Do you use the Simple Facebook Connect (SFC) plugin suite for your self-hosted WordPress blogs? I do. And I love it! It’s made my work so much easier the last few months, allowing me to better integrate my WordPress blogs with my Facebook Pages (I’ll share more later).
If you administer a Facebook Page, you should have heard by now about the new Pages layout and functionality that Facebook started rolling out a couple weeks ago. Facebook will automatically push this new layout to all Pages on March 10th if Page administrators have not already upgraded to it by that date. I have already upgraded all of my Pages to the new format.
Although the API hasn’t changed, I did discover today that the new Pages format can indeed mess with the ability to publish your blog to your Facebook Page if you use the SFC – Publish plugin in the SFC plugin package.
This is due to the new Posting Preferences settings available to Facebook Page administrators. The same cool new feature that allows admins to use Facebook as “Your Page” instead of just as “You, an Individual Facebook User” also conversely allows Page admins to now post or comment on their Page as an individual user instead of just as “Your Page” (a feature that I really like, and will elaborate upon later).
If you, as a Page admin, go into your Page’s new Settings menu, and deselect the option to “Always comment and post on your page as [Page Name] even when using Facebook as [Facebook User]”, you will no longer be able to feed your WordPress blog to your Facebook Page via the SFC – Publish plugin.
Instead, when you attempt to publish, you will get a big angry red error message within your WordPress SFC dashboard.
I had a hunch that the modified Posting Preferences in my Facebook Page might be the problem, since I had been experimenting pretty heavily today with all the various new options. When I went back in to Posting Preferences and re-selected the option to always post as “My Page”, then tried to publish from my WordPress SFC Dashboard, the problem was fixed.
I have no idea if this possible glitch will continue to be something that Facebook Page administrators will just have to remain aware and cautious of, or if the plugin developer will be able to implement a permanent fix in a future release.
I hesitate to even use the word “fix” because the issue isn’t with the plugin, but rather with the new Facebook Page settings options. However, perhaps the developer can make note of this in the plugin documentation as a recommended setting for Facebook Page administrators.