Face It! Like Buttons

Facebook's Like button plugin allows your site's visitors to Like your pages. This places a status update on their timeline, which spreads the word about your site.

Having Like buttons on your site's pages can help grow your business.

You can put the buttons anywhere you like on your pages. Simply drag a Social Block to each page for each button (or drag the block to a Sitewide Dot if you want the button on every page of your site).

Creating Your Like Buttons Code

To make the Like buttons work, you need to create and obtain code, which you do in the Like Button Configurator.

Go to the Developers page and log into your Facebook account. Click on My Apps in the top right. On the next page, click on the green Create App button. In the overlay that appears, select Consumer. Click Continue.

The overlay will change. Enter your App Display Nameand your App Contact Email address. Under App Purpose, click on Yourself or your own business. Then select your Business Manager account, if you have one.

Click on the Create App button.

Enter your Facebook password. Click on the Submit button.

Click on this link to go to Social Plugins. Click on Read Docs.

Scroll down to Like Button and click on the Web button.

If you're coming back to complete this task, or want to create more buttons, you can go directly to the Like Button Configurator by clicking on this link.

https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins#like-share-send

Directions for Use
  • Go to the Developers page and log into your Facebook account. Click on Get Started (if this is your first time on the Developers page) in the top right, and click on Create App.
  • In the overlay, click on Business. Click Continue.
  • In the overlay, enter your App Display Nameand your App Contact Email address. Select Yourself or your own business. Then select your Business Manager account, if you have one. Enter your Facebook password and click Submit.
  • Click on this link to go to Social Plugins.
  • Scroll down to Like Button and click on the Web button.
  • Go to your site's home page and copy the URL in the address bar. Paste it into URL to Like in the configurator. Add a / to the end of it.
  • Choose the options you want for your buttons.
  • Click on Get Code.
  • In Step 2 in the overlay, ensure that the correct app displays in the menu at the top. Copy the appId number (15 characters) and paste it into a text file. Save the file.
  • Copy all the code in Step 3 and paste it into a text file. Move on to the next section of the help.

In another window, go to your site's home page and copy the URL in the address bar. Paste it into URL to Like in the configurator. Add a / to the end of it if there isn't one.

Choose the options you want for your buttons. Scroll down the page to learn more about the various options.

Click on the Get Code button.

In the overlay that opens, ensure that you have the correct app opened (if you have more than one). Select it from the menu at the top of the overlay.

Copy the App ID number (appId=) located in the code in Step 2. Paste it into a text document and save it. Note that it may wrap to the next line, so be sure to copy all the numbers.

In Step 3, copy all the code and paste it into a text file.

Click the X in the top right of the overlay to close it.

See the section at the end of this help for details on taking your app live. This is essential, as the buttons will not work until you take the app live.

You're now ready to move on to the next section of this help.

Important Note: Site Likes vs. Page Likes

If you want to have a button for Page Likes (individual pages of your site) and another button for Site Likes, you may want to have two sets of button code, especially if you'll put one button at the end of the Content Column, and the other in the Nav or Extra Column.

But then, for Location, place your Site Like buttons in generic locations (e.g., at the top of the left column). Put your Page Like buttons in the Content Column, at the end of the content (before the Socialize It! button bar).

Generally, it's better to use a Site Like button if you're just starting out or have relatively low traffic. As traffic and number of likes grow, and your comfort level grows, add Page Like buttons, too.

Building Your Like Buttons

Directions for Use
  • Click on Yes to open the tool for Facebook Like Button 1.
  • Copy the code for the (first) Like button from your text document, and paste it into the text box.
  • Set the location for this button. Note: This will not affect where you can locate the button on your pages when using BB2's Social Block.
  • Select Page if the button is for Liking a page. Select Site if the button is for Liking your site.
  • Repeat the above steps with Facebook Like Button 2 and 3 (if desired).
  • Click on the Face It! button to save your settings.

Now that you have your Like button code(s), it's time to build your Like button(s) in Face It!.

  1. For Facebook Like Button 1, click on Yes. That will open the remainder of the tool for that button.

  2. Go to your text document, copy the code for the (first) button, and paste it into the text box for Button 1 in Face It!.

  3. If you want the button to be for Page Likes, select Page. If you want the button for Site Likes, select Site.

If you plan to have more than one button on your pages, repeat the process above with Facebook Like Button 2 and 3.

Once done, click on the Face It! button at the bottom of the page to save your settings.

Tip

Taking Your App Live

Directions for Use
  • Click on My Apps at the top and select your app.
  • In the left column, click on Settings > Basic.
  • Ensure that the correct app name appears in Display Name (if you have more than one).
  • Go to your site's privacy policy page and copy the URL from the address bar. Paste it into the text box for Privacy Policy URL.
  • In your privacy policy page, scroll down to How You Can Correct or Remove Information. Right-click on the second link and copy the URL. Back in Facebook, paste that URL into the Data Deletion Callback URL text box.

  • Upload an app icon, 1024 x 1024 pixels, if desired.
  • Choose the category that best suits your site's niche.
  • Under App Purpose, click on the button for Yourself or your own business.
  • Complete the Data Protection Officer Contact Information. This is mandatory.
  • At the bottom, click on + Add Platform. In the overlay, click on Website.
  • Go to your site's home page in another window/tab, highlight the URL, and copy it. Paste it into the Site URL text box.
  • Click on the Save Changes button.
  • In App Mode at the top of the page, click on the slider to set it to Live.

Due to privacy regulations, Facebook now requires a review of most apps. The Like buttons app does not require a review, but you must complete some information fields before you can take it live.

The instructions below will walk you through the process.

  1. Click on My Apps in the bar at the top. Click on your app.

  2. In the left column, click on Settings > Basic.

  3. Display Name should be showing the name you just gave to your app.

    If it doesn't show the right name, select the correct app from the menu just below the "FACEBOOK for Developers" logo in the top left. (If this is your first app, it will be correct.)

  4. Go to your site's privacy policy page in a new browser window or tab. Copy the URL from the address bar.

    Paste it into the text box for Privacy Policy URL.

    You must enter the URL before you can take your app live.

  5. In your Privacy Policy page, scroll down to the How You Can Correct or Remove Information section. There are two links in that section. Right-click on the second link and copy the URL. Back in Facebook, paste that URL into the Data Deletion Callback URL text box.

    You must enter the URL before you can take your app live.

  6. Upload an app icon, 1024 x 1024 pixels, if desired. This is useful if you have more than one site, as the icon associated with each site will also appear in the comment moderation tool, if you use Facebook comments.

  7. Choose the category that best suits your site's niche.

  8. Under App Purpose, click on the button for Yourself or your own business.

  9. Complete the Data Protection Officer Contact Information.

    You must complete this section before you can take your app live.

  10. At the bottom, click on + Add Platform. In the overlay, click on Website.

  11. Go to your site's home page in another window/tab, highlight the URL, and copy it. Paste it into the Site URL text box.

  12. Click on the Save Changes button.

  13. At the top of the page, click the App Mode slider to set it to Live.