How to Setup Facebook Comments

If you've already installed our Facebook Comments plugin, skip to Creating Your Facebook Application

Installing Facebook Comments

Facebook Comments is available through the WordPress plugin directory.

Log into your copy of WordPress, and in the menu, mouse-over Plugins and click on Add New.

In the search box type "facebook comments by fat panda" and click Search Plugins.

Locate Facebook Comments in the search results, and then click Install Now

Next, most users will be asked to supply their FTP hostname, username, and password. WordPress uses these to facilitate installing the plugin's files from their directory - Facebook Comments is not capturing this information (in fact at this step, our plugin isn't even installed yet).

After installing, you will be asked whether or not you want to activate the plugin. Answer, "Yes."

Creating Your Facebook Application

The first step to configuring moderation settings for Facebook Comments is to setup a Facebook application. If you're already using SharePress, you should use the same Facebook application you setup for it, and you can skip to Configuring Facebook Comments.

First, open a new browser tab or window, and visit the Facebook Developer's dashboard

https://developers.facebook.com/apps

If you've never created a Facebook application, you may at this point be asked to authorize Facebook's developer application. Please continue to respond with "OK" until you reach the Facebook developer's control panel.

Then click Create New App

Next you'll be asked to name your application. I suggest you name it after your blog instead of calling it "Facebook Comments" as many people do the latter. You'll also need to choose a namespace, but our plugin doesn't care about the namespace. In both cases - the name and the namespace - you'll need to choose something unique.

Last and most critical, you need to configure your Facebook application.

  1. Set the App Domain to the domain name you see in your Web browser when you're in the WordPress admin.

  2. Scroll down, click the Website option under Select how your app integrates with Facebook, and in the field titled Site URL enter the URL of your WordPress site's home page.

Before leaving this screen, write down your App ID - you'll need it in a moment.

Then click Save Changes

Configuring Facebook Comments

Return to your WordPress site, mouse-over Settings and then click Facebook Comments. Most of the settings you find here will be self-explanatory. (If they're not, feel free to post questions in the comments at the bottom of this page.)

To complete configuration of moderation settings, look for this setting field

enter your newly minted Facebook App ID in the field, and click Save.

If you don't see that field, and instead you see this

or this

then it is likely we automatically detected settings for you, and setup your application.

If after saving your App ID, you see a big blue Login to Facebook button, click that. You'll see a familiar Facebook pop-up for logging in and authorizing your Facebook application - the one you just created.

After logging in, the settings fields will change again to this

Here you have a few choices to make.

First, you may choose that only administrators of your Facebook application can be moderators. Your are, by default, the only administrator of your application, and so if you are to be the only moderator of your comments, you may leave this option selected, and you are done configuring the plugin.

Second, you may also choose to include a theoretically unlimited number of other Facebook users as moderators for your comments. Just use the Search by name field to search for friends, and add them to the list.

When you are done configuring your moderators, simply click the Save All Changes button at the bottom of the settings form, and you're done! Bear in mind that it could take as long as 24-hours before Facebook's cache is flushed, and moderation features become active.

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