WP Facebook Like 1.5.1 has now been released, containing two new features among other bugfixes. It is now possible to disable the like button by creating a custom setting for that specific post or page and setting wpfblike to false.
The other feature is the inclusion of the new Send button available from Facebook. When enabling this new button in the settings, it will show you a new button alongside the old Like button.
This new button makes it easy to privately share content to friends and family without having to post it on your public wall for everyone to see.
I am pleased to announce the release of a new version of the WP Facebook Like plugin for WordPress! The plugin lets bloggers easily create a Facebook Like button for their posts. Changes from the previous version include:
Added options for choosing to insert the button in pages and/or posts.
Added a check to verify that the correct PHP version is used when activating. (PHP>=5 supported).
Added settings link from the plugin list. (thanks udi86!)
Added an automatic language detector, which is now the default. (thanks udi86!)
Added Open Graph admins property, which will create a Facebook page for your current article.
I will go into the details of the update below, but if you are in a hurry, just download the new version, or wait for WordPress to automatically detect the new version and offer to upgrade automatically.
Options for inserting the button on posts and/or pages
There are a couple of new settings for enabling the automatic insertion of the button in pages and posts. Earlier, it was only possible to choose whether the button should appear on the front page or not. Now you can, in addition, control whether to show the button on normal posts and pages.
The new options are the first step for adding support for having the button in individual posts and pages.
Added new Open Graph headers
The new version will also insert new Open Graph headers, which are og:type and fb:admin. This lets you enter your Facebook user ID in the options, which will make you the admin of the current page. When you write a new post, just click the like button (you can unclick it right away). This will give you a page on Facebook where you can see who has liked your page and it lets you send them messages.
To get to this admin page, just select the admin link next to the like button.
Note that if you use the button_count layout, you will not see the admin link. Just go to Pages You Admin on Facebook to see all pages.
Facebook are currently having major issues with their social API, which means that the Like buttons on many sites simply return an error.
References to connect_to_node_error.php
The page at (URL) could not be reached.
If you are using my plugin (or any means of showing the like button), there is a big chance that it will currently not work. The Facebook team is surely hard at work fixing this, and I will post an update here when things seem to be working again.
Update 2010-06-02 02:45
from Mike Vernal <mvernal@f> 2010-06-01 17:16:47
Sorry for delayed update. I wanted to let you know where we were.
We’ve been having trouble with outbound connectivity from the tier of machines that power the Like button. We’re still debugging this issue, but we’ve restarted the tier of machines a few times, and the situation does seem to be improving.
We have a number of people from our engineering and operations team continuing to work on the issue and hope to have a more definitive update shortly.
Sorry for the inconvenience here, and thanks for bearing with us.
-mike (Platform Engineering)
Update 2010-06-04 21:00
From Matt Trainer 2010-06-04 11:11:29
We’re reopening the bug to investigate the “Cannot be reached” bug. Thanks for the detailed repros.
For the international folks out there – we’ll look into extending the timeout, but the issues your sites are seeing are most likely linked to that issue and not the central issue of this bug.
A new version of WP Facebook Like, the WordPress plugin which integrates the Facebook Like button has been released!
The only new feature for this release is the ability to enter a Facebook Application ID, which enables the comment box, if you choose the XFBML version of the like button. More information on how to enable this feature can be found in the options panel of the plugin.
Preload the cache in WP Super Cache — the new version of the popular caching plugin for WordPress will support preloading the cache, which seems to increase the performance a lot, compared to the normal on-demand caching.
I have updated the WordPress Facebook Like plugin once again, now pushing the version to 1.0.3. The changes include:
Choose between the xfbml or iframe embedding method (xfbml is default)
Choose the button text
CSS class description
This basically means that if you have problems with the xfbml because of other plugins, you can try out the alternate “iframe” embedding method just by changing a setting in the options page. It is also now possible to alternate the text of the like button between “Like” and “Recommend”.
The button is wrapped around a div with the wpfblike class if you want to do custom positioning and styling.
Update: I pushed an emergency fix with version 1.0.4 containing a fix for Internet Explorer. Thanks to JAH for noticing.