In this article, we will show how to show a Facebook timeline on WordPress.
Having a website and not having a proper social media account can lead to significant user drop. If you have your brand’s Instagram account, Facebook account, Reddit account, and other social media, you can showcase your website’s feed. These small things make a trust between the user and a website.
Many of you might be starting a blog on WordPress, or you already have a blog there, and you are looking for some automation that can display your Facebook posts and timeline directly on your website’s page. We are then here with a solution, which can help you integrate and display your Facebook timeline on your WordPress website.
To learn how to display Facebook posts on a WordPress website, you must read this blog post until the end because skipping a single step can make your website massy.
In this blog, we will tell you about a WordPress plugin named Smash Balloon Facebook Feed Pro. So without wasting more time, let’s start the process and integrate Facebook with WordPress.
Show Your Facebook Timeline in WordPress
In this blog, we will be using Smash Ballon’s Custom Facebook Feed Pro Plugin to show your Facebook posts on the WordPress website.
To do the same first, you must have a plugin file of Custom Facebook Feed Pro, so go to Smash Balloon’s official website and download and save it to your computer.
After downloading the file now, you have to import and install the plugin file on WordPress.
Keep a note; there is a free version of the Custom Facebook Feed is also available. If you think that Custom Facebook Feed can do your work, then you can use that too. The difference between the pro and the free version of the plugin is that the free version can show the only text of the posts. So if you want to show photos also then you must purchase the pro version of Custom Facebook Feed.
After installing and activating the plugin go to Facebook Feed from the left menu and then go to Settings.
Connect your Facebook account with the plugin. It will ask you whether you want to show your page or group timeline. So as of now, we are going to use our Facebook page.
You might be thinking that you want to show your Facebook profile, but unfortunately, we cannot use it due to Facebook’s privacy policies.
After connecting the page or group with the plugin, it will show a popup and ask you to give Smash Balloon plugin permissions to access and use your Facebook page.
You have to follow all the steps and give all the permissions that Smash Balloon is asking for because, after the right process, it will be able to perform perfectly. After selecting giving permissions, it will show you a pop of Smash Balloon’s settings where you have to select the page you are willing to show on your website.
Click on the page and confirm by clicking on the button below. You can also connect every page that you are having. After selecting the page, you will see your page under the Connected Accounts tab in Custom Facebook Feed configuration settings. Now click on Save settings if you forgot to do so.
Now the time has arrived, now we are going to show your timeline on the web. Ensure that you have enough posts and photos on your page to show them properly. If there are no posts or photos then you must go to your page and post some amazing photos.
You can also do this right from your WordPress that we will cover later.
To show you all posts first, we will create a new page on our website. Go to Pages and then click on Add New. Click on the page edit screen and now click on the (+) sign to add the Custom Facebook Feed section on your page.
The moment you add the section, you will see your posts in a grid manner, as you can see below in the image. Click on the preview, or you can also publish it if you want. Now go to your website and check the page.
You can also add some style to your timeline to make it attractive. Now we are going to discuss how to use and edit Facebook timeline using Custom Facebook Feed Pro.
Customizing Your Facebook Timeline with Smash Balloon Facebook Feed Pro Plugin
You can customize your timeline as you want to do with the help of Custom Facebook Feed Pro. Here we are going to talk about some major points.
Navigate to Facebook Feed and then go to Settings on your WordPress dashboard page.
On the settings page, you will see some options. But as of now, we are going to tune one feature named Number of posts to display. Here you can see 5 is there; we can change it according to our need for how much we want to show on our page.
There is also a tab Customize, and you can also try that. Now you will see so many sub-tabs under this tab.
If in case you want to show your posts differently, then you can go to the Post Layout tab, and you can select a display option that you like the most. After selecting the design option, click on Save Changes.
The next tab is Style Posts. In this, you can select the style of your post whether you want your posts in a boxed layout or the open. At the bottom, you can increase or decrease the corner radius. If you want to show rounded corners, then you can use it; otherwise, make it to zero.
Adding Your Custom Facebook Timeline in WordPress Sidebar
You want to show your Facebook timeline in your sidebar instead of your website page, right? Do not worry. In this section, we will teach you how to add Custom Facebook Timelines in WordPress Sidebar.
First of all, you have to navigate to Appearance and then the Widgets page on the dashboard. Now search for the Text widget and drag it to your Main-Sidebar. Now you have to add a shortcode in your text box. Enter the shortcode [custom-facebook-feed] in the widget and save it.
Now you can see your Facebook timeline on the sidebar of your website.
So this was about how to add a Facebook timeline on your WordPress website. There are a lot of other methods also that you can follow to add your Facebook timeline. This Smash Balloon plugin is one of the best and simple plugins to solve our problem.
You can import the Pro version of the plugin and use it in the way you want.
Always promote your website on Facebook to gather social media traffic on your website. People search for service on social media, and if they get your post on the top,n you might get some extra traffic and a good amount of customers.
Try to keep your timeline simple and sweet. Posting extra contrasted photos can make your customer’s eyes uncomfortable. Try to use cool and neutral colors in your Facebook post.
These days people are loving the minimal design and vector animation in posts. So, if you can arrange something like this then there are chances of a high click-through rate on your posts.
Pros and Cons of Using a Custom Facebook Timeline in WordPress
- Very easy to use
- It is easy to handle
- Easy to do settings
- Easy to integrate
- Installation is easy
- Freedom to customize the design
- You can add more than one page
- Freedom to add pages and groups
- You can add it to your sidebar also
- Regular updates
- Classic as well as Simple look
- More than one design
- You can show posts in your way
- The free version has limited features
- Cannot show photos in the free version
- The Pro version is paid
- Cannot change in code as per your preferences
- It can slow down your page load speed
- It can crash your website if a plugin update does not reflect according to the version of WordPress.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to download Smash Balloon Custom Facebook Feed Pro Plugin?
Go to Smash Balloon’s official website and click on the Download section. There you can purchase the Pro version of the plugin, and you can download the file.
How to import plugins to WordPress?
Go to Plugins, then click on Add New. Now you can select the download plugin file from your computer and click on the import button.
Is it safe to use plugins from third parties?
Yes, It is safe, but only if you are downloading it from the official website. If you can use a cracked or moderated version of the plugin then it is not a safe step.
What are the differences between Smash Balloon Plugin Pro version and the Free version?
There is a major difference between pro and free versions. You can only show the text of your Facebook posts. If you purchase a Pro version of Smash Balloon Custom Facebook Feed, you will show photos too.