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’.
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!