Creating the Facebook ‘Like’ button on your website/blog

by on Apr.23, 2010, under marketing, technology, wordpress

It’s much simpler than I expected! I originally wanted to leave it till i’m back home but did it in less than 5 mins..

All you need to do is to fill in the boxes to generate the code at

My code looks like

<iframe src=”http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http%3A%2F%2Fwillyfoo.com&amp;layout=standard&amp;show_faces=true
&amp;width=280&amp;action=like&amp;colorscheme=light” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″ allowTransparency=”true” style=”border:none;
overflow:hidden; width:280px; height:px”></iframe>

If you’re using WordPress, just go to Widgets and create a text widget and paste it in! Simple as that!

Update (27th Apr) : If you want to add the ‘Like’ or ‘Recommend’ button to individual blog posts, just add a plug-in.
There are a few available, I’m using http://blog.gunnjerkens.com/2010/04/facebook-like-plugin-for-wordpress/

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Facebook Connect for WordPress

by on Sep.08, 2009, under wordpress

Whew.. it’s been ages since I updated or even touched this blog. But due to a WordPress Attack that’s going around, it forced me to upgrade my WordPress to ver 2.8.4.

Since i’m meddling with it now, might as well update it with a few new plugins like Facebook Connect and perhaps Facebook Updates..

Update: Ok.. need to get an API key from the Facebook Application Registration Page, it then asks me to wait for a while for the API Key to propogate to other servers but I’ve a feeling something’s missing here.

Update: What was missing is that I needed to fill in the “Connect URL” in the “Connect Tab” in “Edit Settings“! Viola.. please help me test if this works!

Update: Hmm.. the “Facebook Connect” button only shows up in the Site Admin login but not the comments box.. have to find out how to include that.

Update: A line needs to be included in comments.php

<?php do_action(‘fbc_display_login_button’) ?>

As instructed in http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/WP-FBConnect

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Mobile Blogging: WordPress for iPhone vs WPhone

by on Jan.02, 2009, under technology, wordpress

WordPress for iPhone (hereafter called the ‘Native App’ )allows creating and managing blog posts and pages offline and sending the update to the server when ready. You may also choose to save as a local draft or save the draft on the server.

This first part is composed on this native app.

 * Insert with WPhone *
Seems like I can’t scroll down so I have to insert this edit onto the top of the post.

WPhone is a wordpress plugin that formats the admin pages for the iPhone. (Gosh it’s too frustrating not being able to scroll around that I’ve to switch back to the native app now)

Navigating around is slower than the native application as it has to load each page from the server.

* Editing via native app*
All your blog posts are listed out in the familar iPhone style lists and editing it is simple. I do wish I could upload images in the iPhone photo library like the Facebook for iPhone app. (Update: Just saw the option to upload picture option).

* Editing via Browser *
In summary, the WPhone has more options available than the native app. But the native app is probably a much better choice if you want to write and edit a blog.

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Upgrading WordPress 2.3 to 2.7

by on Jan.01, 2009, under wordpress

The LiveStudios corporate blog used a theme called Freshy.. and had many issues moving to a newer version of WordPress for sometime..  I’ve been using http://willyfoo.com as a testbed to see if plugins or themes break and it was definitely so painful for 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6 that I had to forgo updating it.

In comes WordPress 2.7, IMHO the best so far..

If I recall correctly 2.4 or 2.5 (Can’t remember now) had bugs with the text widgets on the right and kept messing up my navigation bar on the right. I also used a category cloud (which I figured by now I should be moving to tag cloud instead).

Here were the few complaints.

  1. Text widgets was buggy in ver 2.4/5 and I kept losing my text. After a few times I had to save a copy of the text on my hard disk and copy back in case it got lost again. Rearranging the sequence was also really buggy. WordPress 2.7 seemed to have an occasional problem in losing the widget upon shifting the order, but is easily solved by reloading.
  2. I used a category cloud widget on the right navigation bar. The widget unfortunately was supported up to ver 2.3. I realise I should probably use tags instead of categories since tag cloud is available by default. Now to find a way to easily convert categories to tags. (I thought I recall seeing it somewhere)
  3. Ohhh.. my favourite feature of v2.7… plugin upgrades are now painless!! No more downloading, unpacking, FTPing and activating!!!

Also installed a few plugins

  1. NextGen Gallery : Having problems uploading images, should be some permissions problem. Will solve later
  2. WPhone: A lightweight admin interface for the iPhone, worked well in v2.3.. will test this tomorrow
  3. WordPress PDA & iPhone: I love this.. displays the blog in the iPhone / mobile format!!!

You can also define a post as a sticky… in WordPress 2.3 I had to go a really cumbersome way of defining a page to show up first, resulting in a lot of visitors not even knowing that there is a blog.

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