Ever thought of bringing your Facebook audience interactions into your website? So you have tons of comments going on in your Facebook group or page, but your website also has a separate set of conversions going on. How can we bring these two together onto one platform? Your Website!
Adding Facebook comments is actually simpler than you think. Here is what you will need:
- Download and Install one magical plugin called Next Scripts Auto Poster
- Your Facebook credentials / session information (Don’t worry I’ll help you find these)
- About 30 mins
IMPORTANT 1: This plugin is partially free but the plugin feature required to make this process easier is part of the paid version.
IMPORTANT 2: If you have the official Disqus plugin activated, then the comments will be imported into your WordPress website and they also will be imported to Disqus.
Let’s get started.
Open your website admin panel (www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin), go to Plugins, then add new. Type in the search bar the plugin name NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster.
Step 1: Install Plugin
Go ahead, install and activate that plugin.
Go to the plugin menu and select Accounts. Your page should look like this.
Step 2: Setup Account
Then select Add New Account and from the dropdown select Facebook. If you are using the free version of the plugin you will need to create a Facebook App ID. For the paid version of the plugin which we are using, select Next Scripts Premium API where it says “what API to use”. An option to enter your Facebook ID and Session ID will be shown.
It is recommend that for this process you open an “Incognito” window in your browser, login, get a session ID and close the window. Then you can open another “Incognito” window for the next account. DO NOT CLICK ON THE “logout” button.
Here are the steps for retrieving your Facebook ID and Session ID according to Next Scripts.
2.1. Open new “Incognito” (Chrome), “Private” (Firefox) or “InPrivate” (MS Edge) window and login to your Facebook account. 2.2. Open Development console. Press F12 or do a right-click and select “Inspect” or “Inspect Element” from the menu. 2.3. Open a tab with stored page items. That tab called “Storage” in Firefox, “Application” in Chrome and “Debugger” in MS Edge. 2.4. Click on “Cookies”, then on “https://www.facebook.com/” 2.5. Find a cookie with the name “c_user”. Double click on the value and copy it. 2.6. Paste c_user value to the “Facebook User ID (c_user)” field in the plugin. 2.5. Find a cookie with the name “xs”. Double click on the value and copy it. 2.6. Paste xs value to the “Session ID (xs)” field in the plugin. 2.7. Close that Incognito/Private/InPrivate window. [VERY Important] Please DO NOT logout from Facebook before closing that window.
Step 3: Select Your Facebook Page / Group
A drop down should show up saying “Where to Post.”, you will be shown a list of pages / groups you are associated with. Go to that dropdown and select the page/group. If however you don’t see it, no worries. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and select Enter Page ID.
How to get your Facebook Page ID
In order to get your facebook page ID, go to this url: http://lookup-id.com and enter your page name – www.facebook.com/yourpagename – hit enter and your ID is revealed. Come back to your admin and enter this number. Go ahead and click on the Update Account button. You are all set.
Step 4: Formatting for Post (Optional)
Go ahead in the Post format and enter the attributes you want when posting to Facebook. Now select the Post Type (Text / Image or Shared.)
Step 5: The Magic Step
Once you have saved, scroll up to the tab called Advanced. Scroll to the bottom of that tab and select “Import Facebook Comments”. Click on “Update Account Info”. If you are ok with your comments coming from Facebook being automatically approved then go ahead and also select “Auto Approve Improved Comments”.
The last step now is to go to the settings for NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster, scroll down to the section called “Auto-Import comments from Social Networks”. Check the box saying Enable “Comments Import”. Our team leaves the recommended options but feel free to change these to suit you. You are now complete. Make a comment on your Facebook group / page (under your article from the website) and wait for a few minutes. Your comment should now be imported and showing under that article post!