Facebook rocked the internet yesterday with 5 new plugins, one of which is an API for the Facebook Like Button. After reading about it and playing a bit with the Facebook’s Like Button generator, I decided what’s needed is a WordPress plugin that allows folks to easily configure the look-and-feel of the Facebook Like Button, and then automatically add it the beginning and/or the end of their posts.
FYI, I just released versionÂ 0.1 of the The Facebook Activity Widget Plugin for WordPress – yet another useful (and different) WordPress plugin for displaying Facebook Social plugins on your website.
Version 0.4 just got released – it now has a preview feature built into the administrator panel … and I’m starting to get translation .po & .mo files from abroad (thanks!-). It’s also now being distributed via the WordPress Plugin Repository.
Version 0.2 is released as of Saturday, April 24, 2010 7:14 Eastern Standard Time.
Also after some excellent email and FB message feedback from some early adopters, you can now also decide whether or not you want the FaceBook Like Button to appear on the top and/or bottom of individual pages, individual posts and/or your front page.
Installation & Use
I also wanted to keep it simple, so here’s how it works — using the standard WordPress plugin installation process:
- Upload the ‘fblikebutton.zip’ file to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory using wget, curl of ftp.
- ‘unzip’ the ‘fblikebutton.zip’ which will create the folder to the directory `/wp-content/plugins/fblikebutton`
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- Configure the plugin through ‘FBLikeButton’ submenu in the the ‘Settings’ section of the WordPress admin menu.
- Modify the fields to choice and save.
Here’s a screen shot below of the administrator screen (you’ll want to click on it to see it full size):
Here’s how the FaceBook Like button appears on the bottom of this post:
This being being version 0.1, you can bet your sweet bippee there’s more to come. Still, I wanted to get this out to the WordPress community as fast as possible.
A bit more about the FaceBook Like Button
What’s nice about the Facebook Like button is that no login to your site is required. Even if youâ€™ve never visited HealYourChurchWebsite.com before, they can get social context starting with their very first visit.
If you’re logged into FaceBook, then you can see which of your friends like a site — without the site knowing anything about you. Pretty neat, huh?
Also, I’m currently in the process of setting getting established with the WordPress SVNÂ and everything else that goes with publishing an official WordPress plugin.
Shout Outs and Thanks
- Facebook Announces Open Graph API and 5 New Social Plugins at f8
- Integrate Facebookâ€™s â€œLikeâ€ Plugin into WordPress
- How to â€“ Add Facebook LIKE button to WordPress Posts
- What Facebookâ€™s Open Graph Means for Marketers
- Facebook Blog: New Ways to Personalize Your Online Experience
- Facebook Dev: Like Button Plugin Page (and generator)
- USAToday: Facebook to let members share info on Web faves
- CNET: What Facebook’s latest means for the Web
Oh, and hey, don’t forget to click the FaceBook Like Button for this post … I’d appreciate it.