Thursday, July 05, 2012

Add Facebook Comments on Blogger

It took me all of 7 minutes to get this done - with no annoying XML Parsing errors! Follow JT's directions step-by-step and you will have fb comments on your blogger / blog*spot blog straightaway!

+I really like the fact that facebook comments only display on individual post URLs - giving unique and one-time visitors an unprecedented opportunity to interact without "signing in" or enduring the "cap'cha" processs...

(1) BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING - back up your template via blogger's back-up button, but ALSO do a cut and paste into wordpad or notepad of your blog HTML - just in case!

(A good idea - PRINT the instructions so you have hardcopy - write your own notes in as you go along and record any numbers, etc. Document any specific problems you had to workaround)

(2) DO EVERYTHING EXACTLY AS JT LAYS OUT - there are excellent graphics, and simple-to-follow instructions. Take your time!

(3) DO NOT REMOVE your old commenting system! I learned this lesson a long time ago! Some folks prefer blogger or disqus or ID or whatever system you already have. FB comments - think of as an "enhancement" that will assist people to connect with you who other wise would not have bothered to comment. By the way, JT does NOT recommend removing your old comment system!

(4) GO TO JT's BLOG AND BEGIN!

One important step that I am sure many of you will overlook (and will find you need it later) is the instructions for good housekeeping, so, hopefully it's OK with JT, I am reproducing them below.

Moderating comments, Administration options and housekeeping
Visit this URL http://developers.facebook.com/tools/comments in order to view all the posted comments on your blog. This is the screen you will see:


If you click the "Settings" link on the above page you will be presented with a few options that are self explanatory such as adding Moderators for your blog or allowing users with different logins to leave comments(e.g. Yahoo or Hotmail logins). Here is a screenshot of the settings page:


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6 comments:

  1. Hi Dave!

    WOW this is really and truly awesome! Thank you so much!

    Fauna

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  2. The good thing about using FB comment platform is it can go side to side with the blogger comment system. And the important thing is that people who ends up on a blog via facebook can publish comments easily.

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  3. Thanks Dave-lucas, I'ts working :)

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  4. Really thanx for this article, it works for me.

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  5. thanks.. i have implemented this on my blog.

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing these tips. A Facebook app developer can also help you to manage comments and other options easier.

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