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Just Released, Version 3.0 (63 posts)

  1. we8u
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Version 3.0 of the fbcwp plugin is a fairly substantial update, partially because facebook themselves have released version 2 (v2) of their comment system.

    In light of this, I'm going to provide a brief rundown of what's changed, and some useful info.

    = New options =
    * You can now be notified via facebook notifications of any comments (multiple user IDs can be specified in the settings page).

    * You can switch between v1 and v2 on the settings page of this plugin. By default, v1 is used since v2 is somewhat buggy / lacks features that are in v1.
    Note: While using v1, threaded replies likely won't show. Also, facebook seems to be constantly updating v2, and sometimes some comments disappear. Though, they've always come back on my test site.

    * You can enable both v1 and v2 at the same time, though I don't recommend it. But, it's there in the settings for anyone who wants to. Also note that this setting uses both the page/post url (v2 method) and xid, whereas using just v2 fetches via the transitional 'migrate' flag.

    Here is a brief summary of what changed in facebook's v2 of their comment system. These changes were made by facebook and so can't be undone (you can still use v1 though) see here for more.

    * No more built in like button

    * No more custom CSS: "We want to make the Comments plugin consistent with the others, so we will most likely have a dark styled version, ability to specify font, etc., but unfortunately, not have custom css." - Cat Lee, Program Manager, Developer Relations at Facebook

    * No anonymous comments, but can login with other sites (currently Yahoo!, but they say more are to come). Note that anon comments don't really work right in v1 either (see: http://bugs.developers.facebook.net/show_bug.cgi?id=14126).

    * No more sorting chronologically. v2 uses a system somewhat like digg's, where the comments it thinks are best are displayed first.

    * Comments made in v2--on posts which have no comments from v1--won't show up on the dashboard, the recent comments widgets nor will they be included in a post's comment count. This is because the method by which this data is retrieved (FQL) is currently returning empty queries when using the new v2 query. Note that if a post has comments on it before switching, everything will report correctly for that post.

    = v2 issues/bugs =
    * can't reply to v1 comments. This seems to be a facebook bug
    * replies are sometimes also displayed as single, unnested posts if the page is refreshed (see: http://bugs.developers.facebook.net/show_bug.cgi?id=15583)
    * currently no "dark" options to style the comments. facebook devs say it's coming soon
    * posting using alternate facebook identity not working

    I'll be keeping up with v2 dev and updating this plugin as necessary to accommodate any changes they make. I expect facebook will fix the v2 FQL soon, since it's the only way to get comments from the new system, and many people have complained. Once that's fixed, I'll update the plugin so it displays/counts comments on the dashboard and in widgets for posts with only v2 comments.

    If you find any bugs/issues, please either post them here, email them to me or add them here: https://github.com/shaund/Facebook-Comments-for-WordPress/issues

    Updates coming in the near future
    * Option to automatically include like button with v2 (only reason it wasn't in this version was because I want to be sure there are no conflicts)
    * Storing facebook comments in the WordPress database

    shaun

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/facebook-comments-for-wordpress/

  2. cobbinaloic
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I think the main problem right now is most of us can't make it work. After upgrading to version 3.0, all the fields are empty, I have to manually add the app id and app secret. The "Comments XID" is also not there and i don't know where to find that one. I really need help

  3. cobbinaloic
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    for the meantime i have just decided to go back to version 2.1.2

  4. sc456a
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Doesn't work for me either. I get an error: Your Facebook comments would normally appear here, but you haven't set a valid application ID or application secret yet. Go set them now.

    However, I've already set these two things (they worked in previous versions). No go.

  5. sc456a
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Also, it didn't carry over any of my settings - as the previous poster mentioned. Perhaps you should roll this one back until it's ready?

  6. imrobert
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Same as the above. Even after I set the application ID it doesn't work.

  7. halluzineyt
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    When i updated all my comments are lost can i retrieve it back?

  8. halluzineyt
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Is this because of the Comments XID:?

  9. BongoUser
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,

    i have two problems.
    First: "Combine WordPress and Facebook comment counts" is not working for me. (this was with 2.x too)
    Second: I lost my old comments too...

  10. we8u
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Sorry about the problems everyone. This new version uses options in a different way and I neglected to update them with the old options from the database. In the next couple hours I'll be releasing a new version which fixes the problem.

    Please don't change the plugin until then.

    shaun

  11. haythamelkhoja
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Same issue in the comments count... will be waiting for the updates. Good luck!

  12. mukdahanonline
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Cheer >>> we8u

  13. CHRISVOSS
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I got it to work on my site and now the 3.0 version is gone? Can you tell me where to get the update I got it to work finally!

  14. haythamelkhoja
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    we8u ... any ETA on the update? plz keep us posted.

  15. we8u
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Chris: Sorry about that, I removed it so people didn't update to it.

    The new version is up now and should fix all the issues with settings.

    Those who have issues with comment counts (and did in 2.1.2 as well), please post links to your sites so I can try to narrow down the cause. Although note that v2 comments won't be counted until facebook updates fql to actually return those new comments.

    Also, if anyone gets,

    Fatal error: Cannot use object of type [insert some type here] as array in... on line X of .../facebook-comments-core.php

    where the facebook comments box should be, it means that the http request to facebook failed (facebook didn't respond, or did but with an error). Try again after a few moments and it should show up.

    shaun

  16. haythamelkhoja
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    we8u,
    I still have a problem with comments counting... Are we sure that Facebook will update their FQL?

    my blog: http://www.mizalla.com/corporate/blog/

  17. imrobert
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Still getting the application ID and secret error with the new update.

    http://techology.org/

  18. digitalsingularity
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I just updated and I'm getting the application ID / secret error as well. I also tried re-entering my appID / secret and I still get:

    Your Facebook comments would normally appear here, but you haven't set a valid application ID or application secret yet. Go set them now.

    http://www.digitalsingularity.com/blog/

  19. haythamelkhoja
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    btw, i don't get the Like button, i have to insert my own <fb:like>, is this normal?

  20. haythamelkhoja
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    imrobert, digitalsingularity:

    Disable all other Facebook related plugins and remove any manual Facebook Graph tags at this stage.

  21. we8u
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yeah, the like button was removed by facebook in v2. I'm working on adding an option to put it back.

    If settings still aren't loading, try deactivating and then reactivating the plugin. I'm not sure what's happening, but it seems the settings are loading for some people, and not for others.

    Are those who are having problems using WordPress's bulit in update, or some other method?

  22. digitalsingularity
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @Haythamelkhoja: I Don't have any other facebook plugins installed. I have an app that looks like it does this, Share And Follow, but it simply provides a link to my facebook account, it doesn't interact with facebook at all.

    I'm also seeing this behavior on my other blog site. http://11thlddems.org/blog

    I didn't realize that the plugin was actually broken before I installed it on both of my blogs. Ugh. :(

    @we8u: both update methods.

    http://11thlddems.org/blog used the update process built into the wordpress dashboard.

    http://www.digitalsingularity.com/blog/ I updated manually because the server wasn't configured to extract zip files.

    Both servers are running wordpress 3.1.

  23. CHRISVOSS
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Wow I got it to work on one of my sites with 3.0 version - can I get that version somehow - NOW I cant get it to work on any others of my identical sites.

  24. imrobert
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The only other plugin that has to do with Facebook on my site is the Sharebar plugin. I tried deactivating it but the problem with this plugin persisted.

  25. CHRISVOSS
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Good news I put 3.0 on all 4 of my small sites and it works have to click all the advanced options buttons and make sure on fb page to fill in website info in settings

    Bad news my big site I got it on and wouldnt work, deleted file and when trying it craps out a 500 error when trying to activate it. It has over 300 posts where the other 4 are new smalls.

  26. cobbinaloic
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I don't see any difference between version 3.0 and version 3.02. I still get exactly the same problem when upgrading to 3.02

  27. id2d
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Just to add that I have the "Your comments would normally appear here..." error on a blog I just installed last night. The only changes I made to is was to add a feedburner plugin so I don't think errors can possibly be due to a conflict with another plugin

  28. grahambeale
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Also getting the same problem from the 3.0.2 update.

    "Your Facebook comments would normally appear here, but you haven't set a valid application ID or application secret yet. Go set them now."

  29. we8u
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    From the WP dashboard, deactivate and then delete the plugin. Search for facebook-comments and install version 3.0.2. For some as yet unknown reason, the plugin is unable to load settings from some people's databases. So doing a fresh install should allow the initialization to run and load all the settings.

    Your XID should be saved, but as a safety precaution, write down your XID somewhere safe before doing this.

  30. haythamelkhoja
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    what's the status of the combined comments count?

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