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28 Oct 2020

Facebook & Instagram Drop Support For WordPress Embeds

A change which is set to roll out on October 24 will break embedded Facebook and Instagram content on WordPress sites.

To be specific, an upcoming API update will remove support for unauthenticated Facebook and Instagram embeds.

That means, after October 24, embedded content will only be supported for publishers with a Facebook developer account and a registered Facebook app.

The change is retroactive, so all Facebook and Instagram embeds on the sites of unauthenticated publishers will soon become broken. This has the potential to affect millions of sites.

Meeting Facebook’s new requirements for embedded content is not an option for all publishers. Creating a Facebook developer account and registering a Facebook app is far from being a practical solution.

So what are publishers to do if they want to embed content from Facebook and Instagram on their web pages?

Here’s more about what’s changing, why it’s changing, and what publishers can do to prepare for it.

Changes to Facebook oEmbed Endpoints

In developer terms – the current oEmbed endpoints for embeddable Facebook content will be deprecated on October 24, 2020.

oEmbed is an open format designed to allow embedding content from a website into another page.

Facebook oEmbed endpoints allow you to get embed HTML and basic metadata for pages, posts, and videos in order to display them in another website or app.

There’s currently an oEmbed endpoint built into Facebook’s API, which has allowed publishers to easily embed content from Facebook and Instagram on their web pages.

Facebook’s API will soon be dropping support for that endpoint.

Further, in response to Facebook’s API change, WordPress is removing Facebook and Instagram as an oEmbed source.

What does this all mean for publishers?

In plain language – the combination of these changes from Facebook, Instagram, and WordPress means a whole lot of content will be broken.

If you have ever embedded content from Facebook and Instagram on your WordPress website, then this change affects you.

Facebook only offers one solution, which is to meet its stringent set of new requirements.

New requirements include:

If that sounds at all like a realistic solution for you, then you can get more information on the Facebook developer blog.

Thankfully, there are more realistic solutions available though the use of WordPress plugins.

Fix Facebook & Instagram Embeds With Plugins

While this change hasn’t rolled out yet, plugin developers have been working hard to prepare simple solutions for site owners.

Here are a couple of options available so far.

oEmbed Plus

A new plugin called oEmbed Plus, by developer Ayesh Karunaratne, brings back support for Facebook and Instagram content embedding.

Even with this plugin installed, publishers will have to register a Facebook developer account and “create” an app.

Note that you will not have to actually create a real app, it will only exist on paper.

Check out the walkthrough here to see what’s involved.

Although there are a few hoops to jump through, this plugin does make the process easier than doing everything on your own.

Smash Balloon Plugins

A development company called Smash Balloon, whose plugins are used on over 1.4 million sites, offers an even easier solution.

The company has updated its existing plugins with fixes for broken Facebook and Instagram embeds.

With the plugins from Smash Balloon you will not have to go through the process of registering a Facebook developer account and creating an app.

That’s because Smash Balloon already has the API key required to create custom feeds for both Facebook and Instagram. There’s no additional authentication needed to restore embedded content.

Smash Balloon offers dedicated plugins Instagram and Facebook.

After installing the plugins go to the oEmbed navigation menu and then click on the Connect button.

All plugins mentioned in this article are free.

This content was originally published here.

05 Mar 2020
26 Sep 2019
01 Nov 2017

51 Amazing Facts You Probably Don’t Know About WordPress

Throughout the years, WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging platform into a versatile content management system. Today, this open source software tool enables you to create anything between a simple blog and a fully functional website.

The popularity of WordPress has been constantly increasing, as it’s flexible, easy to use, and has many powerful features. Many leading companies, including Forbes, eBay, and The New York Times, have chosen WordPress to power their websites, making it the most used CMS worldwide.

Take a look at this Website Builder infographic to learn some amazing facts that you probably didn’t know about WordPress.

 

02 Aug 2017

Change the URL of your WordPress Website

Sometimes you may need to change the URL of your WordPress website. If you attended one of our WordPress training courses for example and used a temporary URL.

This process is quite straightforward but you can break your site so proceed with caution and Backup your WordPress website first!

Your domain needs to be up and running and pointing to your existing website.

Step 1 – Backup your database!

There’s a separate guide on how to do this here

Step 2 – Install Better Search Replace Plugin

You can do this from your Plugins menu. The plugin is also available in the WordPress repository here.

Step 3 – Tell WordPress about the new URL

You can do this under Settings > General. You will need to set the Home URL and the Site URL which will usually be the same thing.

This will automatically update any internal links within menus, locations of featured images etc, but you will still need to replace the url where it is used within inline images or other content areas

Step 4 – Search and Replace your database

This bit is destructive – proceed with caution!

  • Open the Search and Replace plugin page from the Tools menu
  • Search for your old URL and replace with your new URL
  • Select the tables to search. Start with wp_options, wp_posts and wp_postmeta
  • You may wish to test with a dry run initially, if so leave the Dry run box ticked

If you need assistance changing the URL of your WordPress website, you can submit a WordPress support request here

21 Jul 2017

Adding a new user in WordPress

Adding a new user in WordPress is very simple. You will need to be able to login to your WordPress dashboard and you will need to have create_user permissions. These are usually reserved for users with the Administrator role.

Step 1 – Login

Login to Your WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2 – Select the User Menu

Select ‘Users’ from the left hand menu, followed by Add New. There are a number of places where you can select Add New, two of them are shown in the screen shot below

Step 3 – Fill in user details

As a minimum you need to provide a username and an email address.

You may optionally add first name, last name and website. WordPress will choose a strong password automatically, but you can change this by clicking on the Show Password button.

Tick the box to send a notification to the user.

Finally, select the user’s role. If you are adding someone to assist with your website management (eg a member of Watch the Dot support) you should select Administrator. If you are adding someone to assist with content posting, then Editor would probably be sufficient.

Step 4 – Click Add User

Once you have filled in all the information, you can select Add New User button.

You will be returned to the All Users page and you should see a notification that the user has been added. The new user should shortly receive an email advising of their new password.

07 Jul 2017

Automatically Reenable WordPress Paragraph Breaks

We had a phone call from a client late this Friday afternoon looking for some WordPress Support.

Having upgraded a very old website themselves to version 4.8 they noticed that all paragraphs on the website were running into each other without linebreaks.  WordPress has a function called wpautop which finds line breaks and manually converts them into html paragraphs. This ensures that each paragraph sits on it’s own line, usually separated from other paragraphs with top or bottom margin. They needed a quick fix. Having taken a very cursory look it appears that wpautop was being disabled by one of the many plugins on the site. For a quick win we were able to reinstate wpautop by adding the following into functions.php:


function renable_wpautop(){
add_filter('the_content', 'wpautop');
}
add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'renable_wpautop' );

It was a very quick fix for a late Friday afternoon but it’s got the client out of trouble until we can take a look early next week.

13 Jan 2015

Design & Build a Website using WordPress

Commencing on the 20th January, Christian Mayne will be once again teaching the popular WordPress for Beginners course at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge.

Course Overview

WordPressLearn how to use WordPress to produce attractive, well laid-out and highly functional web sites. WordPress is one of the World’s leading and widely used web Content Management Systems. Despite being simple to use, WordPress is also an extremely powerful online publishing platform and is used by some of the most high profile websites in the World. This course is aimed at those new to WordPress or those looking to setup or start managing a WordPress website for the first time. Your tutor will take you from the basics of setting up a WordPress site and adding content and images, through to theme installation, site enhancement with plugins, theme modification and user administration. You will gain a thorough understanding of the components which make up WordPress, how these components are used and managed, and tricks you can use to quickly and simply improve your WordPress website. No prior web design experience is required, but you should be comfortable using a PC and Web Browser.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, using practical hands-on tuition, you will have an understanding of the following features and techniques:

  • Setting Up WordPress from Scratch
  • Creating Pages and Posts
  • Managing WordPress Menus
  • WordPress Widgets and Sidebars
  • Theme Installation, Setup and Modification
  • Plugin Installation and Management
  • WordPress Administration tasks, Backups and Spam Prevention
  • Advanced Plugins: e-commerce, members websites, forums and social networks

Full details about the course can be found here

Enrolment

To enrol, please Click here to fill out the online enrolment form or call the Adult Education Office on 01223 278002 Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 4pm during term time and Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm out of term time.

16 Apr 2014
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