Facebook Page Plugin Gets New Features Including Call To Action Buttons

Chris CrumDeveloper & Design

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Earlier this year at its F8 developers conference, Facebook announced the Page plugin, which is replacing the LIke Box for websites. It's a way for sites to embed and promote a Facebook Page, and enables site visitors to like or share the page directly from the website itself.

The idea is that it can help you drive both engagement and awareness for your Page. People can quickly see which of their friends like your Page, as well as the most recent posts from it.

Facebook announced a couple of new features for the plugin today with improved width support and call to action buttons.

"As requested by our developer community, we've made updates to the Page plugin to support a broader range of widths — as wide as 500px and as narrow as 180px," explains Facebook's Yugal Jindle. "Note that you may see minor layout changes due to space constraints when working with narrower widths. For example, at 180px you won't see the Share button."

"The plugin now supports the same call-to-action buttons as Pages, "Jindle adds. "For example, if your Page has a 'Sign Up' or 'Contact Us' button enabled, then that button now appears on the Page plugin on your website, with the same functionality that it has on your Page. This doesn't require any changes to the plugin configuration on your end."

On June 23, any website that is currently using the Like Box plugin will see that automatically switch over to the new Page plugin. In other words, sites won't have to do anything to get the new functionality.

That said, there is documentation here, where you can get more details about adding it, adjusting settings, etc.

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Chris Crum
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