Nov 202015
 
WordPress Plugin Name: Smash Balloon Social Post Feed
Plugin URL:https://wordpress.org/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

Plugin Author: Smash Balloon
WordPress profile: Smash Balloon
Plugin version: 2.15.1
Last updated: June 22, 2020 (2 months ago)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 5.4.2
Downloaded: 0
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


Display Facebook posts on your WordPress site. Completely customizable, responsive and search engine crawlable Facebook feeds. Display unlimited Facebook feeds from any public Facebook page or your Facebook Group, and completely match the look and feel of your site with tons of customization options!

“The perfect Facebook plugin with amazing support! What else do you want? Get it!”JoeJeffries

“I honestly cannot recommend this Facebook plugin enough. The plugin itself is gorgeous and super customizable, and if you run into trouble…support will get you out of it. Five Stars across the board.”pamsavoybarnett

Please note: This free Facebook plugin allows you to display text and links from Facebook posts. To display photos, videos, comments, and more, we offer a Pro version of the plugin. See the Pro Version section below for more information.

Facebook Feed Features

Super Simple to Set Up
One of our main priorities has always been to make our Facebook plugin as easy as possible to setup and use. Get up and running in less less than 1 minute with our signature quick setup – no Facebook Developer App required.

Display Feeds from ANY Facebook Page or Your Facebook Group
Use the plugin to display Facebook feeds from any public Facebook page – even pages you aren’t an admin of – or from any Facebook group that you are an admin of.

Completely Customizable
By default the Facebook feed will adopt the styles of your WordPress theme, but your feeds can be completely customized to look however you like – with tons of options to customize every part of your Facebook posts and feed.

SEO Friendly
The Facebook feed content is crawlable by search engines adding SEO value to your site, while other Facebook plugins embed the feed using iframes which are not crawlable.

Responsive and Mobile Optimized
Facebook feed layouts look great on any screen size and in any container width.

Unlimited Feeds from Unlimited Different Facebook Pages
We don’t limit how many Facebook feeds you can display on your site. Just use the shortcode to embed as many Facebook feeds as you like into pages, posts or widgets anywhere on your site.

Built for Speed
Built-in caching means that your Facebook feeds load lightning fast. Set your own caching time – check for new Facebook posts every few seconds, minutes, hours or days. You decide.

Like Box Widget and Visual Header
Include the official Facebook Like Box widget at the top or bottom of your Facebook feed and display a beautiful visual header with your Facebook page or Facebook group cover photo, profile picture, bio, and number of likes.

So Much More
Show and hide certain parts of each Facebook post, choose whose posts to show in the feed, customize colors, font sizes and styles, the number of Facebook posts to display, set max text lengths, translate text, custom CSS, and much, much more.

Pro Version (Custom Facebook Feed Pro)

In order to maintain the free version of the Custom Facebook Feed plugin on an ongoing basis, and to provide quick and effective support for free, we offer a Pro version of the plugin. Custom Facebook Feed Pro allows you to display photos, videos, the number of likes, shares, reactions and comments for each Facebook post, choose from multiple layout options, filter Facebook posts by type or #hashtag/string, load more Facebook posts into your feed, and more. Click here for a full list of all differences between the Custom Facebook Feed free and Pro versions.

Benefits of Displaying a Facebook Feed on Your Website

  • Increase social engagement between you and your users, customers, or fans
  • Save time by using the Custom Facebook Feed to generate dynamic, search engine crawlable content on your website
  • Get more likes by displaying your Facebook content directly on your site
  • Improve your SEO as all of that quality keyword-rich Facebook content from posts and Facebook comments is directly embedded into your website
  • Display your Facebook content your way to perfectly match your website’s style
  • No Coding Required – choose from tons of built-in customization options to create a truly unique feed of your Facebook content.
  • The Custom Facebook Feed plugin is updated regularly with new features, bug-fixes and Facebook API changes
  • Support is quick and effective
  • We’re dedicated to providing the most customizable, robust and well supported Facebook feed plugin in the world!

How to use the Custom Facebook Feed plugin

Once you’ve installed the plugin there are only a few steps to get up and running:

1) Use the button on the ‘Facebook Feed’ settings page to log into your Facebook account and authorize the plugin.
2) Save the plugin settings and add the [custom-facebook-feed] shortcode to any page, post, or widget where you want the Facebook feed to be displayed.

That’s it! You can then customize the Facebook feed as needed using the settings on the Facebook Feed > Customize page.

For full step-by-step setup directions with screenshots, see here.

Requesting support

Customer support is a huge deal to us. We pride ourselves on always providing quick, effective, and courteous support to all of our users. If you’re having an issue using the Custom Facebook Feed plugin then just let us know and we’ll be there to help as soon as possible. You can either open a ticket on the support forum on WordPress.org, or directly on the Custom Facebook Feed section of our website. We also have a large collection of help documentation and FAQs on our website for all common issues related to the Custom Facebook Feed plugin.

Who’s behind this plugin?

We’re Smash Balloon; a fun-loving WordPress plugin development company birthed into existence in early 2013. We specialize in creating social media plugins that are not only intuitive and simple to use, but also designed to integrate seamlessly into your website and allow you to display your social media content in powerful and unique ways. Over 1 million awesome people have decided to actively use our free plugins, which is an incredible honor that we don’t take lightly. This compels us to try to provide the quickest and most effective customer support that we can, blowing users away with the best customer service they’ve ever experienced.

To find out more about the team, see here.

Check out our other free plugins for Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

At Smash Balloon we have two goals:

  1. Creating and maintaining the most useful, functional, customizable, robust and down-right awesomist Facebook feed plugin your website has ever seen.
  2. To provide the quickest, friendliest and most mind-blowingly amazing product support you have ever experienced.


FAQ


For a full list of FAQs and help with troubleshooting please visit the FAQ & Troubleshooting section of the Smash Balloon website

How do I find the Page ID of my Facebook page?

If you have a Facebook page with a URL like this: https://www.facebook.com/smashballoon then the Page ID is just smashballoon. If your page URL is structured like this: https://www.facebook.com/pages/smashballoon/123654123654123 then the Page ID is actually the number at the end, so in this case 123654123654123.

Due to recent changes to the Facebook API it is unfortunately no longer possible to display a feed from a Facebook Group.

Copy and paste the ID into the Pro demo to test it.

Are there any limitations on which Facebook page or Facebook group feeds I can display?

The Facebook feed you’re trying to display has to be from a publicly accessible Facebook page or Facebook group. This means that you can’t display the feed from your own personal Facebook profile. This is to do with Facebook’s privacy policies. You can’t display a non-public Facebook feed publicly.

If your Facebook page has any restrictions on it (age, for example) then it means that people have to be signed into Facebook in order to view your page. This isn’t desirable for most Facebook pages as it means that it isn’t accessible by people who don’t have a Facebook account and that your Facebook page can’t be crawled and indexed by search engines.

An easy way to determine whether your Facebook page is set to public is to sign out of your Facebook account and try to visit your page. If Facebook forces you to sign in to view your page then it isn’t public. You can change your Facebook page to public in your Facebook page settings simply by removing any age or location restrictions you have on it (screenshot), which will then allow the Custom Facebook Feed plugin to access and display your feed.

Can I display feeds from multiple Facebook pages?

You can set your default Facebook Page ID on the Custom Facebook Feed settings page within the WordPress admin, you can then define different page IDs in the shortcodes you use to show multiple feeds from different Facebook pages. Just use the id option in your shortcode like so: [custom-facebook-feed id=another_page_id]. You can use as many shortcodes as you like with as many different IDs as you like.

Can I display feeds from a Facebook Group?

Yep! First, authorize the plugin by using the big blue Facebook button on the “Facebook Feed” settings page and then select your Facebook group. You must be a member of the group and an admin of that Facebook group must have installed our app in the Facebook group settings. Directions for this are provided when you authorize the plugin via the Facebook Feed settings page.

Can I display the feed from a personal Facebook profile?

Due to Facebook’s privacy policy you’re not able to use the plugin to display all of your posts from a personal profile, only from a public page, as posts from a personal profile are protected for privacy reasons. You may have limited success in displaying certain posts from a personal profile but most posts are not able to be displayed.

If you’re using the profile to represent a business, organization, product, public figure or the like, then we’d advise converting your profile to a page per Facebook’s recommendation, as there are many advantages to using pages over profiles.

Once you’ve done so, the plugin will be able to retrieve and display all of your posts.

Can I show photos and videos in my Custom Facebook feed?

This free plugin only allows you to display text from your Facebook posts. To display photos and videos in your feed you would need to upgrade to the Pro version of the plugin. Try out a demo of the Pro version on the Custom Facebook Feed website, and find out more about the Pro version here. Click here for a full list of all differences between the free version and Pro version.

Can I show the comments, shares and likes associated with each Facebook post?

This is a feature of the Pro version of the plugin. To display comments, shares and likes you would need to upgrade from the free version to the Pro version.

Is the content of my Custom Facebook Feed crawlable by search engines?

It sure is. Unlike other Facebook plugins which use iframes to embed your Facebook feed into your page once it’s loaded, the Custom Facebook Feed uses PHP to embed your Facebook feed content directly into your page. This adds dynamic, search engine crawlable content to your site.

How do I embed the Custom Facebook Feed directly into a WordPress page template?

You can embed your Facebook feed directly into a template file by using the WordPress do_shortcode function: <?php echo do_shortcode('[custom-facebook-feed]'); ?>.

My Facebook feed posts are not showing up, or all I can see is the Facebook Like box but no posts

Please refer to this FAQ for potential solutions on how to resolve this issue.

Create a basic slideshow from your Facebook posts

The Custom Facebook Feed plugin doesn’t currently have a slideshow feature built into it, but it’s possible to achieve a basic slideshow by doing the following:

1) Add a class to the shortcode of the Facebook feed that you want to convert into a slideshow:

[custom-facebook-feed class="slideshow"]

2) Set the number of posts to display to be the number of Facebook posts you want to include in the slideshow (10 for example). You can do this by using the num shortcode option:

[custom-facebook-feed class="slideshow" num=10]

3) Add the following to the plugin’s Custom JavaScript section, which is under the ‘Misc’ tab on the plugin’s ‘Customize’ page. Please note, if you change the class option in the shortcode above to be anything but “slideshow” then make sure to change that on the first line of the snippet below:

var shortcodeClass = 'slideshow',
    cffSpeed = 5000, 
    $cff = $('#cff.'+ shortcodeClass);
    $cffItem = $cff.find('.cff-item'),
    cffNum = $cffItem.length,
    cffCur = 0;
$cffItem.hide();
setTimeout(function(){ $cff.find('.cff-item').eq(0).show(); }, 200);
setInterval(function(){
    $cff.find('.cff-item').eq(cffCur).fadeOut( "fast", function() {
        if( cffCur == cffNum-1 ) cffCur = -1;
        cffCur++;
        $cff.find('.cff-item').eq(cffCur).fadeIn();
    });
}, cffSpeed);

4) You can change the speed of the transition by editing the cffSpeed = 5000 value at the top of the snippet. 5000 is equal to 5 seconds (5000ms).

Changing the font in your Facebook feed and using Google Fonts

Please refer to this FAQ for directions on how to use Google fonts in your Facebook posts.

Can I display my Facebook posts horizontally or in multiple columns?

Please refer to this FAQ for directions on how to display your Facebook posts in multiple columns.

My Facebook feed appears to have stopped updating / working

If your Facebook feed doesn’t appear to be showing the most recent Facebook posts then the most likely explanation is that the recent Facebook posts in your feed may be shared from a user’s personal Facebook profile. Facebook’s privacy policy doesn’t allow posts that you share from personal Facebook profiles to be shared outside of Facebook as the posts don’t technically belong to your Facebook page, they belong to the user who posted it to their personal Facebook profile. There’s an example of a post shared from a user’s personal Facebook profile here.

Please note, this isn’t a limitation of our plugin, it’s a restriction which Facebook places on it’s content in order to protect the privacy of their Facebook users.

Potential solutions

  • You could re-post the Facebook post to your page rather than sharing it to your Facebook page. If you re-post the content as your own post on your Facebook page then the content now originates from your Facebook page and will be displayed in the Facebook feed on your website.

  • If you were to share a post from another Facebook page or public source, rather than sharing it from someone’s personal Facebook profile, then it would show up in your feed outside of Facebook, but by default any posts that originate from a personal Facebook profile are protected by Facebook’s privacy policy and is the private content of that Facebook profile owner.

I’m receiving an error message when trying to display my Facebook posts

Please refer to our Error Message Reference page for information on how to resolve common error messages.

Creating a Masonry grid layout from your Facebook posts

Please refer to this FAQ for directions on how to create a Masonry grid layout from your Facebook feed posts.

How do I customize my Facebook feed?

You can customize the Facebook feed by setting the options on the Customize page, which can be found under the Facebook Feed menu in your left hand WordPress admin menu. If you need even deeper customization than the built in options allow then you can add your own CSS to the plugin in the Custom CSS section under the Misc tab to further customize your Facebook feed.

You can also override these styles for individual Facebook feeds by setting options within the shortcode. For example, you can change the height of a specific Facebook feed like so: [custom-facebook-feed height=500px].

The Custom Facebook Feed shortcode options aren’t working

The most common causes of this are:

1) There’s HTML tags within the [custom-facebook-feed] shortcode which are preventing it from working correctly

If you copied and pasted the shortcode into the Visual editor on your WordPress page/post editor then it may have inadvertently included some HTML tags from the page that you copied it from. The easiest way to check this is to view the ‘Text’ view in your WordPress editor and see whether there are any stray HTML tags in the shortcode itself.

2) The shortcode includes curly single quote characters

If your shortcode includes single quotes then check that they are the standard single quotes and not the curly kind.

3) Typo in the shortcode option

Ensure that there aren’t any spelling errors in the shortcode options that you’re using and that the format is consistent with that demonstrated on the Shortcode Options reference page.

Facebook avatar pictures aren’t showing up in my Facebook feed

The most common reason for this is that an add-on or extension you have installed in your web browser is blocking the pictures being loaded from Facebook. Try checking to see whether you have any add-ons or extensions installed in your browser and, if so, try disabling them to see whether that solves the problem and displays the pictures from Facebook.



Screenshots:


  1. By default the Facebook feed inherits your theme's default styles and the Facebook feed is completely responsive

    By default the Facebook feed inherits your theme's default styles and the Facebook feed is completely responsive

  2. Completely customize the way your Facebook feed looks to perfectly match your site

    Completely customize the way your Facebook feed looks to perfectly match your site

  3. Use custom CSS to customize every part of the Facebook feed

    Use custom CSS to customize every part of the Facebook feed

  4. Display Facebook events in your Facebook feed

    Display Facebook events in your Facebook feed

  5. Configuring the Custom Facebook Feed plugin

    Configuring the Custom Facebook Feed plugin

  6. General Facebook Feed options - Custom Facebook Feed Layout and Style page

    General Facebook Feed options - Custom Facebook Feed Layout and Style page

  7. Facebook Feed Typography options - Custom Facebook Feed Layout and Style page

    Facebook Feed Typography options - Custom Facebook Feed Layout and Style page

  8. Misc Facebook Feed options - Custom Facebook Feed Layout and Style page

    Misc Facebook Feed options - Custom Facebook Feed Layout and Style page

  9. It's super easy to display your Facebook feed in any page or post

    It's super easy to display your Facebook feed in any page or post



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


  • Fix: The opt-in notice to help improve the plugin was not dismissing as expected for some sites due to the admin JavaScript file being cached by the browser.
  • Fix: Disabled the “About Us” page plugin installation if using a version of WordPress earlier than 4.6.


Tags:


facebook, facebook feed, facebook group, Facebook Page, Facebook posts

+ Jason's Comments

I recommend upgrading to The Custom Facebook Feed Pro for more features: post images, likes, shares and comments. I can install the Pro version on your website on request under my license for $49AUD /year (RRP $49USD /year).

If you don’t need custom feed, I recommend a Simple Facebook Like Box.

My affiliate link:
Smash Balloon


Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

1 month ago

We have some exciting news to share! We're proud to announce that Smash Balloon is joining Awesome Motive - the team behind WPBeginner, WPForms, OptinMonster, and more.

We've come a long way since we launched our first plugin in 2013, and now this new partnership means we can bring you even more great features and products, and more resources to allow us to serve you better. For more details, see here: smashballoon.com/smash-balloon-is-now-part-of-the-awesome-motive-family/

To celebrate, we're running a limited time promotion of 60% off all products on our site, just use the code CELEBRATE at checkout!
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We have some exciting news to share! Were proud to announce that Smash Balloon is joining Awesome Motive - the team behind WPBeginner, WPForms, OptinMonster, and more. Weve come a long way since we launched our first plugin in 2013, and now this new partnership means we can bring you even more great features and products, and more resources to allow us to serve you better. For more details, see here: https://smashballoon.com/smash-balloon-is-now-part-of-the-awesome-motive-family/ To celebrate, were running a limited time promotion of 60% off all products on our site, just use the code CELEBRATE at checkout!

Comment on Facebook We have some ...

No longer offering a lifetime option?

What happens to existing lifetime purchases bought

Thats a shame the code CELEBRATE has expired 😥😥

is there a reason the feed for business accounts are not showing? I've connected 2 separate business accounts, deactivated/deleted the app (unchecking to save data) and it's still not working. And no, I don't have the option to convert to a personal account and losing data insights.

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2 months ago

Instagram Feed Pro v5.6 includes the ability to sort posts by the most liked, offset/hide the first X number of posts in your feed, display the date for hashtag posts, and more. See the full change log here: smashballoon.com/instagram-feed/change-log/ ... See MoreSee Less

Instagram Feed Pro v5.6 includes the ability to sort posts by the most liked, offset/hide the first X number of posts in your feed, display the date for hashtag posts, and more. See the full change log here: https://smashballoon.com/instagram-feed/change-log/

4 months ago

We've recently added blocks to all of our plugins to make it easier than ever to display your social media feeds in WordPress using the Block editor. Just search for "feed" when adding a block to easily insert a Smash Balloon social feed into your page. Find out more here: smashballoon.com/introducing-social-media-blocks/ ... See MoreSee Less

Weve recently added blocks to all of our plugins to make it easier than ever to display your social media feeds in WordPress using the Block editor. Just search for feed when adding a block to easily insert a Smash Balloon social feed into your page. Find out more here: https://smashballoon.com/introducing-social-media-blocks/

4 months ago

Our Instagram Feed plugin passed a pretty awesome milestone this week: 1,000,000 active users! We're honored that so many people choose to use our products and that we're able to help so many individuals, businesses, and organizations integrate social media content into their websites. It's a responsibility we don't take lightly, and is what drives us to keep creating awesome products and provide the best experience to our users that we can. Thanks for continuing to support us! wordpress.org/plugins/instagram-feed/ ... See MoreSee Less

Our Instagram Feed plugin passed a pretty awesome milestone this week: 1,000,000 active users! Were honored that so many people choose to use our products and that were able to help so many individuals, businesses, and organizations integrate social media content into their websites. Its a responsibility we dont take lightly, and is what drives us to keep creating awesome products and provide the best experience to our users that we can. Thanks for continuing to support us! https://wordpress.org/plugins/instagram-feed/

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Well done Smash Balloon.

Congratulations!

Congrats!

4 months ago

The Pro version of our YouTube plugin is now available and has tons of cool features to help you integrate YouTube feeds into your website: Live Streaming, Custom End-of Video Actions, Carousel Sliders, Convert Videos into WordPress Posts, Video Filtering, YouTube Search API, and more! Check it out here: smashballoon.com/youtube-feed/ ... See MoreSee Less

The Pro version of our YouTube plugin is now available and has tons of cool features to help you integrate YouTube feeds into your website: Live Streaming, Custom End-of Video Actions, Carousel Sliders, Convert Videos into WordPress Posts, Video Filtering, YouTube Search API, and more! Check it out here: https://smashballoon.com/youtube-feed/

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Do you have a demo of the CPT/permalink functionality?

Hi! Can I select what to feed in from Instagram and Youtube and make it into a post (not feed) on my WP website? I sometimes post a photo or video in Instagram only. But I would like to take this particular Instagram photo or video and convert it into a post (not a feed) on my WP websit. Is this possible?

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