Facebook Like And Share Joomla Plugin enable Facebook "Like button", the "Share This button", and the "Comment Box" on your published articles, with the following features:
- To choose the position (before, after or both the content)
- To choose counter or no-counter button style
- To choose the button size and style
- To choose the language for the social plugins
- To include and exclude certain articles and categories
- To set the CSS style for the container
- To set the container type
- To enable the views where the button will be show up
- To enable the comments counter
- To enable the moderation tool for FB comments
- Opengraph support
- Asyncronus load option for the plugins script
- Autopublish content on Facebook
- Auto resize Facebook comment box
- Auto choose adapt the plugin's language to the current one
- Youtube video share support
- Virtuemart support
- Added Facebook photo upload button
- Comments notification
With Facebook Like Button plugin, let a user share your content with friends on Facebook.
When the user clicks the Like button on your site, a story appears in the user's friends' News Feed with a link back to your website.
The installation procedure is standard, then upload the zip file, enable the plugin and choose the options that you like more.
The plugin can inject the html code for the buttons before or after the article content, but the code of the comments box only after.
The following scheme show the containers for all the components.
All the containers ("DIV" or "P" tag) can be customize by CSS code, and all components can be enable or disable.
Open Graph tags are <meta> tags that you add to the <head> of your website to describe the entity your page represents. with the last version of the plugin you can customize these options, so that the description or the image shown in the link is the one chosen by you.
- The default object type is "article" but you can use what you want, like "album" or "book" ... , I recommand to do not change it.
- The default image path is empty and it's the image that you want show in the FB link, when no other image are found in the current article content. If you leave empty when no other image are found, the plugin use his own default image "link.png".
- The description can be the content of the meta tag description or the first paragraph.
In the last version you can choose even if the social buttons must be show in the frontpage view or category view, and the open graph support works differently in "not article" views, because the informations included in the head of the page can't manage many buttons at the same time, and sure the opengraph type tag can not be "article" type.
To know how the link will be rendered you can use the tool lint: http://developers.facebook.com/tools/lint/ , that tool can be very usefull to know how FB see your page. With that tool you can verify your url page ,but also force FB to update the information about it, like the image used or the description. After you change image or description information you need to update the url with this tool, in order to refresh the facebook cache of your article.
Facebook needs to scrape your page to know how to display it around the site. Facebook scrapes your page every 24 hours to ensure the properties are up to date. The page is also scraped when an admin for the Open Graph page clicks the Like button and when the URL is entered into the Facebook URL Linter. Facebook observes cache headers on your URLs - it will look at "Expires" and "Cache-Control" in order of preference. However, even if you specify a longer time, Facebook will scrape your page every 24 hours.
If you are a moderator and a application administrator you can see all the comments about the application website domain in the page https://developers.facebook.com/tools/comments. This is another reason to connect your website to a Facebook application.
If you need to integrate this plugin with the Google +1 button and the Twitter button, then try to download the extension Facebook - Twitter - Google plugin for Joomla +1.
To setup you will need:
- Facebook App ID
- App secret key
- Administrator account id / Pages id where you want to publish the content
You, as application and page administrator, need to be login in Facebook the first time for the authorization procedure. So the first time that you save an article you need to have the rigth permission, if you don't have it then the procedure will fail.
The autopublish action is triggered by the "apply" button in joomla 1.5 and by the "save" button in all the other versions.
If you want to use this plugin you cannot use the cache system on your website
The gzip compression doesn't let the facebook bot reads the website page so you must disable it.
If the Like button is placed near the edge of an HTML element with the
overflow property set to
hidden, the flyout may be clipped or completely hidden when the button is clicked. This can be remedied by setting setting the
overflow property to a value other than
hidden, such as
This plugin works well with PHP 5 version, then, if your webhosting provider can do it, switch from PHP 4 to PHP 5, in order to solve error like:
Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting T_OLD_FUNCTION or T_FUNCTION or T_VAR or '}'
Although we try to fix many bugs, we can not imagine a scenario in which the plugin is executed, largely due to some functions inhibited by your hosting provider. We therefore invite you to tell us when you have problems, so you can investigate the causes and resolve them.
Final note: be carefull using many FB block and plugins, because they can create some conflicts and the result will be unpredictable.
It would also be advisable that you follow our facebook page to stay updated on the latest version.
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