New free WordPress theme makes Facebook fanpages easy

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WordPress for Facebook Fanpage theme
There is a new WordPress theme, called WP4FB, that reportedly makes it simple to create Facebook fanpages using WordPress.

The theme creator, Wilco de Kreij, describes the theme like this:

The idea of WP4FB is actually real simple. WP4FB is a free WordPress template which is compatible with Facebook to use as an iFrame application, which in turn can be used as a “tab” at your fanpage. Using WP4FB it’s easy to set up your fanpage without using any coding skills, as it’s literally just as easy as WordPress blogging.

It’s an interesting idea. One of the coolest features to me is the ability to change what a Facebook user sees depending whether they’ve Liked the page or not. He calls it Fan Gate.

I do think it’s a bit odd to have a theme and WordPress blog with a sole purpose to create an iFrame for Facebook Fanpages. Maybe Facebook is making Fanpages a bit too hard.

Nevertheless, if you are like me and don’t want to manage an entirely separate blog for Facebook, I would install the theme in a subdomain using Multisite and use RSS to feed the site with my main blog’s content.

How would you use WP4FB? Do think this is a useful tool?

14 thoughts on “New free WordPress theme makes Facebook fanpages easy

  1. if you look at the source, it makes several iframe calls to wp4fb servers, something i dont really like. relying on their server.

    its a nice idea, just a few things i dont like by viewing the source

  2. Very, very cool idea. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it. One thing I noticed is that in order to view the demo they have linked to on their site, I had to turn Facebook HTTPS off. If that’s always the case then it’s a no go. I’m not familiar enough with the new way to create Facebook fan pages with the new iframe way so this may be common; just not sure.

    • I believe it’s Facebook that requires HTTPS off when viewing iframes, it’s not the first time I see this.

      Also, instead of using multisite, I believe we can just install it in a subdomain and have that separate WP installation fetch RSS, right? 🙂

  3. I’ve considered doing this myself in the past. I think it would be very useful for those looking to create a heavily customised fan page. For a bog-standard informational page though I think a standard Facebook page is probably best.

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  5. I prepare to use Facebook Pages the way most people do. Posting links from there that would lead to the blog instead of using iFrames. I don’t really like the discussion to be divided amongst Facebook users and readers on my blog.

  6. I haven’t checked out the theme yet but I have been using WordPress for Facebook pages ever since Facebook switched to Iframe application tabs. I usually just create theme template page and scale the width down to 520px.

    You could actually load a whole WordPress website in a Facebook page tab if you wanted to.

    • Chris, can you expand on how that would be possible to use any wordpress template in facebook?

      Thanks

      Chris

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