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Text Widget Not Accepting Facebook Like Box

  1. I want to add my Facebook Like Box to my blog (this has the number of people who "Like" my page and others can click on it and sign up). However, when I put the code into the Text widget, as soon as I hit Save, the code disappears. Here's the code I enter:

    <iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/likebox.php?href=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpages%2Fedit%2F%3Fid%3D140979655926616%26sk%3Dbasic%23%21%2Fpages%2FMiddle-School-Book-Reviews%2F140979655926616&width=200&connections=20&stream=false&header=true&height=287" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:200px; height:287px;" allowTransparency="true"></iframe>

    Thanks, Willow

    The blog I need help with is middleschoolbookreviews.wordpress.com.

  2. That code (iframe) is not allowed here at wordpress.COM, but wordpress has provided a way to get all the social bookmarks, and a like button for posts as explained here.

    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/more-ways-to-share/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/

  3. Here is a link to the sharing support document.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/sharing/

  4. Uh, oh, this doesn't help, as I'm not looking for buttons for people to click on to share my post with others. What I want to do is to have a little box on my sidebar. It has photos of people who have signed up to follow my Facebook Page for my blog and allows people to sign up right on my blog without going to Facebook. It sounds like I can't do it on WordPress, which is frustrating, to say the least. It's like a "Follow with Google Friend Connect Box" which lists the number of followers and photos of several of them. So there's no way to put my Facebook Like Box on my blog?

  5. I just Googled my question and several websites are saying, no, it's not possible, for the reason you gave. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question!

  6. I have seen a wordpress blog with this like box and I want to do it as well but can't work out how to make it happen.

    http://www.fashimi.com

  7. @rahninewsome - There are two types of "WordPress" blogs, the ones hosted here at WordPress.COM and the ones that are self hosted using WordPress.ORG software.

    There are significant differences in the way the software. The link you referenced is a .ORG bases site. Using .ORG software and a 3rd party host you have many things you can do including crash the server.

    Many people show up here wanting "Plug-in's" which are not allowed, however the functions of many popular Plug-in's have been included in our Widgets here so there is a lot of built in options. There are also many very creative people in this Forum that have came up with work arounds to do what many Pug-in's will do.

    For more on the difference: http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  8. Well then is there anyone out there that KNOWS how to add the like box into the text widget?

  9. The like box code isn't allowed here. What is available is the stuff under sharing.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/sharing/

  10. I have the same experience on trying to put facebook like box in my blog.

    Yes there is 2 different blogs relate with how its hosted :
    1. WordPress original hosted (user cannot add any plugins, limited widgets)
    2. WordPress - self hosted (All wordpress files placed in separate server, so user able to add or delete many plugins)

    I have above 2 categories of wordpress blogs. In type number 2, it is very easy to apply the like box because there are many widget avaliable tobe downloaded and apply (upload) thru my hosting. Here it is : http://www.asyahome.co.cc
    Just download facebook funbox or like box widget, then upload to plugin directory, go to dashboard, activate it, insert the profile page number, it's done.

    But in the type number 1 as mentioned above, the only way to apply like box is copy the code and paste it, but I dont know why it is not worked, many articles in google said that just simply paste the code in the "text widget" of wordpress, but thousand times i tried, the more i got frustated, and not even single article I found which has the solution.

    Please see my blog http://www.asyahome.wordpress.com, For a note, actually about 6months ago it already have the fanbox, but Im not quite remember how it applied and why it just dissapeared. As I remember, there was a "facebook fan box widget" in my "appereance" dashboard, i only put my "Facebook API code" then its done.

    I dont know why the "facebook fan box widget" is not there anymore, but the twitter widget come up.

    I do frustrated, please anybody give me a simple explanation to resolve, its for many many peolpe who in the same frustrated line also. :)

    Meanwhile I keep on observating, once I got the answer, I'll be back.

    Thanks

  11. There never has been a facebook fanbox widget at wordpress.com.

  12. Use Badges. The Badge code works, as you can see on http://raincoastermedia.com

  13. I've installed my Facebook badge to my sidebar, but I'd really prefer the Like Box. There doesn't seem to be a way to install this on the free WP blogs, right now anyways.

  14. @firbodycoach
    Please read the entries above. As far as Volunteers answering questions on the forum know there is no way to install this on wordpress.com blogs. As TSP said above "There never has been a facebook fanbox widget at wordpress.com." As raincoster has said: "Use Badges. The Badge code works"

  15. I've spent all morning attempting to do this to no avail. It's extremely frustrating to only now learn that this isn't even possible.

    Facebook Badges are not the same as Facebook Like Boxes. They do not look the same. They do not operate the same.

    What do we need to do to get WordPress to add this plugin for WordPress.com websites?

  16. @socmba: Please read timethief's answer just above your message.

  17. thesacredpath
    Staff

    @socmba, contact staff directly with your request so that they can log in into the feature request.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

  18. thesacredpath
    Staff

    [opinion]

    One thing I'll offer here (and given this is facebook we are talking about, it doesn't at all surprise me they are using it) is that while iframes themselves are not inherently insecure, they are a favorite tool for malware distribution, and if the code is done incorrectly in the iframe, the iframe becomes a gaping security issue than anyone can drive a truck full of malware and virus's through. You can't use the words "security" and "iframe" in the same sentence.

    No one with any smarts uses iframes anymore.

    [/opinion]

  19. ~TPS
    I share the same opinion.

  20. I have the same problem, and I think what WP should provide a tool to add the "Like Box. We need this tool. Or provide a way to do it, not excuse you can not do.

  21. @ncastillov
    Have you made your request to Staff? http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

  22. Putting a Like box in the sidebar is kind of silly, as it only enables people to Like your blog once. Putting it in the post using the Sharing options is smarter, as it enables people to Like each of your posts.

  23. Yes. I just read all the comments above and I am having the same problem. I don't want to add an FB badge, I don't want strangers adding me on facebook and I definitely don't want to be putting it at the end of each sentence. Is there any way to add it? I even tried the FB image and linked the fanpage to and and the image isn't showing up. help please/

  24. @vasuchiyertra

    Is there any way to add it? I even tried the FB image and linked the fanpage to and and the image isn't showing up. help please/

    If by it what you mean a Facebook like button iframe box, then the answer is "no". It's an iframe and the software will strip the code out to preserve security on this multi-user blogging platform. http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/

  25. I understand the concerns around iframe and security (oops sorry thesacredpath, I used them in the same sentence); however, what about the other method - XFBML? Is there reason why this method is not allowed? Security again?

    I know, I know: THIRD BASE!

  26. Yup, security again. Sorry.

  27. I saw a girl's post that had the like-button between the headline and the actual post in every single post! How is that possible? Can you tell me how to do that?

  28. Not without the URL of that blog, starting with http.

  29. Yeah, I agree, a like box is needed for WordPress.com. Disappointed it is not available here.

    More Facebook Integration is necessary please. Am contacting the staff as you suggest. Thanks.

  30. By the way, no a like box is not "silly," it is a subscription to a facebook page, which is valuable to a businessperson, not just a "vote" for their post. Thanks.

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