Are you looking for a solution to embed Facebook Photo Album from your FB page into your blog? And, why you should not. It’s a great way to get more likes on your album, increase the natural reach of your uploaded photos & moreover it gives better ROI in the certain scenario.
Even though I highly recommend you to upload photos on your hosting account, but in certain cases like events, bloggers meet, seminars where you have huge number of photos, you are better off uploading them on 3rd party site. Recently, I conducted a series of Bloggers meet in India (ShoutMeet), and after every blogger meet, I had about 30+ photos from that event to share.
Initially, I thought of uploading the images on the blog post & use a gallery WordPress plugin to showcase it. Later on, after giving a lot of thoughts, I realize it’s much better to embed the Facebook album. This will serve lot of purposes:
- Getting more targeted likes to the page
- Getting more views on my Facebook album, which in turn will get more likes & more natural reach
Of course, it comes with certain limitations as images are not uploaded on my server. I need to keep a check in future if embedded album is broken or gone due to the plugin or WordPress update. So, I mentally prepare myself for this & found two WordPress plugins to embed Facebook albums, profiles in WordPress. Both of them used the shortcodes & were easy to configure. I will feature one of them which is the best & offers more feature than the other one.
WP Embed Facebook: Embed Facebook Album, Fan Page into WordPress
Before trying this amazing free plugin, I tested Facebook Album plugin that is good but it got some issues with UX, especially on the mobile phone. In search of a better alternative, I tested WP Embed Facebook plugin, which turned out to be a better option with more features.
This is a free plugin & can be downloaded from here. Here are supported embeds by this plugin. Ensure it works only with those data which is shared publically.
- Facebook Videos
- Facebook Albums
- Facebook Events
- Facebook Photos
- Facebook Fan pages
- Facebook Community Pages
- Facebook Profiles
- Facebook Publications
Once you have installed & activated the plugin, go to Settings > Embed Facebook to configure the plugin settings. The only major setting you need to do is: Add your Facebook App ID & Secret Key under Facebook Application data settings. You can follow this easy tutorial to get one for your application.
Once you are done configuring all the settings, click on Save. Now, it’s time to embed a Facebook album or a Fan page or Event page into your WordPress blog post or page. This plugin claims that you can directly paste the album URL & it would embed the album. Surprisingly, that didn’t work for me & I had to use Shortcode, which was also a straight forward process.
This is the shortcode you need to use. Play with width size to meet your requirement.
[facebook=url width=200 raw=true]
Here is an example:
You just need to add the URL of your Facebook page, Album, Event page in the shortcode above & this plugin will automatically embed it in your WordPress blog.
I also tested the embedded album on the mobile phone, & lightbox worked seamlessly. Tapping an image lead to next image that is convenient & one feature that I missed in the first plugin I tested. Here is a screenshot from my mobile phone:
You can check a live example of embedded Facebook photo album in WordPress here.
You can use this plugin in multiple scenarios & especially bloggers who go to the events like Bloggers meet, tech launch events or seminars, they can leverage the features of this plugin in much better way.
- Also, check out: How to embed Facebook videos on your WordPress Blog
I would love to hear more ideas and thoughts of using this plugin to market your Facebook page on your blog. Do share your creative ideas in the comment section below.