May 15 2015

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Countdown to Facebook’s New Likebox Social Widget

Commonly seen on blogs and commercial sites, the Facebook Like Box is a feed-based widget that enables site owners to feature posts from their Facebook page onto their site. Easy to implement and a great way to build traffic to your site and awareness of your Facebook page, this widget is ideal for any site owner. Given the new release of the Graph API (v2.3), the new Like Box plugin will go into effect as of June 23, 2015. This means the old Like Box widget will stop working after this date.

This is what the new widget looks like:

What’s different about it?

The new one works with responsive, fluid and static layouts, so it will scale according to the layout and device. Like the original one, you can customize the display, so that it displays followers, post images, header image and more. In contrast to the current Like Box, the width of the widget can NOT be adjusted, so if you have it in a sidebar, make sure that you have the bare minimum width of 280px. Another thing to keep in mind is the widget has a dedicated tag for blockquote, so if you are using the same style name in your stylesheet, it will render the widget as a blockquote. The solution is simple – either rename your style for blockquotes or add the javascript embed code in your theme. Again, the deadline is June 25, so if you have the original widget on your site, make sure you update it before this cutoff date.

For more details and customization options for this plugin, follow this link: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/page-plugin

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