Facebook is by far the most popular social network on the planet, almost everyone you know is on it. You can capitalize on this by adding Facebook comments to your WordPress site.
Adding Facebook comments to your WordPress site allows everyone with an account to join in the discussion below your posts, or to start one if none is going on. People won’t have to go through the process of creating yet another account on another site just to leave a comment, they’ll be using an account they already have.
It’s not just the ease of your readers though, there are some major benefits for the site owner. First, there’s less spam because anonymity is scarce on Facebook, and second it has a potential of reaching a great audience because users can choose to post their comment on their Facebook feed just by checking a box, so the comment will be seen by their friends and followers as well, instead of just by your site’s reader, it’s a pretty sweet deal.
Today we’ll take a look at a plugin that replaces WordPress’ default commenting system with Facebook comments, and on top of that it only loads Facebook comments when a user clicks a button so it won’t impact the site’s performance much.
Lazy Facebook Comments
Start by installing and activating the plugin. After that you will need to create a Facebook app ID in order to be able to use the network’s commenting system. To do that navigate here and click the Create a New App button.
Next fill in the desired app name and your contact email, when done press the Create App ID button.
That’s it, you now have the app ID. You can see it on the top left hand corner, just click to copy it.
In your WordPress dashboard navigate to Settings > Lazy FB Comments and paste the code in the box.
Save the settings and you are good to go, just check out any post and you’ll see the button that loads the Facebook posts, just below the content.
Click it and you’ll be presented with Facebook’s comment form, now everyone with a Facebook account can comment on your site.
The plugin also allows you to load the Facebook comment box when the user scrolls towards the comment area, so they won’t have to click a button to see the commenting section. This can be enabled in the plugin’s settings page.
That’s pretty much it, as you can see it’s very easy to harness the power of Facebook commenting for your site. Do it today and enjoy the benefits of integration with the largest social network in the world.