Facebook – Like Button

n this video, I’m going to show you how to add the Facebook Like button, and also the Facebook share button to your WordPress blog. Assuming, of course, you’ve already installed the Simple Facebook Connect WordPress plugin. Then just click on Plugin, click on Installed, and if you remember, the SFC or the Simple Facebook Connect plugin actually contains other smaller plugins as well for each individual Facebook function. So I’m gonna look for the Facebook SFC Share button – I’m gonna activate that – and then I’m gonna look for the Facebook Like button, and I’m gonna activate that as well.

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Once both these plugins have been activated, I can just click on Settings, and click on Simple Facebook Connect. And now, if I scroll down…okay, so I’ll be able to see the Like button settings, and also the Share button settings. So by default, the Like button will show after the content of your post. So let’s say, for example, you want it to appear before the content of your post, okay? And then you can also choose the Like button layout, the standard button, or the button with counter, and you can also choose the text to display on the button. You know, either display Like, or you can display Recommend.

If I scroll to the bottom, under Share Button Settings, again, I can choose to display the Share button before the content of my post, or after the content of my post. And also, maybe before and after. Or I can choose to manually add in this particular code into my theme or on my WordPress post where I want the Share button to appear.

Next, you can select the Share button type. And you can actually see a preview of how your Facebook Share button will look like. By default, it is the Box Count, which basically shows how many times your post has been shared. Now, I can also change it to the Button Count, and this is a much more compact look with the Facebook share link here, and the amount of times it has been shared. So then, I can just click on Save Changes.

Okay, so now, let’s take a look at the actual blog post itself. I’m gonna refresh this, and you can see the Facebook Like button over here. So the Facebook Like button actually tries to track if you are currently logged in to your Facebook account, and if your friends in your Facebook account have also clicked on the Like button. So this is what happens when someone clicks on the Like button. There’ll be a pop-up window that appears here, and all you need to do is log in to your Facebook account. If they are already logged in to their Facebook account when they visit this particular blog post, then they will also be able to see their friends’ names over here and they can just directly click on Like and this blog URL will be posted to their Facebook profile page.

Now, let’s take a look at the button again. I’m gonna change some settings here; I’m just going to choose Button with counter, and I’m gonna Save Changes. And now I can see it’s just a very compact Like button that does not display other users from your profile or your friends who have also clicked on Like for this particular blog post.

Now, I’m going to change it back to Standard, but this time, I’m gonna change the text from Like to Recommend. And then I’m gonna click on Save Changes.

Okay, so instead of ‘Like’, you now have ‘Recommend’. And those are just some of the simple things you can do with your Facebook Like button, and this is a very simple but important tool to connect your WordPress blog to your Facebook account and to get traffic to your blog from your Facebook profile page, and also your friends’ profile pages.