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FT FACEPRESS PLUGIN: PUBLISH WORDPRESS POST INFO TO FACEBOOK BY AUTHOR

By Alan Knox  |  August 7th, 2009

There are several WordPress plugins that allow users to publish their post information to a Facebook status or to a Facebook page. However, these plugins either require the user to log in to Facebook after publishing each post, or they only allow one Facebook login and password per WordPress site.

However, many WordPress sites have multiple authors, and each author has their own Facebook profile.

The FT FacePress plugin allows each WordPress author to set up their own Facebook login email and password. When the author publishes a post (or when a scheduled post is published), the plugin publishes the post information (title and permalink) to the author’s Facebook status. Also, each author can direct the plugin to publish the post information to a Facebook page. (Note: the author must be an administrator for that particular Facebook page.)

The plugin adds a submenu to the User Profile menu. This menu allows each author to update their Facebook login email and Facebook password. Also, the author can choose (via a checkbox) whether or not to publish their post information to their Facebook status. Finally, the author can enter a Facebook page ID to publish the post information to that page.

The plugin also adds a submenu to the Systems menu. Admins can use this FT FacePress submenu to update FT FacePress information for all users.

Responses

FT FacePress plugin: Publish WordPress post info to Facebook by author – The Facebook News says:
August 10th, 2009 at 4:53 am (#)

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lee berry says:
August 24th, 2009 at 6:00 am (#)

can uo confirm this plugin posts to pages within facebook
becuase i’ve tried a number of configs on this plugin and all it does is post to my profile wall rather than the wall asscoiated with my business page

Ta

lee berry

Alan Knox says:
August 24th, 2009 at 10:06 am (#)

Lee,

Yes, this plugin will post to facebook pages. We’re using the plugin to post to our business page on facebook. Check the facebook page id that you’ve entered in the plugin settings, and ensure that your facebook email and password are admins for the facebook page.

Alan

lee Berry says:
August 25th, 2009 at 1:21 am (#)

Hi Alan

double checked my page id , entered the following into the settings

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anbrys/132350193952

check to see if i can see this page (link) without login on to facebook. yes ok

I have also tested with the “Publish to Facebook Profile Status” set to off without any luck.

I have noticed that if i’m logged into facebook and undertake a post in WP facebook logs me out … might be a clue !!

the only way i can get any posts working is if i selected “Yes ” to publish to facebook profile

Note: I host my own WordPress

Thanks
Lee

lee berry says:
August 25th, 2009 at 2:09 am (#)

Hi Alan
just reviewing some of your code of the plugin

FT-Facepress/Facepress-updater.php

note: i’m not a PHP code ( more VB) but the syntax looks similar etc

not sure if the code is pulling out the page id ( $facebookPageID)
// Check for page id
if ( substr($Facepress_data[$optionIndex+3],0,6) == ‘fbwal:’ )
{
$facebookPageID = substr($Facepress_data[$optionIndex+3],6,strlen($Facepress_data[$optionIndex+3])-6);
}
else
{
$facebookPageID = substr($Facepress_data[$optionIndex+4],6,strlen($Facepress_data[$optionIndex+4])-6);
}

not sure how PHP does the page id extraction but could you feed my page id through your code TA

Regards

Lee

Lisa says:
August 25th, 2009 at 2:38 am (#)

Hi I can’t find where to edit the plug in settings, it only has a activate and edit option and the edit option is all code

Alan Knox says:
August 25th, 2009 at 10:02 am (#)

Lee,

Your facebook page id is the numeric part of the url. Try entering 132350193952 as your page id.

-Alan

Alan Knox says:
August 25th, 2009 at 10:05 am (#)

Lisa,

If you are an admin for your WordPress site, you will find the FT-Facepress options for all users under “Settings” (see left side bar menu in the admin panel of your WordPress site). Otherwise, each user can access their own FT-Facepress options under the “User” or “Profile” menu.

-Alan

lee Berry says:
August 26th, 2009 at 4:09 am (#)

thanks that worked ..

will there be an option (later on ) to include some of the text from the body of the blog ? ( as per the WPBOOK plugin )

Regards

Lee Berry

Alan Knox says:
August 26th, 2009 at 8:19 am (#)

Lee,

Great! I’m glad that it worked!

I plan to add an option to publish part of the content in a later release.

-Alan

Charles Nibbana says:
September 8th, 2009 at 12:29 pm (#)

This is a fantastic plugin, and exactly what I was looking for! What a relief to no longer have to login to Facebook and manually post blog entries. I tested a different WP-Facebook plugin which posted each blog entry as a note instead of a post. I like that yours posts directly to your update status. Yours is much better! Awesome!

Randy says:
September 14th, 2009 at 12:17 pm (#)

I recently installed the plugin, configured the page ID (I am not posting to my profile, only to my FB page), published a post, and it did EXACTLY what it was supposed to do. Then, yesterday, I published another post in WP, and it appeared to work again, however, this time, the facebook page status update did not appear on anybody’s news feed. As a fan of my own page, I should see this in my news feed. No go. If I look at the page itself, there it was, but if I look at my FB home screen no page update appears in the feed. I then had my wife look at hers (she is also a fan of my FB page) and again, nothing in her feed either. So, I went to the page and REMOVED the page status update and added one manually. This immediately appeared in our news feeds.

This was so odd, that I think it must have been something with Facebook. I know they just turned on their FB LITE version (although that’s not what I am using) so perhaps they had a temporary problem with their feed aggregation. Anyway. I thought I should post a comment here in case this is something others have seen.

Finally, I just setup my FB Page’s vanity url. In other words, instead of appearing at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/summitsips/124616790221?ref=ts
my FB page now exists at:
http://www.facebook.com/summitsips?ref=nf

The first, older URL still works, of course, but it gets re-written to the vanity URL as soon as you go there. I bring this to your attention because now I don’t ever even see that ID # and that might affect how people configure the plugin going forward. If you have the fan base and have created a vanity URL for your page, you may run into this. I don’t know yet if it will affect the updates because I published my last WP post before setting this up.

Alan Knox says:
September 14th, 2009 at 1:54 pm (#)

Randy,

Thanks for the “heads up”. We’re using the FT-Facepress plug in for this site. So far, we haven’t noticed the same problem, but we’ll check it out. Also, I’ll look into the vanity page to see if I can add that to a future release.

-Alan

Randy says:
September 17th, 2009 at 12:06 am (#)

Alan,

I dunno if you need to change anything in a release for the vanity pages besides documentation. The page still has an ID in the traditional sense, so maybe it’s as simple as showing another way to find it. I don’t know how to dig it up now that I have a name on my page URL. Glad I setup your plugin beforehand! Thanks for the plugin, by the way. Saves me a lot of extra time!

Randy says:
September 17th, 2009 at 2:54 pm (#)

Alan, I did another post today and the plugin posted to FB as expected. This time it appeared in the news feeds without issue. I think it must have been a FB glitch before.

Alan Knox says:
September 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm (#)

Randy,

Thanks for the update. I’m glad that the plugin is working for you.

-Alan

chris says:
September 27th, 2009 at 6:39 am (#)

Am I correct in understanding that this plugin can post to Facebook Pages (fan pages), and that it gives you the option of whether or not to post to Facebook on each new post?

If so, this is awesome. The other plugin, wordbook does neither of those, and yet it’s received way more press.

Any plans to include this on the WordPress plugins site?

Alan Knox says:
September 27th, 2009 at 9:19 am (#)

Chris,

Yes, this plugin will publish to Facebook pages. However, the current version of the plugin will not allow you to choose whether or not to publish a particular post.

We plan to add FT-Facepress to the WordPress site.

-Alan

chris says:
September 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm (#)

Thanks Alan, is there any plan to add selective posting to Facebook?

We have an articles section that I want to post to Facebook, but I also have a news category that we re-post press releases. I don’t need the news category posted to facebook, but I do want to post the articles category.

Thanks

Alan Knox says:
September 27th, 2009 at 6:12 pm (#)

Chris,

I can add selective publishing to my list of feature requests. Thanks for using the plugin!

-Alan

chris says:
September 28th, 2009 at 3:38 am (#)

That would be awesome Alan, and will make your plugin a must-use for me.

Randy says:
September 29th, 2009 at 7:02 pm (#)

Update: Today my post did not publish to Facebook. Not sure what happened. Did something change?

Basically, it worked last time (a week ago or so) and now it’s not posting to FB. I wonder if FB changed something.

Alan Knox says:
October 3rd, 2009 at 9:20 am (#)

Randy,

Thanks for the update. We found an issue when you change the username of the “admin” account. Have you changed the username of “admin”?

-Alan

Scot says:
October 7th, 2009 at 9:31 pm (#)

Hi

Excellent plugin. I’m using it with WPMU so I have multiple authors. Wondering if authors can update their own Facebook credential in their profile pages, because I can only find the master list in the Settings menu an nothing in the profile areas. Could this be a WPMU issue vs. WordPress?

Scot says:
October 9th, 2009 at 12:01 pm (#)

Hi

Nice if links posted to Facebook had Tiny URLS.

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Brow says:
October 15th, 2009 at 10:06 am (#)

The BEST WP to FB plug-in. Was using wordbook but it never posted like I wanted it to…somewhat hidden. But this one actually makes it look like I actually posted it.

Very good work and thanks!

Romeo says:
October 16th, 2009 at 11:11 am (#)

Hi,
great plugin and do what people need to do 🙂
But i have a little problem..
Till i have change my admin username and that username dont exist anymore.. it dont shows exactly the link..

To my profile it shows as a mobile update 😮

Will be this “bug” (when we change admin username) in the next update fixed? 🙂 Hoppe so..

THanks

Alan Knox says:
October 16th, 2009 at 11:23 am (#)

Scot,

We haven’t tested the plugin with WPMU.

Alan

Alan Knox says:
October 16th, 2009 at 11:24 am (#)

Romeo,

You’re correct. If you change the admin user name, that user name does not show up in the profile settings. However, the user name will still show up in the admin settings. We hope to correct this in the next release.

Alan

ignacio says:
October 18th, 2009 at 6:57 pm (#)

i m trying to use the plugin and it works right but i can only see the post tittle and a url

http://www.facebook.com/pages/cliche/28561597361?v=wall

i d like to see the pic from the post and not to see the url

Alan Knox says:
October 18th, 2009 at 9:24 pm (#)

Ignacio,

Currently, the plugin only publishes the post title and url. We’re planning to add additional options.

-Alan

Devon says:
October 20th, 2009 at 12:14 am (#)

Im the admin for my wife’s blog and have been trying to configure the plugin to publish to her FB page:

1. I have had success in posting to her profile status but
2. Have not been able to get her FB page to update.

IS there something I am missing? Does there have to be some other continuity between the WP user and the FB page admin? In other words, do I have to configure the plugin under my wife’s WP account?

dev

michael says:
October 21st, 2009 at 3:24 pm (#)

i figured out how to exclude categories, so that only certain categories post to facebook.
in the facepress-updater.php file – around line 8,
under //post data add this line:
query_posts(’cat=-1′);

add any category you want to exclude with commas, just be sure to make it a negative number. in the case above, im excluding category 1.

great plugin!

Alan Knox says:
October 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm (#)

Michael,

Yes, it would be fairly easy to add that feature. We should be able to add it to a future release.

Alan

Home Based MLM says:
October 23rd, 2009 at 2:04 am (#)

Absolutely awesome. I’m having trouble getting the page ID though. Any tips for that one?

Alan Knox says:
October 23rd, 2009 at 10:15 am (#)

HBM,

If you choose “Edit Page” from your page, the numeric page id should be in the URL just after “ID=”.

Alan

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Chris says:
October 27th, 2009 at 6:52 pm (#)

Alan,
Best plug-in hands down…
One question. I occasionally get double posts on Facebook. Not sure why. And it usually happens, but not always. Any ideas or suggestions?

Again, thanks for a great plug-in.

-Chris

Alan Knox says:
October 27th, 2009 at 7:02 pm (#)

Chris,

I haven’t heard of that problem before, but I’ll look into it.

Alan

Chris says:
October 27th, 2009 at 7:17 pm (#)

Not sure what information I can provide to help isolate it, but let me know if you need anything from me.

Thank you Alan.

Chris says:
October 29th, 2009 at 8:35 pm (#)

Any luck Alan?
Continuing to double post…

Alan Knox says:
October 29th, 2009 at 8:48 pm (#)

Chris,

Not yet. I haven’t been able to duplicate your problems.

Are you posting to your profile and to a Facebook Page?

Alan

Chris says:
October 30th, 2009 at 6:03 pm (#)

Not sure I understand your question.
I am posting to my page/blog, and am looking for the link to appear as my status update.
This happens. It just happens twice for every page/blog post. There’s a duplicate. Almost every time…

dnnsldr says:
October 30th, 2009 at 7:30 pm (#)

Just tried out the plugin and it works great. Tried two others which for one I had to create a new fb application for. Just wasn’t that easy…and it would not show up on the wall as a status update.

This plugin had me up and running within 5 minutes posting to my Fan Page.

Great job.

Alan Knox says:
October 30th, 2009 at 11:56 pm (#)

Chris,

I’m sorry for the confusion. Did you check the “Publish to Facebook Profile Status” box? Did you fill in the “Facebook Page” field? Did you do only one of these or both of these?

Thanks,

Alan

Chris says:
October 31st, 2009 at 5:57 pm (#)

Alan,
Both.
The box is checked and I filled in the numeric page ID.
Is this likely causing the dupes?

Thanks Alan,
Chris

Alan Knox says:
October 31st, 2009 at 6:11 pm (#)

Chris,

If the “Publish to Facebook Profile Status” checkbox is checked, the FacePress will publish your post info to your personal Facebook profile (identified by your email address and password). If you fill in the “Facebook Page” id field, then FacePress will also publish your post info to a Facebook page. The intention is that this page id would be a different page than your personal profile page (i.e. a fan page or company page). If you entered the page id or your personal page, then that would cause duplicates. If you are not intending to publish your post info to a page different from your personal profile, then clear the “Facebook Page” field. Please let me know if this solves the problem.

Thanks,

Alan

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Chris says:
November 1st, 2009 at 5:44 pm (#)

I think that resolved it.
Thank you for not only the great plug-in, but your prompt assistance in resolving this.
Much appreciated Alan.

-Chris

Alan Knox says:
November 1st, 2009 at 6:01 pm (#)

Chris,

Great! I’m glad its working for you now. We’ve started adding features, and should be adding more features over the next few weeks.

Alan

Ostas says:
November 2nd, 2009 at 6:07 pm (#)

I have a little problem with your mod.

I have different useres who publish my articles on wordpress, but nobody apart from me has a facebook account.
Because of that i filled in anywhere my facebook details.

When I write an article, it is also published on facebook. But when someone else publishes an article, it is not listed on facebook..
What´s wrong?

(I want to publish my postings on the wall of the Gamers Village “company” site on facebook)

Chris Schnyder says:
November 2nd, 2009 at 6:14 pm (#)

Hello,

I’m having trouble activating your plugin. I’ve done the install from within WordPress, and I’ve also tried it manually. After the install, both show up as “installed” however when I try to activate the plugin I receive an error:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end in [path to my web files]\wp-content\plugins\ft-facepress-7\Facepress-option.php on line 316.

I’m on the latest verison of PHP 5.2.11. Any suggestions?

Alan Knox says:
November 2nd, 2009 at 7:19 pm (#)

Ostas,

You said you were having problems with the “mod”. Was it working in 1.0, but it doesn’t work in 1.1? Did you fill in the username/password for each WordPress user as your facebook email and facebook password, and include the Page ID for the Gamers Village company site on facebook for each WordPress user? Thanks for the info…

Alan

Alan Knox says:
November 2nd, 2009 at 7:20 pm (#)

Chris Schnyder,

I haven’t run across this error before with the plugin. Were you installing the plugin for the first time or upgrading the plugin when this happened? Thanks,

Alan

Chris Schnyder says:
November 2nd, 2009 at 10:00 pm (#)

Alan, thanks for the quick response!

This was a new plugin install. I’ve never used this plugin before. I’ll try a completely clean WordPress install and see if that fixes it up. I’ll let you know. Thanks.

Chris

Ostas says:
November 3rd, 2009 at 4:42 am (#)

Hi Alan,
i use this mod since version 1.1
I filled in every user as my facebook mail and my facebook password as you can see in this screenshot:
http://gamersvillage.de/images/sshot-1.png

I hope you can help me.

Stefan Stenberg says:
November 3rd, 2009 at 5:11 am (#)

With the plugin activated I get an error message every time I publish a new post which informs of an error on line 24 in “facepress.functions.php”.
This is the line with “CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION” – if I simply change the value to “false” it seem to work perfectly but I’ve no clue why?
Same thing happened when I installed the new version today.

Alan Knox says:
November 3rd, 2009 at 1:00 pm (#)

Ostas,

Thanks for the information. I’ll test this on my site and see if I can produce the same problem.

Alan

Alan Knox says:
November 3rd, 2009 at 1:01 pm (#)

Stefan,

Thanks for letting me know about this problem. I need to investigate it a little further.

Alan

Alan Knox says:
November 3rd, 2009 at 11:33 pm (#)

Ostas,

I’ve tested the Facepress plugin with several WP author accounts at different user levels with the same facebook login info, and it has worked for me each time. Can you think of any other pertinent information that might help me track down the problem?

Thanks,

Alan

Ostas says:
November 4th, 2009 at 8:20 am (#)

Hi Alan,

I also use the WPBook Plugin which uses my facebook Site..
Should I delete WPBook?

Ostas says:
November 4th, 2009 at 8:29 am (#)

very strange. now it works perfect

Steve Magruder says:
November 4th, 2009 at 2:26 pm (#)

I’m seeing the exact same issue that Chris Schnyder is observing when trying to activate the plugin. FT FacePress 1.1, PHP 5.2.9-1, WordPress 2.8.5

The error is as follows:

Parse error: parse error in {Path-to-my-WordPress-site}\wp-content\plugins\ft-facepress-7\Facepress-option.php on line 316

Steve Magruder says:
November 4th, 2009 at 2:38 pm (#)

I also tried to install version 1.0 of FT-FacePress and got this error:

Parse error: parse error in {Path-to-my-WordPress-site}\wp-content\plugins\ft-facepress-7\Facepress-option.php on line 286

Alan Knox says:
November 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm (#)

Chris Schnyder and Steve Magruder,

We’re planning to release a new version of Facepress (1.3) in the next few days. Please let me know if it corrects your problems.

Thanks,

Alan

Steve Magruder says:
November 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm (#)

Thanks Alan. I’ll definitely follow up. I really like the promise of this plugin.

Chris Schnyder says:
November 4th, 2009 at 5:35 pm (#)

Hi Alan, I managed to solve my original problem… I had to have “short_open_tag = On” in PHP.ini. That’s all it took.

And now, I have encountered another problem. The plugin is reporting that php/wordpress can’t write to “/FacepressSessionFile.txt”. However I’ve made sure that the appropriate account has full control of that file — I’ve even tried giving “Everyone” full control of that file. Still doesn’t work. Any ideas? I’m on Windows 2003.

Thanks,
Chris

Steve Magruder says:
November 4th, 2009 at 6:18 pm (#)

Fix: In Facepress-option.php, change the only “<? ” to “<?php “. Thanks to Chris S. for leading me to realize this.

Alan Knox says:
November 4th, 2009 at 9:51 pm (#)

Steve,

Thanks for the help. I’ve fixed this for the next release, which should be available soon.

-Alan

Romeo says:
November 5th, 2009 at 6:21 am (#)

Hi,
thanks for the update,
it sound good. I’m gonna give a try if it works with the changed “admin” username 🙂

I have only one little thing. The FT-Facepress link to the plugin settings is showing two times, the first one under Settings where other plugins are too and the second one under users. I think that 1 time is enought 🙂 Or am i wrong? Have they 2 not the same function?

Best Wishes

Romeo

Alan Knox says:
November 5th, 2009 at 9:20 am (#)

Romeo,

Thanks for the comment. Yes, there are two FT-FacePress options pages (user/profile and settings). Each page allows the user to update the same set of options. The user/profile options allows a user to only update his/her own options. The Settings options allows admins to update the options for all users.

-Alan

Andrew says:
November 5th, 2009 at 7:04 pm (#)

I just installed the plugin to update my facebook fanpage, and it seems to work great. However, I can’t get the “Use Shortened URLs” to work. I installed the Twitter Friendly links plugin and enabled short links for all three options on its settings page.

Did I miss something?

Thanks,

Andrew

Alan Knox says:
November 6th, 2009 at 3:20 pm (#)

Andrew,

I had the same problem with version 1.2. We’ve just uploaded 1.2.1 to WordPress. When its available, upgrade to that version. Check your FT-FacePress options in the “Settings” menu. “Submit” the options (even if you don’t change anything). Let me know if you still have problems after that.

-Alan

Romeo says:
November 8th, 2009 at 11:45 am (#)

Hi Alan,

it’s little strange but the plugin is not posting anything to my profile or fan page 🙁 I have put all the required data and i use a diferent nickname as admin. Before the update it posted the article but in a strange way, after updating it dont post anything..

Any idea where can be the problem?

THanks a lot

Alan Knox says:
November 8th, 2009 at 11:42 pm (#)

Romeo,

I’m sorry that you’re having problems. Please go to the FacePress options page in the Settings menu. Double-check all of your options, then “Submit” those options (even if you do not change anything). Please let me know if FacePress works for you after this.

Thanks,

Alan

Romeo says:
November 9th, 2009 at 6:04 am (#)

Hi Alan,
now it starts to work but in a very strange way.
I’v done a screenshoot from my wall with 3 news Feed.

http://im.gg/uploaded/09112009-8440.png

The second one and the third one are mine maked with your plugin.

I thought that the posted article will show as the first one is shown and not only the title and a link, or i’m wrong? If this is not possible now, can u make it possible in the future release?

And the second strange way is the VIA MOBILE WEB … is this normal?

Thanks a lot

Alan Knox says:
November 9th, 2009 at 9:10 am (#)

Romeo,

The screenshot looks correct. Currently, FacePress only publishes the title and link to your post. In a future release, there will be other publishing options.

In your screenshot, the first title/link published was published to your facebook page. If you do not want FacePress to publish your post info to your facebook page, then just remove the Page ID from your FacePress options.

The second title/link published was published to your facebook profile. If you do not want FacePress to publish your post info to your facebook profile, then uncheck the “Publish to Facebook Profile Status” checkbox in your FacePress options.

Let me know if this corrects your problems. Thanks,

-Alan

Romeo says:
November 9th, 2009 at 11:20 am (#)

Hi Alan,

aha i know that 🙂 Its ok, i wanted them both to be posted.

Hoppe in the future (asap) to see the otherway of publishin the article 🙂 just as the first one in my screenshoot.

Thanks for all the help.

…. waiting for the next release 😛

Jason Maletsky says:
November 11th, 2009 at 12:53 pm (#)

You are a life saver! Been looking for a WP to Facebook Page plugin so I wouldn’t have to write one myself 🙂 Works perfectly!!!

Eric says:
November 21st, 2009 at 7:30 am (#)

I’m getting this error when I try to publish a post:

Warning: curl_setopt() [function.curl-setopt]: CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION cannot be activated when in safe_mode or an open_basedir is set in /home/xxx/domains/xxx/public_html/wp-content/plugins/ft-facepress-7/Facepress-functions.php on line 24

(same for line 58)

SADI says:
November 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 am (#)

This Plugin NOT WORKING
Ignoret by Facebook Staff.
NOT WORKING…

Alan Knox says:
November 22nd, 2009 at 3:23 pm (#)

Eric,

I have not seen that error before. What version of FacePress are you using?

Thanks,

-Alan

Alan Knox says:
November 22nd, 2009 at 3:23 pm (#)

SADI,

Can you give me more information? I’d love to figure out why the plugin isn’t working for you.

-Alan

Eric says:
November 27th, 2009 at 10:00 am (#)

@Alan: the most recent

pri says:
November 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm (#)

could someone explain me how could i do it works?
in my admin says that this plugin is ACTIVE, but when i publish something im my page, nothing appear in my facebook.
thank,

Alan Knox says:
November 27th, 2009 at 7:58 pm (#)

Eric,

Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to duplicate the error on my end.

-Alan

Alan Knox says:
November 27th, 2009 at 7:59 pm (#)

pri,

Have you filled in your facebook email and password in the FracePress options? Also, if you want your post info to show up in your profile, make sure that check that box.

-Alan

Juha K says:
December 2nd, 2009 at 5:13 pm (#)

Hi Alan!

First I just want to tell you, that I LOVE the plugin and it works like a dream!

I’m just wondering if it woud be possible to modify the text by some means.. for example bold title and line breaks after each part, title, excerpt and url?

Tried html… didn’t look good 😉 “blablablatitle”

Thanks!

-Juha K

Juha K says:
December 2nd, 2009 at 5:13 pm (#)

damn, html of course works here… 😀

Alan Knox says:
December 2nd, 2009 at 6:45 pm (#)

Juha,

I’m glad that you’re enjoying the plugin. Unfortunately, I don’t think html works in facebook statuses.

-Alan

Juha K says:
December 4th, 2009 at 11:01 am (#)

Thanks for the answer Alan!

There’s no way to add linebreaks? It would make it easier to read…

Joshua Smith says:
December 4th, 2009 at 5:31 pm (#)

I am running wordpress on godaddy/IIS. I have set the file and the whole directory to 777 and still get the following error.

Php/Wordpress cannot write into this file: /FacepressSessionFile.txt. Please ensure PHP has the correct permissions set to write and update that file. If you don’t know what I’m speaking about, please contact your server admin / webmaster.

Any one else get this issue?

Alan Knox says:
December 4th, 2009 at 6:56 pm (#)

Juha,

I may be able to add linebreaks. Let me investigate and get back to you.

-Alan

Alan Knox says:
December 4th, 2009 at 6:57 pm (#)

Joshua,

You’re setting the permissions to the /plugins/facepress folder to 777?

-Alan

Joshua Smith says:
December 4th, 2009 at 7:20 pm (#)

Yes. At first I just tried the file to 775, then when that didnt fix the issue, I tried the folder to 777 to check that. Any ideas?

Joshua Smith says:
December 4th, 2009 at 7:46 pm (#)

Alan, I may have discoved the issue. It looks like GoDaddy doesnt support cURL for PHP on IIS/Windows Hosting, only on Apache. I may have to switch to a linux plan.

Alan Knox says:
December 4th, 2009 at 11:56 pm (#)

Joshua,

Thanks for the info!

-Alan

Gabriel says:
December 11th, 2009 at 4:10 pm (#)

Great plugin! Have issue with IIS/Windows 2003. All files have read/write permissions, curl is enabled but am getting error in the fbStatusCookieFile. I know the permissions are correct, am I doing something wrong!

Alan Knox says:
December 12th, 2009 at 1:25 am (#)

Gabriel,

Are you always getting an error when publishing a post with IIS/Windows 2003?

-Alan

Gabriel says:
December 14th, 2009 at 11:48 am (#)

Yes it’s a always an error

Roman Sheydvasser says:
December 15th, 2009 at 11:34 am (#)

Hey Alan. Just wanted to thank you guys for the great plugin. Awesome job =).

Sean Michael Imler says:
December 16th, 2009 at 5:29 pm (#)

I tried to get it working but it wouldn’t post to my page. I’m not sure what’s going on, but I wasn’t able to get the FB Twitter app to post to my page either so it doesn’t seem to be anything with your plugin I don’t think. Interesting thing that I did try to post to my status and that worked, and when I started trying different settings configurations, it stopped. I tried having both the status checked and the page id filled in. Then I unchecked the status update, that didn’t work. Then I took out the id and the status update to try to “clear it out” and then rechecked the status update, and it stopped working altogether. I just can’t determine what’s going on, especially since I have no unusual privacy settings in FB.

Ideally, I would like to post to my status message in my profile and to my selected page by id. I wasn’t able to determine if you’re supposed to be able to do both. If not, that feature should be radio buttons.

Alan Knox says:
December 16th, 2009 at 6:53 pm (#)

Sean,

Yes, you should be able to post to both your FB profile and to a FB page at the same time with FacePress. Which version of FacePress and WordPress are you using?

-Alan

Charmed says:
December 17th, 2009 at 9:33 am (#)

The plugin looks terrific, but I’m having problems after successfully installing & configuring the plugin.

Not only do posts not show up in Facebook page (or profile, tried both options) – choosing “publish” after writing a new post in WordPress results in a blank screen.

Any idea what is the problem? We would love to use the plugin.

We are WP 2.8.4 and php 4.4.7 with Curl enabled.

dave says:
December 18th, 2009 at 10:19 am (#)

Hey Alan,

Just recently installed the plug in and it worked once and now I cannot seem to get it working again. Also, does the plug in only post to FB with new blog posts or when a post is updated?

I currently have the FB email, FB password, “and Publish to Facebook Profile Status” fields completed. I did have the page id field filled in when the first posting worked, but have tried deleting that. Not sure if I understand that anyway. I had to click on Profile in FB to find a page id. Is that the right ID?

Thanks!

Dave

Chris says:
December 18th, 2009 at 2:33 pm (#)

Hi Alan,

First of all – GREAT plugin – exactly what I’ve been looking for for ages!

I’m having the exact same problem Randy experienced on September 14th. Anything I post from wordpress is appearing on my facebook page (not profile, by choice), but isn’t appearing on the newsfeeds of any of the page fans.

I’ve gone through all the comments to see how it was resolved, but Randy’s problem seemed to sort itself out.
Am I being a complete idiot here and missed something really simple?

Any ideas?

Alan Knox says:
December 18th, 2009 at 2:42 pm (#)

Charmed,

I’m sorry that you’re having problems with the plugin. A white screen without an error message is strange indeed. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to duplicate the error so that I can troubleshoot it. Is there any other information that you can give me that might be helpful?

-Alan

Alan Knox says:
December 18th, 2009 at 2:45 pm (#)

Dave,

FacePress should only publish to facebook with a new post is published, not for an update.

A facebook page is like a fan page. If you do not have a fan page, then you should not put anything in the page id field. Instead, check the “Publish to Facebook Profile Status” checkbox to publish your post info to your facebook profile.

I don’t know if this will work or not, but as a test, make sure that you’re logged out of facebook when your post publishes. Let me know if facebook displays your post info then.

Thanks,

-Alan

Alan Knox says:
December 18th, 2009 at 2:47 pm (#)

Chris,

Just to make sure I’m understanding you correctly… your WP post info is showing up on your facebook page correctly, but it is not showing up on the profiles of people who are fans of your page? Is that correct?

Now, are you looking at their profiles? Or have fans told you that the post info is not showing up in their News Feeds? Because the info should not be on their profile pages, only in their News Feeds. That’s the way that facebook handles fan page submissions.

-Alan

Chris says:
December 18th, 2009 at 2:50 pm (#)

Hi Alan,

Thanks for the quick responce! Sorry I meant the page updates are showing on the page fine, but not showing on the newsfeeds of fans of the page (hope that makes sense).
I asked a couple of fans to check theirs when I noticed it wasnt showing on my newsfeed.

Chris.

The Assembling of the Church | Two FullThrottle Plugins that I use on this site says:
December 18th, 2009 at 3:02 pm (#)

[…] FT-FacePress (WordPress plugin page) This is a plugin that I developed. It publishes WordPress post information (title, url, excerpt) to a Facebook profile and/or a Facebook page. While there are several plugins that do this, FacePress is different because it allows different WordPress authors on the same site to publish post information to their own Facebook profile. However, it also works for sites that only have one author – like this one. […]

Jason Maletsky says:
December 18th, 2009 at 5:37 pm (#)

Thanks for the awesome plugin!!!

On v1.4 I had to update line 67 to include only the authors with the following change:

$query = “SELECT ID, user_login from $wpdb->users WHERE user_login = ‘authorusername’”;

The site I am working with has 400k+ users and the only information displayed is the FT-Facepress Information box.

Charmed says:
December 18th, 2009 at 7:33 pm (#)

Hi again,
Still having the same white screen problem. Anything here helpful? http://www.marga.com/phpinfo.php
If I can PM you, I’m happy to send you log in info to our WordPress. Let me know if that would help troubleshoot & where to send.

Sean Michael Imler says:
December 20th, 2009 at 8:36 pm (#)

Hey Alan,
I’m using wp 2.8.6 and facepress 1.4. Today, I went to post to my blog and got an error:
Fatal error: Call to undefined function: str_ireplace() in /home/content/e/a/r/earthcub/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/ft-facepress-7/Facepress-updater.php on line 91

Alan Knox says:
December 21st, 2009 at 11:10 am (#)

Sean,

Everything looks good on that line of the code. Can you show me what you have in your “Post Format” fields of the FacePress options (either the user options or the post specific options, whichever one you’re using for that post)?

Thanks,

-Alan

Sean Michael Imler says:
December 21st, 2009 at 4:18 pm (#)

I’m using the FacePress options in Settings:
Post Format Field: %TITLE% %EXCERPT% %URL%

Alan Knox says:
December 21st, 2009 at 4:42 pm (#)

Sean,

Yeah, there’s nothing wrong with that Post Format. Are you getting the error for every post, or just one post?

-Alan

Charmed says:
December 21st, 2009 at 4:43 pm (#)

Hello, I wanted to see if you got the followup comment sent, re: our “whitescreen” problem.

We would like to use this plugin, but, if I can’t get additional support soon on this problem we need to move on and try to find something else.

Thanks, please contact me at my email?

Alan Knox says:
December 21st, 2009 at 4:48 pm (#)

Charmed,

I understand the frustration. Can you email me a screenshot of your FacePress options page at alan@fullthrottledevelopment.com?

Thanks,

-Alan

Sean Michael Imler says:
December 21st, 2009 at 5:10 pm (#)

I’m getting it on every post. It will stop other plugins that follow to from executing as well.

Alan Knox says:
December 21st, 2009 at 5:15 pm (#)

Sean,

I’ll be glad to continue helping you sort this out. Can you email me a screenshot of your FacePress options page at alan@fullthrottledevelopment.com?

Thanks,

Alan

Sean Michael Imler says:
December 21st, 2009 at 5:36 pm (#)

Thanks, sent

Alan Knox says:
December 22nd, 2009 at 9:03 am (#)

Michaux at Charmed discovered that the FacePress plugin works for him with Php 5. If you’re still having problems, please try upgrading to php 5 and let me know if that corrects your problems. If so, then I’ll change the requirements for FacePress. (I know that other plugins that were working with php 4 no longer work with php 4 in newer releases of WordPress. This could be causing problems for FacePress as well.)

Thanks Michaux!

-Alan

Charmed says:
December 22nd, 2009 at 9:12 am (#)

Yes, asking our host to upgrade our account to php 5 solved our white screen / publishing to Facebook issue.

This plugin is terrific for WordPress post to Facebook pages.

The only thing that would make it better for us would be improved formatting on the Facebook post – line breaks, default excerpt rather than having to use thse custom excerpt, and if the image from WordPress could be included in the post.

However Alan seems to be taking great interest and actively working on the plugin so I’m assuming there will be upgrades in the future. Thanks Alan!

Amril says:
December 26th, 2009 at 6:37 am (#)

So, we have to log out first from facebook before we post to our website?
Because i have a problem that my post didn’t publish to fb page, was it because i logged in to my fb?
Anyway, It’s really a great plugins,
Many thanks,

Alan Knox says:
December 26th, 2009 at 11:20 am (#)

Amril,

No, you should not have to log out of facebook in order for the FacePress plugin to publish your post info. Occasionally, when FacePress publishes to facebook, facebook logs me out. But, the post info always publishes to FacePress.

Are you using php4 or php5?

-Alan

Amril says:
December 27th, 2009 at 2:09 pm (#)

I’m using php 5,
Anyway, i still can’t automatically post to my fb wall, it only work at the first time i installed it,
There’s another thing, after i use this, fb wants me to input a captcha words everytime i posted something in my wall,

Dan says:
December 31st, 2009 at 11:57 pm (#)

Hi Alan,

Great plugin, thank you.

I had the same problem as mentioned before, but there was no solution.

The plugin was working perfectly until I tried to use twitter friendly links, which seems to have stopped it working.

I am using WordPress 2.9, any help much appreciated!

Kevin says:
January 5th, 2010 at 8:14 am (#)

Can’t publish to facebook because Facebook require type a capcha when share status.
Can you fix it?

Ciaran says:
January 5th, 2010 at 11:19 am (#)

Hello,

I am trying to run FT-Facepress 1.4 with WP 2.8.6. There seems to be a problem reported by others above for Windows / IIS servers.

This is the error I am getting on the Facepress settings page:

“Php/Wordpress cannot write into this file: /FacepressSessionFile.txt.”

The error is generated because line 18 of Ft-Facepress.php is trying to create a path by looking for forward slashes, but the Windows filesystem uses backslashes.

I have hard-coded the following line at line 20, with the full path to the :

$fbStatusCookieFile = ‘D:\inetpub\[path to wp]\wp-content\plugins\ft-facepress-7\FT-Facepress.php’;

This resolves the error on the settings page, but the posts do not get published to my Facebook profile or page.

Alan Knox says:
January 6th, 2010 at 6:55 pm (#)

If you are having problems getting your posts to publish to facebook, please check your Facebook Settings/Application Settings and ensure that “Mobile” is Authorized and Allowed to Post.

Let me know if this corrects your problem.

Thank you,

-Alan

Carl Franzon says:
January 7th, 2010 at 1:18 pm (#)

Hi!

I’m trying to exclude a category from posting to FB, but it’s not working. I noticed the tip in one of the above comments, saying to add “query_posts(’cat=-45′);” (my category id is 45), in “Facepress-updater.php” under line 8 “// post data”, which I have done. It’s still pushing all those posts to FB. Is there somewhere else I also need to change, or can this feature be added to the plugin settings page (even better)?

thanks for a great plugin!

//Carl

Alan Knox says:
January 7th, 2010 at 1:33 pm (#)

Carl,

I plan to include the option to exclude certain categories or include only certain categories to publish to facebook. However, I haven’t added that option yet.

-Alan

Carl Franzon says:
January 12th, 2010 at 4:02 pm (#)

Sounds great. Another feature request: is it possible to get the comments posted to the status update in FB imported back to the wordpress blog post? I found some plugins that imports comments from facebook notes posts, but it doesn’t work with status updates.

Ross says:
January 15th, 2010 at 5:20 pm (#)

Alan,

Great plugin, but haven’t yet been able to get it to work? I receive the following when publishing a post:

Fatal error: Call to undefined function: str_ireplace() in /nfs/c03/h03/mnt/54078/domains/btglondon.com/html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/ft-facepress-7/Facepress-updater.php on line 91

Any ideas?

Thanks,
R

transporter says:
January 17th, 2010 at 3:34 am (#)

really great plugin, but not quite usable without being able to insert a thumbnail into your facebook page post.

Jack says:
February 1st, 2010 at 8:06 pm (#)

I have a WP site with 3 users (admin, jack (also an admin) and chrystal (an editor) ). jack and chrystal have their respective (seperate) facebook settings configured. But when I post from jack it is definitely posting to chrystals’s fackbook account. Is there a possible bug here?

BigB says:
February 2nd, 2010 at 7:08 pm (#)

Cant get this plugin to work for me at all. Tried all configurations a 100 times now but nothing happens at all.
Set up mail and password to the facebook page,and the page ID and im the admin of that page with the same login details.
Just cant figure this one out.
Have any idea whats wrong here ? I also read every single post above just to make sure I did not forget anything..

Max says:
February 4th, 2010 at 2:09 am (#)

hi,
great plugin. does the present version require php 5? we are using php 4 on http://www.forthree.com and are getting the following error after publishing a post:

Warning: curl_setopt() [function.curl-setopt]: CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION cannot be activated when in safe_mode or an open_basedir is set in /home/www/web280/html/basketballblog/wp-content/plugins/ft-facepress-7/Facepress-functions.php on line 24

Warning: curl_setopt() [function.curl-setopt]: CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION cannot be activated when in safe_mode or an open_basedir is set in /home/www/web280/html/basketballblog/wp-content/plugins/ft-facepress-7/Facepress-functions.php on line 58

Warning: curl_setopt() [function.curl-setopt]: CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION cannot be activated when in safe_mode or an open_basedir is set in /home/www/web280/html/basketballblog/wp-content/plugins/ft-facepress-7/Facepress-functions.php on line 58

Warning: curl_setopt() [function.curl-setopt]: CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION cannot be activated when in safe_mode or an open_basedir is set in /home/www/web280/html/basketballblog/wp-content/plugins/ft-facepress-7/Facepress-functions.php on line 24

Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/www/web280/html/basketballblog/wp-content/plugins/ft-facepress-7/Facepress-functions.php:24) in /home/www/web280/html/basketballblog/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 865

of course your plugin works since we are getting the posts on our FB page.

another question: if we post a new link, is it also possible to publish it to a FB page?

thanks for your help!

Rob says:
February 4th, 2010 at 9:40 am (#)

Can’t get this thing going. Installed, activated, gave it my FB user & pass, checked the box for post to profile & then published a new post.

No error messages or signs of life, and no update on my FB profile.

Alan Knox says:
February 4th, 2010 at 9:54 am (#)

Thanks for the comments. If you’re having problems with the Facepress plugin, please check the following:

1) With newer versions of WordPress, Facepress requires php 5.

2) Please check your Facebook Settings/Application Settings and ensure that “Mobile” is Authorized and Allowed to Post.

If these two steps do not correct the problem, please let me know.

-Alan

Jack says:
February 10th, 2010 at 11:06 pm (#)

I am still having issues with it using the incorrect user’s face book settings. I have 3 users (one is the unused admin account) and posts from either of the 2 users always get posted to just one user’s facebook account.

I thought (being a programmer) that it might be related to not having any facebook settings filled in for the admin user (making the settings array shorter and off by one etc), but now I have remedied that and the problem continues. I am going to look through the code where it grabs user preferences and try to see what might be causing it.

Niko says:
February 11th, 2010 at 6:00 am (#)

Alan, this is truly an awesome plugin! I have a unique setup though. I have several smaller blogs, which I sort of aggregate posts from, into my “main” blog, using a WordPress plugin.

The posts all come in as ‘Pending Review’ (not ‘Published’), so I usually bulk publish several new posts at a time. Any way I can tweak the plugin to pick those posts up and send them to Facebook like it would a regularly published post? I’m fairly well versed in PHP, just not sure where to begin with this one!

Thanks for your time, and a great plugin!

Take care,
-Niko

Alan Knox says:
February 11th, 2010 at 7:13 pm (#)

Within the next few days, we plan to release a completely redesigned version of the FacePress plugin. This will not be an upgrade, but a new plugin which we are calling FacePress II.

FacePress II will use a different and more robust method to update Facebook profiles / pages. Furthermore, the initial release of FacePress II will offer additional functionality.

When we release FacePress II, we will also update FacePress (I) which will include messages reminding our users to deactivate FacePress (I) and install and activate FacePress II.

FacePress II will use different options settings so you will need to set those again.

-Alan

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