Install Facebook Comments on Your WordPress Blog

29 Aug

Sharing is a beautiful thing.  Facebook is helping things along, allowing wordpress blogs to utilize the power of Facebook sharing.

Today’s post is a foray into the world of facebook comments and a quick “how to” on finding your numerical facebook id, which is the key to moderating comments.

First, let’s look at our favorite free Facebook Comments plugin and then we’ll cover our favorite paid option, which is what you’ll see at the bottom of this post.

Facebook Comment Plugin Reviews

There’s already a decent number of developers jumping on the facebook comments platform and facebook advertises the ‘Facebook Comments for WordPress‘ plugin as their own.  We tried it, found it to be “okay” but have found a better option.

Check out ‘SEO Facebook Comment‘ for our favorite WordPress Facebook comments.

Like all Facebook Commenting plugins, you’ll need to create a facebook app for your site.  After that, you simply grab the provided App ID/API Key and App Secret and insert these into the plugin.

To utilize the full power of the plugin, you’ll also need your facebook ID.  This is a numerical number that is

The easiest way to find your facebook id is to make sure you’re logged in to facebook and visit this facebook page:   http://developers.facebook.com/tools/explorer/.

Grab the “id”, fill out the last remaining field in your plugin and ‘Save Changes’.

facebook id

We like easy!

The plugin looks great.  We’re still trying to decide if we want to allow the standard WordPress comments in addition to facebook comments.  We’ll test for a while and see if we can come up with some pros and cons, but the ability for users to comment and share to their facebook wall is an obvious pro that makes the facebook commenting system worth a shot on your blog.

Our Very Favorite Facebook Comments Plugin

If you don’t mind reaching for your wallet, the Comments Plus plugin from wpmudev is simply outstanding.  The site is chocked full of amazing plugins, though the monthly membership fees are pretty steep.

All in all though, we love giving our users the ability to login with WordPress, Facebook, Twitter or Google.  It doesn’t hurt that the ‘Post my comment on wall’ option is selected by default either.

It wasn’t quite “plug n’ play” for this plugin.  I had to insert some extra php code in comments.php to make the plugin work (had to create the hooks the plugin looks for), but once finished, we were quite pleased.

Let us know what you think!

 

Jeff

Jeff

Jeff is a php web developer and designer with a focus on creating scripts that help others achieve financial success online.

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  1. Andi Kratz August 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Love this plugin. I want it for my blog!

  2. Kim Kinder August 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I think it’s beautiful but the price seems hefty. I realize you can buy it as a stand-alone for $19 but it looks like you have to renew every year for updates.
    Not sure it’s worth $100 over 5 years to me!

    • Darlene Shelton August 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

      I know what you mean. It’s amazing how much money you can spend online trying to make money. Definitely need to spend “smart money” because there’s so much out there.

      I’m not saying this plugin isn’t worth the cost as I haven’t tried it but adding it up over 5 years (or 10 or more) really puts the true price in perspective!

  3. acougue August 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    This plugin is a must! I had no idea it existed. I have facebook comments plugin on my site already but I really like this one a lot more. Thanks for the great tip!

  4. George Stephens August 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Wow.. this is really nice. I’m off to purchase. Surprised you didn’t put an affiliate link in there! I would have used it for you. Smile