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Best way to implement facebook features (4 posts)

  1. davebos
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am using WP 3.2.1 as a network (multiuser) and the Graphene theme.

    I want to implement Facebook integration (primarily on freetravelgenius.com, but eventually on other network sites) but want to know which plug in to use or if I should try to do it directly. The two that seem popular are simple facebook connect 1.0 and facebook comments 3.1.3, though I may be missing others. I do want to use something with a large user base so I can be comfortable that there will be good peer support. I am a wordpress/web programming novice, so I need to keep it somewhat simple.

    Some things that I would like to do:

    - when someone leaves a comment, their facebook name/pic is automatically attached
    - ideally, such comment would also appear on their facebook wall
    - some type of integration between my site and my facebook page facebook.com/FreeTraveGenius. Maybe when someone hits the like button on my site, it would also like the facebook page (even if that require some type of pop up).
    - my site to recognize the user by picture if they are logged in to facebook like Yelp.com does.
    - when someone is looking at my site, they can quickly see which of their friends like my site.
    - I believe site level likes and integration is more important than post level, but could change my mind on that. Ideally, someone would "share" a post/page, but "like" my site, maybe by hitting one button.
    - some type of log in integration would not hurt, but not really important, I don't care if users log into my site if they are using their facebook account instead.
    - I can live with sometype of authentication popups for all of the above, but the easier for the user to promote my site via facebook, the better.
    - the method must be Network friendly, but it can treat each site as being totally sperate.

    Ideas?

    Thanks!!!

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-facebook-connect/

  2. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    SFC covers all your bases there, but it won't be without configuration for each site. Bottom line is that you have to make an "Application" for each base domain that you use.

    We use SFC here on WordPress.org as well as on ma.tt and on my own sites (ottodestruct.com and ottopress.com), so it's pretty well supported. By me. :)

  3. davebos
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ok, so I started reading ottopress.com and saw the detailed change notes for SFC 1.0. It seems very impressive to me. I don't fully understand all of it, so I will start slow, but am excited to try.

    Are you considering adding integration with google plus and twitter as well? Or is there no need for a plug in there? I've been using Add This code directly in my theme for the most basic functions of all 3 (i.e., sharing a post), but assume things would be cleaner if all my social stuff was managed by a single plugin.

    Thank you.

  4. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    See http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-twitter-connect/ for Twitter.

    There's not one for Google+ because they don't have an API available yet.

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