.php page. Where should the code be pasted

    #content{margin-left:18px;}

    <div class="post" id="post-”>

    <?php the_content('Read the rest of this entry »’); ?>

    Pages: ‘, ‘after’ => ”, ‘next_or_number’ => ‘number’)); ?>

    <?php the_tags( 'Tags: ‘, ‘, ‘, ”); ?>

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      just above or below the_content() line.

  • Emmeline Jane

    Hi!

    I’m currently tying to get the facebook insights to work through your code and plugin, however I can’t for the life of me figure out how to put this ‘proper’ facebook like code in…..!!

    This is the code for my ‘singular.php’.. the theme I’m using is Hatch.

    <div id="post-” class=””>

    <?php echo apply_atomic_shortcode( 'byline', '’ . __( ‘By [entry-author] on [entry-published] [entry-edit-link before=" | "]‘, ‘hatch’ ) . ” ); ?>

    <?php the_content( __( 'Continue reading →’, ‘hatch’ ) ); ?>
    ” . __( ‘Pages:’, ‘hatch’ ), ‘after’ => ” ) ); ?>

    Please let me know where to put the code! I’ve tried it every where, around the ( have_posts) etc…

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Try putting the code between post title and the_content.

  • Amy

    How do I add a facebook “like my page” button on my posts? I saw the configuration and I have the two codes but I have no idea about Javascript, etc?? Thanks!!

  • Karen

    Hi thanks for the tutorial! I got it to work on my site but for some reason when I “like” a post it doesn’t show up in my FB feed. Any idea if I did something wrong?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Sometimes if you excessively like posts from one site, then FB tends to temporarily block it. On the other hand, look in your activity feed to see if it is going there.

  • Juvy

    Hi, WPBeginner,

    Can I ask your help. I am new of WordPress. I have a big problem on my website. Please help me how to resolve. I’m begging you. This is my website http://www.mymovietube.com and it was broken.
    This is the error I received:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘<' in /home/mymovie/public_html/wp-content/plugins/facebook-social-plugins/widgets/like-button.php on line 2

    Please let me know how to fix this.
    Thank you.

    Need Help,

    Juvy

  • Michael

    Is Facebook Insigts also working with the html5 version of the like button or just with the xfbml version? Both versions are working with the same javascript.
    Great article by the way. I’m going to implement that into my website. Thanks.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      It should work with the HTML5 version as well.

  • Jake

    I was wondering if you could tell me how to customize the image and description that shows on Facebook when you like the site or possibly point me to a article that discusses this, I am having the hardest time trying to figure that part out. Thanks!

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Use the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin. It adds og: (Open Graph) tags in your theme. The meta description you specify for your post will then end up being the description. The post thumbnail you attach will end up functioning as the thumbnail. Hope this helps.

      • Jake

        YES!!! This site rocks!!

  • garrick1234

    Where does one find the single.php file?  Sorry I know that sounds pretty dumb, but I am (sometimes)

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ wpbeginner

       @garrick1234 No such thing as a dumb question. You will find it in your FTP folder /wp-content/themes/yourthemename/Or in your WP-Admin go to Appearance > Editor and find it there.

  • http://miswimschool.com/ Ginger

    How can you enable users to add their own comments to their recommendation at the time of posting?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ wpbeginner

      When the user clicks, a comment box should just open. Specially if you are using the FBML version.

  • angie

    thank you for the layout=”button_count”!!! i’ve been looking for that everywhere!

  • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

    Hey,

    Use WordPress SEO by Yoast and enable the social section. Or just install and activate Simple Facebook Connect… don’t have to do anything else, and it will work.

  • tingmike

    Thanks. One problem that I have is that the button doesn’t align with the Google+ and Pinterest buttons. It’s just two pixels too low compared to the other buttons. Any idea how to make them align to the same horizontal alignment?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ wpbeginner

       @tingmike You can add CSS classes to make sure that it works.

  • http://sophiarossphotography.com/ Sophia

    Thanks this is brilliant!

  • http://frandorf.com/ Fran Dorf

    Where do I find the “post loop” in the single.php file? I’ve tried pasting your code in various places and nothing happens!!!

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Post loop is the code which says while have posts, the post etc. You want to post this code before the endwhile;

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ wpbeginner

       @Fran Dorf You have to look at while have_post, the_post

  • http://www.embodimentchronicle.wordpress.com/ Kate

    While these instructions appear straightforward, they are of no use to someone who does not know how to “open your single.php file in your theme’s folder.” While I am on the internet all the time, I have next to zero knowledge of html. I have added code before, but I need instructions on how to get to the code in the first place. I cannot find anything anywhere on wordpress about a “single.php” file. Please help. I really want readers to be able to share my posts on Facebook, Twitter, and through e-mail.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ wpbeginner

      If you are unaware of how to open your single.php file, then perhaps you should utilize one of the many free plugins that add a facebook like button to your site.

  • Tierney

    Hi, I posted the code on my site and it worked. However, the friend icon is not staying. When i refresh the page, the friend icon disappears. I want all of the friend that clicked the like button to remain so I would know who clicked the like button. I need their names for the prize drawing. Can you help? Here is my code:<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=ID)); ?>&layout=standard&show_faces=true;width=450&action=like&colorscheme=light” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”20″ allowTransparency=”true” style=”border:none; overflow:hidden; width:450px; height:60px”>

    • Tierney

      sorry. I tried posting my code but showed up as that WP beginner. My apologies

    • wpbeginner

      your code is right… it seems like that its some sort of FB glitch that its not recording your likes.

  • Megan at Fiterature

    Hi – this is not working for me. I copy and pasted exactly what is above into my single.php section. I am using the Twenty Eleven theme. When I Update File and then check my website…no Like button. What am I missing?

  • papayacansada

    I’ve been having some headaches with this thing, all I want is a facebook like button on the homepage, I got that but the problem is that when the button is clicked it will like the most recent post and not the main page, after many attempts at the moment I have the code outside the loop, in the header so it displays pretty much everywhere, it seems that even this way when I’m on a single page the button work as supposed and likes go to the single post, my concern is the main page, I need it to like mydomain.com and not the latest post when I’m on the homepage.

    • wpbeginner

      @papayacansada where it says href in the code. Replace the php code with your site domain.

  • jenniferdoser

    This worked great – thanks! I’m just having 3 issues. (1) When I like a post, it shows the following text next to the thumbnail:You may use these HTML tags and attributes: (2) I would like to have the comment box drop down when someone clicks the like button, as it does on this site and I can’t seem to find any documentation on that.

    (3) I tried to access insights after installing the Open Graph plugin, but I get this error message when I try to add insights for the blog:No admin data found at root webpage http://www.firelilyphotography.com/. Insights requires admin data at this root webpage for the specified URL http://www.firelilyphotography.com/blogWhat admin data do I have to add for insights to work?

    Thank you!

    • wpbeginner

      @jenniferdoser Ok first, you need to follow the XFBML way if you want insights, and the dropdown message box on the like buttons.Then follow this tutorial:http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-get-facebook-insights-for-your-wordpress-site/

      • jenniferdoser

        I’m using the XFBML way and I’m still not quite there. I think the main issue is that when I first activated the plugin, I used my business page Facebook ID instead of my personal ID. I’ve since updated the ID, but I still get an error when I like a post:The app ID “73464248836″ specified within the “fb:app_id” meta tag was invalid.This is my business page ID. I tried deleting the plugin and starting from scratch, but that’s not working. How can I get WP to recognize the new ID?

  • robolist

    @wpbeginner thanks for that :) For some reason i was thinking it wouldnt work. My college placed the codes for share buttons there before but when clicked they would ‘like’ all of the posts together. Maybe he didnt use the get_permalink function. Although i am sure i told him to use it. but it is working now so thank you so much…

  • kellydiek

    Are you aware of a plugin or even the possibility for this… you have a blog post with the like button on it. Currently has 15 ‘likes’. Let’s say you edit your blog post with updated information. Can you force facebook to repost the blog link to the wall of the users who already ‘liked’ the post previously? (So they know it’s been updated). Hope that makes sense. Requested by a client today and I’ve never heard of such a thing!

  • wpbeginner

    @robolist Are you using a theme framework?? If not then it shouldn’t be very hard. Place the code above inside your loop on the index.php or loop.php or your archive.php file…

  • robolist

    Fantastic tutorial guys… Just like all of your tutorials throughout this website, they are all very easy to follow. Great stuff :)

    I have been developing a new blog for some time now and am working on a customised theme. We have placed several social share buttons on each post very similar to how you have suggested here. I chose to do it manually rather than using a plugin because i dont seem to be able to get exactly what i want from the plugins whether it be the correct share buttons i want or the lack of styling options with the plugin.

    Placing the buttons manually allow me to use what i want and style them how i want. The only problem is, for the life of me i just cant figure out how to get the buttons to appear in the loop with the excerpt.

    I would be extremely grateful if you could point me in the right direction.

    Many thanks in advance.

  • filipstrbad

    when i add the code to single.php it only shows the like button on the new posts and not the old ones. can i add it to the old ones too?

  • wpbeginner

    @JustinElia This tutorial is for adding the like button for each WordPress post… if you want it to link to your facebook page, then simply change the href to facebook.com/yourfanpage

  • JustinElia

    This may be a very stupid question. I am using like buttons on my site and have tried various plugins and everything,however, how does one link the facebook like button with your page on your posts? Example : I go to like a certain post on facebook on my site and it says “So and So liked http://www.bigbackpacker.com post about blah blah blah” It doesn’t link to my facebook page for my blog. I hope this isn’t too confusing and any help would be appreciated, thank you.

  • ssfutrell

    I uploaded the facebook like button plugin. It is on the bottom of my posts. I want it at the top of all posts. How do I change it to be at the top of post. Can’t figure that out. I hope that you haven’t answered already. I need very plain instruction. Thanks.

  • wpbeginner

    @seocatalysts Use the facebook like box plugin…

  • http://www.seocatalysts.com/ seocatalysts

    Thanks for inform me about how to add like facebook button? and I did it but still My confusion is that how can i show that how many people like my blog? For this problem solve any script available….Any help would be appreciate…..

  • SeviGadeaGimenez

    I like to ask you how i can do to center the like button, i mean that i have the button at the left of the page but i’d like to have it on the center.

    thanks for all, and forgive my poor english

  • wpbeginner

    @debbie.mccormick You can only paste functions in your custom-functions.php files…

    If you notice in our directions we suggested that you paste it in your single.php file. However, I understand that you are probably using a child theme for thesis that is why you don’t have access to single.php file.

    You need to run this code as a function. Or use a plugin.

  • debbie.mccormick

    HELP I just put this code in my custom PHP folder and now my blog is gone.

    I get this message:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘<’ in /home/debmcc4/mccormickmadness.com/wp-content/themes/thesis_181/custom/custom_functions.php on line 118

    I copied and pasted it right in so I can’t see how I could have put anything in incorrect. Please help me!!

  • wpbeginner

    If you follow our article about how to add open graph meta data, then it asks you to link your facebook account with your site. Then you will go to:

    http://facebook.com/insights << There you can add your website. If your account is listed as it should, then it will show you all sort of cool insights about your site.

  • kiendlam

    How exactly do you see who actually clicked on the Like button. It usually shows one or two names and then a number, but I can’t seem to click anywhere to see who has liked the post. Can you help? Thanks.

  • mrahmadawais

    lol

  • wpbeginner

    @infinitywealth.carmen yes… u cannot install any plugin on the free WordPress.com site.

  • infinitywealth.carmen

    @wpbeginner what about smart sharing plug in? still need self-hosted wordpress?

  • wpbeginner

    @infinitywealth.carmen Nope.

  • infinitywealth.carmen

    So there’s no way to add FB like box in the free version of wordpress? I have tried to add both types to a html widget but it won’t work

  • wpbeginner

    @anthony_garcia Use the plugin that we recommend in this article. Facebook Open Graph Meta Data. That will fix the issue.

  • http://anthonyjgarcia.com/ anthony_garcia

    how do you adjust the picture associated with the post when the Like button is clicked? I have a Twitter icon on my sidebar that keeps getting picked up as the picture for the post. Example: http://www.anthonyjgarcia.com/social-music-engagement-turntablefm

    using xfbml on self hosted wordpress. THANKS!

  • kaniayubu

    For some reason I have been unable to get the XFBML version of this code to work. The iframe version works perfectly but as you mentioned in your other post, the send button doesn’t work in the iframe version. Could there be any additional steps to get the xfbml version of it working. I don’t even see a Facebook like icon when I use the xfbml code. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  • wpbeginner

    @artist74 No need to do anything else. It will be like that for all your posts.

  • artist74

    Many thanks for your incredibly speedy reply. I had to play around a bit and now it’s working for me (bottom of the post on my blog). :-)

    Will this now be as default (so for every post, this is what I want) or do I need to add anything else?

    Many thanks.