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How to Add Facebook Like Button in WordPress

Do you want to add a Facebook Like button in WordPress? Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world. Using Facebook Like button, you can allow users to Like and share your content on Facebook. In this article, we will show you how to add the Facebook Like button in WordPress.

Facebook Like Button for WordPress

Method 1: Manually Add Facebook Like Button in WordPress

This method requires you to add the code directly in WordPress. If haven’t done it before, then please take a look at our beginner’s guide to pasting snippets from the web into WordPress.

First, you need to visit the Like button page on Facebook developers website and scroll down to ‘Like Button Configurator’ section.

Like button settings

Use the configuration to choose the Like button layout and size. You will see a preview of the Like button below.

You can leave the URL field empty, as we will dynamically fill in the URL in WordPress.

Once you are satisfied with the preview, click on the ‘Get Code’ button.

This will bring up a popup showing you two pieces of code snippets under the JavaScript SDK tab.

Facebook Like button code generator

Copy the first code snippet and add it to your WordPress theme’s header.php file right after the <body> tag.

Next, you need to copy the second piece of code and paste it in your WordPress theme’s template files where you want to actually display the Like button.

Most probably you will want to add it to single.php, archive.php, page.php, etc. However, if your WordPress theme uses content templates, then you will need to add it to content templates.

Please note that if you directly add these code snippets to your WordPress theme, then they will be overwritten when you update the theme.

You can avoid this, by creating a child theme and then adding these code snippets into your child theme templates.

Method 2: Add Facebook Like Button in WordPress Using a Plugin

In this method, we will be using a WordPress plugin to add Facebook Like button. This method is much easier and is recommended for beginners.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the WP Like Button plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, the plugin will add a new menu item labeled WP Like Button to your WordPress admin bar. Clicking on it will take you to plugin’s settings page.

WP Like Button settings

First you need to select where you want to display the Like button and choose whether you want the button to be mobile responsive or not.

Next, you need to provide a Facebook App ID or an Admin ID of a user who has access to Facebook insights. You can use your own Facebook username or ID here.

Under the default image setting, you can upload an image that will be used when a post or page does not have a Facebook thumbnail. Leave this option, we will show you how to set Facebook thumbnail later in this article.

Under ‘What to like’ option, you need to select ‘Each page/post will have its own like button’. After that you need to select a layout, alignment, language, for your Facebook button.

At the bottom of the page, you will be able to see a preview of how the button will appear on your site.

Once you are finished, click on the ‘Save Settings’ button to store your changes.

That’s all, you can now visit your WordPress site and you will see the Like button for each post.

Like button in WordPress

What is Open Graph Meta Data? How to Add it in WordPress

Open Graph meta data helps Facebook collect meta information about a page or post on your WordPress site. This data includes a thumbnail image, post/page title, description and author.

Facebook is quite smart in pulling up the title and description fields. However, if your post has more than one image, then sometimes it shows incorrect thumbnail when your article is shared.

If you are already using Yoast SEO plugin, then this can be easily fixed by visiting SEO » Social page and clicking on the Facebook tab.

Facebook Open Graph

For more details and alternate ways to add open graph meta data, see our guide on how to add Facebook Open Graph meta data in WordPress.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you learn how to add Facebook Like button in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of 10 best Facebook tips and tutorials for WordPress users.

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  1. I’ve added the wp-like-button to my blog pages and configured it according to directions. The like counter goes up, so I know that readers are clicking the button, but where do I find the names of these readers so that I can follow-up with them?

  2. Hi Wp Beginner :)

    Just wanna say thank you for all the great articles!
    They allready have helped me a lot, easy to understand…..Love it!

    Cheers guys, keep on doing like you do :)

  3. Hi, all.
    I am using Blog Bank WordPress theme which has nicely built Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn buttons but I cannot seem to make them work as intended (refer to my respective social sites). I would like to know if there is a way to do it.
    Thank you for the continual great work you are doing for us, beginners.

    • You would want to reach out to your theme’s support for this issue and they should be able to let you know if it is an error with the theme itself or a method to resolve the issue.

      Admin

  4. Please admin, I’m using the header and footer plugin on my wordpress blog. I added the code on the footer and it’s showing the like button on the down end of my blog. Please how can I add it so it can show right after every single post. Thanks

  5. I am unable to make the plugin work on Archives :( It works perfectly fine on Single Posts.

    Your help would mean a lot

  6. You said “You can leave the URL field empty, as we will dynamically fill in the URL in WordPress.”

    I was expecting to article to then say what code to put in in order to dynamically fill the URL.

    Does the URL fill dynamically if we leave the data-href blank, with no further action needed?

  7. How do I show facebook like counts in the post meta.
    Like this: Posted by Admin in Technology on Date | 2 comments | 5 Likes

  8. So far so good, this works.
    But how can I get rid of that popup window as soon as you hit the button.

  9. Have set up a personal web site (not for profit) rather then a blog using WordPress. Very impressed that I was able to do it with my very limited web knowledge. Would like to add a Facebook like button but your instructions do not work for my home page?
    Thanks Len

  10. THANK YOU. This worked like a charm. Any ideas how to do this on a page instead of just a post? Thanks!!! This is my new favorite site!

  11. Hi,

    This tutorial sounds like chinese to me. You use vocabulary which assumes certain knowledge that beginners do not have.
    ” First open your single.php file in your theme’s folder. Then paste the following code inside your post loop:”
    What does that mean?
    I understand that you keep your posts short, but very often they are really too short !
    Thanks

  12. Hi,

    question, how do i inline FB like with Google +1 and other buttons, pretty much as you did here?

    Thank you,
    Mark

  13. This is my single.php file. Please tell me where to add the code.

    ” . __( ‘Next’, ‘twentyfifteen’ ) . ‘ ‘ .
    ” . __( ‘Next post:’, ‘twentyfifteen’ ) . ‘ ‘ .
    ‘%title’,
    ‘prev_text’ => ” . __( ‘Previous’, ‘twentyfifteen’ ) . ‘ ‘ .
    ” . __( ‘Previous post:’, ‘twentyfifteen’ ) . ‘ ‘ .
    ‘%title’,
    ) );
    1
    // End the loop.
    endwhile;
    ?>


  14. Thanks so much for the tutorial! However I couldn’t seem to get the Like button to show up on post.
    I’ve been pasting the iframe code in between

    and (iframe code paste here)

    and some other locations before the end loop but still not coming out. Please help!

    Here’s the single.php file for my theme (Eryn)

    Thank you!!

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

  16. 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: ‘, ‘, ‘, ”); ?>

  17. 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…

  18. 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!!

  19. 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?

    • 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.

      Admin

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

    • 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.

      Admin

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

    •  @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.

  24. 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.

    Admin

  25. 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?

  26. 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.

    • 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.

  27. 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”>

  28. 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?

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

      • 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?

  31. @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…

  32. 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!

  33. @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…

  34. 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.

  35. 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?

  36. @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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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…..

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