I thought I’d discuss adding the Facebook Like Box 1 to your website this month until I stumbled upon SmashBalloon’s Custom Facebook Feed for both WordPress and static sites. This little gem is far sexier and way more useful. You will still want to add the Like Box to show off your fans, but I think you’ll find Custom Facebook Feed more versatile for business owners who want more engagement directly on their websites.
The developers toot their own horn by calling Custom Facebook Feed “the best dang Facebook plugin both sides of the Mississippi!” I agree. And with 100,000+ downloads and a 4.8 out of 5 star rating on wordpress.org I’m not alone.
SmashBalloon offers a free version that will get you started displaying your Facebook feed from your pages and open groups. All the bells and whistles are included in their reasonably priced premium version starting at $49.
Here’s a rundown of what Custom Facebook Feed can do for you:
- Increase Social Engagement
- Display statuses, photos, videos, events, links, albums and even offers
- Save time if you can’t blog
- Tailor your feeds to display how you want
- Add Dynamic SEO Content
- Display multiple feeds from different Facebook pages with custom styling
- Show likes, shares and comments directly on your website
- Filter posts by string or #hashtag
- Look great on all devices with Responsive layout
- Make feeds search engine accessible
I could go on, but you get the picture. Better you head over to SmashBalloon and see for yourself. I’m sure you’ll be amazed at the social engagement possibilities, not only for you but your clients too. Try it for free and see what you think. Anything that makes it easier to engage your audience and enhance your online presence on your own website is a winwin in my book. If you give it a try, let us know what you think on IVAA’s Facebook page.
1 With the release of Graph API v2.3, the Like Box plugin is deprecated. It is being replaced by the new page plugin. Click here to learn more.
Ramona Nichols is chief cook and bottle washer at Geek Gal Friday. She loves to bend and shape-shift websites into the sites clients dream of. Her technical crushes include HTML, CSS, WordPress, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator and Infusionsoft. Ramona is on a mission to take the mystery out of technology for underserved groups. If you’ve hit the wall with a technical situation, take a deep breath and give Ramona a call.
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