Posts Tagged ‘Joomla’

Add a Facebook Fan Page Widget to your Website Using Facebook Web Integration Tools

Thanks to Facebook’s new web integration tools, it’s easy to create a custom widget to connect your Facebook Fan Page to your website.  It will easily plug into CMS-based sites like WordPress or Joomla, and also work with social platform sites like Ning and Spruz.

To do this, just add an HTML element/mod to your site (I recommend adding it to the global sidebar). Then paste in the following code:

<table border=”0″ cellpadding=”1″ cellspacing=”1″>

<tbody>

<tr>

<td style=”background-color: rgb(R, G, B); “>

<iframe frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” src=”http://www.facebook.com/plugins/likebox.php?id=FANPAGEID&width=250&connections=8&stream=false&header=false&height=260″ style=”border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; width: 250px; height: 260px; “></iframe></td>

</tr>

</tbody>

</table>

Be sure to change the RGB values to match your site, and change “FANPAGEID” to your fan page ID (the number in the URL when you visit the page).

Note that because the iframe code creates a transparent widget, I have nested the iframe inside a table so I can change the background color.

If you want to use the code generator in the Facebook site to create the code instead, go to:

http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like-box

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Setting up my personal site…

I've been working so hard over the past couple months to learn Joomla so I can start making production sites, I thought I'd take a break this evening and get acquainted with WordPress.

Joomla has a much steeper learning curve, but I decided to make that my standard CMS development tool because of the level of flexibility and huge number of extensions available.  (And by the way, for those of you that think Joomla is weak for blogging, I've found a few excellent extensions that make Joomla on par, or even better than, WordPress in that regard.)  I'll put up a post about this later.

That being said, for simple site development, I want to get up to speed on WordPress.  I've spent about 2 hours with it tonight, and I've set up blog sites for my entire family, installed some themes on my own page to play with and installed the ReCaptcha plug-in so I don't get spammed.  Compare that to the couple hundred hours I've invested in Joomla, and you can certainly see the contrast.

I'm in the process of building new sites for Alternative Marketing Connections (my social media marketing company) and SS Barter (the barter exchange I started 3 years ago).  I hope to have those operational by tomorrow.  While we — me and my employees — will use these sites to post blog articles about the businesses, I plan to use this personal blog as a place to post my personal musings, learning experiences, photos, and anything else that doesn't really fit in my company sites.  As those who know me can attest to, at any given moment I have dozens of ideas running around in my head; having a personal site will give me somewhere to get these items on "paper."

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