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Best Facebook plugin for posting image-rich posts?

  • johnwarren
    Member

    @johnwarren

    Trying to set up an easy-to-use system for a client, where he can hit Publish and then simultaneously post to a Facebook Wall.

    We’ve had some problems with a couple of plugins. Wordbooker didn’t always post reliably, and was complicated to configure. When we switched to Post-To-Facebook, it was easy and cool. But the problem is that the post had a bunch of photos that didn’t come through right, leaving the FB post with a white blank rather than a featured pic.

    Any recommendations would be really appreciated…

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  • Iamhere
    Participant

    @iamhere

    I am also searching through the options for a client.

    Interested to see what you come up with!

    Simple Facebook Connect is not too bad, but doesn’t offer the social comments feed.

    Facebook comments plugin is good – but is complex to set up and the grant token requirement seems to cause issues.

    The biggest problem is that FB seem to change their API calls regularly, so when someone sets up an awesome plugin, it’s broken as soon as FB makes changes.

    I’m seriously considering just having a go at manual insertion of FB code (using their developer tools) to see if this might be more robust, but it does seem a bit of an effort givent he number of plugins out there….

    If only there were one plugin that did it all and was robust !!

    johnwarren
    Member

    @johnwarren

    Glad to hear I am not alone. What type of FB code insertion do you have in mind?

    Iamhere
    Participant

    @iamhere

    PS in the past I have found the most robust solution is to connect your WP site to twitter, and then connect twitter to FB. That way, you hit publish and it posts to twitter and FB. This way, Twitter manages all the changes that occur with FB – but it does mean having two accounts (Twitter & FB) and also, it only posts a summary with a link – not the entire conversation (which is more desirable IMO)

    Hope that helps!

    Iamhere
    Participant

    @iamhere

    RE code insertion – if you look at this page, here are the options direct from the horses mouth!

    https://developers.facebook.com/search?path=&selection=social%20plugin

    Might be more robust – but I’ve not really looked into this yet…

    johnwarren
    Member

    @johnwarren

    That’s a really good idea, especially since Twitter mashes it down to such a standardized and easy-to-manage 140 characters.

    The only thing is that here I think we need the whole post recreated as a rich Facebook entry with a thumbnail picture and all that.

    Iamhere
    Participant

    @iamhere

    As I suggested above, you can try Simple Facebook Connect –
    http://ottopress.com/wordpress-plugins/simple-facebook-connect/

    But it has lots of bugs….

    Iamhere
    Participant

    @iamhere

    EDIT: not necessarily bugs with SFC – but integrating with FB is a moving feast, as I explained above!

    johnwarren
    Member

    @johnwarren

    Let’s see, I am going to try installing it now.

    Iamhere
    Participant

    @iamhere

    The support forum for SFC shows all the issues:

    http://wordpress.org/tags/simple-facebook-connect?forum_id=10#postform

    johnwarren
    Member

    @johnwarren

    Oh dear, let’s see if we have the same problems.

    johnwarren
    Member

    @johnwarren

    OK, thanks for this, but what confuses me is that Simple Facebook Connect seems to want to interact with an application rather than the old-style Page that I want to be able to post on.

    I am a little lost trying to understand the Graph API requirements and the need to build an application with its own App Secret code and all that stuff.

    johnwarren
    Member

    @johnwarren

    I may have solved my original Post-To-Facebook problem. Interesting: That plugin is cool and easy as I mentioned, but it only seems to work if you run it _after_ you publish on WP.

    Iamhere
    Participant

    @iamhere

    you don’t need to get into FB graphs or anything like that.

    Just follow Otto’s clear instructions on setting up a FB app – it’s all very easy.
    The hard part is integrating multiple users and managing multiple widgets etc…. the behaviour of which is sometimes not as advertised!

    johnwarren
    Member

    @johnwarren

    Not graphs so much as…having to make it an App, rather than just a simple page…

    Samuel Wood (Otto)
    WordPress.org Tech Dude

    @otto42

    The app is just the connection point. The page is where stuff publishs.

    The app is just one of those requirements of Facebook. After it’s setup it won’t bother you. Make sure you use SFC 1.3. 🙂

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