Facebook Comments for your blog – a How-To

For whatever reason, my posts get inundated with spam, and while I sometimes generate a few hundred hits on individual posts, they don’t generate a tremendous amount of comments. I’d been thinking for a while of switching to Facebook comments to see if that could help rectify this.

Obviously, it’s too early to say if it’s had any impact, but I thought I would give it a try anyway, and put finger-to-keyboard to show you just how easy it is if you have a WordPress blog.

  1. Download the Facebook Comments plug-in. DO NOT go to your WordPress plug-in menu and search from there. The first plug-in you’ll see is NOT THE SAME plug-in (I made this mistake initially).
  2. Upload the ZIP file to your WordPress dashboard using the upload feature in the plug-in menu, and once it’s installed, activate it.
  3. Create a Facebook app and label it whatever you want. I labelled mine ‘Comments’.
  4. Once you’ve created the app, add your site’s URL (in my case, http://www.prashantsrao.com), and domain (prashantsrao.com).
  5. Copy the Facebook app ID, and head over to the plug-in’s settings screen, where you can copy it in. Save the new settings at the bottom of the page.
  6. OPTIONAL: To turn off WordPress comments on all your new posts, go to the ‘Discussion’ tab in your WordPress Settings, and untick the box that says ‘Allow people to post comments on new articles’.
  7. OPTIONAL: To turn off WordPress comments on old posts (pre-Facebook Comments), go to the ‘Discussion’ tab in your WordPress Settings, and tick the box that says ‘Automatically close comments on articles older than ____ days’, and fill in the blank box with ’1′.
  8. You’re done!

A couple things: You can play with the width of your comments box to suit the width of your blog, and change a wide variety of settings, as well.

UPDATE (26/02/2012): I added Step 7, and edited Step 6, to make clear how to close off WordPress comments.

Good luck, and get commenting!

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