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Creating a "Latest Posts" Facebook Tab

  • justbishop
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    @justbishop

    I *think* I understand how to make a simple iframed Facebook app/tab using the WPBook plugin, but any advice on how I’d create an app that does the same thing (calls a pre-determined URL into a FB tab), but in a way that my child site users could customize it to show the pre-determined URL from their OWN site?

    I guess to be clearer, I need guidance on making an “edit settings” area that will allow them to plug their site name in (http://www.riotcart.com/USERSITENAME), bring up a new template I’m planning to create that will display a site’s latest posts, and allow them to add it to their own FB fan page.

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  • Why can;t they just pull their site’s RSS feed?

    justbishop
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    @justbishop

    Can you do that via a tab on a fan page? And IDK, I kinda wanted to make it look all pretty like the “My Etsy” tab is…

    Heh. 😀 I have no idea what they can do on the FB side. All I’ve done was pull my feed.

    Etsy may have done a custom app.

    justbishop
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    @justbishop

    Yeah, that’s more what I want to to do. I believe it’s what WPBook actually does for you (creates a custom app that iframes a page of your site into a FB tab). However, if I just gave WPBook to all of my child sites, they’d each have to go through the process of creating their OWN custom FB apps through the plugin. I want to have ONE app created, and have my users just be able to customize which child site it pulls the page from 😉

    yeah that sound uber complicated. :-/

    justbishop
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    @justbishop

    inorite?

    sounds interesting, can i have a peek on the fb side?

    justbishop
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    @justbishop

    I haven’t done much yet, but what I do have I created by following the steps in the WPBook plugin 🙂

    BandonRandon
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    @bandonrandon

    WPBook is currently lacking in the WPMU and BuddyPress side of things. If I’m understanding you right you basicly want to have one page inside Facebook that shows the users content from riotcart? You lost me at custom tab :S.

    Just to clarify, WPBook creates an application (not a tab) inside Facebook. If the user has a Facebook fan page WPBook allows them to have their blog content shown inside a tab on that Fan Page.

    For your use WPBook may be overcomplicating things. I would suggest maybe forking the WPBook core and modifying it to your own needs.

    justbishop
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    @justbishop

    Yep, you have it right 🙂

    I want to create ONE custom Facebook app (i.e. “My RiotCart”), with a settings area where someone who adds the app to their Facebook fan page (as a tab across the top, next to wall, photos, discussions, etc.) can type in the unique part of their own riotcart.com URL and have the app/tab display only posts from their own RC site. Hope that made more sense!

    And yeah, I think I’m going to have to attack this from the Fb side of things. It’ll be after the new year before I would have time to sit and try to wrap my brain around the Fb stuff, though.

    BandonRandon
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    @bandonrandon

    Yeah, WPBook would be a great jumping point for this but is not the solution you’re looking for. You can take the underline code of WPBook and how it interacts with Facebook/WordPress and then modify it so that the WPMU user just has the option to turn the tab on and off and just has to enter their Facebook page ID.

    justbishop
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    @justbishop

    Ahhhhh! I was thinking of having them change the setting on the Facebook side…using WPBook as a base for a multiuser tailored plugin is an even better idea!

    ETA: The WPBook config process is a bit too complicated for my users (not that they aren’t intelligent enough to figure it out, but I doubt they’ll want to take the time), though. I guess I’m still going to have to attack this from the FB side.

    BandonRandon
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    @bandonrandon

    Yeah, WPBook is still a bit complicated to set up. We’re trying to make it easier. The new beta 2.0.10 has a cleaner admin interface but it’s still a bit complicated. I know what you mean, though, even with our efforts to document WPBook people are constantly needing help and asking install questions.

    I would say create an app “MyRiotCart” then make the home page just list all the blogs and then have apps.facebook.com/riotcart/USERNAME link to their particular page.

    If you do come up with anything interesting let me know. I’m excited to see what you come up with. Sorry I don’t have the time to program anything up right now.

    justbishop
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    @justbishop

    Don’t count on anything too groundbreaking…I’m not all that skilled, lol!

    davidfcarr
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    @davidfcarr

    I cooked up a Facebook Tab Manager plugin for WordPress that exploits their switch to allowing iframes in tabs (in fact that’s now the preferred way, with FBML being phased out).

    I’ve set up a custom post type for Facebook tabs, and the plugin guides you through what to enter in the Facebook Developer form fields to register your WordPress content post as a Facebook app. You can use this approach to place marketing content on Facebook. Using shortcodes, you can also integrate interactive content such as contact forms.

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