Facebook – Want More Than a Button?

Facebook – Want More Than a Button?

Facebook has a pretty big following, and if you don’t believe me, check out these statistics:

33.6% of Alabama Internet users are on Facebook

61% of US Internet users are on Facebook and 78% Use Mobile Devices

3 out of 10 U.S. adults get at least some news while on Facebook

If your business is active on Facebook, it means you invest a lot of time and energy, and possibly advertising dollars, managing your page to engage, build a fan base and create interesting content. It makes sense that you would want to share more of that content on your website and you might want more than a simple button!

I have installed the Facebook Like Box on a few sites and was able to change the size and shape of the resulting box by using a tool from Facebook. The Like Box is a special version of the Like Button designed only for Facebook Pages that provides code to embed a simple feed of content from a Page onto your website.

Here is how you do it.

FacebookDev-LikeBox

1. Click on this link for Facebook Developers (link no longer available)
2. Enter your Facebook Page URL and hit enter to see a display of your Like Box. You can modify the width and height, as well as select a dark or light color scheme. When it is how you like it select the Get Code button.
3. Select the code your website uses from the options: HTML5, XFBML, IFRAME, or URL. I typically use the IFRAME option, but your website developer can tell you which you need or can do this for you.

FacebookDev-LikeBox-Code

4. Copy the text displayed in the popup window and place it on your website, or into a program like Notepad to send it to your web developer.

That’s all there is to it. 

[Update January 2016] With the changes in Facebook the new way to get this functionality is to use this Facebook Page Plugin tool.