Integrating social media accounts with websites and Apps is the latest trend in the field of web designing. Wouldn’t the whole process of creating usernames and passwords for your website get simplified when users can easily connect to your website with their Facebook credentials? Enabling Facebook Login for WordPress website helps you in targeting your website visitors more effectively on Facebook.
Also at the same time, it brings a wealth of information about the user such as demographic attributes, interests and other characteristics. It speeds up the whole process of user registration without having to worry about forgotten passwords, misspelled email addresses, or unreliable data sources. It is a transparent way to gather user information after their consent, where the users don’t have to remember a bunch of usernames and passwords to log into your website.
Facebook Login on your website can be used either for User Authentication or both Authentication and Data Access by asking the user’s permission to access their data. Facebook Login on your website comes with many more added advantages. With Facebook login, there are higher conversion rates as people can easily and quickly create an account on your website without setting a password.
Collecting user data via own registration process is more complex than Facebook Login where the user comes with a bunch of information. The engagement and retention rates on your website get a boost with personalized user experience. It creates a sense of connection to your website when a user’s profile picture gets imported from Facebook to your website interface. In this piece, we will discuss ways you can enable the Facebook Login for WordPress Website using your Facebook developer account
Before we go to the steps involved, let’s understand what comes with Facebook Login Authentication. Facebook Login allows two scenarios, authentication and asking for permissions so that you can access people’s data. If you want, you can use Facebook Login simply for authentication or avail for both authentication and data access. In this article, we will keep the limit up to simple authentication as it has a higher opt-in rate when compared to data access authentication.
Although authentication works with Android, iOS, Web, and other OS based devices, the steps below are limited to Facebook Login for WordPress website.
So to start with, the procedure can be segregated into two parts. Firstly, you need to create an App on your Facebook developer account, and then to integrate Facebook Login for WordPress, you need to install it on your WordPress website. The detailed steps are mentioned below
Create a Developer Account
If you are doing it for the first time, you need to go to developers.facebook.com and login with your Facebook ID.
Create an App
After you have logged into developers account, the console will ask you to create your first App. Click on ‘Create First App’ in the configuration wizard.
Create a New App ID
In the next window, provide a display name for your Facebook App and an email ID.
Select a Scenario
Now you need to select the Integrate Facebook Login option from the next configuration wizard.
You will now get redirected to the main App dashboard. Here your App will be listed with the details you have provided earlier and also with a product named Facebook login on the left pane.
Select the platform
Now Go to the ‘Quickstart’ option under the Facebook Login product. Here you will be prompted to choose the platform on which the Login Authentication will work.
Provide Website Name
In the next window provide your website URL and click on ‘save’ and then on Continue button.
Facebook SDK Options
By using the remaining options, you can extract the SDK and Login button code for the authentication.
What happens with the SDK
The SDK comes with the Request and Response generation procedure for the Login. Whenever a user tries to login via Facebook, the App first tests the Login status of the user, and if not logged in, the App will request the user to enter the credentials.
The Login button configuration is for those who want to customize the appearance of the login button.
Check available Permissions and Feature
To check what permission you have in your App, go to the ‘My Permissions and Feature’ option under App Review tab in the left pane. This window will reflect the approved items listing of email address, profile picture, and person’s name permission.
This is the final step to have Facebook Login for WordPress enabled, where you will integrate the Facebook login Authentication system into your WordPress website. The easiest way to do that is by using a WordPress plugin, and here, you would use the Nextend Facebook Plugin, which is better compared to the other available options. Firstly, install the plugin from the WordPress plugin repository. Then, activate it from your WordPress Dashboard.
Upon activation of the plugin, you’ll encounter the fields to be filled in the plugin configuration wizard. For the basic button, you just need to fill in the App ID and App Secret field. And now, you are good to go with a new feature added to your website.
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