Facebook is one of the biggest social media networks in the world with billions of users. Due to this quality, some of the top WordPress blogs use Facebook comments rather than the default WordPress comments. So if you too are interested in using the Facebook comment system on your WordPress website, then you are in the right place. In this article, we will explain how to install and setup Facebook comments in WordPress.
Pros and Cons of Facebook Comments in WordPress
Before going to the setup process, it is important to know the pros and cons of using Facebook comments instead of the default WordPress comments.
One of the most prominent benefits is that Facebook comments improve your website’s visibility on Facebook. Thus, it has a big potential for extra traffic to your website.
Furthermore, spammers will refrain from your website because they won’t get an SEO backlink by commenting on your posts.
Talking about the disadvantages, some readers don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment using their Facebook profile because they like the sense of being anonymous.
Another downside of using Facebook comments is that they are not stored or synced to WordPress.
Setup Facebook Comments in WordPress
The simplest method to add Facebook comments in WordPress is by using a WordPress plugin.
First of all, you need to install and activate the Lazy FB Comments plugin. And then upon activation, you need to go to the Settings » Lazy FB Comments to configure the plugin.
To use Facebook comments on your website, you will have to create a Facebook app and then add the application ID to the plugin’s Settings page.
If you have beforehand created an app for your website, then you can use that application ID here. Otherwise, you will have to create a new app by going to the Facebook for Developers page.
For that, you need to register for a Facebook Developer account if you don’t have one. Next, you will have to click on the My Apps link, present at the top-right corner of the page.
A dropdown menu will show up where you have to click on the Create App option. This will open a modal window where you need to provide your email address and a name for your app.
Once done, you have to click on the Create App ID button. This will open a popup box and will ask you to prove that you are not a robot (never mind). Simply fill in the CAPTCHA textbox and then click on the Submit button.
Facebook will now create a new app and then redirect you to the app dashboard. You will see your APP ID displayed there.
Now, you have to describe Facebook how you’d use the App.
Just click on the Settings » Basic link from the left sidebar, and then click on the + Add Platform button, located at the bottom of the page.
A new popup window would appear and you have to click on the Website to select it as your platform.
This will add a new “Website” section in your app’s settings page where you can enter your website URL.
After saving your settings, you can now copy the APP ID and paste it in the FB Application ID textbox of the plugin’s settings page on your WordPress site.
Once this is done, simply scroll down to the bottom and click on the Save All Changes button to store your settings.
Now you are all good to go and moderate comments as you like.
This plugin also comes with a complete range of options. Simply go through the settings to check if there is something that you would like to change.