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Why We’re Staying Away From The Official Facebook Plugin for WordPress, For Now

Posted by on June 22, 2012 at 10:49 am

Our site, like 5 million+ others uses WordPress for our CMS of choice. We (read I) have extended WordPress beyond it’s basic posts and pages functionality to use custom post types for our different sections and a countless other modifications to make it work the way we want it to work. We use a lot of Facebook plugins like comments, like boxes and buttons so naturally I was excited when Nick let me know that Facebook has finally come out with an official plugin. That was until I read the support forum.

The forum is filled with posts like my dashboard is broken, I can’t activate the plugin, the like box is broken, comments aren’t working and it broke (insert plugin name here). I thought wow, maybe I should wait a little bit before I implemented it. I didn’t wait long enough though. I feel like this plugin was rushed and there was no research done as to how people are actually using the third party plugins that I hope this will someday replace.

Here is what I saw that I would like to see corrected:

  • Sync comments to WordPress
  • Hook into the WordPress comments instead of posting at the end of the content
  • Give an option to use a shortcode or a function to place the comments where we want
  • Give an option to disable comments on pages
  • Option to hide Like button on pages

I didn’t get to dig to much into this plugin with the comments not working the way I wanted. The plugin has great potential and even integrates the open graph actions, so when someone reads an article it will automatically post a like on their page for their friends to see. It’s such a neat feature that I’ve been trying to figure out how to get working on our site.

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